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Restructuring and insolvency

Businesses are facing times of exceptional challenge. If your company is affected, we will work with you on a strategy to restore operations to health. Or if all avenues have been explored, our insolvency team will resolve the situation quickly.

The success of your organization is inevitably exposed to turbulent economic and political conditions, and the world is currently an unpredictable place to be.

Even without those external forces, every business goes through challenging times at some point depending on its stage of growth. As a business leader, your organization going through financial or operational difficulties can be incredibly stressful.

We work closely with directors and leadership teams to preserve the value in your organization and, where possible, return operations to health and success. Should that not be possible, and all options have been explored, our insolvency team quickly and pragmatically work to secure the best outcome for all.

In the course of business, you may sometimes find yourself dealing with a business partner with monies owed to you facing a distressed situation. Or if you are a lender or creditor who suddenly finds yourself in a situation where payments owed to you have been defaulted, our team has deep experience to guide you through the situation to devise a strategy which best protects your interests.

As part of a global team of dispute lawyers, we are well-placed to help where your insolvency or restructuring has assets held cross-border.

We were recently counsel to Blue Ocean Resources Limited (BOR) in the successful restructuring of its US$162,465,275 guaranteed senior secured notes due in 2021 issued by BOR and guaranteed by its IDX-listed parent, PT Central Proteina Prima Tbk (CPRO) and certain of its subsidiaries, by way of a scheme of arrangement in Singapore. The transaction involved significant elements including a complicated existing structure comprising two significant debts which were “stapled” together at the outset notwithstanding that they were issued by two separate legal entities. It also involved managing multiple counterparties and processes, often at the same time, in order to meet the timelines imposed by the scheme. As one of the lenders had structured its new money investment by way of a Singapore incorporated variable capital company (VCC), the team was also closely involved in the establishment of the VCC and review of the VCC fund documentation in order to ensure that they were consistent with the group’s interests.

We are proud of our role in creating and defending success at every stage of the business life cycle and do this in and out of court. Clients include multi-national companies, financial institutions, individual directors, trustees and investors as well as advisors and insolvency administrators.

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Our team

M. Ridgway Barker

M. Ridgway Barker

Partner | Greenwich

M. Ridgway Barker

Partner | Greenwich

Corporate

Patricia M. Lee

Patricia M. Lee

Partner | New York

Patricia M. Lee

Partner | New York

Corporate

Roberto Moruzzi

Roberto Moruzzi

Partner | London

Roberto Moruzzi

Partner | London

Litigation and arbitration

Sara-Jane Knock

Sara-Jane Knock

Partner | British Virgin Islands

Sara-Jane Knock

Partner | British Virgin Islands

Litigation

Sinead Harris

Sinead Harris

Partner | London

Sinead Harris

Partner | London

Litigation and arbitration

Xanthe Lok

Xanthe Lok

Partner | London

Xanthe Lok

Partner | London

Banking and finance

Joseph Chu

Joseph Chu

Partner | Hong Kong

Joseph Chu

Partner | Hong Kong

Litigation and Arbitration

Justin Yip

Justin Yip

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Justin Yip

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Litigation and Arbitration

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