Restructuring expertise strengthened in Paris with new hires

Allen & Overy announces the arrival of Hector Arroyo as a restructuring partner into its Paris practice. He joins A&O with a team of three associates: Antoine Santoni, Léa Marlière and Hicham Kaddaha. 

With over 15 years’ experience, Hector Arroyo specialises in financial restructuring, corporate insolvency and distressed M&A transactions. He regularly advises international creditors, including banks, private equity funds and hedge funds, as well as debtors in strategic and complex transactions often with a cross-border element. Hector also advises institutions investing in distressed situations.

Hervé Ekué, managing partner of A&O in France commented: “We are excited to welcome Hector and his team. Hector is a partner whose experience in restructuring and market knowledge are outstanding. Hector's ability to assist a wide range of clients, his high level of technical knowledge and responsiveness, combined with his great personal and listening skills, will allow us to support our clients very effectively.”

Katrina Buckley, co-head of A&O’s Global Restructuring Group said: "Hector and his team’s expertise will not only strengthen our local offering in France, but contribute to the expansion of our market leading global restructuring practice. Hector’s broad client base compliments A&O’s expertise in acting for stakeholders across all parts of the capital structure and his experience and market profile will enable us to deliver seamless advice on the biggest and most complex domestic and cross-border restructurings.”

Hector Arroyo, partner at A&O in Paris said: “I am delighted to be joining Allen & Overy which is recognised by both peers and clients for its ability to manage high-stake domestic and cross-border transactions. We are joining A&O during a downturn cycle, which will be challenging for businesses and their capital structures. In this time of uncertainty, our restructuring know-how will allow us to best serve the needs and satisfy the expectations of our clients.”

A&O’s unrivalled Global Restructuring Group has more than 150 lawyers specialising in restructuring across over 40 offices. The team advises on the largest and most complex cross-border restructurings, utilising the full range of international options including U.S. Chapter 11 reorganisations, UK schemes of arrangement, restructuring plans and other EU preventive restructuring tools, pre-packaged sales and debt for equity swaps.

Hector Arroyo holds a Masters II in Business Law from the University of Paris Dauphine (2010) and a Masters in Law from the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil (2006). He was admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association in 2007, to the Paris Bar in 2010 and as Solicitor of England and Wales in 2020. He began his career at Bremond & Associés where he became partner in 2018. In 2020, he joined Baker McKenzie as a partner to create the Restructuring & Insolvency practice in Paris. Hector is also Founder and Honorary President of the French young restructuring professionals association (AJR) and member of the leading turnaround association in France (ARE).

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