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Baptiste is a partner at Reed Smith. He has more than 20 years’ experience in advising arrangers, dealers, originators, sponsors, investors and issuers in connection with a wide range of debt instruments, including securitisations (domestic and cross-border), disintermediated financings, funds, debt issuances (Euro private placements, Islamic bonds/sukuks, impact finance), liability management, distressed and portfolio debt acquisitions, and derivatives. Baptiste’s practice also covers fund-related work, including fund structuring and establishment, and counselling on fund-related regulatory and compliance issues. He also regularly advises on structured debt restructurings.


  • Université Paris II - Panthéon - Assas, Paris, Postgraduate degree in civil law, DEA Droit Privé Général
  • Université Paris II - Panthéon - Assas, Paris, Postgraduate degree in business corporate and tax law, Magistère de Juriste d’Affaires, DESS Droit des Affaires et Fiscalité

  • Paris


  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in France for Banking and Finance Law, Capital Markets Law and Structured Finance Law, 2019-2022
  • Listed as Highly Regarded in IFLR1000 Global for France Capital markets: Debt, Derivatives, and Structured finance and securitization, 2022
  • Awarded “Commended” status at the Financial Times Europe Innovative Lawyers awards (2018)
  • Ranked in Legal 500 for Debt Capital Markets and Derivatives, and Structured Finance (2019)
  • Ranked “Excellent” for Derivatives and Securitisation, Capital Markets and African work by Décideurs Juridiques et Financiers
  • Ranked among the top 50 lawyers active in Africa by Jeune Afrique (2017)