Biography

Jean-Philippe Robé is a French and New York qualified partner in the Paris office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Mr. Robé's practice focuses on advising clients on international mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and other corporate transactions. Described as an "expert in strategy" by Legal 500 Paris and praised for his "sharp advice" by Legal 500 EMEA, he has wide experience assisting clients in most aspects of the legal structuring of their business activities, both in France and abroad. He acts on a daily basis as outside corporate counsel for numerous French and foreign clients and accompanies French clients in connection with high profile cases in the United States.
Chambers Europe 2016 identified him as one of France's leading individuals.

Mr. Robé's transactional experience encompasses the establishment of companies and joint ventures, assistance in the drafting and negotiation of shareholder agreements and advising on corporate governance matters. He helps clients in their M&A activities in a variety of contexts and industries: he assists foreign investors in their French investments, as well as numerous French investors in their foreign acquisitions of both public and private companies. His experience in this respect covers numerous jurisdictions in Europe, the Middle East, the US and Africa. His clients include companies, banks and private equity funds, which praise him as a "very talented negotiator" (Legal 500 2015) who is "highly regarded" (Legal 500 EMEA 2016).

Mr. Robé's financing practice is twofold: he routinely advises borrowers with regards to French law in connection with acquisition financing, in particular with financial assistance prohibitions and ancillary issues, and he also assists in the taking of security interests on French assets. He is particularly highly regarded for his involvement with innovative financing devices. For example, he was the designer of the first industrial LBO financed in France in a Shari'ah compliant manner.

Mr. Robé also intervenes in distressed situations, advising either companies going through a restructuring process or investors purchasing distressed assets. In particular, he successfully argued a case which led, for the first time, to the opening of a French Safeguard proceeding in favor of a Luxembourg holding company on the basis that its center of main interest was located at the headquarters of its French subsidiary. This important case, concerning the largest office complex in Europe, Coeur Défense, was taken to the French Supreme Court and the Versailles Court of Appeal and both handed down verdicts favorable to Mr. Robé's clients.

The author and co-author of several books and articles, Mr. Robé has also given numerous lectures on enterprise law and corporate governance in France, the United States and Italy. He was awarded the 2016 Prix du Cercle Montesquieu (the largest French association of General Counsels) for his book "Le temps du monde de l'entreprise". Chambers Global 2016 has elected him a USA Bankruptcy/Restructuring foreign expert, based in France. He is ranked as a leading lawyer for France: Restructuring/Insolvency by Chambers Europe 2016, where is it noted that he played an important role in some of the firm's biggest recent cases.

In addition to his French mother tongue, Mr. Robé speaks English and Italian fluently.

Education

  • European University Institute - 1992 - Ph.D.
  • University of Michigan - 1988 - Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • Université Jean-Moulin Lyon III - 1985 - Maîtrise

Admissions

  • France - Avocat Du Barreau De Paris
  • New York Bar

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