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Laurent Benoit

Counsel, Financial Regulation, Paris

"Since joining Linklaters in 2012, I have advised leading financial institutions and investment firms on a wide range of activities including financial markets regulations, banking law, derivatives and investment management. My previous experience as an in-house lawyer in two major French banks allows me to provide my clients with a practical approach aligned with companies’ expectations."


Education and qualifications


Laurent is a Counsel in our Paris office, specialising in banking law, financial markets regulations, derivatives and investment management. He joined Linklaters after having worked as a lawyer at Société Générale and BNP Paribas for five years.

Laurent has experience in a variety of work including advising credit institutions and investment firms in relation to the provision of banking services and investment services in France, advising on OTC derivatives and cleared derivatives transactions, advising fund managers on structuring and marketing funds in France, and advising banks on prime-brokerage services. He was seconded for six months to the Financial Regulation Group team of Linklaters' London office and for eighteen months to the Milan office.

Laurent has been involved in most advisory matters of our Paris office in relation to MiFID II, CRD IV, BRRD, EMIR, SFTR, financial collateral, settlement finality, UCITS, AIFMD and PRIIPs.

Laurent has worked for the last three years on all major Brexit projects for the most important clients of the firm.

Laurent has been a member of the Paris Bar since 2012.

Work highlights

Laurent’s landmark experience includes advising:

  • Large banks and financial institutions on the implementation of MiFID II and the repapering of their contractual documentation
  • Various UK firms and their EEA subsidiaries on the impact of Brexit on their regulated activities in France
  • Various European central counterparties (CCPs) on the enforceability of their clearing arrangements in an insolvency of their French clearing members
  • Large banks and financial institutions on derivative transactions and the enforceability of their related netting and collateral arrangements
  • Various French banks, firms and management companies on the implementation and reform of EMIR
  • Large and medium credit institutions on their prudential requirements
  • Large banks and financial institutions on M&A transactions and corporate governance/change of control issues

Education and qualifications

Laurent holds two Master 2 degrees, from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and from the University of Paris Dauphine.