Paule Biensan is the head of the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group of the Paris office. She is a multi-award-winning lawyer with a number of industry firsts to her name. Her principal areas of focus include project finance, acquisition finance, general corporate transactions and mergers and acquisitions.
Her list of clients is wide-ranging and eclectic. It includes borrowers as well as senior and junior lenders in a variety of both domestic and international financings. These are often complex and innovative transactions, generally based on concession agreements, PPP, BOT or similar agreements, structured and leverage financings and infrastructure projects.
Clients value her knowledge of advising financial institutions, sponsors and government authorities on public projects and utilities such as major infrastructure projects (railways, roads and bridges), cable networks, telecommunications, waste treatment facilities, energy projects, chemicals, hospitals and prisons.
As a result of her international experience, Paule has developed a thorough understanding of the delicate and complex structuring required for Anglo-Saxon-type international financings (including those from multilateral sources) for projects based in civil law countries. She also advises on the corporate aspects of such transactions, including in relation to matters such as shareholders' agreements and equity contributions.
To give a sense of the diversity of her work, notable recent successes include an innovative finance deal for multi-user agreement in Guinea, the first project bond in France (listed in France) enhanced by EIB, and the first public project bond refinancing in France in the motorway sector.
Paule has guided Bank Advisory Committees on sovereign debt restructurings of certain West African countries. She also regularly advises French subsidiaries of international groups and French and international companies on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings in France. She has also been involved in projects relating to municipal transportation schemes, pipelines, aluminium and paper in France; power projects and export oil financings in Côte d'Ivoire; GSM licenses in Tunisia and Cameroon; mining facilities in Venezuela; aluminium projects in South Africa; privatization, telecommunication and power projects in Morocco; as well as projects in Romania and Tunisia.