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Restructuring and insolvency

Our 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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Ranked amongst the top 30 firms globally for cross-border restructuring and insolvency mandates by Global Restructuring Review, 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 recovery.

"They combine a "deep technical expertise" with a "pragmatic and commercial approach and client focused availability" 

The Legal 500 UK 2024

E-Commodities Holdings (f/k/a Winsway)

Advising one of China’s largest coal importing companies on its award winning US$350 million bond restructuring using parallel Hong Kong and BVI schemes of arrangement and recognition under Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code.

AI Scheme Limited

Advising a company in the financial services sector on consumer liabilities; devising, negotiating and implementing ground breaking scheme of arrangement involving 11 banks, around 2 million creditors and various regulatory bodies.

Bolton Wanderers FC

Advising the joint administrators on the administrations of Bolton Wanderers Football & Athletic Company Limited, including on the sale its assets to Football Ventures (Whites) Limited, securing the future of the Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

Confidential restructuring of major Ukrainian group of companies

Acting for the companies in this major ongoing financial restructuring involving around $660 million of bank and note debt.

PSBP Midlands Limited

Advising administrative receivers of schools building project on numerous matters, including liaising with stakeholders, replacing the management services provider and contractual arrangements for completing the building project.

Pan Ocean Co Limited

Advising syndicates of lenders in connection with the Korean rehabilitation proceedings in connection with this huge shipping group, including litigation in the English court arising out of the Korean process.

Tomlinson Report

Acting on a number of litigious matters associated with the publication of the Tomlinson Report, including in relation to various claims against insolvency practitioners for alleged breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and breach of contract.

TES Aviation Group

Advising this aviation group on its proposed restructuring and subsequent pre-pack administration.

Noble Group Limited

Advising Bermudian provisional liquidator on the liquidation process used to implement this $3.5 billion restructuring.


Advising various bank syndicates on restructuring and then the Korean rehabilitation proceedings; dealing with various arrest proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

Integrated Subsea Services Limited (in administration)

Advising the secured creditor in connection with this insolvency in the off-shore sector, involving numerous cross-border issues.

Toys R Us

Advising the administrators of the English entities on a range of matters in the administration including issues arising from aspects of the US Chapter 11 proceedings, and certain pension related matters.

Bell Pottinger group

Acting for the administrators of the English entities within the Bell Pottinger group following the PR firm's collapse into administration after a media scandal.

Angel Group Limited (in administration)

Advising former administrators of this property group on various issues including significant litigation against them involving an application to remove them.

Peak Hotels and Resorts Limited (in liquidation)

Advising liquidators on English aspects of this BVI liquidation of Peak Hotels, a partner in a JV which formerly owned the prestigious Aman Resorts, including recognition in England, security issues and claims.

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.

IM Skaugen SE

Advising and acting for one of the first foreign companies to successfully obtain scheme moratorium protection from the Singapore courts. This resulted in the first Singapore decision providing clarity on the scheme moratorium regime under s. 211B of the Companies Act (Cap.50).

Jack Wills

Advising and acting for the liquidators of Jack Wills (SG) Pte Ltd as part of the global administration of Jack Wills Limited, in respect of intellectual property as well as title/ownership issues.

Pacific Radiance

Advising and acting for one of the secured lenders in respect of scheme of arrangement moratorium applications by Pacific Radiance Limited and Pacific Crest Pte Ltd and successfully obtained a carve-out of the lender's secured assets from the moratoria orders.

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Directors' duties prior to insolvency

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