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Bernard Grinspan is a French and New York qualified partner in the Paris office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he serves as Chairman of the International Management Committee and Co-Partner-in-Charge of the office.
For more than twenty years, Mr. Grinspan has advised publicly traded and privately held business entities on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures and works closely with clients to provide guidance on strategic and financial investments. In addition, he works regularly on debt restructuring and insolvency matters. He also has notable experience in distributorship and licensing agreements as well as FCPA investigations. He has been instrumental in ‘getting the deal done’ in a number of highly visible transactions within the French business community.
Mr. Grinspan is known to be creative in his approach to client’s issues, with a constant view to explore all possible avenues available, including those combining negotiations and litigation. He has been essential in a number of cross-border deals where litigation and corporate teams are formed and coordinated to maximize client’s results.
Before joining Gibson Dunn’s Paris office in 1990, Mr. Grinspan spent nine years in the United States, first as a student at the Harvard Law School, then as a practicing attorney in New York, working successively at White and Case, Schlumberger Limited and Davis Polk & Wardwell. His two-and-a-half-year experience at Schlumberger gave him an excellent insider’s view of the corporate world, rather unique in law firms as he was involved in the practical implementation of deals as well as their negotiation. After graduating in France, he completed his military service and practiced for two years in a French firm before leaving for the US.
Chambers & Partners Global has consistently ranked Mr. Grinspan as a Foreign Expert for USA-related Corporate/M&A work, noting that he is “well regarded” by clients for his experience and “valued opinions.” Previous editions commented that he is a “completely bilingual, extremely strategic and practical M&A expert” ; “a strong choice for complex cross-border transactions.” Chambers has also noted that the practice “benefits greatly from Bernard Grinspan’s US legal expertise and experience when it comes to handling major transatlantic deals”.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 recommends him for M&A and previous editions have described him as a “highly regarded” partner “who puts all his energy in to get a deal done”, “well placed to assist clients on complex transactions” and providing “creative advice that goes beyond the pure legal aspects.” Bernard Grinspan shows an “innate understanding of business and human relationships,” directories say. In addition, Best Lawyers in France has consistently ranked him for Corporate Law and Information Technology Law over the years.
Mr. Grinspan plays a major role in the growth of Gibson Dunn’s European practices. He was and continues to be instrumental in the development of the firm’s European offices into high quality legal service providers, capable of advising foreign clients on the laws of their respective jurisdictions.
He speaks English fluently.
Harvard University - 1983 Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Institut d'etudes politiques de Paris-Sciences Po - 1979 Diplôme
France - Avocat au Barreau de Paris
New York Bar