Strategic Lawering Paris Lyon Bruxelles

Catherine Nommick


Member of the Lyon Bar

Catherine assists mainly a French and international clientele with respect to corporate transactions, real estate and financing transactions as well as business and commercial issues.

She counsels corporate groups, industrial and commercial corporations, first-rank banks and credit institutions and groups of investors in connection with external growth transactions, corporate reorganizations, LBOs and equity transactions.

Catherine has served for eight years as senior in-house counsel within the Legal and Tax Department of CCF-HSBC in Paris before joining our Firm in 2001. She has an in-depth knowledge of the banking and financial sector and assists lenders or borrowers in all stages of financing transactions.

Selected Operation Summary

  • Advised a Norwegian industrial group in connection with the sale of several French subsidiaries: analysis of the transactional structure and reorganization opportunities prior to the sale, legal due diligence of the entities included in the scope of divestment, coordination with the Norwegian legal counsels of the seller, preparation of the legal transactional documentation and related security interests
  • Completed the acquisition of a company specialized in the trade and lease of medical devices and the supply of home care services: legal and tax due diligence, preparation and negotiation of the SPA, asset and liability warranties and ancillary agreements
  • Advised a US group specialized in decryption technologies and digital security solutions in connection with the acquisition of the assets owned by a French bankrupt company operating in the same industry: provided legal and strategic assistance during the whole process, from the preparation of the purchase offer to the effective transfer of the assets and assumed contracts
  • Counseled a US group in the expansion of its fast food business through the creation and acquisitions of going concerns in France
  • Assisted a Swedish industrial group in connection with the acquisition in France of various real estate, industrial and corporate assets and drafted the related legal documentation
  • Drafted and negotiated acquisition and sale of business going concern agreements on behalf of the French subsidiaries of a Japanese group
  • Managed and followed-up the corporate legal secretarial works on behalf of French corporations and French subsidiaries of foreign groups
  • Advised a French first-rate bank in connection with the restructuring of an overdraft facility granted to the French subsidiary of a Luxemburg group
  • Counselled a leading Norwegian bank in relation to the release of security interests / implementation of new security interests over many assets located in France in the framework of the sale of several subsidiaries by a Norwegian group
  • Provided legal and strategic assistance to a US industrial group established in France in connection with the restructuring of its bank debts
  • Drafted and negotiated financial agreements in connection with credit export transactions by public and private foreign importers
  • Drafted and negotiated syndicated credit agreements and sub-participation contracts. Managed the legal aspects of such transactions on behalf of a Paris-based financial institution
  • Drafted and negotiated pre-financing agreements related to agricultural products produced in Africa
  • Drafted and negotiated international bank guarantees and counter-guarantees, documentary letters of credit, stand-by letters of credit and Ducroire conventions
  • Assisted a French industrial group in connection with the implementation followed by the renegotiation of a syndicated credit line


  • In-house counsel, Legal and Tax Department, CCF-HSBC, Paris, 1992 – 2000
  • In-house counsel, Legal Department, TAT, 1990 – 1992
  • In-house counsel, Office Général de l’Air, 1988 – 1990

Main Publications

  • Establishing a Business in France, Practical Law, 2014
  • Création de la procédure de sauvegarde financière accélérée, website of Editions Francis Lefebvre (leading French legal publisher), December 2010
  • Comment bien gérer l’ouverture d’un crédoc, Le Moniteur du Commerce International, June 2009


  • Lecturer, post-graduate degree program Juriste Manager International, EMLYON (one of France’s 4 top business schools), 2099 – 2011

Professional Associations

  • International Bar Association, member of the Corporate and M&A Committee and member of the Women Lawyers’ Interest Group
  • Association Nationale des Juristes de Banque
  • National Committee of the ICC Commission on Banking Techniques and Practices


  • Business and Foreign Trade Law Postgraduate Degree, University François Rabelais, Tours, 1987


  • French
  • English