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Jean-Pierre Bertrel is Professor of Commercial Law in the Department of Economics, Law and Social Sciences at ESCP Europe Paris campus and is course director of the option entitled "Financial and Fiscal Engineering".
He holds a Doctorate of Law (1981) as well as the Qualification for Supervising Research in Law (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches), is a former member of the Paris Bar and International Consultant and is now the President of the "European Institute of Mergers and Acquisitions". Jean-Pierre Bertrel is a recognised expert in commercial law, particularly in the sphere of Financial Engineering (Mergers, Acquisitions and Transfers) of Entrepreneurial Engineering (creation and transfer of companies) and Asset Engineering (optimizing the value of assets of company owners). In these three spheres, his publications are all underpinned by a new approach to the law, of which he is one of the founders in Europe, that of "Legal Engineering".
Jean-Pierre Bertrel is founder of the Revue de Droit Bancaire et Financier (Banking and Financial Law Review), is an adviser of Droit & Patrimoine review (Law and Assets Journal), joint academic director of "Lamy Assets". He is also the author of more than a hundred published articles and standard texts (notably "Company Law" published by Editions Lamy, "Mergers and Acquisitions of Commercial Companies" published by Editions Litec, "Financial Engineering Law" published by Editions Litec, etc).
In his research, Jean-Pierre Bertrel focuses on the French law, European law and Comparative law perspective of the three following spheres, in which his research is directed towards the angle of « Financial Engineering »:
Financial Engineering / Structures concerning Mergers, Acquisitions, and Transfers
This research sphere covers both the more traditional transactions of Mergers, Acquisitions and Transfers at a national level, as well as more complex operations involving, at a European level, companies from different Member States, such as cross-border mergers and the European Company. For a number of years, Jean-Pierre Bertrel has been the president of the "European Institute of Mergers and Acquisitions". Endowed with a scientific committee, composed of high-level experts on company law, as well as a network of correspondents teaching in leading higher education establishments, this Paris-based Institute is a centre of excellence in Mergers and Acquisitions which is unique in Europe. The Institute is currently preparing a collective work on the theme of "Arbitration and Guarantee of Liabilities".
Entrepreneurial Engineering / Structures for the creation and transfer of companies
Whilst this research sphere has much in common with the previous one on a technical level, the focus is more on SMEs and companies in the professional sector. Jean-Pierre Bertrel’s interests in entrepreneurial activity are based around two distinct aspects which are the creation and transfer of companies and the related legal structures. A part of his publications is thus devoted to the law concerning the corporate structures for acquiring companies by means of a holding company (LBO), and thus deals with structures using holding companies via classic legal structures as well as using holding companies under specific legislation (such as Financial Interest Companies for Professions (Sociétés de Participations Financières de Professions Libérales). In this sphere, he is one of the founders of the "Institute of Law and Tax for Enterpreneurial Activities". ("Institut de Droit et Fiscalité de l’Entrepreneuriat").
Asset Engineering / Structures for optimising the value of assets of the company owner
This third sphere of research is complementary to the previous two in the sense that the approach to the legal aspects (legal engineering) is similar and that the legal and tax techniques used are sometimes the same and that there is often the same overlapping desire to optimise the professional and personal assets of the company owner. In this sphere, Jean-Pierre Bertrel is joint academic director of "Lamy Assets", which is continually updated and is considered to be the leading text in asset engineering. He is also an adviser of the journal Droit & Patrimoine (Law and Assets), in respect of which the principal academic speciality is asset engineering.