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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance
Julien Rocherieux

Julien Rocherieux


Julien Rocherieux

Julien Rocherieux specialises in international and domestic asset securitisation, factoring, derivatives and structured finance transactions, as well as real estate finance.

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Career and qualifications

  • Institute of Political Studies of Paris (IEP Paris)
  • Postgraduate degree (DESS) in securities and capital markets law (University of Paris Sud/ESCP EAP)
  • Diploma in English Law (Kent Law School) 2002
  • Master in Business and International Law, University of Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I)
  • Admitted as a avocat in Paris
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2003
  • Seconded to the London office 2005 - 2006
  • Counsel 2011 - 2018
  • Partner since May 2018

Awards and citations

  • "Julien Rocherieux is recognised for his activity in the securitisation market, advising major French banks on trade receivables matters. He is notably active across the infrastructure and natural resources sectors."
    Chambers Global 2020, Capital Markets - France
    Chambers Europe 2020, Capital Markets - France
  • Clifford Chance handles the full range of structured finance, including securitisation, repackaging, derivatives and alternative market financing products, and possesses French, English and US law expertise. Jonathan Lewis heads the practice jointly with newly promoted partner Julien Rocherieux; Lewis assisted the European Investment Fund with multiple matters, including the provision of guarantees to the ENABLE funding programme of the British Business Bank and the provision of guarantees to securitisations in Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK in the context of the European Commission and EIB Group's SME Initiative. Other work came from Elior, XPO Logistics and Crédit Foncier. Olivier Plessis made counsel.
    Legal 500 EMEA 2019, Derivatives, Structured Finance and Securitisation - France
  • "Clifford Chance is particularly active in IPOs, but also demonstrates strength in rights offerings, convertible bonds, block trades and equity derivatives. Employee shares schemes and stock option schemes are another area of focus. US securities specialist Alex Bafi and Aline Cardin, an expert in French and international securities offerings, head the practice. Jointly with regulatory specialist Frédérick Lacroix the team advised Société Générale as shareholder and ALD as issuer on ALD's €1.2bn Rule 144A IPO on the Euronext Paris, assisting with both French and US law issues. On the block trade side, recent highlights include advising Altrafin on the sale of 8.4% of Altran's share capital by way of accelerated bookbuilding. Olivier Plessis made counsel and Julien Rocherieux was promoted to partner."
    Legal 500 EMEA 2019, Capital Markets: Equity - France
  • Julien Rocherieux is praised by market commentators for his strong technical skills. He advises clients on a broad range of structured finance and securitisation operations, including auto loan and RMBS transactions.
    Chambers Europe 2019, Capital Markets: Structured Finance - France
    Chambers Global 2019, Capital Markets: Structured Finance - France
  • Julien Rocherieux is a counsel specialising in cross-border and domestic securitisation, factoring, derivatives and structured finance transactions, as well as real estate finance. He advises corporate, investors and arrangers. In particular, he has developed a strong expertise in trade receivables and vehicle fleets securitisations, equity derivatives, debt funds and project bonds.
    Chambers Global 2019, Capital Markets - France
  • "Clifford Chance assists financial institutions, corporates, insurers, asset managers, private equity funds and public entities such as European institutions with a broad variety of matters, with expertise spanning repackaging and factoring alongside more classic securitisation, derivatives and structured finance matters. Alternative market financing products are another key strength. The group, led by Jonathan Lewis and Frédérick Lacroix, undertakes domestic and cross-border work, with its capabilities in English, French and US law a major asset. Recent highlights include acting for GE Money Bank on refinancing a loan portfolio, which involved assisting with three sets of public RMBS securitisations by SapphireOne Mortgages with a total value exceeding €2bn. Together with the firm’s wider capital markets team, the department advised Carrefour on a non-dilutive cash-settled synthetic convertible bond issue and the corresponding equity options to hedge Carrefour’s risk exposure. Other work includes advising the European Investment Bank on the purchase of Class B1 and B2 notes issued by SC Poland Consumer 16-1. Crédit Agricole, Deutsche Bank and the European Stability Mechanism are other clients. Counsel Julien Rocherieux is also noted."
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018, Derivatives, Structured Finance and Securitisation - France
  • "Julien Rocherieux is a recognised expert in the structured finance arena. He is notably active in the area of infrastructure debt and sources describe him as very high level."
    Chambers Global 2018, Capital Markets - France
    Chambers Europe 2018, Capital Markets - France
  • "Clifford Chance provides ‘high-quality support thanks to a very professional and experienced team’. The firm runs a very prominent securitisation practice acting for arrangers and issuers; recent work includes advising on publicly listed securitisations of financial assets and on project and infrastructure loan refinancing through securitisation. Highlights included assisting GE Money Bank with the issuance by Sapphire One Mortgages FCT-2016-1 of debt securities – the first public securitisation of debt consolidation mortgage loans in France. It also assisted Natixis with the refinancing of intra-group loans via a French securitisation company issuing BMTN – the first listing of securities by a French securitisation company. The team also advises on derivatives. Jonathan Lewis and Frédérick Lacroix are the key names in the practice; counsel Julien Rocherieux is recommended for his ‘listening skills and attention to clients’ needs’."
    Legal 500 EMEA 2017, Derivatives, Structured Finance and Securitisation - France
  • Julien Rocherieux is reportedly "very experienced in the securitisation business" and deals with both domestic and cross-border matters in the field. One client affirms that "it is very pleasant to work with him; he is reliable and client-oriented."
    Chambers Global 2017,Capital Markets - France
    Chambers Europe 2017, France, Capital Markets - France
  • Counsel Julien Rocherieux acts on securitisations, structured finance and derivatives. One client notes: "He's very hands-on, has an answer to everything and is very good in negotiations. He stands out above the crowd."
    Chambers Europe 2016, Capital Markets - France
  • "Clifford Chance provides the ‘highest level of service’ on securitisation programmes and also handles derivatives. ‘Advice is always highly detailed and focuses on the key points’. The practice also has a rare and ‘very good mix of knowledge of securitisation vehicles and project finance structuring’. It advised Axione Infrastructures and its shareholders on the structuring and refinancing of existing indebtedness through a securitised loan. The firm also assisted Natixis Financement with a €550m credit card securitisation. The structured finance team is headed by Jonathan Lewis, who has ‘terrific in-depth expertise’, and Frédérick Lacroix. Counsel Julien Rocherieux has ‘strong experience, both in securitisation vehicles and in project finance, which is quite rare".
    Legal 500 EMEA 2016, Derivatives and Structured Finance - France
  • Counsel Julien Rocherieux acts on securitisations, structured finance and derivatives. One client notes: "He's very hands-on, has an answer to everything and is very good in negotiations. He stands out above the crowd."
    Chambers Global 2016, Capital Markets - France