Restructuring and Insolvency

The restructuring team advises businesses facing financial difficulties in both pre-insolvency procedures (conciliation proceedings, ad hoc mediation) and insolvency proceedings (procédure collective). The practice is led by François Kopf.

François Kopf and his team are considered to be among the leading experts in French restructuring law. They have brought to the firm their expertise advising clients on some of the largest restructuring transactions as well as providing specific advice on mergers and acquisitions or financings that involve aspects of restructuring law.

Our restructuring team has a deep knowledge of the mechanics of company financing, as well as the range of corporate issues that face companies, management, shareholders and investors. This knowledge is combined with a practice that is equally active in the litigation of insolvency matters and has significant experience working with the judiciary (courts and court appointees). This combined expertise forms part of the firm’s strategy of providing clients with a comprehensive service and is the approach that has led to the firm’s various departments being instructed on the high profile transactions and proceedings of previous years.

The firm mainly advises borrowers, shareholders, administrators and court appointees, but also advises creditors and potential purchasers, at several stages:

-       Pre-insolvency preventative procedures (conciliation proceedings, ad hoc mediation);

-       Administration, in particular accelerated financial administration; and

-       Receivership and liquidation.

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