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Jean-Pierre Farges is a French qualified partner in the Paris office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he serves as a member of the firm’s Litigation and Business Restructuring Practice Groups.
Mr. Farges specializes in complex M&A litigation, arbitration, industrial risk, construction, international trade, insurance, reinsurance, equity capital insolvency dispute matters and public and administrative law disputes and regulatory issues. He has been involved in a number of major disputes before state courts and arbitral tribunals, acting for banks, funds companies and listed industrial companies.
Mr. Farges regularly helps companies through difficult times. He also helps company shareholders with prevention proceedings, as well as by acting for lenders of all types, including credit institutions and CLOs. In recent years he has developed a specific expertise in the restructuring of companies in LBO deals and has implemented pioneering solutions for them. He also works on aspects of restructuring litigation, both during and after the restructuring, and more generally on all types of commercial litigation.
Chambers Global 2019 recommends him for Litigation (Band 3) stating that he is a “strong litigator” particularly active in restructuring and insolvency-related disputes, especially those arising from safeguard plans or shareholder disputes. Chambers Europe 2018 underlined that he has “a strong presence in court” and “fights very hard and defends the case well.” Previous editions noted he is “widely praised by sources for his work on dispute resolution in the field of restructuring and is described as ‘a leading guy’ in that field. He also advises on disputes in the banking, construction and insurance sectors.” The directory described him as, “An expert litigator in the context of financial restructurings ; [he] is widely respected in the French market. Sources praise his corporate knowledge and litigation capabilities.” Benchmark Litigation 2019 has named him a “Dispute Resolution Star”. Legal 500 EMEA 2019 also ranks the “practice head” in dispute resolution – commercial litigation. The directory previously described him as a “rainmaker”, an “excellent litigator,” “very commercial and client-oriented,” and “an absolute star.” Best Lawyers in France also recommends him in its 2019 edition for Litigation.
Chambers Global 2019 recommends him in its Restructuring/Insolvency category (Band 1), where a client describes him as “one of the leaders” in the French market, explaining: “He has great technical knowledge and a very creative approach. He is always looking for solutions and ways to move matters forward.” Chambers Europe 2018 admired his “technical skill, loyalty, creativity and responsiveness.” Previous editions noted that he is, “highly commended by interviewees, who describe him as “excellent from a technical point of view,” adding, “He is a good fighter in court, brave and independent. He defends his clients in every circumstance. He is very honest and has a great sense of humor.” Another source appreciates that “he has a clear vision and knows how to put forward tailored solutions.” Benchmark Litigation 2019 has named him a “Dispute Resolution Star”. Chambers Europe 2015 stated that he is a “commanding figure in the market. [He] is held in high esteem as ‘one of the top lawyers in France. His expertise and personal networks are difficult to match.’” Furthermore, Legal 500 2019 ranks him in band one for insolvency and has named him a Leading Individual, praising him as “highly regarded in the market”. Previous editions praised “an excellent lawyer with broad connections” ; “a great lawyer”; a “real strategist”; “aggressive with exceptional insight, and a pleasure to work with.” He had also previously been referred to as “remarkably intelligent and very smart.” Best Lawyers in France also recommends him in its 2019 edition for Banking and Finance Law, Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
Option Droit & Affaires named him number one in renegotiation of debts in 2016 and “lawyer of the year” for restructuring in 2013, while Décideurs referred to him as “Indispensable for restructuring matters.” Le Magazine des Affaires awarded him the 2017 Restructuring Deal of the Year Prize for Spir, the 2015 Restructuring Large Cap Deal of the Year Prize for Vivarte, the 2015 Restructuring Mid Cap Deal of the Year for meubles Rapp, the 2013 Restructuring Deal of the Year for Saur and Novasep. The Saur case also granted him the Restructuring Deal of the year Prize at the IFLR European Awards 2014. He was the winner of the prestigious “Prix Ulysse” in both 2012 for Mecachrome and 2011 for CPI.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in 2017, he practiced with Ashurst, creating a dispute resolution practice in Paris in 2001. He became a partner there in 2004, where he also founded the restructuring practice in Paris. He previously trained as a lawyer of the Supreme Court (à la Cour de Cassation et au Conseil d’Etat) and worked for various avocats aux Conseils.
A member of the Paris Bar, Mr. Farges graduated in 1994 from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) with a Doctorate in private international law and arbitration; with a Magistère (postgraduate degree) in private and public economic law; and with a DESS (postgraduate degree) in business and tax law. He was a winner of the Mooting Competition for Lawyers of the French Supreme Administrative Court and Supreme Appeals Court–Secrétaire de la conférence des avocats à la Cour de Cassation et au Conseil d’Etat.
He speaks fluent French and English.
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - 1994 Doctorat
École de formation du barreau de Paris-EFB - 1994 CAPA
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - 1992 DESS
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - 1992 Magistère
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - 1992 Maîtrise
France - Avocat au Barreau de Paris