Batonnier Bernard Vatier
Bernard Vatier began his career drafting legal documents in a firm of legal counsellors specialised in corporate/commercial transactions, where he was instrumental in the creation of a litigation department once the firm was admitted to the litigation bar.
He first developed his expertise in business law, in corporate and commercial transactions as well as litigation, later adding white collar criminal law, a matter he taught at ESSEC from 1974 to 1988.
His expertise in insolvency law has lead him to handle significant cases of corporate restructuring, in which he offers his clients a true mastery of business law.
Bernard Vatier also acts in arbitration.
Elected member of the Conseil de l’Ordre of the Paris Bar in 1988, then President of that Bar (1996-1997), Bernard Vatier has continuously been actively engaged in the defence of the core values of the legal profession in his capacity as head of the French delegation to the European Bar from 1998 to 2002, then President of that Bar until December 31, 2005.
Bernard Vatier is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Honorary member of the Gray’s Inn and Honorary member of the Australian Bar.
He is President of the Union Nationale des Caisses d’avocats.
Principal practice areas
- Insolvency and restructuring
- White collar criminal law
- Commercial contracts
- Banking and financial law