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Ferrand Pierre-Nicolas

Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand


Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand is a partner and heads Shearman & Sterling’s Finance Group in Paris. His practice is primarily focused on banking and finance, including asset-based, real estate, renewable energy and acquisition financings, for French and international arrangers and investors. He also has extensive experience in restructuring and insolvency issues, including acquisitions and disposals of distressed assets, workout negotiations, financial and corporate restructurings, debtors, creditors and formal insolvency procedures.

Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand has represented major financial institutions, commercial companies and investment funds in connection with the financing, the refinancing and the restructuring of companies and assets, including BNP Paribas, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Natixis, Société Générale, BECM, Crédit Agricole CIB, The Royal Bank of Scotland, SNS Property Finance, Crédit Foncier de France.

Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand was a partner in another American firm, where he practiced in the Paris and Singapore offices. Before becoming a lawyer, he practiced as an assistant trustee in bankruptcy in Paris.

Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand is regularly cited in legal guides (Legal 500, Chambers and IFLR) as one of the best banking & finance and restructuring/insolvency lawyers in France.

Selected Experience

Real Estate Finance
  • BNP Paribas Real Estate sales new headquarters of Novartis to Korea Investment & Securities.
  • BNP Paribas, as arranger, agent and lender alongside ARKEA Banque Entreprises et Institutionnels, Crédit Agricole Ile de France and INVESTIMO regarding the execution of a €210,000,000 revolving credit facility agreement with a 3-year maturity with French REIT Société de la Tour Eiffel (SIIC).
  • Natixis, BNP Paribas, BECM and Crédit Agricole CIB as lenders and arrangers on a €400 million secured refinancing for ANF Immobilier, a listed real estate investment company which owns a portfolio of French retail, office, hotel and residential properties in Marseille, Lyon and Bordeaux.
  • Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG (PBB), as lender and arranger, on the financing of the acquisition by Crédit Agricole Assurances from Colony Capital group of the new Carrefour France’s headquarters. Completed on December 20, 2013, this real estate program covers nearly 70,000 m² in Massy and hosts 4,000 employees. The program includes 2,308 parking spaces on four basement levels, a nursery, a 1,165-seat canteen, a restaurant, a 1,000 m² fitness area, a training room and an auditorium. 
  • BECM (Banque Européenne du Crédit Mutuel) in connection with the refinancing of the listed companies Altarea and Gecina through credit facilities of €75 million  and €325 million.


Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand has written various articles on finance and bankruptcy matters. He also speaks regularly on panels and at seminars in France in connection with these topics.




  • Université de Paris II-Panthéon-Assas, Ph.D. in Law (Doctorat), 1993
  • University of Chicago, LL.M., 1992
  • Catholic Institute of Paris, D.E.A. in Canonical Law, 1991
  • Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), D.E.A. in Business and Economic Law, 1990


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