I am head of our dispute resolution team in Paris and co-head of our International Restructuring and Insolvency Group.

I assist clients in complex commercial and financial litigations. Over the past 20 years, I have also developed a recognised practice in restructuring, advising clients at all stages of financial and industrial restructurings, from consensual workouts to litigation involving distressed companies. I have in-depth expertise in complex commercial and financial litigation and in energy & utilities.

I started my career in 2002 as an associate with an attorney at law before the French Supreme Courts (Avocats aux Conseils), where I gained significant experience in dispute resolution before the French Supreme Courts (Cour de cassation & Conseil d'Etat). I later worked in the restructuring & insolvency group of an independent French law firm, before joining the Dispute resolution group of a Magic Circle law firm in 2009, where I was appointed Counsel in 2011. I joined Bird & Bird in 2015.

A former first secretary of the Conférence du Stage des avocats au Conseil d'Etat et à la Cour de cassation (2006), I teach insolvency proceedings in the Master in business law at the University Paris V. I am a member of the ARE (Association pour le Retournement des Entreprises).

  • Advising a SPV in the context of the implementation and enforcement of a French trust (fiducie) and the sale of the underlying asset (48,000 sq.m. office building) in safeguard proceedings (portfolio: €110 million). The transaction involved a major French bank and a German bank as senior creditors.
  • Advising the senior bondholders of a French manufacturing group in relation to the €200 million cross-border financial restructuring of the group and its acquisition by the senior bondholders. The specificity of the case lied in the security package that was designed to secure a €40m new money financing, and which included the transfer to a French trust (fiducie) of IP rights located in more than 15 North American and Asian jurisdictions.
  • Advising a major French bank, as trustee, in relation to a French corporate trust (fiducie) set up as part of a financial restructuring of a €70 million debt. The transaction involved a pool of nearly 10 banks and was conducted under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. The specificity of the case lied in the assets transferred to the corporate trust (a group of companies with liabilities at various levels) and the need to organise the control and distribution of cash flows related to the sale of each company and/or underlying assets.
  • Advising a multinational pharmaceutical company against claims made in court by the court-appointed liquidator of a former manufacturing unit seeking (i) the extension of the liquidation proceedings to the company and (ii) €11 million in damages on the ground of excessive credit support extended to this former operational unit. The claims relate to the financial consequences of a failed carve-out of a distressed business unit.
  • Advising a multinational oil and gas company and its subsidiary in relation to a post-safeguard litigation. The litigation was initiated by a French group specialised in the solar power in relation to the failure of a partnership project. The purpose of the action is to have the company and its subsidiary held liable for the alleged loss of financing and investment projects resulting from the failure of the negotiations, estimated by the claimant at €250 million.
  • Advising a real estate SPV held by French public institutions against claims made in court by the court-appointed liquidator of its former tenant seeking (i) the extension of the liquidation proceedings of the latter to the SPV and (ii) €11 million damages on the ground of excessive credit support extended to its former tenant. The main issue was to obtain the overruling of the decision of a Commercial Court which extended the liquidation proceedings of the SPV's former tenant to the SPV and preventing the judicial sale by the liquidator of the SPV's real estate valued at €25 million. This was obtained in appeal. The other action brought by the Liquidator, on the ground of excessive credit support, is still pending.
  • Advising a multinational logistics company in relation to legal actions initiated by the court-appointed liquidator as well as dismissed employees of a French company. The purpose of these actions is to make the multinational corporation liable for the consequences of the liquidation proceedings of this French company, which was sold in the context of a spin-off of one of the former's non-core businesses.
Education
  • University Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III, Doctorat, Droit privé
  • University Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III, DEA, Droit des affaires
Admissions
  • Paris Bar, France in 2005