Biography

Pierre-Alain Bouhenic is a Partner and the Practice Group Leader of the Firm's Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Practice Group in France.

Pierre-Alain represents companies, shareholders, creditors and investors on a wide range of legal and judicial procedures, operations in corporate reorganization as well as restructuring operations. He has developed extensive experience advising distressed companies, from protective measures to insolvency proceedings and funds in their takeover operations His practice also concerns pre-litigation and litigation in acquisition or post-acquisition issues including challenged transactions, representations and warranties.

Pierre-Alain studied at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Paris X Nanterre.

Awards

Representation

Assisting a leading producer of extracts for perfumes in acquiring control of a paper group. This paper group is a listed group which operates on the markets for wood, paper, bags and protective packaging. It employs some 2,125 employees and develops its activities in some seventy countries spread across the five continents, through eighteen subsidiaries and twenty business units. It generates annual revenues in excess of € 400 million. The group has been experiencing severe cash problems for several years now. It owes in excess of € 100 million to its creditors.

Counsel to a pan-European private equity investor, sponsor of one of the leaders in France in the casino and gaming industry, in connection with the debt restructuring of the group (i.e. more than € 350 million of LBO debt).

Counsel to a private equity investor in connection with the acquisition of the leader of the leader in electronic device facing financial difficulties.

Counsel to a private TV channel in the structuration of its activity and financial situation.

Counsel to a local newspaper group in the acquisition and of controlling stake (97.14%) in another press group held by a major daily press group. This acquisition is part of the debt restructuring of this daily press.

Counsel to a French environmental management multinational company in connection with the restructuration of part of its activities within the subsidiaries to be held in partnership with various third-party investors and the implementation of the structures and the related documentation.

Counsel to a French subsidiary of a Japanese company in connection with the structuration and acquisition of a data treatment company.

Assisting an energy drink Austrian company within the frame of a commercial litigation opposing it to two of its independent distributors which had gone into safeguard.

Education

University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – Postgraduate diplomas (DESS) in European Business Law and in International Law
University of Paris X Nanterre

Bar Admissions

Avocat au barreau de Paris

Languages

English
French
Publications
Interviewed in "La culture de l’effi cacité et du pragmatisme" discussing new fundings in domestic and cross border restructuring with French Newspaper Le Figaro (October 17, 2019)
Awards and Honors
The Best Lawyers in France, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2022
Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency, France, 2014-2021. He is described as "a great restructuring lawyer. His performance was remarkable, displaying a large array of skills. He is both strategic and adaptable, and also firm on tough matters."
The Legal 500 EMEA/Paris, Insolvency, 2020-2021
Option Droit & Affaires, Restructuring, 2019-2021
IFLR1000, Notable Practitioner, Restructuring & Insolvency, France, 2020-2021
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