Bankruptcy

Mallya granted expenses pending Indian banks’ petition

One-time billionaire Vijay Mallya has secured access to funds held by an English court office to pay for his living and legal costs while he fights a bankruptcy petition – but he has been denied cash for litigation in India.

12 February 2021

Community roundup: Quantuma, Duff & Phelps, Roland Berger, FTI Consulting, Consignum and CTF Consultancy

Quantuma and Duff & Phelps have hired in London, while Germany’s Roland Berger and Consignum have expanded across the country, and FTI Consulting has promoted a new head of corporate finance and restructuring in Asia: meanwhile, a new Norway/UK boutique has opened in Oslo.

12 February 2021

Seadrill Asia seeks Chapter 11 protection in Texas

Five of offshore rig operator Seadrill’s Asian subsidiaries have entered Chapter 11 proceedings in Texas, listing Dubai’s ZDN Investment and Saudi Arabia-based Algosaibi Services Company as their largest unsecured creditors.

08 February 2021

Heads-Up: Khurshid Fazel at Webber Wentzel in South Africa

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“There's a lot of dry capital sitting there waiting to be used”. Head of Webber Wentzel’s restructuring and insolvency team Khurshid Fazel tells GRR about opportunities in the distressed M&A space in Africa, how her views on globalisation have changed, and why she thinks firms that commoditise parts of their offering are going to get an edge in the future.

05 February 2021

Allen & Overy’s China joint operation opens in Beijing with Fangda team

Allen & Overy’s Chinese associate firm Lang Yue has opened a new office in Beijing with the hire of a Fangda Partners team led by Melody Wang, who was creditors’ counsel in the first mainland Chinese liquidation to be recognised in Hong Kong.

01 February 2021

Brown Rudnick settles Lyondell trustee’s malpractice suit

Brown Rudnick has reached a settlement in principle with the litigation trust of bankrupt Dutch petrochemicals group LyondellBasell, which accused the firm of malpractice in failing to claw back US$300 million from Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik.

27 January 2021

Japanese restaurant operator enters CCAA, files for US recognition

A group of companies that operate the Japanese restaurant chain Sarku Japan in the US have entered CCAA proceedings in Canada and sought Chapter 15 recognition to make amendments across the group’s lease portfolio and close underperforming locations.

26 January 2021

Speedcast Chapter 11 sale approved in Texas

Australian satellite communications group Speedcast has won a Texan court’s approval for a Chapter 11 sale plan after reaching a creditor settlement that allows it to potentially file for voluntary administration in Australia.

22 January 2021

French firm Franklin expands in Paris

A year on from the foundation of its restructuring practice under Numa Rengot, France’s Franklin has expanded in Paris with a hire from Deloitte’s French firm Taj.

21 January 2021

Community roundup: hires at Simmons, Dentons and Hunton Andrews Kurth, as Begbies Traynor acquisition launches it offshore

Simmons & Simmons, Dentons and Hunton Andrews Kurth have hired in London, Portland in Maine and Bangkok respectively; while Begbies Traynor has acquired insolvency advisory group CVR Global, adding its first overseas offices.

18 January 2021

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