Business law firm in Paris
2 rue de Logelbach
Starting in New York with Debevoise & Plimpton, Patrick Bernard continued in Paris with Gide Loyrette Nouel, leaving them in 1984 to form his own team and then, with Michel Béjot, created the firm that became Bernard-Hertz-Béjot.
Educated in France (Science-Po and DES de droit des affaires in Paris) and United States (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor School of Law), he specializes in corporate litigation for French and foreign clients, in particular in international arbitration and litigations (e.g., Deutsche Telekom against France Télécom in an arbitration on the termination of their strategic alliance, then against Vivendi in a judicial and arbitration dispute on the control of the Polish mobile phone network) and securities before the AMF or the public prosecutors (as was the case in the recent Airbus case that reached the French constitutional court through an initiative that revolutionized French securities law both from a criminal and regulatory point of view).
Patrick Bernard taught finance and international commercial law at the Paris law School for 7 years; he is a member of the Comité français de droit international privé and has been the French representative on the IBA international litigation committee. He authored numerous articles on securities law and international private law and takes part regularly as a speaker at ABA or IBA conferences on these topics.
Sciences po (I.E.P.) Paris, section économique et financière
Faculté de droit de Paris (Licence en Droit, D.E.S. Droit Privé, Droit Fiscal et des Affaires)
University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor (M.C.L.)
Admitted to the Paris bar in 1976
Languages : French, English and German
“Collecting on Foreign Sovereign Debts in France: Politics and Courts At Cross-roads …”, International Litigation News (IBA Legal Practice Division – Litigation Committee Newsletter), September 2016, p. 65;
“French Law on Multi-tiered Dispute Resolution Clauses”, IBA Litigation Committee, October 2015;
“A Double Jeopardy Ruling Shakes Up The French Legal Regime Against Market Abuse Practices”, Securities Law (IBA Legal Practice Division – Securities Committee Newsletter), May 2015, p. 24;
“Further Developments for Qualification of Foreign Judgments for Recognition and Enforcement in France: The Test For Punitive Damage Awards”, International Litigation News (IBA Legal Practice Division – Litigation Committee Newsletter), April 2011, p. 16;
“New Developments for Qualification of Foreign Judgments for Recognition and Enforcement in France”, International Litigation News (IBA Legal Practice Division – Litigation Committee Newsletter), September 2007, p. 78;
“Cross-Border Insolvency and the Enforcement of English Judgments”, International Litigation News (IBA Legal Practice Division – Litigation Committee Newsletter), August 2000;
“Arbitration in France”, International Financial Law Review, Special Supplement, May 1993;
“What legal hurdles persist in SEC/COB cooperation ?”, International Financial Law Review, March 1993.