Jones Day expands European Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice with new partner Juan Ferré in Spain

23 Jan, 2013

The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Juan Ferré has joined the Firm and will lead its Madrid Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice. Mr. Ferré is a leading bankruptcy lawyer in Spain with more than 15 years of experience in restructuring and insolvency. He arrives at Jones Day from the boutique restructuring firm Pluta in Madrid where he was Partner in Charge.

“As European and Spanish economies continue to face unprecedented financial challenges, Juan’s experience in dealing with complex restructurings will be of immense value to clients with interests in those regions,” said Paul Leake, head of Jones Day’s Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice. “As our expansion of these representations grows throughout Europe, his work on cross border matters gives us even more depth to help clients facing these issues. He is a terrific addition to our practice.”

Mr. Ferré has been involved in more than 150 domestic and cross-border cases throughout his career and has acted as an insolvency trustee or legal counsel for debtors, directors, and creditors. Prior to joining Jones Day, he was the appointed insolvency administrator in many construction, manufacturing, automotive, hospital, pharmaceutical, and energy cases. He acted as the Spanish secondary insolvency administrator in several cross-border cases. In addition, he has been involved in numerous distressed M&A deals and has acted as legal counsel for significant real estate developers and several international financial institutions.

“Distressed investing continues to expand in Europe as debt fund managers look to find the right deals to provide capital for structurally sound companies,” said Corinne Ball, head of Jones Day’s European restructuring and distress M&A team. “Juan brings the right mix of reorganization and transaction experience for our clients who need the special skill sets involved in managing reorganization engagements, rapid turnarounds, and helping companies get back on the path of profitability.”

“Juan’s arrival in Madrid continues our process of expanding our capabilities in Spain for both national and international clients,” said Mercedes Fernandez, Partner-in-Charge of the Madrid Office. “At a time when Spain is undergoing intensive restructuring in numerous sectors, his experience enhances our strong capabilities to guide clients through both restructuring and distressed investment matters.”

Mr. Ferré has written extensively on insolvency issues and is a frequent speaker at national and international legal conferences, including those sponsored by the International Insolvency Institute. He is a member of INSOL (Europe and International), the Turnaround Management Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Spanish-German Law Society, and German Bar Association. He is a member of the editorial board of INSOL World and member of the experts group advising the European Commission on the reform of the European Insolvency Regulation. He is also a coordinator and professor of the corporate insolvency master degree program at Universidad San Pablo-CEU and has been an associate professor of business law at Barcelona University.

Mr. Ferré is a graduate of IESE Business School (General Management Program, 2010-2011), Barcelona University (Ph.D. in Law cum laude 2005), and Autonomous University of Barcelona (Law Degree 1996).

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