PARIS – In a move that adds significant weight to its Continental European finance capabilities, Reed Smith today announced that Baptiste Gelpi has joined the firm as a partner in its Financial Industry Group, based in Paris. Gelpi joins the firm from Hogan Lovells, where he led their French Debt Capital Markets practice.

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Recognized as a pre-eminent finance lawyer in France, Gelpi advises clients on a range of debt capital markets, structured finance products, including domestic and cross border securitizations, disintermediated financings, public and private debt issuance and derivatives. Gelpi’s practice also covers fund related work including fund structuring and establishment, and counselling on fund related regulatory and compliance issues.

“Baptiste’s arrival marks a significant step in the growth of our European finance practice. In particular, his arrival will strengthen our French and wider pan- European structured finance, debt capital markets and French law financial services regulatory practices,” said Ed Estrada, global chair of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group.  “Given his past leadership experience, Baptiste will play a crucial role in the growth of a capital markets practice for the firm in France. We are very excited to have him join our team.”