Dispute Resolution – International arbitration -Restructuring

The Dispute Resolution department ensures the protection of its clients’ interests as of the pre-contentious stage, in particular by favouring methods of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and conciliation as early as possible. The research of settlement agreements, in particular when they are ways of safeguarding the commercial interests and the reputation of its clients are always prioritised.

The department defends the interests of the Firm’s clients before the French and English courts, in civil, commercial and criminal proceedings. Recognised for its work in complex and strategic litigations, it represents clients in all contentious issues of the commercial world: post-acquisition disputes, shareholders disputes, liability of directors and company officers, banking and financial disputes, competition disputes, distribution and intellectual property disputes.

Lawyers of the department regularly represent clients in property, construction, technology and industrial risks, new technologies, financing, white collar and sport cases.

The International Arbitration team represents clients in the context of ad hoc arbitrations (UNCITRAL) or institutional arbitrations such as the ICC (international Chamber of Commerce) or the LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration).

Its pragmatic approach to cases and its proximity to clients, enables the Dispute Resolution department to propose effective and creative strategies to best achieve objectives jointly defined with its clients. Rigor, reactivity and pugnacity are the defining elements of this practice.

As part of its restructuring activity, the Firm works with specialist financial analysts, specialised representatives and with the CIRI (Interministerial Committee on Industrial Restructuring) on cases that it handles on a national scale. For insolvent companies, the Firm’s approach is to anticipate, as early as possible, the situation with a view to putting into place the best preventive solutions to turn the company around as quickly as possible. The restructuring and insolvency department acts for insolvent company, both at the pre-insolvency stage (putting into place ad hoc mandates, conciliation and safeguard procedures) and during the insolvency proceedings (monitoring receivership proceedings).

The department also accompanies a number of actors (particularly investors) in company turnarounds (taking part in determining the legal, social and tax components to be restructured in order to present integrated solutions in conciliation procedures, safeguard proposals or receiverships).