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Brown Rudnick LLP
75008 PARIS

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP offers a fully integrated common and civil law team. The firm handles commercial disputes that involve a wide array of issues: industrial matters as well as corporate, commercial and insurance law-related cases. It advises several major corporations, including leading names in the energy and automobile areas. Several exequatur cases, including UNCITRAL award enforcement proceedings involving an African state, also appear in the caseload. Sébastien Bonnard who heads the practice, and Hervé Le Lay act both as counsel and arbitrator in matters.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Bonnard


‘Great compact team with strong international arbitration experience.’

‘Highly knwoledgeable. Great quality work, thorough and timely. Business-oriented.’

‘As an international law firm, they can efficiently put together the right team from various jurisdictions in multi-jurisdictional disputes, they have a good understanding and appreciation of different markets.’

 ‘Sébastien Bonnard is a very able and hardworking tribunal chair with experience of the Middle-East region.’

‘Hervé Le Lay is a pleasure to work with, always available, credible, knowledgeable. He knows the Turkish market well and he understands the challenges and expectations here.’

Insolvency Tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP has a versatile practice. The team notably assists companies acting as debtors, shareholders and creditors in French restructuring and insolvency matters. Among its solid caseload, the group's role as adviser to main shareholder Coopérative de Distribution des Magazines on the restructuring of press distributor Presstalis stands out. The practice also regularly handles related litigation and impresses with its strong know-how in matters raising complex financings aspects such as EuroPP, unitranche and high-yield bond issues. Pierre-Alain Bouhenic and David Chijner are seasoned practitioners. Arnaud Moussatof made partner in April 2020. Former practice head Didier Bruère-Dawson left the firm early 2021 to set up Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's insolvency and restructuring practice.

Other key lawyers:

David Chijner; Pierre-Alain Bouhenic; Arnaud Moussatof

Key clients





Pegase Partners


NewPharma – PharmaTop




Crazy Horse



Éclair Cinema



Coopérative de Distribution des Magazines


Al Sudais Group – Radece Papir Nova

The firm: Brown Rudnick, an international law firm with offices in the United States and Europe, represents clients from around the world in high-stakes litigation, international arbitration and complex business transactions. Clients include public and private corporations, multinational Fortune 100 businesses and start-up enterprises. The firm also represents investors, as well as official and ad hoc creditors’ committees in today’s largest corporate restructurings, both domestically and abroad. Founded more than 60 years ago, Brown Rudnick has more than 250 lawyers and government relations professionals providing advice and services across key areas of the law. Beyond the US, the firm regularly serves clients in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. With its Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest, the firm has created an innovative model combining its pro bono, charitable giving and community volunteer efforts.

Areas of practice: With relentless focus on the clients’ objectives, Brown Rudnick provides business-focused solutions that address today’s ever-changing, ever-demanding competitive marketplace. Assembling cross-disciplinary teams to suit clients’ specific needs, Brown Rudnick focuses its attention on those practice areas and industries where the firm is, or can be, a recognised leader, including: bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, life sciences, technology, commercial litigation, white-collar defense and government investigations, strategic capital, distressed debt, intellectual property, M&A, and cross-border deals and disputes.

An important strategic focus includes representing hedge funds both domestically and internationally. Brown Rudnick serves funds clients in a wide spectrum of investment activities such as fund transactions, distressed debt and claims trading, portfolio company acquisitions and dispositions, and shareholder activism. When representing funds as bondholders in major domestic or international corporations, Brown Rudnick, unlike many of its competitors, has the ability to be directly adverse to leading commercial banks that may be at odds with bondholders in the capital structure. This has allowed the firm to occupy a key strategic position in the legal market: to act conflict-free against these major financial institutions in complex global litigation and other high-value matters.

Brown Rudnick also differentiates itself through representation of private equity and venture funds and venture-backed companies across the US and throughout Europe. Fueled in part by the needs of clients in the technology and life sciences sectors, Brown Rudnick’s prowess in closing complex cross-border acquisitions and financings is notable for a firm of its size. Brown Rudnick drives life-cycle client relationships by providing all necessary strategic advice, from company organization through all stages of a client’s growth and financing to the client’s final sale or IPO and its ongoing needs as a public company. The firm’s active patent practice, licensing and IP litigation team complement this slate of services, helping clients to protect, defend and leverage their key business assets.

Brown Rudnick’s litigation and arbitration team, with a robust US and international presence, provides a full range of litigation, arbitration and mediation services to clients around the world. The firm represents clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including financial, regulatory and fraud investigations. Specific areas of focus include restructuring and insolvency, mass torts, real estate, telecommunications, government contracts, construction, intellectual property, international arbitration and white-collar defence and government investigations. The firm is regularly arrayed against many of the world’s most prominent financial institutions and investment banks in some of the most contentious engagements on behalf of bondholders, creditors, equity holders and other investors, foreign liquidators and tort claimants.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman & CEO William R Baldiga
Managing Director, Dispute Resolutions & Restructuring Department Sunni P Beville
Managing Director, Corporate & Capital Markets Vince J Guglielmotti
Managing Partner, Europe Neil Micklethwaite
Managing Partner, Paris Sébastien Bonnard
Practice Group Leader, Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring France Pierre-Alain Bouhenic
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Sébastien Bonnard photo Mr Sébastien Bonnard Managing Partner, Paris
Mr Pierre-Alain Bouhenic  photo Mr Pierre-Alain Bouhenic Partner, Practice Group Leader (France)
Mr David Chijner  photo Mr David Chijner Partner
Mr Hervé Le Lay  photo Mr Hervé Le Lay Partner
Number of lawyers : 250