Sharon Lewis

Sharon is listed in the Women in FinTech 2017 Powerlist, a ranking published by Innovate Finance, the membership organisation that represents the UK's Global FinTech community, and was also named one of ILFR1000's Women Leaders in 2018. Sharon is also listed as a leading individual by Chambers and IFLR 1000.

Sharon is a partner, based in Paris and London, and the Sector Group Leader of the Finance, Insurance and Investment at Hogan Lovells. Sharon is also the Global Head of Financial Institutions and Insurance Sector, the first woman in the firm to be appointed in the role of Head of Finance.

Sharon advises on the full range of capital markets transactions, including several award-winning and industry firsts in debt capital markets, derivatives, securitization, repackaging and other structured products, corporate bonds and equity-linked offerings. She has extensive banking experience, particularly in the fields of structured finance, secured lending, loan restructuring and debt trading. Sharon also has a strong practice in automotive-related financing, insurance-linked securities, energy-related lending and debt restructuring.

Sharon is proud to be the co-architect of Hogan Lovells LIBOR Solution, which won ‘Innovation in Collaboration’ in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers in North America 2019 awards. She has been recognised by the ‘IFLR1000 Women Leaders’ for three consecutive years for Capital Markets; named one of the 2021 Best Lawyer Award for France; was listed in Innovate Finance’s Women in FinTech 2019 Powerlist under ‘Senior Leaders’ category; also named a leading individual by Chambers for her expertise in English and French law for banking and finance and structured finance.

Her interests include jewellery design, and as part of a social enterprise project, she set up www.thepearlladies.com. Sharon is also a keen supporter of the French AFM-Téléthon, organised by the French association against the neuromuscular disease which raises funds for research projects into rare genetic diseases.

Awards and recognitions

2019-2020

Derivatives and Structured Finance, France, Recommended
Legal 500 EMEA

2019-2020

Derivatives and Structured Finance, France, Leading Individuals
Legal 500 EMEA

2019-2020

Capital Markets: Debt Capital Markets, France, Recommended
Legal 500 EMEA

2018-2020

Derivatives and Structured Finance, Leading Individual
Legal 500 EMEA

2018-2020

Capital Markets: Debt Capital Markets
Legal 500 EMEA

2018-2020

Capital Markets: Structured Finance (France)
Chambers Global

2018-2020

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (UK), Expertise Based Abroad in France
Chambers Global

2018-2020

Capital Markets (France), Foreign expert for UK
Chambers Global

2018-2020

Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Securitisation & Derivatives (UK), Expertise Based Abroad in France
Chambers Global

2018-2020

Capital Markets: Debt (France)
Chambers Global

2020

Listed in the 2020 edition of IFLR1000 Women Leaders
IFLR 1000

2020

Recommended as a National Leader in Capital Markets
Who's Who Legal

2019

Industry Focus: Energy
Legal 500 EMEA

2018

Recognised Practitioner in Capital Markets (Debt)
Chambers Europe

2018

Sharon Lewis combines strong skills in both structured finance and debt. She offers expert advice on cross-border transactions thanks to her dual qualification in French and English law. Clients describe her as excellent on structured finance and report: She understands the company needs and she is always available to deliver the quality service we demand.
Chambers Europe

2018

Among the 300 female lawyers considered as best transactional specialists
IFLR 1000

2017

Listed on the Women in FinTech 2017 Powerlist
Innovate Finance

Education and admissions

Education

First Class Honours in English and French Law, University of Paris XI (Paris Sud)

LL.B., University of Kent

Memberships

Franco-British Chamber of Commerce

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Paris

Related knowledge

Embracing Change

Representative experience

The first of its kind in the market – advising EDF on the first ever green bond issued by a corporate of €1.4bn 

The first ever 100-year century bond issue in sterling – advising EDF on its £1.35bn bond issue in sterling.

Advising Crédit Agricole S.A on its securitisation of residential mortgage loans granted by the group's 39 regional banks for an amount of €1,136,400,000.

Advising AXA Bank Europe SCF, a French covered bond structure (société de crédit foncier) on its €9bn entry program.

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