France: Restructuring & Insolvency 2017

This chapter features 20 leading individuals who are recognised for their expertise in the full range of bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency work.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Anja Droege Gagnier BMH Avocats, Paris
2. Isabelle Didier Violet & Associés, Paris
3. Olivier Puech Bredin Prat, Paris

Highly respected national firm BREDIN PRAT co-leads the research this year, with two of its lawyers highlighted for their outstanding work in the space.
Olivier Puech is internationally recognised as a leading name in the French market. He focuses his practice on contentious insolvency proceedings.
The “brilliant” Nicolas Laurent continues to impress peers with his expert handling of asset disposal and financial restructurings for companies in financial difficulty.

Independent French outfit DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI also achieves two listings in this chapter.
Philippe Dubois is “a key name” in the French restructuring market, and is a firm favourite among clients, who include financial institutions, banks and both domestic and international industrial groups.
Joanna Gumpelson draws high praise from international sources for her first-rate practice, which encompasses debt restructurings and insolvencies on behalf of investment funds and financial institutions.

Two leading practitioners at WEIL GOTSHAL & MANGES are recognised for their impressive restructuring and insolvency expertise.
Philippe Druon co-heads the firm’s restructuring department, and is known for his great expertise handling solvent restructurings, insolvency proceedings and bankruptcy work.
Fellow co-leader of the group Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini impresses with his expert handling of corporate reorganisations, from preparation of court procedures to business strategy and takeovers.  

At BMH AVOCATS, the “terrific” Anja Droege Gagnier draws wide praise from international peers for her world-class corporate practice that encompasses restructuring and insolvency proceedings across a range of industries.

Isabelle Didier at boutique outfit VIOLET & ASSOCIÉS is a widely respected figure in the market. She specialises in business law, particularly in relation to companies in difficulty.

At HOCHE SOCIÉTÉ D’AVOCATS, Catherine Ottaway heads the commercial litigation group, and is recognised for her particular specialism in French insolvency law, including takeover bids, conciliations, claims filings and liquidation proceedings.

With over 30 years of experience, Maurice Lantourne at LANTOURNE & ASSOCIÉS is a long-standing fixture in the French legal market and is regarded among peers as a “consummate litigator”.   

CLIFFORD CHANCE’s Reinhard Dammann is “one of the stars in the French legal world” who, according to sources, “stands out for his exceptional legal brain.”

At FTPA, Sandra Esquiva-Hesse is highlighted for her extensive experience advising clients on the gamut of corporate matters, including restructuring and insolvency proceedings and distressed M&A transactions.

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