Alain Gautron


Alain is a highly established figure in France's banking and finance sector, with vast experience working on asset finance matters. Ranked as the number one ship finance lawyer in France by the leading legal directories, he also works on all aspects relating to the transportation industry. Alain was conferred Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Martime (Knight of the Order of Merit (Maritime)) by a government decree of 19th October 2020.

Alain acts predominantly in the field of asset finance (ships, corporate jets, industrial equipment, rolling stock), project finance, tax leasing, export credits, acquisition finance, securitisation and commodities financing.

He has extensive experience advising banks and other financing institutions, leasing companies, sponsors and operators.

A significant part of Alain’s practice involves the structuring of complex tax-based leasing structures. He has spearheaded the development of these types of products in the French legal market.

In addition to his banking and finance expertise, Alain covers all aspects of the transportation industry including regulatory, acquisitions and restructurings.

Alain is lauded by clients for being "very business-oriented, trying to find solutions when problems occur." Chambers Global 2015.

Alain speaks English and French and is a member of the Paris, New York and Manitoba (Canada) bars. He has also contributed to the fourth edition of the leading ship finance industry handbook, Shipping Finance.