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Sharon Lewis

Practice Group Leader
Paris
London

Sharon Lewis
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Languages
English, French

Committed to achieving excellence in all that she and the firm does, Sharon leads teams on some of the largest and most complex transactions in international debt capital markets, Sharon advises on the full range of capital market transactions, including several industry firsts.

With extensive finance experience, Sharon is the Global Head of our Finance Practice, and has a wealth of knowledge in the fields of securitisation, structured products, secured lending, and debt trading. Supporting her technical knowledge, is Sharon's deep understanding of automotive-related financing, insurance-linked securities, energy-related lending, and debt restructuring. Sharon is a member of both our Financial Institutions and Insurance industry sector core teams. Clients include Alstom, AXA, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, EDF, Ford Credit and Societe Generale.

Sharon regularly speaks at industry events and is a keen supporter of initiatives for women – not only within our firm, but in the wider business-world. Her industry awards include being listed as 'Best Lawyer 2014' by her peers in French finance paper Les Echos, and she is listed as a leading individual by Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. Sharon is recognised for her ability to advise on both English and French law, with Chambers commenting that she is 'able to offer immediate solutions'.

Her interests include jewellery design, and as part of a social enterprise project, she set up Les Dames de Pearls (The Pearl Ladies). Sharon is also a keen supporter of the French AFM-Téléthon, organised by the French association against neuromuscular disease which raises funds for research projects into rare genetic diseases.Sharon is based in our Paris office and divides her time between France and the UK.

Dual qualified in the UK and France Sharon Lewis is the global head of the firm's international DCM practice. Clients single her out as 'plain speaking, hard-working, bilingual and a strong leader of the team.'

Chambers Global 2015

Representative Experience

Advising ALSTOM on its €9 billion multi-currency revolving dual-tranche committed bonding guarantee facility as well as its €1.35bn syndicated credit facility.

Amundi on its French and English law programmes for secured structured products through a single Luxembourg vehicle.

Advising AXA Bank Europe on its €5bn covered bond programme backed by Residential Mortgage Backed Securities, short-listed for the IFLR Europe Awards for Structured Finance.

Education and admissions

Education

  • First Class Honours in English and French Law, University of Paris XI (Paris Sud)
  • LL.B., University of Kent

Memberships

  • Franco-British Lawyers Society
  • European Solicitors' Group

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • England and Wales
  • Paris
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