Sophie Guimezanes


Expertise and Background

With over 10 years of experience, Sophie Guimezanes specializes in general corporate law, cross-border acquisition, corporate finance, joint ventures, and group restructuring matters for transactions of all sizes.

Sophie’s initial background is in the field of banking and finance, which gives her extensive insight and working knowledge of the many aspects of complex operations involved, such as cross-border leveraged acquisitions and restructuring. She has had experience acting on behalf of a group of companies and banks in connection with domestic and international financing.

Having relocated to Asia more than 7 years ago, Sophie is fully integrated into the local culture. She graduated from the leading Kellogg-HKUST EMBA program in Hong Kong. She has also been advising clients in major multi-jurisdictional operations within Europe and the United States. Her truly international profile serves as an asset in transactions where sensitive intercultural considerations are involved.

Professional Experience

Sophie started her career in the banking and finance department of a Magic Circle law firm. She began by working within areas of expertise involving general lending, leveraged finance, projects, finance, real estate finance, securitization, and other related insolvency issues.

She then joined a boutique law firm focusing mainly on European and US clients. In addition to the management of corporate and banking transactions, Sophie’s has vast experience in real estate acquisition, pan-European restructuring, and aircraft financing.


  • Master degree in comparative law from the Sorbonne University, 2005
  • Master degree in financial products and capital markets law at ESCP-EAP & Paris XI University, 2006
  • Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA in Hong Kong (Ranked No .1 EMBA in the world by the Financial Times), 2016
  • Admitted to the Luxembourg Bar since 2007
  • Admitted to the Paris Bar (not registered) in 2010

Track Record

Sophie’s recent highlights include:

  • Several asset baked securitization transactions in the aircraft sector and in particular a 640 million asset backed secured securitization used to acquire a portfolio of mid to end life aircraft with a diverse geographic spread, notably across the US, Europe and Asia.
  • The acquisition of a real estate portfolio including a complex of four buildings and over 1,000 parking spaces in Poland.
  • The establishment of a joint venture for the acquisition of a collection of resort hotels across key locations in Spain, valued at more than EUR 150 million.
  • Provided assistance to a leading global private investment firm for the sale of a portfolio of real estate assets in the UK with a value exceeding EUR 350 million.
  • Assistance with the completion of complex due diligence for a joint venture of investors, purchase, and reorganization (including refinancing) of a majority French group, holding a light industrial portfolio at a purchase price exceeding EUR 250 million.
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