Features

Extended breathing space for UK commercial tenants

As the UK government’s covid-19 support for businesses continues to be reduced, some of the current protections will be removed, but commercial rent arrears will remain ring-fenced. Craig Montgomery and Roger Schofield of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London analyse the latest position and the impact on landlords and tenants.

17 September 2021

Cryptocurrencies in liquidation: perspectives from Cayman and the BVI

Collas Crill partner Jennifer Colegate in the Cayman  Islands,  with  partner David Harby and  senior associate Daisy Bovingdon in the British Virgin Islands, consider how cryptocurrencies as a form of cryptoassets, rather than virtual assets generally, are characterised as a matter of law, and discuss the practical issues that liquidators are likely to face when seeking to realise these assets for the benefit of creditors.

16 September 2021

English Court of Appeal issues new guidance on third party costs orders

Harneys’ counsel Grainne King and partners Julie Engwirda, Vicky Lord and Jonathan Addo discuss a recent ruling in the English Court of Appeal, which set out guidelines to establish when it is appropriate to impose personal liability on directors or shareholders of insolvent companies for costs incurred in unsuccessful litigation.

14 September 2021

The use of mediation to improve global restructuring outcomes in a post-pandemic world

Writing exclusively for GRR, Debra Grassgreen, president of the International Insolvency Institute and senior partner at Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones in San Francisco, and Scott Atkins, president of INSOL International and Australian chair/ head of risk advisory at Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney, make a case for why mediation has an important role to play in global restructuring reform going forward.

10 September 2021

Preferences and the pandemic

Preference claims are on the rise in many financial centres across the globe and many are linking this to the impact of the global pandemic. Stephen Alexander, a partner at Mourant Ozannes in Jersey, asks whether the impact of the pandemic may be a defence to such preference claims – and if so, how?

06 September 2021

Heads Up: Grant Thornton UK’s Africa group leader Amaechi Nsofor

Partner and head of Grant Thornton’s Africa insolvency & asset recovery offering Amaechi Nsofor speaks to GRR about the challenges of enforcing securities and judgments in Africa, why he expects creditors with assets in the region to turn to funding solutions, and how Grant Thornton’s asset recovery fund represents a "first mover" advantage.

29 July 2021

The EU Restructuring Directive: how member states are progressing with transposition

With the deadline for domestic transposition of the European Restructuring Directive having passed this weekend, McDermott Will & Emery partner Timothée Gagnepain and associate Lucille Madariaga in Paris discuss how it has been eagerly awaited – and yet is likely to be postponed for at least a year – in most EU member states.

19 July 2021

Heads-Up: Chong Yee Leong at Allen & Gledhill in Singapore

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“The development of Singapore into an Asian restructuring hub needs time. We have all the tools necessary to get there, but you need to give us time to develop.” Chong Yee Leong, head of Allen & Gledhill’s restructuring & insolvency practice and co-head of its international arbitration practice, discusses the highs and lows Singapore has faced as it presses on with its bid to become a restructuring hub, and compares them to some of the lessons learned from its 30-year journey to becoming a popular seat for international arbitrations.

08 July 2021

Heads-Up: Richard Fleming and Mark Firmin at Alvarez & Marsal in London

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“The international work is polarising into a small number of players, none of which include the Big Four.” Alvarez & Marsal’s European leader Richard Fleming and UK head Mark Firmin discuss the firm’s expansion amid reform at the Big Four; as well as covid, Brexit, why landlords have had their heads in the sand for too long, and the rise of the UK restructuring plan.

18 June 2021

Common law recognition of schemes: not possible for now

Cross-border recognition of schemes of arrangement is only available where legislated for, note Harneys Asia managing partner Ian Mann, global head of restructuring Chai Ridgers, and senior associate Katherine McMenamin: in the meantime, parallel schemes are the safest course to de-risking a restructuring.

21 May 2021

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