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Jean-Pierre Farges is a partner in the Paris office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice Group and member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.
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.
He regularly helps companies through difficult times. He assists 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 Europe 2021 recommends Mr. Farges in its Dispute Resolution: Litigation category and is praised for his negotiation skills with clients remarking that he is “very respected in the courtroom.” Previous editions stated that he has “a strong presence in court” and “fights very hard and defends the case well”. 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 also 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”.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021 also recommends Jean-Pierre Farges in its Dispute resolution – commercial litigation category, highlighting he is “highly experienced and provide[s] strategic and spot-on advice”, and has “great creativity in approaching issues and resolving disputes”. The directory previously described him as the “practice head”, as a “rainmaker”, an “excellent litigator”, “very commercial and client-oriented” and “an absolute star”. Benchmark Litigation 2019 et 2020 has named him a “Dispute Resolution Star”. Best Lawyers in France (2010-2020) hails him for Arbitration, Litigation and Mediation, but also for Banking and Finance Law, as well as Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
Mr. Farges is ranked Band One in the Restructuring/Insolvency category by Chambers Europe 2021. Mr. Farges upholds an admirable reputation on the market, advising clients across the whole spectrum of restructuring and insolvency matters. One client states: “His interests are completely aligned with that of his clients. He is one of the hardest-working lawyers in Paris.” Another source remarks: “Jean-Pierre Farges is absolutely excellent on negotiations.” Previous editions alluded to 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. » 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. »
He is also recognized by Legal 500 2021 with a tier one ranking for Insolvency and has again been named a Leading Individual. Previous editions praised him for being « highly regarded in the market » ; « 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. » IFLR1000 has distinguished his as a Market Leader for France in 2021. Best Lawyers in France (2010-2021) also recommends him for Banking and Finance Law, as well as Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
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.
A member of the Paris Bar since 1995, 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.
Mr. Farges is fluent in English and French.
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