Sylvain Paillotin


Sylvain Paillotin represents executives and groups facing liquidity shortages.

He also advises creditors and shareholders of distressed companies, as well as buyers acquiring assets in court.

He also frequently represents bankruptcy trustees and court-appointed liquidators.

His experience in restructuring complements the firm’s expertise in the area of Distressed M&A, and in particular the approach to conflict resolution for major employee conflicts led by Jean-Marie Valentin.

Mr. Paillotin is a member of l’IFPPC (Institut Francais des Praticiens de Procedures collectives) (the French Institute of Bankruptcy Practitioners) and of the IBA.


In recent years, Sylvain Paillotin has worked on numerous recapitalizations for distressed companies, such as Orco Property Group (bond restructuring of more than €500M as part of a safeguard procedure), Photowatt (459 employees, revenues of €160 million – under judicial review and taken over by EDF-ENR), Virgin Stores (1145 employees, revenues of €305 million – preparation and filing of insolvency proceedings), Trailor-ACTM (230 employees, industrial group manufacturing tractor trailers and complex vehicles – recapitalization through a conciliation procedure followed by a safeguard procedure). He also advises the liquidator of the Smoby group.

He frequently advises companies and shareholders in connection with confidential bankruptcy-prevention procedures.

He recently advised HBF in connection with the acquisition of the assets of Prodelect+.


Sylvain Paillotin is a member of the International Bar Association and the vice president of the Legislation and Regulation committee in the IBA’s Insolvency division.

A graduate of Oxford University, Mr. Paillotin assists his clients in both English and French.


Sylvain Paillotin is a co-author of the book Financing Company Group Restructurings (Oxford University Press, 2015).


Option Droit & Affaires

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk is featured in the “Restructuring” rankings in the 2015/2016 edition of Option Droit & Affaires, in both bankruptcy law (safeguard procedures, bankruptcy, and court-ordered litigation) and in bankruptcy prevention and debt renegotiation.


Prior to joining the firm as a partner, Mr. Paillotin practiced at Dentons and then at Gide Loyrette Nouel.




Mr. Paillotin holds a degree (maîtrise) in business law from Paris II Assas, a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University, and a masters (DESS) in business law and taxation from Paris II Assas.


They work together