France: Restructuring & Insolvency 2019

In this year’s research into the restructuring and insolvency market, 21 lawyers are recognised for their excellent work in the field.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Reinhard Dammann Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Paris
2. Maurice Lantourne  Lantourne & Associes, Paris

Bredin Prat sees two outstanding lawyers recognised in this chapter.
Olivier Puech is “a leading name” in the restructuring and insolvency space. He is well versed in a range of related matters from corporate turnarounds to litigation proceedings.   
Nicolas Laurent is an “extremely good lawyer” according to peers and is considered an expert in carve-outs, bankruptcy proceedings and financial restructurings.

Reinhard Dammann at Clifford Chance is one of the foremost restructuring and insolvency experts in the French market. He is endorsed as “a leading figure”, frequently advising clients including industrial corporations, insolvency trustees and financial institutions.

Maurice Lantourne of Lantourne & Associés is an “excellent practitioner” and a “top name” in the field. His clients span debtors, investors, creditors and companies in distress.

Marc Santoni of Santoni et Associés is a “tier-one restructuring lawyer” who possesses in-depth knowledge of leveraged buyouts and a wide range of insolvency proceedings.

Guilhem Bremond of Bremond & Associés is “outstanding in restructuring” say market sources. His practice encompasses corporate turnarounds and insolvencies.

Jean-Pierre Farges of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is “one of the top-tier lawyers in the field” and is credited for his leading expertise in corporate restructurings, reorganisations and related disputes.

Philippe Druon of Weil Gotshal & Manges co-leads the firm’s business finance and restructuring group and is recognised for his stellar practice which spans bankruptcy-related insolvency proceedings, crisis management and restructurings.   

Alexandra Bigot of Willkie Farr & Gallagher is an outstanding restructuring and insolvency practitioner who provides expert advice to hedge funds, recovery funds, and corporate investors.

Saam Golshani of White & Case is known for his work on restructuring transactions and is highly praised by peers who remark that he is “clearly one of the top restructuring lawyers in France”.

Gabriel Sonier of Gide Loyrette Nouel is an expert in corporate restructurings and collective actions, an area in which he is highly sought after for his impressive expertise.

Philippe Hameau of Norton Rose Fulbright is “a very talented lawyer” who has significant experience assisting clients such as creditors and shareholders in pre-insolvency proceedings.

Aymar de Mauléon of Linklaters is an “exceptional” restructuring and insolvency practitioner. He provides advice to many types of stakeholders, and covers a range of complex matters within the field.

Laurent Jourdan of Racine is recognised for his excellent restructuring and insolvency practice, and in-depth knowledge of the field. His clients include directors, banks and shareholders.

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