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About Olivier

Olivier leads the Restructuring and Finance team in Geneva and is head of the firm’s global Banking and Finance practice. With a particular focus on commodities trading and shipping, he regularly advises trading houses, corporates and financial institutions on their bilateral, club and syndicated financings (transactional trade finance, borrowing base, RCF, guarantee and LC facilities, prepayments, margin loans, project finance, export finance and reserve-based lending), and risk transfers through discounting, risk purchase, sub-participations, securitisations and portfolio sales. Olivier also advises on collateral management and warehouse arrangements, inventory finance and repos. His practice covers transactional “new money” deals as well as debt restructuring, enforcement and fraud (civil and criminal). Olivier also advises clients on shipping transactional matters. Prior to HFW Olivier was at BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA where he held legal and commercial positions.

Olivier’s recent experience includes:

advising a major Swiss bank on recovery of a defaulted loan to an English metals trader including advising on recovery options against the UBO/ CEO personally in the tort of deceit and acquiring office-holder claims against the UBO / CEO from the joint liquidators.

advising a major Swiss bank on various pre-contentious trade finance situations, involving bank guarantees and (stand-by) letters of credit and other instruments confirmed /honoured / negotiated under UCP600, ISP98 and other rules.

advising a major European bank on restructuring and security enforcement in connection with a USD 50m trade finance exposure to a large international oil trading house headquartered in UAE – including dealing with Chief Restructuring Officer and Quantuma as the company’s restructuring advisers, contingency planning for UAE insolvency, enforcement against assigned debtors, advice on trade credit insurance policies, cargo misdelivery claims (including ship arrests) against shipowners and advice on complex letter of credit arrangements and payment entitlements under UCP 600 and ISP98.