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Michèle Grégoire has extensive experience in business restructuring, banking and financial services, securities, and contract law. She acts on behalf of major listed companies, particularly financial institutions and investment funds in all business sectors.

Michèle is highly recognized for her experience in litigation, including before the Supreme Court, and she is one of only 20 lawyers admitted to the Belgian Supreme Court Bar. She is regularly appointed to assist clients before the Council of State, the Constitutional Court, and the European Court of Justice. She also regularly serves as an arbitrator in national and international cases.

Michèle is a professor at the University of Brussels and the University of Paris II-Panthéon Assas and has served as dean of the law school at the University of Brussels. She is often invited by foreign universities to deliver lectures on global financial operations, cross-border restructurings, international contract law, and complex cross-border judicial and enforcement issues, on which she combines her particular practical experience as lawyer and her deep technical knowledge as professor.

Michèle is author of numerous scientific books on securities, banking and financial law, international insolvency proceedings, business restructuring, and contractual law (including consumer protection). She is a frequent contributor to various publications and speaks on these topics at seminars and conferences.


  • Société Générale sells Société Générale Equipment Finance's (SGEF) activitiesJones Day is advising Société Générale in the sale of the professional equipment financing businesses operated by Societe Generale Equipment Finance (SGEF) to Groupe BPCE.
  • Diebold Nixdorf successfully restructures over $2.7 billion in funded debt and completes the first-ever dual proceeding under the U.S. bankruptcy code and Dutch restructuring law in 71 daysIn the first-ever cross border restructuring involving dual main proceedings under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and a scheme of arrangement (the "Dutch Scheme") under the Dutch Act on Confirmation of Extrajudicial Plans (Wet Homologatie Onderhands Akkoord ("WHOA")), and the first-ever chapter 15 recognition of Dutch Scheme proceedings and a sanctioned WHOA reorganization plan (the "WHOA Plan"), Jones Day represented Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated ("Diebold") and certain of its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries (the "Debtors") in connection with (i) the prepackaged chapter 11 cases of In re Diebold Holding Company, LLC, et al., (Case No. 23-90602-DRJ) commenced on June 1, 2023, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the "Bankruptcy Court"); (ii) the Dutch Scheme, commenced on June 1, 2023 by Diebold Nixdorf Dutch Holding B.V. (the "Dutch Issuer") in the District Court of Amsterdam (the "Dutch Court"), and (iii) the chapter 15 proceedings before the Bankruptcy Court commenced by the foreign representative of the Dutch Issuer, wherein the Bankruptcy Court recognized the Dutch Scheme proceeding as a foreign main proceeding and recognized and extended comity to the WHOA Plan that was sanctioned by the Dutch Court.
  • AIP acquires Aluminium BelgiumJones Day advised American Industrial Partners in the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Aluminium Belgium BV, the parent company which owns Aluminium Duffel, from Ecnavla 8 UK Ltd.
  • EIC acquires assets of CG Power Systems BelgiumJones Day advised Electrical Industries Company (EIC) in the acquisition of the production activities from the assets of the bankrupt estate of CG Power Systems Belgium.
  • Fédération Bancaire Française and French Banks seek advice in drafting FBF collateral documentationJones Day assisted Fédération Bancaire Française (FBF) and French Banks with drafting FBF collateral documentation which complies with variation margin and initial margin requirements as set forth in Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of July 4, 2012 ("EMIR") and its delegated regulation and issued legal opinions.