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Marc-Etienne Sébire

Head of Capital Markets

CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats
2 rue Ancelle
92522 Neuilly-sur-Seine
Languages English, French

Marc-Etienne advises financial institutions, issuers and investors on capital market transactions including debt capital markets (plain-vanilla and structured bonds, European private placements (Euro PP), EMTN programmes, hybrid securities, covered bonds, high yield, commercial paper, liability management transactions), equity capital markets (initial public offerings, secondary offerings, preferred shares, convertible and exchangeable bonds, warrants, certificates) and structured derivatives products (ISDA and FBF), including in the context of strategic operations on listed shares.

Marc-Etienne is recommended as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, IFLR100 and Legal 500.

He is one of the drafters of the Euro PP Charter (2014) and the Euro PP templates (notes and loan, 2016) sponsored by the Banque de France and the French Treasury and of ICMA's European Corporate Debt Private Placement Market Guide (2016). As a member of the bond commission of Paris Europlace, he was heavily involved in the drafting of the 2017 amendments to French laws governing bond issuances.

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The firm has advised on several EMTN and Eurobond issuances. “They are brilliant lawyers and true partners of our legal team”.

IFLR 2018

Marc-Etienne Sebire, who is described as "talented and rigorous," draws considerable praise for his activity on the Euro PP market. According to one source, "he is client-focused, always available and enthusiastic and has great know-how." He is well reputed for his DCM work and offers additional experience in structured derivatives.

Chambers Europe 2017

An established presence on the French DCM market. Gains particular recognition for its work in Euro PPs and EMTN programmes and covered bonds. "The lawyers are innovative and very much in the mindset of finding well-balanced solutions for all parts. They've also got a strong track record on this market so they can find solutions by making parallels with precedents. Well above our expectations."

Chambers & Partners | Capital Markets 2016

Relevant experience

  • CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats (2011-present)
  • Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris (2007-2011)
  • Gide Loyrette Nouel, London (2004-2007)
  • Simpson Thacher and Bartlett, New York (2003-2004)
  • Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris (1999-2003)
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  • Solicitor, England and Wales (2007)
  • CAPA (post-graduate legal qualification required to practise as a solicitor or barrister in France) (1999)
  • Post-graduate degree in the Law and Economics of Banking and Financial Markets, University of Caen (1997)
  • Master's degree in Business Law, University of Caen (1996)
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  • Vice Chair of the France and Monaco Regional Committee -  International Capital Market Association (ICMA)
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  • Mémento Sociétés Commerciales 2018, co-auteur - Editions Francis Lefebvre (octobre 2017)
  • Quel régime pour les Initial Coin Offerings ? – Option Finance (septembre 2017)
  • La modernisation du droit des émissions obligataires et le big bang de la représentation des porteurs d'obligations – Joly Bourse (juillet 2017)
  • Les obligations éco-compatibles – Green Bonds, Social Bonds et Sustainability Bonds – Option Finance (juin 2017)
  • Les produits obligataires – regards sur la pratique récente – BRDA (janvier 2016)
  • Où coter ses obligations – Option Finance (juin 2015)
  • Diversifying French funding: The Euro PP Charter – IFLR (mars 2015)
  • Dossier "L'emprunt obligataire" – Revue de droit bancaire et financier (février 2014)
  • Emetteur d'obligations cotées : quelles obligations d'information périodique et permanente ? - Option Finance (novembre 2013)
  • Les collectivités locales s'ouvrent au placement privé obligataire - Option Finance (mai 2013)
  • Le développement du marché de l'Euro PP - Option Finance (décembre 2012)
  • Directive Prospectus : l'impact des nouvelles dispositions - Joly Bourse (novembre 2012)
  • CoCos : publication par l'Autorité bancaire européenne des caractéristiques des buffer convertible capital securities - Option Finance (janvier 2012)
  • L'émission d'obligations par les collectivités territoriales - Droit administratif (décembre 2011)
  • Equity swaps et franchissements de seuils - Option Finance (décembre 2011)
  • Implementation of the Transparency Directive in France - Capital Markets Law Journal (mars 2008)
  • Prospectus directive implementation update - IFLR (août 2005)
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