Pierre Clermontel is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Paris office. His practice focuses on corporate finance, capital markets transactions and mergers & acquisitions. He frequently advises issuers and lead managers in connection with IPOs and global offerings. He is also regularly involved in French and cross-border mergers & acquisitions and in acquisition finance transactions. 

Since joining in 2000 to develop Debevoise’s capital markets practice, Mr. Clermontel has not ceased to impress his clients and peers. He is currently listed by Expert Guides amongst France’s leading capital markets practitioners. Who’s Who Legal France (2014 and 2015) describes him as “highly prominent” and “a leading expert on public offerings as well as investment grade and high yield debt.” He has also been praised for his “excellent abilities.” The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa (2014) describes him as “technically very competent and ‘creative’.” He is also hailed by Chambers Global as a “genius” and credited with being responsible for the group’s “unstoppable ascension.” According to the 2013 edition of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, he is “pragmatic and able to quickly understand what the client needs.” Mr. Clermontel is currently ranked as a leading individual for Capital Markets: Equity (France) in Chambers Global (2017) and Chambers Europe (2017). He is also ranked as “highly recommended” by PLC Which Lawyer? and is recommended for both Debt and Equity Capital Markets, as well as for Banking and Mergers & Acquisitions by IFLR1000 (2020).

Mr. Clermontel is a member of the Paris Bar. He has published numerous articles relating to legal developments affecting financial markets and stock exchange regulations. Recent articles include “Debevoise Discusses When to Disclose a European Deal,” The CLS Blue Sky Blog (May, 2019) and “French Bankruptcy Law Becomes More Creditor Friendly,” Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law (July/August, 2014). He has also published a practical guide of IPOs and a book relating to financial markets: Le Droit de la Communication Financière, (Préface Nicolas Molfessis), Editions Lextenso (2009).

Prior to joining Debevoise in 2000, Mr. Clermontel worked with the French Commission des Opérations de Bourse, and then with Linklaters, where he was a partner in the Paris office. Mr. Clermontel holds a DEA in Business Law and has completed his education at the City University of New York.


  • Université Paris X, 1986, D.E.A.
  • Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, 1985, Maîtrise en droit

Bar Admissions

  • Paris