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Florent Rigaud

T: +33 6 10 36 11 04 Email Florent | vCard Office: Paris

Florent Rigaud Partner

Contact details

Florent Rigaud

Florent Rigaud
Partner

T: +33 6 10 36 11 04 Email Florent | vCard Office: Paris

Florent is a partner in Stephenson Harwood's finance practice working on international financial transactions in asset (aircraft, railway, satellites, etc.), project (infrastructure, hospitals, stadiums, power plants, etc.), structured finance and venture debt financings. He has worked for leading international law firms for over 15 years.
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Florent has a particular focus on asset finance and is involved in all types of asset finance transactions for aircraft, shipping, railway, satellites and other large mobile assets. His experience includes secured and unsecured debt financings, operating, finance and tax-based lease structures, export credit agency-supported financings, aircraft/vessel sales, purchases and lease novations. He acts on behalf of domestic and international commercial banks as well as owners and lessors. Florent also has extensive experience advising international aircraft lessors on finance, corporate, administrative and other general legal aspects in connection therewith in France.

His project finance work involves energy and infrastructure financings for major domestic and cross-border transactions covering a wide range of sectors: motorways, hospitals, stadiums, power plants, etc. His experience includes large complex multi-sourced financings for both private structured projects and PPPs. Florent represents multilateral financing institutions and commercial banks as well as domestic and international sponsors, borrowers and investors.

  • Aviation finance
  • Leasing and equipment finance
  • Asset based lending and speciality finance
  • Project finance
  • Rail finance

Represented a leading international aircraft lessor in connection with the financing of up to eleven aircraft including the preparation of French law security documents.

Represented the arrangers in the refinancing of a fleet of 17 helicopters for a Norwegian company.

Represented a French bank in the unwind and exercise of purchase options for several A340 aircraft on lease to an airline.

Represented a French bank in connection with the PDP financing of five Boeing 737 aircraft.

Represented major aircraft lessors in connection with the bankruptcy proceedings affecting French airlines which were eventually liquidated.

Represented major aircraft lessors in connection with the sanctions which have been taken by Europe, the UK and the US following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Represented a US aircraft lessor in connection with the unwinding of the financing in respect of two Airbus A320 on lease to a French airline.

Represented a major US aircraft lessor in connection with a French tax lease structure for two new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft for two French airlines. The structure uses a specific tax regime which allows for certain tax benefits for assets operated in French offshore territories.

Represented a French bank on the financing of the Tuscany regional bus concession.

Represented a leading international aircraft lessor in connection with A320 and A380 aircraft spare parts finance leases to a French MRO.

Represented a US aircraft lessor in connection with the French law aspects of lease novation and lease assignment arrangements in respect of two Airbus A330.

Represented a French bank in connection with an ECA-supported satellite financing.

Represented an aircraft lessor in connection with the leasing and subleasing of one Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Represented an aircraft lessor in connection with disputed aircraft incentive claims with a French manufacturer for wheel and brake equipment installed on lessor’s lease customers.

Represented a fund in connection with a €63 million venture debt facility granted to an entertainment and media production company that licenses, produces, and distributes animated stories and videos for children, across platforms such as YouTube.

Represented a fund in connection with a €10 million venture debt facility provided to a telecommunications start-up that provides virtual SIM card services to users, allowing them to own several mobile numbers without the need for multiple SIM cards oror devices.

Represented a fund in connection with a €25 million venture debt facility provided to a French start-up acting as a leading actor in autonomous and connected local supermarkets.

Represented a French League 1 football club in connection with the €141 million financing of a new 16,000-capacity sporting and entertainment venue.

Represented a French League 1 football club on the debt financing as well as further on the €260 million debt and bond refinancing of its stadium and related training facilities.

Represented a French law private university on the €130 million financing of the rehabilitation and extension of its large campus in Lille with more than 5,000 students and 450 employees.

Represented the lenders and the hedging banks on the US$1.83 billion financing of the 2,682-bed Ikitelli Hospital public private partnership (PPP) in Istanbul, Turkey.

Represented a sponsor in connection with the structuring and financing of the biggest biomass fuelled cogeneration plant in France.

Represented a group of six commercial banks providing finance to the consortium in the PPP project for the design, construction, financing and operation of a new tolling system, "Ecotaxe", which was first implemented in Alsace and subsequently all over France, for heavy load vehicles using the French national road network. Further, Represented the lenders in connection with the major restructuring of the Ecotaxe project following the reassessment of the initial project by the French government.

Represented a sponsor in connection with the financing of two CCGT power plants in France.

Represented a French rolling stock operator in the sale and lease back of 67 locomotives in France and in England.

Represented French leading rail operator in tendering title to several TGV train sets pursuant to purchase options.

Represented a rail operator in connection with the French law aspects of the acquisition of a portfolio of 202 rolling stock assets in a combined asset and share sale transaction, and the associated secured debt financing.

  • Aviation
  • Sport
  • Healthcare
  • Power and renewables
  • Rail and road

Represented a leading international aircraft lessor in connection with the financing of up to eleven aircraft including the preparation of French law security documents.

Represented the arrangers in the refinancing of a fleet of 17 helicopters for a Norwegian company.

Represented a French bank in the unwind and exercise of purchase options for several A340 aircraft on lease to an airline.

Represented a French bank in connection with the PDP financing of five Boeing 737 aircraft.

Represented major aircraft lessors in connection with the bankruptcy proceedings affecting French airlines which were eventually liquidated.

Represented major aircraft lessors in connection with the sanctions which have been taken by Europe, the UK and the US following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Represented a US aircraft lessor in connection with the unwinding of the financing in respect of two Airbus A320 on lease to a French airline.

Represented a major US aircraft lessor in connection with a French tax lease structure for two new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft for two French airlines. The structure uses a specific tax regime which allows for certain tax benefits for assets operated in French offshore territories.

Represented a leading international aircraft lessor in connection with A320 and A380 aircraft spare parts finance leases to a French MRO.

Represented a US aircraft lessor in connection with the French law aspects of lease novation and lease assignment arrangements in respect of two Airbus A330.

Represented an aircraft lessor in connection with the leasing and subleasing of one Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Represented an aircraft lessor in connection with disputed aircraft incentive claims for wheel and brake equipment installed on lessor’s lease customers.

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Represented a French League 1 football club in connection with the financing aspects involved for the group with respect to the acquisition by a US investor of a significant controlling stake.

Represented a French League 1 football club in connection with the €141 million financing of a new 16,000-capacity sporting and entertainment venue.

Represented a French League 1 football club on the debt financing as well as further on the €260 million debt and bond refinancing of its stadium and related training facilities.

More: Sport

Represented the lenders and the hedging banks on the US$1.83 billion financing of the 2,682-bed Ikitelli Hospital public private partnership (PPP) in Istanbul, Turkey.

Represented a group of 12 lenders in connection with the financing to be provided to a sponsor for the US$1 billion construction of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency Campus PPP project in Turkey.

Represented the lenders on the €150 million financing construction and operation of the Yozgat 475 bed Education and Research Hospital in the city of Yozgat in Turkey, public private partnership (PPP) project.

Represented the lenders on the €550 million financing of an integrated healthcare campus PPP in Adana, Turkey.

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Represented the lenders on the development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the ground-mounted solar photovoltaic power plants in Kazakhstan.

Represented a sponsor in connection with the structuring and financing of the biggest biomass fuelled cogeneration plant in France.

Represented a sponsor in connection with the financing of two CCGT power plants in France.

Represented a group of six commercial banks providing finance to the consortium in the PPP project for the design, construction, financing and operation of a new tolling system, "Ecotaxe", which was first implemented in Alsace and subsequently all over France, for heavy load vehicles using the French national road network. Further, Represented the lenders in connection with the major restructuring of the Ecotaxe project following the reassessment of the initial project by the French government.

Represented a French rolling stock operator in the sale and lease back of 67 locomotives in France and in England.

Represented French leading rail operator in tendering title to several TGV train sets pursuant to purchase options.

Represented a rail operator in connection with the French law aspects of the acquisition of a portfolio of 202 rolling stock assets in a combined asset and share sale transaction, and the associated secured debt financing.

  • France
  • Turkey
  • North America

Represented major aircraft lessors in connection with the bankruptcy proceedings affecting French airlines which were eventually liquidated.

Represented a US aircraft lessor in connection with the unwinding of the financing in respect of two Airbus A320 on lease to a French airline.

Represented a French League 1 football club in connection with the financing aspects involved for the group with respect to the acquisition by a US investor of a significant controlling stake.

Represented a French League 1 football club in connection with the €141 million financing of a new 16,000-capacity sporting and entertainment venue.

Represented a French League 1 football club on the debt financing as well as further on the €260 million debt and bond refinancing of its stadium and related training facilities.

Represented a French law private university on the €130 million financing of the rehabilitation and extension of its large campus in Lille with more than 5,000 students and 450 employees.

Represented a fund in connection with a €63 million venture debt facility granted to an entertainment and media production company that licenses, produces, and distributes animated stories and videos for children, across platforms such as YouTube.

Represented a fund in connection with a €10 million venture debt facility provided to a telecommunications start-up that provides virtual SIM card services to users, allowing them to own several mobile numbers without the need for multiple SIM cards oror devices.

Represented a fund in connection with a €25 million venture debt facility provided to a French start-up acting as a leading actor in autonomous and connected local supermarkets.

Represented a major US aircraft lessor in connection with a French tax lease structure for two new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft for two French airlines. The structure uses a specific tax regime which allows for certain tax benefits for assets operated in French offshore territories.

Represented a leading international aircraft lessor in connection with A320 and A380 aircraft spare parts finance leases to a French MRO.

Represented a US aircraft lessor in connection with the French law aspects of lease novation and lease assignment arrangements in respect of two Airbus A330.

Represented a French bank in connection with an ECA-supported satellite financing.

Represented an aircraft lessor in connection with disputed aircraft incentive claims with a French manufacturer for wheel and brake equipment installed on lessor’s lease customers.

Represented a group of six commercial banks providing finance to the consortium in the PPP project for the design, construction, financing and operation of a new tolling system, "Ecotaxe", which was first implemented in Alsace and subsequently all over France, for heavy load vehicles using the French national road network. Further, Represented the lenders in connection with the major restructuring of the Ecotaxe project following the reassessment of the initial project by the French government.

Represented the lenders and the hedging banks on the US$1.83 billion financing of the 2,682-bed Ikitelli Hospital public private partnership (PPP) in Istanbul, Turkey.

Represented a group of 12 lenders in connection with the financing to be provided to a sponsor for the US$1 billion construction of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency Campus PPP project in Turkey.

Represented the lenders on the €150 million financing construction and operation of the Yozgat 475 bed Education and Research Hospital in the city of Yozgat in Turkey, public private partnership (PPP) project.

Represented the lenders on the €550 million financing of an integrated healthcare campus PPP in Adana, Turkey.

Represented major aircraft US lessors in connection with the bankruptcy proceedings affecting French airlines which were eventually liquidated.

Represented major US aircraft lessors in connection with the sanctions which have been taken by Europe, the UK and the US following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Represented a US aircraft lessor in connection with the unwinding of the financing in respect of two Airbus A320 on lease to a French airline.

Represented a US aircraft lessor in connection with the French law aspects of lease novation and lease assignment arrangements in respect of two Airbus A330.

Represented a US aircraft lessor in connection with the leasing and subleasing of one Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

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