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Marc-Etienne Sébire

CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats

Partner – Head of Capital Markets


Marc-Etienne is an avocat (France) and a solicitor (England & Wales). As Head of Capital Markets, he advises financial institutions, issuers and investors on capital market transactions, including: • debt capital markets: plain-vanilla and structured bonds, green bonds, sustainability-linked bonds, European private placements (Euro PP), EMTN programmes, hybrid securities, covered bonds, high yield, commercial paper and liability management transactions; • equity capital markets: initial public offerings, secondary offerings, convertible and exchangeable bonds, warrants, certificates; • derivatives: derivative transactions, repurchase agreements, stock loans and their documentation (ISDA, FBF, GMRA, GMSLA Master Agreements and Confirmations). Before joining CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, Marc-Etienne practiced capital markets with Gide Loyrette Nouel (in Paris and London) and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (in New York). He is one of the drafters of the Euro PP Charter and the Euro PP templates sponsored by the Banque de France and the French Treasury and of ICMA's European Corporate Debt Private Placement (ECPP) Market Guide. 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. Marc-Etienne is Vice-Chair of ICMA's Regional Committee for France & Monaco. Marc-Etienne is recommended as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, IFLR100 and Legal 500. He is a regular speaker at the University and in seminars on capital markets. He is a co-author of the Mémento Francis Lefebvre Sociétés Commerciales.

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