Meet Gilles Podeur – Young Leader From Paris

What is your primary area of practice, and what drew you to it?

My main area of practice is Restructuring & Insolvency. I actually never had thought of working in this field until I received an offer to become an associate in the Restructuring & Insolvency department of a prominent lawfirm, in 2003. Back then, there were very few specialists (things changed after the 2008 crisis). I decided to seize this opportunity for many reasons. First, I really like the combination of transactional work and court proceedings / litigation. Second, it is very exciting to be the “fireman”, finding solutions to resolve difficult situations. Third, it is not all about law,part of our job is also to understand the business of our clients, and that is also very stimulating.

Tell us about a recent memorable project, matter or case that you’ve worked on. What was fun? What was challenging?

I am currently handling a very interesting matter dealing with the enforcement of an arbitral award against a debtor subject to our so-called “safeguard proceedings”, i.e. French “Chapter 11” proceedings.

The legal questions raised are new, and the French Supreme Court already rendered a landmark decision at the end of last year. I really like entering unknown territories.

Since the pandemic, what is one thing that has improved in your life?

I joined Alerion in the middle of the crisis, at the beginning of July last year, to create the Restructuring & Insolvency practice. That is a great challenge.

And now, a wild-card question: What’s your favorite place to visit and why?

I would say the jungle. I have fabulous memories from a trekking trip to Costa Rica.

Paris, France
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