Etienne Gentil

  • Counsel
  • 45, rue Saint-Dominique
  • Paris 75007
  • France
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Etienne Gentil is of counsel in the Paris office of Latham & Watkins, where he previously was a partner for 15 years. Mr. Gentil acts primarily on leveraged financing, asset financing, and syndicated loans. He is the President of the Commission on French Securities Interest Reform for think-tank Paris Europlace.


French and English-qualified Etienne Gentil is a seasoned lawyer who often advises on cross-border financing transactions. He is well versed in borrower-side acquisition financing mandates. Chambers Europe 2019

Mr. Gentil has been nominated for many years in the transport, banking, and/or finance practice areas. Who’s Who Legal - France

“Market commentators praise Etienne Gentil for being a ‘friendly and technically very good’ practitioner. He is dual-qualified in English and French law and covers a wide range of bond and corporate finance transactions.” Chambers UK 2018


Mr. Gentil's experience includes representing:

  • PAI in the financing of the recommended P2P all-cash offer for all shares of Koninklijke Wessanen N.V.
  • Eurazeo in the financing of its LBO acquisition of Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center from Montagu PE
  • The MLAs in their financing of the P2P acquisition of April, the French listed insurance brokering company
  • Apera Capital in its unitranche LBO financing of the acquisition of Vanadium by Inside Secure
  • Partners Group Credit in its unitranche LBO financing of the acquisition of Alltub by OEP Tubes
  • Fortress in its LBO financing of the acquisition by GACP of the Football Club Girondins de Bordeaux division from the M6 Group
  • Permira Advisers in the first and second lien LBO financing of its acquisition of Exclusive Networks
  • Bridgepoint in the unitranche LBO financing of its acquisition of HTL
  • Bain Capital in the LBO financing of its acquisition of Consolis
  • Carlyle International Energy Partners in the financing of its acquisition of assets of Shell Gabon


Thought Leadership

  • France Introduces New Legal Regime for Security Agents in Debt Financings  -  January 2, 2018


  • Leveraged Finance in France: Recent Developments (2013) -  October 31, 2013
  • Leveraged Finance in France: Recent Developments -  April 04, 2012
Mr. Gentil is recognized as Highly Regarded by IFLR 1000 France 2020.    
Bar Qualification
  • Avocat (Paris)
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • Graduate Degree Business Law, University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), 1984
  • LLB, King's College London, 1984
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Aerospace, Defense & Government Services
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Banking
  • Structured Finance
  • Private Equity Finance