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Brown Rudnick LLP
75008 PARIS

Insolvency Tier 3

Brown Rudnick LLP strongly enhanced its capabilities by hiring a highly regarded team from DLA Piper led by Pierre-Alain Bouhenic and David Chijner in November 2018. They joined an existing practice led by Didier Bruère-Dawson, who often handles cross-border cases and notably represented financial development institutions in dealing with complex international buy-in or buy-out investments, notably in Africa and Europe. The practice is also handling French-based work; it notably assisted an insurance company with the acquisitions of distressed assets and represented debtors in several matters.

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP’s London and Paris-based integrated ten-lawyer team has been recently instructed on a series of commercial construction disputes and by new high-profile French clients. The firm also regularly receives instructions from Middle Eastern and Saudi clients and is involved in significant ICC construction cases in the region and in Africa. The practice is also handling a very sensitive dispute involving several oil majors. Nicholas Tse heads the firm’s international practice, while Sébastien Bonnard manages the Paris office. Hervé Le Lay is also recommended.

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 246 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; complex litigation and international arbitration; corporate, securities and M&A; distressed debt and claims trading; emerging companies; energy, utilities and environmental; executive compensation and ERISA; finance; funds; government contracts; government law and strategies; healthcare; intellectual property; intellectual property litigation; life sciences; real estate; tax; white-collar defence and government investigations.

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
Bankruptcy and corporate restructuring
Complex litigation and international arbitration
Corporate, securities and M&A
Distressed debt and claims trading
Emerging companies
Energy, utilities and environmental
Executive compensation and ERISA finance
Government contracts
Government law and strategies
Intellectual property
Intellectual property litigation
Life sciences
Real estate
White-collar defence
Government investigations
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Sébastien Bonnard photo Mr Sébastien Bonnard
 Pierre-Alain Bouhenic  photo Pierre-Alain Bouhenic
 David Chijner  photo David Chijner
Mr Hervé Le Lay  photo Mr Hervé Le Lay
Mr Manan Singh  photo Mr Manan Singh
Number of lawyers : 246
Contacts : Joseph F Ryan (chief executive officer)
Contacts : William R Baldiga (managing director, litigation and restructuring)
Contacts : Samuel P Williams (managing director, corporate and capital markets)
Contacts : Neil Micklethwaite (head of international litigation)
Contacts : Nicholas Tse (head of international arbitration)
Contacts : Sebastian Bonnard (partner, head of Paris office)
Other offices : Boston
Other offices : Hartford
Other offices : London
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Orange County
Other offices : Providence
Other offices : Washington, DC