Professionalism with personality

AREA Avocats is an independent law firm created by lawyers trained in big international law firms, experienced in cross border transactions and willing to give back to their profession a more entrepreneurial dimension.

AREA’s team focuses in bringing its clients understanding, reactivity and agility necessary in a sector getting more and more complex and sophisticated, but also with high competition, to help them reach their goals and protect what they are playing for.

Because in a world in constant evolution, one can not afford to be static, AREA Avocats considers itself as solution oriented, thinking out of the box, and engaged in the challenges of transformation that the clients will face.


Antonia Raccat

Antonia Raccat has been working for nearly 25 years in the field of real estate and in particular for a clientele mainly composed of international funds, asset managers and banks that she advises in the context of their investments (share deal, joint venture, sale and lease back, acquisition or sale of portfolios, asset management) and in the implementation of financing (structured finance, real estate financing, mezzanine bonds or loans).

Her practice has been recognized for many years by all rankings such as Chambers, LEGAL 500, Who’s Who in Real Estate, Best Lawyers, Décideurs etc.

And besides AREA?
When she is not taking care of feeding her three dragons and cat, she tries to stand up on a surfboard, builds sand statutes, listens to music very loudly much to the chagrin of those around her, is obsessed with good wine and good food and regularly promises to get into sports.

If Antonia was a building?
She would be the building of Henri Sauvage 26 rue Vavin in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, for its aesthetics, atypical side, timelessness, many terraces and also for its cinematographic and intellectual history.

Education:
University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas: Master II General Private Law with honors. University Pantheon Assas & Universita la Sapienza Roma: Master I of Private Law with honors.

Bar: Paris

Additional Languages: Fluent English and Italian, level HSK2 of Mandarin and notions of Spanish.

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Catherine Mintégui

Catherine Mintégui advises French and international investors for seven years now in the legal aspects of their real estate transactions. Catherine has developed an expertise in joint ventures, sale and acquisitions of real estate portfolios and sale-and-lease back transactions.

Catherine also assists investors, asset managers and end-users through the legal and rental due diligence review of their portfolios, the negotiation of their leases, including in the future state of completion and on all types of assets.

Prior to AREA, Catherine worked for several years in a major US law firm and with Antonia Raccat at DLA Piper.

And besides AREA?
Catherine has great interest in architecture and contemporary art and occasionally refines her game on PlayStation. Besides her indoor sport activities, you can also find Catherine street fishing in Paris or anywhere else that is peaceful.

She is also a volunteer at the Paris Solidarity Bar Association offering access to the law to people in precarious situations.

If Catherine was a building?
She would be one of the White Villas developed by Le Corbusier in the 1920s for their ingenuity and functionalism.

Education:
Paris-Nanterre University: Master II in International and European Law with honors.
Durham University: L.L.M. in International Trade and Commercial Law.

Bar: Paris

Additional Languages: English and notions of Spanish.

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Camille Tauziède

Camille Tauziède’s practice focuses on real estate finance for French and international investment funds and corporate companies.

She represents AREA’s clients in banking law and finance, particularly in the context of structured and acquisition financing, as well as in corporate law.

Prior to AREA, Camille worked for nearly six years in a major US law firm for banks and investment funds on financing transactions (loans and bond issues) in the real estate sector (VEFA, asset deal, share deal). She has also been involved in debt restructuring transactions and in projects relating to r enewable energy, in particular financing for wind and solar farms. She also represented banks in financial litigation related to structured loans and derivatives commercialized to public sector entities or to interest rates challenged by borrowers.

And besides AREA?
Save for exceptional cases, Camille cannot be reached on Sunday when it’s Formula 1 race day. Otherwise, she likes to read contemporary literature (and loves listening to the Masque & la Plume podcasts) and swims regularly.

Camille is a volunteer with the association Paris en Compagnie, which fights against the loneliness of our seniors.

If Camille was a building?
She would be the Molitor swimming pool (Paris 16th), a building that can be qualified as a “Phoenix”, for its eclectic past, its Art Deco style and its street art movement. The various faces of this building, as well as its ability to reinvent itself, reflect the flexibility and ingenuity with which Camille is willing to work.

Education:
Paris-Dauphine University: Master II in Financial law in apprenticeship at Amundi. Paris-Dauphine University: Master I in Business law.

Bar: Paris

Additional Languages: English.

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Anne-Laure Jacquelin

Anne-Laure advises on financing and acquisition aspects of real estate investments, as well as on corporate law. She also assists the clients of the firm on various asset management matters.

Before joining AREA, Anne-Laure trained in various legal departments, including CBRE, a major actor in commercial real estate and LVMH, world leader in luxury. Her past professional experience allows her to provide higher legal quality services to our clients.

And besides AREA?
Anne-Laure likes cooking and loves to discover European capitals. Anne-Laure loves the films of Louis de Funès and knows the lines by heart!

If Anne-Laure was a building?
She would be the Château de Versailles, for its historical past, the refinement of its decorations and the immensity of the domain. Like the Château de Versailles, which took a long time to build, Anne-Laure learns the tricks of the profession day after day and gives it her very best.

Education:
University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas: Master II General Private Law.

Bar: Paris

Additional Languages: English, level HSK2 of Mandarin.

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