Awards

Restructuring/Insolvency

Restructuring/Insolvency

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Ian Benjamin Partner

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Ian Benjamin

Ian Benjamin
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2286 M: +44 7921 472 238 Email Ian | vCard Office: London

Ian advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of restructuring and insolvency matters. He is known for his cross-sector experience advising a variety of stakeholders.
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Ian has significant multi-sector experience (including real estate, hospitality, leisure & retail, financial services, automotive and healthcare).

He has worked extensively on business turnarounds and both creditor and debtor led restructurings. He regularly acts for lenders, distressed investment funds, insolvency practitioners, trade creditors, landlords, directors, sponsors and foreign lawyers.

Ian is listed as a 'Next Generation Partner' in The Legal 500 UK 2023, is ranked in Chambers & Partners UK 2024 and is a "Recommended Practitioner" in Lexology's Who's Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency 2024.

"A sensible and calm operator… reactive, commercial and very personable."
Chambers & Partners UK 2024

  • Restructuring and insolvency

Blandford Capital

Advising special situations fund on its acquisition of the Hesley Group, a national adult educational and residential homes provider.

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Advising administrators on the pre-packaged administration sale of various assets out of three companies within the Royale Life group – the much publicised UK bungalow and caravan park collapse.

Project Fürst

Advising the German companies within the Project Fürst group in respect of their parent company, Project Lietzenburger Strasse Holdco S.À R.L's Restructuring Plan pursuant to Part 26A of the Companies Act 2006.

NQ Minerals

Advising administrators of UK listed company on the sale of its subsidiary group operating in the gold mining sector in Australia.

Oil Refinery

Advising international financial institution and potential receivers in respect of potential court receivership application over oil refinery receivables

Off-shore Energy

Advising owner of FPSO chartered to gas field operator in respect of both extending its charter and the impact of its proposed restructuring plan.

Renewable Energy

Advising UK private equity fund in respect of an underperforming portfolio investment in the renewable energy sector including advice on directors' duties, stakeholder management, emergency funding and value protection.

FTI Consulting

Advising administrators in relation to their appointment over group of entities operating a mixed-use retail development in the South-East of England, subsequent trading of the shopping centre and the eventual sale of the property. 

Ernst & Young

Advising administrators in relation to their appointment over group of entities operating a mixed-use retail development in the North of England, subsequent trading of the shopping centre and the eventual sale of the property. 

US Credit Fund

Advised credit fund on restructuring and insolvency issues relating to its secured loan advance toa listed UK manufacturer, including enforcement options.

Ernst & Young

Advising Ernst & Young in their capacity as administrators of Flybe, Europe's largest domestic airline. Dealing, in particular, with the fleet issues including negotiating with the numerous lessors and financiers in respect of the servicing, maintenance and ultimate return of all leased and financed aircraft and engines.

Redde Northgate plc

Advising Redde Northgate plc on its pre-pack administration acquisition of certain businesses and certain assets of Nationwide Accident Repair Centre.

Adena Brands

Advising Adena Brands on its pre-pack administration acquisition of the businesses and certain assets of international UK-headquartered high street fashion retailers Monsoon and Accessorize.

ATR Holdings

Advising ATR Holdings its acquisition of Antler Luggage’s e-commerce and wholesale distribution businesses from administrators following a period of trading in administration.

European retail and services business

Advising a European retail and services business' board of directors in respect of its trading through the pandemic including directors’ duties advice and co-ordinating cross jurisdictional support for the group.

Distressed investment fund

Advising a family office-backed UK distressed investment fund, on a number of debt and equity investments, including urgent bridge financings and acquisitions of distressed businesses in both the healthcare and education sectors.

Real estate credit fund

Advising UK real estate credit fund on its credit bid acquisition of a 190,000ft2 mixed use development site in central London.  The acquisition involved an application on an urgent basis to the Jersey courts seeking a “blessing” order approving the transaction and confirming that the Security Trustee had satisfied its statutory duties upon enforcement of the Jersey share security and the subsequent sale to the fund. 

Toys R Us Inc.

Advising the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee of Toys R Us Inc. as special counsel in respect of the effects of the UK company's company voluntary arrangement (and its subsequent failure) on the US business and its suppliers.

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  • Private capital and funds

Distressed investment fund

Advising a family office-backed UK distressed investment fund, on a number of debt and equity investments, including urgent bridge financings and acquisitions of distressed businesses and subsequently disposals following turnaround (in healthcare, education and energy sectors).

Real estate credit fund

Advising UK real estate credit fund on its credit bid acquisition of a 190,000ft2 mixed use development site in central London.  The acquisition involved an application on an urgent basis to the Jersey courts seeking a “blessing” order approving the transaction and confirming that the Security Trustee had satisfied its statutory duties upon enforcement of the Jersey share security and the subsequent sale to the fund.

Private equity fund

Advising UK private equity fund in respect of an underperforming portfolio investment in the renewable energy sector including advice on directors duties, stakeholder management, emergency funding and value protection.

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Awards

Restructuring/Insolvency

Restructuring/Insolvency

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

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