With a dedicated specialists team who works in close cooperation with all the firm’s other departments, we offer our clients a wide range of services in files covering the prevention of business difficulties (conciliation or mandat ad hoc) and insolvency proceedings.

As a market leader, De Pardieu is one of the most widely recognized specialists in the prevention and handling of business difficulties.

Our team advises its clients comprising French and foreign lenders, creditors, listed and unlisted groups, international groups, investors and potential buyers on debt restructuring and corporate reorganisation.

Combining judicial practice with an in-depth experience of complex restructuring transactions, our team works in close cooperation with the firm’s other teams to address all issues specific to each transaction.

Drawing on our wide-ranging experience of crisis situations, we offer comprehensive support to our clients, from the definition of the strategy to the implementation of restructuring schemes, by proposing innovative solutions tailored to our clients’ needs, the context of the case and the stakes involved.

Our solid network of “best friend” law firms enables us to respond to our clients’ cross-border issues while ensuring a high level of technical expertise, regardless of the jurisdiction involved.

Insolvency litigation
  • Proceedings before the juge commissaire, the Commercial Court and the Cour d’Appel (third-party action, claims, objection(s) to receivables, termination of current contracts, transfer of assets, etc.).
  • Liability litigation (directors, shareholders, lenders)
Prevention of business difficulties
  • Assistance with diagnosis and strategy definition: solvency, security balance sheet, liability (of directors, shareholders, etc.), international aspects
  • Advice to companies or their creditors (banks, bondholders, credit insurers, financial lessors, suppliers or customers) in the context of mandats ad hoc, conciliations or out-of-court settlements.
  • Assistance to French subsidiaries in bonis of foreign groups subject to amicable settlement or insolvency proceedings in their country of origin
Insolvency proceedings
  • Representation of creditors, assistance with monitoring missions, filing proof of claims
  • Representation of companies or investors, preparation of safeguard or continuation plans
  • Submission of takeover bids (sale plans)
  • Analysis of effects on the situations of co-contractors, creditors and shareholders
Representation before the CIRI and supervisory authorities

Representation before the CIRI and the supervisory authorities to whom the difficulties of companies under their control are likely to be referred (Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Régulation, Autorité des Marchés Financiers, Commission de la Concurrence, European Commission).

Latest rankings and awards

Legal 500 EMEA – 2024

Insolvency (Tier 1 – Top tier firm ranking)

“A senior team which not only has recognised technical expertise, but also assists its clients in the best trading strategy.”

Chambers Europe 2024 – Restructuring / Insolvency (Band 1)

“De Pardieu has a very strong and super competent team at all levels from juniors to partners. All are very reactive, invested and master the topic.”

IFLR 1000 2023 – Restructuring and Insolvency (Tier 1)

Décideurs 2023 – Restructuring & Entreprises en difficulté : Opérations LBO en difficulté (Incontournable)

Décideurs 2023 – Restructuring & Entreprises en difficulté : Conseil des banques et créanciers (Incontournable)

Décideurs 2023 – Restructuring & Entreprises en difficulté : Conseil des entreprises et actionnaires / Upper mid & large-cap (Excellent)

ODA 2024 – Collective procedures (*****)

ODA 2024 – Debt prevention and renegotiation (*****)

ODA 2024 – PSE and related collective disputes (****)

Classement 2023 – Prévention des difficultés (Catégorie 1)

Classement 2023 – Procédures collectives (Catégorie 1)

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