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Ashurst LLP’s ‘excellent practice’ is ‘quick, efficient and capable’. It is routinely retained by lenders, shareholders or debtors to advise in the market’s most prominent matters. Recent mandates include assisting the banks with the lender-led restructuring of DSBG; acting for H Partners as shareholder in the renegotiation of DPAM’s debt; and assisting the mezzanine lenders with Gérard Darel’s restructuring. The ‘creative and courageous’ Jean-Pierre Farges is ‘an excellent lawyer with broad connections’. Pierre-Emmanuel Fender is another name to note.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei attracts most of the market’s largest restructuring and insolvency instructions on the banking side, while also handling some key matters for debtors. The practice has been advising MCM in the SNCM saga, as well as acting for Bata and ABC Chaussures following their judicial liquidation proceedings. Philippe Dubois and Joanna Gumpelson rank among the best in the field; Matthieu Barthélemy is also recommended.

The outstanding team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP frequently takes the starring roles in the market’s landmark insolvency and restructuring cases, advising the debtor or the main creditors. The practice recently represented Pixmania with the sale of its business and assets and acted for Continentale Nutrition in its pre-insolvency proceedings. The practice is led by market-leading figures Jean-Dominique Daudier de Cassini and Philippe Druon. Recently promoted partner Fabienne Beuzit is also recommended. Anne-Sophie Noury joined BDGS Associés.

Bredin Prat advises investors and distressed companies. The firm is assisting Groupe Flo with its debt restructuring, representing CGMF and the French state in SNCM’s insolvency procedure, and advising Quiksilver on its financial restructuring. Olivier Puech and Nicolas Laurent are leading names.

Orrick Rambaud Martel ‘knows all the tools’ and is ‘unique at unlocking a restructuring deal with complex parties’. The practice advises investors and lenders as creditors in high-profile matters. It is representing RBS with the approval of NextiraOne’s safeguard proceedings. The ‘smart and astute’ Saam Golshani ‘knows all the best strategies and when to be aggressive’.

Racine’s ‘responsive and efficient’ team often represents shareholders or distressed companies. The firm is handling a high volume of work, including several high-profile and complex cases. It assisted Perceva with the acquisition of Cauval’s assets and acted for LBO France in the buyout of Fram, which was in pre-packaged insolvency. Insolvency-related litigation is also handled by the team. Practice co-heads Antoine Diesbecq and Laurent Jourdan are recommended along with Emmanuel Laverrière and finance expert Barna Evva.

Santoni & Associés regularly advises investors and debtors in top cases, and notably assisted HGDLMA with the takeover of Gérard Darel. The seven-lawyer team includes market-leading figure Marc Santoni, Bérangère Rivals and Lionel Lamoure.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is regularly involved in the market’s top matters, often advising shareholders and investors. The practice recently represented Apollo and Monarch during Latécoère’s debt restructuring. Alexandra Bigot, who ranks among the best in the field, is co-head of the practice alongside Lionel Spizzichino; counsel Vincent Pellier is another name to note.

Altana ‘goes straight to the point and provides concrete and technical solutions’. The firm is involved in restructuring and insolvency cases of all sizes, largely acting for distressed companies. Recent mandates include assisting Du Pareil au Même with its restructuring. The team also assists companies and investors in takeovers of distressed companies. Michel Jockey and Pierre-Gilles Wogue are highly experienced.

Bremond & Associés advises a mix of debtors, investors and lenders. Guilhem Bremond, Delphine Caramalli and Virginie Verfaillie are key figures along with Timothée Gagnepain, who joined from Reboul & Associés, and Christine Lebreton, who was previously at STC Partners.

Clifford Chance has ‘an extremely available team with great experience’. The practice represents creditors, shareholders and debtors, often in the most complex matters. It has been assisting the French Ministries of Transport and Foreign Affairs with the insolvency of the high-speed rail concession between Perpignan and Figueras. The firm also represented Racing Club de Lens Football Club with its pre-pack sale. Reinhard Dammann is ‘a major influence to help change the current legal environment’. Counsel Gilles Podeur is also recommended.

DLA Piper ‘solid expertise’ and often advises investors in French and multi-jurisdictional cases. It assisted La Dépêche du Midi with the acquisition of a controlling stake in Midi Libre. Pierre-Alain Bouhenic heads the practice. David Chijner and Noam Ankri are also top advisers.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier’s François Kopf is involved in key insolvency, restructuring and litigation matters, acting for investors and debtors alike.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. assists investors, distressed companies and lenders. The practice is representing Partouche and Financière Partouche with its safeguard proceedings and litigation. Caroline Texier and Gabriel Sonier are highly experienced.

Maurice Lantourne at Lantourne & Associés is one of the market’s most respected figures. Kristell Cattani and Flavie Hannoun are also recommended, while Samuel Scherman recently joined from Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP.

Linklaters often advises investors and some lenders in insolvency and financial restructuring matters. Aymar de Mauléon de Bruyères heads the practice, which recently assisted CDR Créances as main creditor in Cauval’s insolvency proceedings.

Poulain & Associés has extensive experience of complex matters, which recently include assisting Arche during its restructuring. Practice head Jean-Paul Poulain is ‘a top professional’. Jean-Charles Barbaud is another name to note, as is litigator Edouard Bloch.

Veil Jourde is ‘highly involved in matters’ and ‘defends its clients’ interests until the end’. The practice notably advised majority shareholder Veolia during the headline SNCM case. The team is led by several prominent figures: Georges Jourde, Nassim Ghalimi, Bertrand Chauchat, Yankel Bensoussan and Pierre-François Veil, who ranks ‘among the best’.

White & Case LLP represents investors, commercial parties and lenders. Recent mandates include advising the lenders during Gérard Darel’s insolvency proceedings. Céline Domenget-Morin heads the practice.

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