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Joanna
Gumpelson

'Joanna Gumpelson has an excellent reputation for her work in debt restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings. Clients highlight her "excellent skill set, knowledge and experience of the French restructuring legal framework and practice," and further commend her "highly valuable common sense and pragmatic approach to restructuring negotiations."' Chambers Europe 2022 / "Joanna Gumpelson has excellent technical knowledge and is able to explain French procedures in a way that make them easy for foreign lawyers and their clients to understand." LEGAL 500 EMEA 2020 / She is "very technical when it is needed and very commercially minded when it is necessary." CHAMBERS EUROPE 2020

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Joanna Gumpelson’s main areas of expertise are insolvency proceedings and debt-restructuring.

She represents French and foreign investment funds, banks, as well as lease-finance and factoring institutions, bondholders or suppliers, etc. She also regularly represents French or foreign issuers, in particular in the context of failing LBOs.

She is also handling – jointly with partners of the litigation group headed by Paul Talbourdet – commercial, banking and finance litigation cases.

Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2002, she graduated from HEC Paris (2000) and holds an advanced degree (DESS) in Tax and Business law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2000).

She joined De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s Restructuring & Insolvency team in 2002. She was appointed counsel in 2009, before being co-opted as Partner in 2014.

Joanna Gumpelson was elected as “Lawyer of the Year 2017” by Best Lawyers in Restructuring and Reorganization Law, “Women Leaders for France” by IFLR1000 since 2018, as well as “Juriste HEC 2014” . Joanna is also recognized by the 2016 “Who’s who Legal – Restructuring & Insolvency”. She is a member of the Society of Turnaround Professionals (Association pour le Retournement des Entreprises – ARE).

Vice Chair of the Financial Institutions Subcommittee IBA (2017-2018).

She is also co-author of several articles in her practice areas: « Du comité à la classe de créanciers : modalités de vote et de décision des créanciers seniors en France et aux Etats-Unis » Bulletin Joly Entreprises en Difficulté, July 2018; “Restructuring and insolvency handbook: France”, Practical Law Company, every year since 2005; “Claw-back of security in insolvency (France)”, IBA, Banking Law Committee project, March 2012; “Debt-equity swaps in France: recent developments“, Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2012/2013; “International Insolvency: France”, The European Lawyer Reference, November 2012; “Restructurations de LBO Le charme discret de la prévention”, Option Droit et Affaires, December 2011; “The European Restructuring and Insolvency Guide 2005/2006, sponsored by PriceWaterhouse Coopers; “Multinational Enterprise Liability in Insolvency Proceedings” edited by J.W. Boone, Alston & Bird, January 2010; Regular contributions to the IBAs Newsletter.

Citations / Publications / Interviews:

  • “Pourquoi le refinancement des PGE pose question” citation of Joanna Gumpelson, Le Nouvel Economiste, April 19, 2022
  • The Restructuring Reviewby Joanna Gumpelson and Philippe Dubois, The Law Review, August 2021
  • “Restructuring & Insolvency 2021” by Joanna Gumpelson and Philippe Dubois, ICLG, August 2021
  • “Zoom sur une nouvelle génération de femmes du restructuring” citation of Joanna Gumpelson, Mayday Mag, March 8, 2021
  • Joanna Gumpelson, la bienveillante” portrait of Joanna Gumpelson by Ondine Delaunay, LJA Magazine, October 2020
  • Du comité à la classe de créanciers : modalités de vote et de décision des créanciers seniors en France et aux Etats-Unis” by Joanna Gumpelson and Philippe Dubois, Bulletin Joly Entreprises en Difficulté, July 2018
  • Corporate Recovery & Insolvency by Joanna Gumpelson and Philippe Dubois, ICLG, 2018
  • Méthodologie d’une restructuration de LBO : quelques vérités » by Joanna Gumpelson and Philippe Dubois, Option Droit & Affaires, March 2017
  • Le restructuring : un domaine du droit en perpétuelle mutation interview of Joanna Gumpelson and Philippe Dubois, Revue Polytechnique La Jaune et la Rouge, October 2016
  • Table-ronde – Fonds alternatifs : le choc des cultures ?citations of Joanna Gumpelson, Option Droit & Affaires, March 2016
  • Prepack cession à la française : ne pas confondre vitesse et précipitation by Joanna Gumpelson and Philippe Dubois, Capital Finance, January 25, 2016.
  • Group insolvency, consolidation of debt and director’s duties and liabilities in France”, Practical Law, 2015/2016
  • Actionnaire ou obligataire : en procédure collective, faut-il choisir ? by Joanna Gumpelson and Philippe Dubois, Option Droit & Affaires, June 2015
  • Table-ronde : LBO en difficulté : une page se tourne citations of Joanna Gumpelson, Option Droit & Affaires, June 2015
  • International Insolvency: France”, Thomson Reuters, June 2015
  • Debt Restructuring: an alternative to insolvency proceedings” The European Lawyer Reference, December 2014
  • Debt-equity swaps in France: recent developments“, Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2012/2013
  • International Insolvency: France”, The European Lawyer Reference, November 2012
  • Claw-back of security in insolvency (France)”, IBA, Banking Law Committee project, March 2012
  • Restructurations de LBO Le charme discret de la prévention”, Option Droit et Affaires, Décember 2011
  • Multinational Enterprise Liability in Insolvency Proceedings” published par J.W. Boone, Alston & Bird, January 2010
  • The European Restructuring and Insolvency Guide 2005/2006 in partnership with PriceWaterhouse Coopers
  • Restructuring and insolvency handbook: France”, Practical Law Company, since 2005
  • Regular contributions to the IBA Newsletter

Publications:

  • « Joanna Gumpelson, la bienveillante » portrait of Joanna Gumpelson by Ondine Delaunay, LJA Magazine, October 2020
  • « Du comité à la classe de créanciers : modalités de vote et de décision des créanciers seniors en France et aux Etats-Unis » Bulletin Joly Entreprises en Difficulté, July 2018
  • « Le restructuring : un domaine du droit en perpétuelle mutation » interview of Joanna Gumpelson and Philippe Dubois, Revue Polytechnique La Jaune et la Rouge, October 2016
  • « Prepack cession à la française : ne pas confondre vitesse et précipitation » by Joanna Gumpelson and Philippe Dubois, Capital Finance, january 25 2016.
  • “Group insolvency, consolidation of debt and director’s duties and liabilities in France”, Practical Law, 2015/2016
  • Debt Restructuring: an alternative to insolvency proceedings” The European Lawyer Reference, Decembre 2014
  • Debt-equity swaps in France: recent developments“, Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2012/2013
  • International Insolvency: France”, The European Lawyer Reference, November 2012
  • Claw-back of security in insolvency (France)”, IBA, Banking Law Committee project, March 2012
  • Restructurations de LBO Le charme discret de la prévention”, Option Droit et Affaires, December 2011
  • Multinational Enterprise Liability in Insolvency Proceedings” published par J.W. Boone, Alston & Bird, January 2010
  • The European Restructuring and Insolvency Guide 2005/2006” in partnership with PriceWaterhouse Coopers
  • Restructuring and insolvency handbook: France”, Practical Law Company, since 2005
  • Regular contributions to the IBA Newsletter

Conferences

  • “Webinar Réforme des procédures collectives : Le restructuring dans tous ses états ?” – Intervention of Joanna Gumpelson, June 29, 2022
  • Option Finance’s Restructuring and financing meetings: “PGE repayment, cash management and financing of distressed companies: anticipating and preventing failures” – intervention of Joanna Gumpelson, June 21, 2022.
  • 26th Annual IBA Global Insolvency and Restructuring Conference: “Mediation and reorganising proceedings” intervention of Joanna Gumpelson, November 30, 2021
  • TMA Europe 2021 Annual European: “Government-backed loans in financial restructurings” intervention of Joanna Gumpelson, September 30, 2021
  • “Les Rencontres d’Experts – LBO en difficulté : Des entreprises soutenues mais tâtonnant sur leurs business plans” – intervention of Joanna Gumpelson, Option Droit & Affaires, February 8, 2021

Press releases

Advising Groupe Pierre & Vacances – Center Parcs on the conclusion of an exclusive negotiation agreement with the Alcentra – Fidera – Atream group of investors

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has advised Groupe Pierre & Vacances – Center Parcs on the conclusion of an exclusive negotiation agreement with the Alcentra - Fidera - Atream group of investors as [...]

Advising Adagio and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs on the approval of Adagio conciliation protocol

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has advised Adagio and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs on the approval of Adagio conciliation protocol concluded with its associates, Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs [...]

Advising Pierre & Vacances – Center Parcs on the release of the first Tranche of the new financing

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has advised Pierre & Vacances - Center Parcs Group on the release of the first Tranche of the new financing of a maximum amount of 300 million euros to the benefit of [...]

Advising EXTERIONMEDIA France on its acquisition by SAMFI-INVEST

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has advised EXTERIONMEDIA France, a key player in the communication sector in France (formerly known as GIRAUDY) on its acquisition by the management consulting company [...]