France: Restructuring and Insolvency 2018

Here we feature 20 outstanding restructuring and insolvency experts. This year’s research has identified these individuals as the leading lawyers for strategic advice, restructuring transactions and related disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Reinhard Dammann Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Paris
2. Catherine Ottaway Hoche Avocats, Paris

WEIL GOTSHAL & MANGES sees two esteemed lawyers listed here.
Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini is a standout name at the firm, who impresses peers with his extensive expertise in corporate restructuring procedures. He is known for his strong risk management practice and expert handling of court-ordered procedures.
Philippe Druon is a seasoned restructuring lawyer with a superb reputation for his crisis management expertise as well as his vast litigation experience.

Independent business law firm DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI achieves two listings in this chapter.
Philippe Dubois is a highly regarded restructuring specialist who draws praise from peers and clients alike for his “professional skills, strong personality, availability and top-quality advice”.
Peers do not hesitate to recommend Joanna Gumpelson for her outstanding expertise in major debt restructuring matters. She regularly advises major creditors and investment funds and is highly regarded for her work in the leveraged buyouts space.

CLIFFORD CHANCE’s Reinhard Dammann stands out as an esteemed expert in cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters. He is a leading name in the French market and a go-to adviser for major private equity funds and financial institutions.

Catherine Ottaway of HOCHE AVOCATS “is definitely one of the best lawyers in the market” according to peers, who highlight her “commitment, professionalism and client-oriented approach".

WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER’s Alexandra Bigot receives wide-ranging endorsements for the sophisticated advice she provides to investors and debtors. Peers speak highly of her expertise in troubled leverage buyout cases.

At LANTOURNE & ASSOCIES, founding partner Maurice Lantourne “is a standout practitioner” who “does fantastic work” when it comes to complex insolvency disputes.

The “excellent” Guilhem Bremond leads the practice at BREMOND & ASSOCIÉS, and comes highly recommended for his vast expertise in large-scale restructuring and insolvency proceedings.

FTPA’s Sandra Esquiva-Hesse is a prominent figure in the market who draws praise for her extensive litigation experience and sophisticated counsel in complex liquidation proceedings.  

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL AARPI’s Gabriel Sonier is a long-standing fixture in the market who impresses peers with his deep knowledge of bankruptcy proceedings and insolvency law. He boasts broad technical expertise and is a highly sought-after adviser among major international clients.

Marc Santoni of SANTONI ET ASSOCIÉS stands out as “a leading name” in the restructuring and insolvency sphere. He is held in high regard for his astute commercial insights and expert handling of insolvency proceedings.

At ORRICK RAMBAUD MARTEL, Saam Golshani draws praise as “a top-tier lawyer” with a superb reputation for his experience in corporate restructuring and related M&A matters.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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