Joanna Gumpelson is a partner within De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s restructuring and insolvency department. Her main areas of expertise are insolvency proceedings and debt restructuring. She represents French and foreign investment funds, banks, as well as bondholders or suppliers, etc. She also regularly represents French or foreign issuers, in particular, in the context of failing LBOs.
She also handles – jointly with partners of the litigation group – commercial, banking and finance litigation cases.
Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2002, she graduated from HEC Paris (2000) and holds an advanced degree (DESS) in tax and business law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2000). She joined De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s restructuring and insolvency team in 2002. She was appointed counsel in 2009, before being co-opted as partner in 2014.
Joanna is also recognised by Who’s Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency 2016 and by the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Restructuring.
Recent transactions include: Toys R Us (representing the French companies – ongoing), CGG (representing the senior secured creditors’ committee); Foraco (representing the new money providers in the context of its court-approved restructuring); Nextiraone (representing one of the largest creditors in the context of the first French pre-packaged sale plan and debt restructuring at the level of the holding company); JOA (representing Alchemy, having become the majority shareholder through a debt-equity swap); Orco Property Group (representing the bondholders’ committee); Brealu (representing Diversified Machine Inc (subsidiary of The Carlyle Group) in the takeover of Brealu’s business in the framework of rehabilitation proceedings); Belvédère (representing the senior noteholders in the insolvency proceedings opened for Belvédère and its subsidiaries); Coeur Défense (representing the ‘A’ bondholders of the securitisation senior tranche in the safeguard proceedings opened for Hold and its parent company Dame Luxembourg); and Mecachrome (representing the bondholders of Mecachrome International Inc in the safeguard proceedings opened for the two French subsidiaries).