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Bremond & Associés

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Managing Partner: Guilhem Bremond
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 20
Languages: English, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, German

Firm Overview:
Based in Paris, Bremond & Associés is a boutique firm with high profile professionals exclusively dedicated to special situations. Due to its independence and its insolvency/bankruptcy focus, Bremond & Associés provides clients with a strong technical competence, a business sensitive talent as well as a tailor-made strategic approach. The firm’s insolvency and bankruptcy expertise has a reputation for excellence on the French and European markets. The firm is recognised by peers, clients and professional observers as a tier-one actor in debt and financial restructurings with international exposure.

For cross-border deals with a UK or US element, Bremond & Associés works closely with the alliance between a London based team of US/UK tier-one professionals. It is aimed at offering international clients access to the best opportunities in the French market while providing high standards of legal services by widely revered multijurisdictional lawyers. It is the result of the two firms working successfully together on a number of complex cross-border transactions involving French issuers and assets.

Main Areas of Practice:

Restructuring/Insolvency:

4 partners based in Paris; 15 key earners
Bremond & Associés is involved in over 50 restructuring deals every year, with a wide portfolio of clients ranging from investment funds, bank desks, French sovereign fund (BPI France) to listed and unlisted companies. Recently, the firm has been involved in the:
■ Representatives of the management in the restructuring of ASCOVAL
■ Representatives of GiFi in the takeover of Tati
■ Representatives of Bolbré in the takeover of Necotrans
■ Representatives of Centrebridge in the financing restructuring of Camaieu
■ Representatives of BPI in the restructuring of William Seurin
■ Representatives of BPI in the debt restructuring of Bourbon
■ Representation of bondholders in the debt restructuring of Ludendo/La Grande Recié
■ Representation of investors in the overall restructuring of Aurénis
■ Representation of Davidson Kampner and Warwick in the Court supervised take over of Ascometal assets
■ Representation of Kering in the sale of La Redoute
■ Representation of Kering in the sale of Relais Colis
■ Representation of Bank of Scotland in the sale and debt restructuring of Groupe Retif
■ Representation of BPI France in the debt restructurings of SAUR and CLESTRA
■ Representation of Eurotunnel in organising the placement under a safeguard proceeding
■ Representation of Banco do Brazil in the restructuring of DOUX
■ Representation of the coordinating committee lead by BNP Paribas in the debt restructuring of Parkeon Group
■ Representation of Groupe Moniteur in renegotiating its debt with its creditors

M&A/Corporate:
1 partner based in Paris; 2 key earners
Bremond & Associés frequently acts for companies and investment funds, both French and international on acquisitions, disposals of shares and assets, joint ventures, corporate restructuring of companies or groups. The firm advises on investment in minority or majority holdings in listed and non-listed companies, from set up of the transaction to the negotiation and drafting of the legal documents. The firm regularly advises clients on the preparation, negotiation and follow up of shareholder agreements.

Labour:
1 Counsel based in Paris; 2 key earners
Bremond & Associés has an entire team dedicated to the labour issues for in bonis companies or in insolvency proceedings. The labour law team assists, in collective or individual matters, French and international clients in the day to day staff management and the implementation of human resources strategies (employment contracts, professional elections, employee departures, settlement agreements etc.). The labour team is particularly well known for its extensive experience and its great operating responsiveness with respect to labour issues raised in the context of the preventive and insolvency proceedings.

International Work:
The independence of Bremond & Associés has enhanced its relationships with key actors in various jurisdictions. The firm regularly works in close co-operation with leading law firms and tier-one other professionals of other countries to organise overall strategies and optimise clients’ interests.

Clients:
The firm’s clients include US and UK funds, major international groups, banks, financial institutions and government bodies.
Contact: Delphine Caramalli
Tel: +33 1 55 73 45 20
Email: [email protected]

Key Individuals:
■ The founder of the firm, Guilhem Bremond, is a major actor on the French and European restructuring market. Guilhem is known for understanding business situations and anticipating issues, which gives him a superior ability to solves companies' difficulties and mitigate managements' risk exposure. Guilhem Bremond organised the first safeguard proceeding in France and has been involved in major restructurings of both listed and private companies, such as inter alia, Camaïeu, Nortel, Abrisud, Moret, Eclair Group, La Redoute, Relais Colis, Eurotunnel, Doux, Néo Security, Belvédère, Virgin, Mindscape, CPI, SGD (Saint Gobain Desjonquieres), SAUR, Windhurst. He is recognised as a leading French expert in EU Regulation COMI shifts
■ Partner Virginie Verfaillie is a prominent litigator specialised in special situations and liability issues in a context of insolvency. Virginie Verfaillie is a board member of ARE (Association pour le Retournement des Entreprises), the leading French association on the French restructuring market. Virginie's technical skills are highlighted by practitioners and clients. She is regularly consulted to advise on legal reforms. She is assistant professor at Assas University in Paris
■ Partner Delphine Caramalli mainly focuses on debt restructurings as well as domestic and cross-borders distressed M&A. She was involved on, inter alia, Ascometal, La Redoute, Relais Colis, Camaieu, Norshe, Retif, Parkeon, Tati, Groupe Moniteur, Mezzo di Pasta, Virgin, Charles Jourdan, Groupe Carrere, Michel Thierry, Matussière & Forest SA, Nortene SA, Gantois matters. Delphine also participated to the issuance of high yield bonds offerings, such as Carmeuse, Sonic Automotive, René Coutu, Royal Cruise Caribbean, Estee Lauder. Delphine's deal maker talents are plebiscited by pairs and clients. Her negotiation skills have contributed to strengthening her highly respected reputation
■ Partner Christine Le Breton heads the corporate and M&A practice of Bremond & Associés. She has developed over the years an experience in counseling entrepreneurs and investment funds, both to assist them in their merger and acquisition, investments, external expansion, restructuring deals and in the implementation of optimised compensation systems to the executives’ benefit
■ Partner Hector Arroyo is a member of the Paris Bar and is qualified in Brazil. Hector is specialised in distressed M&A and insolvency. He is the founder of AJR, the French leading association of the new generation of professionals in restructuring. Hector is specialised in both in Court and out of Court restructuring