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Restructuring and insolvency

Our global restructuring and insolvency team is a multi-jurisdictional team of lawyers who advise a wide array of stakeholders on all issues arising in connection with financial distress.
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Our team combines technical excellence with the ability to apply astute commercial insight to any given situation.

We act for companies, banks, funds, other financial institutions, office holders, indenture trustees, pension trustees, directors and individuals dealing with the consequences of financial distress.

We are consistently recognised as experts in our field by the legal directories. Our vast experience in all types of corporate restructuring and insolvency, coupled with a deep understanding of the needs of clients in this area, means that we are able to craft practical, commercial and cost effective solutions.

Our lawyers' extensive cross-border experience means that we are able to find solutions which best protect our clients' interests, whether through optimal use of the legal frameworks which exist to facilitate cross border restructurings, or by identifying those jurisdictions and laws that are best suited to our clients' needs.

Our work covers all sectors – and encompasses domestic and international debt restructurings, schemes of arrangement, CVAs, administrations (including pre-packs), refinancings, workouts and turnaround strategies, debt for equity swaps, distressed M&A, distressed investing, loan to own strategies, receiverships, liquidations, personal bankruptcy, insolvency litigation and investigations, and fraud and asset tracing.

"I rate them very highly. Across the team, they have a great deal of experience. They're really balanced, pragmatic and commercial."
Chambers UK 2019

Project Quest

Advising company in the financial services sector on consumer redress scheme: devising ground breaking major scheme of arrangement involving 11 banks and around 2 million creditors.

Monarch Airlines

Playing a pivotal role in this large restructuring, advising the Pension Protection Fund in connection with the restructuring of the substantial pension deficit.

Project Ebony

Advising a Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed BVI incorporated company in the coking coal sector on its major restructuring.

Pan Ocean Co Limited

Advising syndicates of lenders in connection with the Korean rehabilitation proceedings in connection with this huge shipping company.

The Co-operative Bank Plc

Advising the trustee of various issues of notes affected by the liability management exercise undertaken by the Bank, including the exchange offer and consent solicitation and the scheme of arrangement.

Hong Kong Petrochemical Company Limited

Acting for the receivers and managers of a Hong Kong petrochemical refinery.

Premier Bathrooms

Acting for administrators (pre- and post-appointment) on this pre-pack administration and associated debt restructuring.

Rangers FC

Advising the liquidators on all aspects of the liquidation in England and in Scotland, including in relation to high-profile and value claims in respect of unlawful means conspiracy.

Dawnay Day

Acting for the liquidators of various companies connected with this collapsed property and financial conglomerate, including in relation to general advisory work, misfeasance proceedings and litigation

Days group of companies

Advising Hong Kong liquidators of a substantial electronic trading business, including misfeasance proceedings against the directors, the private examination of a bank and related 3rd party professional negligence claims

Ardon Maroon Asia Master Fund

Advising liquidators of Cayman Island registered fund with Hong Kong based manager and investment advisor.

Boris Berezovsky

Acting for the principal creditor of the late Boris Berezovsky in relation to the insolvency estate.


Stuart Frith Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2376
M:  +44 7970 686 462 Email Stuart | Vcard Office:  London


Susan Moore Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2111
M:  +44 77 6997 6929 Email Susan | Vcard Office:  London

Latest news & insights

16 Apr 2019

From Insights

Cross border restructuring in Hong Kong – first recognition of Japanese winding-up

For the first time the Hong Kong Court has recognised a Japanese winding up proceeding and granted assistance to a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the Japanese Court.


02 Jan 2019

From News

Susan Moore named restructuring and insolvency thought leader and expert by Who's Who Legal

Susan Moore, has been named in Who's Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency international ranking 2019.


20 Dec 2018

From Insights

Going concerns - December 2018

Going concerns' brings you the latest updates on restructuring and insolvency law. This issue focuses on Singapore.


05 Oct 2018

From Insights

Singapore - Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Bill

This briefing note will give you a look at the Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Bill ("Bill") recently had its Second Reading in the Singapore Parliament


16 Aug 2018

From Insights

Restructuring: Ipso facto clauses, distressed debt market update and DIP/rescue finance

This briefing note will give you a look at ipso facto clauses from a comparative perspective, an update on developments in the Singapore debt restructuring market and ..


20 Apr 2018

From News

Partner Stuart Frith appointed new President of R3

Stephenson Harwood partner Stuart Frith has been appointed the new president of R3, the insolvency and restructuring trade body. Frith's year-long term starts on Frida..


19 Jan 2018

From Insights

Singapore "supercharged" scheme of arrangement

Jeffrey Tanner writes for Global Transport Finance as the Singapore government has implements a plan to make Singapore a debt restructuring centre to rival London and ..


15 Jan 2018

From Insights

Cross border restructuring in Hong Kong aided by common law judicial assistance to foreign liquidators

This is the first Hong Kong decision where a scheme of arrangement was sanctioned by the Hong Kong Court following a letter of request from a foreign Court.


09 Oct 2017

From Insights

Restructuring: enhanced Singapore scheme of arrangement

This article looks at the key changes and contrasts the enhanced Singapore scheme of arrangement against the English scheme of arrangement and US Chapter 11.


02 Aug 2017

From Insights

Cross border insolvency – The three core requirements post Yung Kee

In two recent judgments, the Companies Court and the Court of Appeal have considered the Court’s power to wind up foreign companies in Hong Kong.


13 Jun 2017

From Insights

Creditors allowed to take over the company’s proceedings from the liquidators

This is the first decision where the Hong Kong Court has granted leave to creditors or members of a company to defend an action in the name of a company in liquidation..


03 Apr 2017

From Insights

An update on the restructuring and insolvency regime in Singapore: amendments to the Companies Act and adoption of JIN guidelines

The restructuring and insolvency scene in Singapore is set to change with the latest amendments to the Companies Act (Cap.322) ("the Act") (which takes effect from 31 ..


19 Dec 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood has advised on two award-winning deals

Stephenson Harwood has advised on two transactions recognised as 'Deals of the Year' at the 2016 Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards.


06 Dec 2016

From Insights

Scheming in Hong Kong: court hands down Winsway and Kaisa decisions

We highlight the key points arising in two notable scheme of arrangement cases. The decisions include interesting points relating to consent fees, use of schemes to co..


28 Nov 2016

From Insights

Cross border insolvency – private examination powers granted to foreign liquidators

This is the first Hong Kong decision where the Hong Kong Court has granted powers to foreign liquidators permitting them to orally examine a company director in Hong K..


30 Aug 2016

From Insights

Schemes of arrangement

Schemes of arrangement are frequently used by companies to give effect to a debt restructuring. Importantly, a scheme is neither an insolvency nor a bankruptcy process..


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