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Sébastien Binard, a partner at the Luxembourg law firm Arendt & Medernach who works on corporate law, private equity, M&A as well as restructuring and insolvency matters, says the covid-19-related financial crisis is priming the legal profession for virtualisation. It may even be spurring a much-needed update to Luxembourg’s restructuring law.
16 June 2020
Partner Nikolay Pokryshkin, senior associate Dmitry Vlasov and associate Anastasia Shkvarova at Kulkov, Kolotilov & Partners in Moscow look at the peculiarities of airline insolvency in Russia, from the complex calculation of claims arising from lease agreements, to how Russian courts have dealt with English law.
15 June 2020
In the second part of his feature examining the “predictable uncertainties” in any eventual restructuring of Venezuela’s debt, Steven Kargman of Kargman Associates looks at the role China and Russia have to play as major bilateral creditors of Venezuela, and details the importance of oil price projections for any future debt sustainability analysis.
11 June 2020
Mia Drennan, president and founder of the global administrative agency and trustee services firm GLAS Group, says the post-covid-19 financial crisis has caused a rise in rapid, round-the-clock and weekend work on transactions. At first her firm met demand for drawdowns, then emergency funding requests and later for more complex restructurings: GLAS has since battened the hatches for a “long cycle”.
10 June 2020
In the first of a two-part feature, Steven Kargman, founder and president of the eponymous New York-based international restructuring advisory firm Kargman Associates, examines the “predictable uncertainties” that will be key to any future Venezuelan debt restructuring.
10 June 2020
Look Chan Ho of Des Voeux Chambers in Hong Kong tells GRR about two recent judgments recognising Mainland liquidations in Hong Kong, and his hopes that courts in the Mainland will reciprocate. He says local judges are also using an uptick in the number of defaults to increase calls to introduce a provisional liquidation regime.
05 June 2020
Partner Fabiana Solano and associate Thiago Dias Costa at Felsberg Advogados in Saõ Paulo discuss new rules on substantive consolidation of debtors’ assets in the draft bankruptcy bill pending before Brazil’s Congress. While the new rules offer a clear improvement to the current regime, the authors argue the terms under which they are proposed to apply may result in different interpretations and ongoing uncertainty.
20 May 2020
Kesar Dass B & Associates’ head of insolvency and corporate law, managing partner Sumant Batra in New Delhi, explains why all insolvency stakeholders need to switch gears to focus on the Indian economy as covid-19 lockdowns for labour disrupt industries. He speaks of the challenges that a suspension of India’s new Bankruptcy Code is bringing to its nascent restructuring and insolvency profession.
15 May 2020
“Insolvency legislation on its own will not do the trick.” GRR speaks to NautaDutilh partner Robert van Galen in Amsterdam, the Dutch representative to UNCITRAL Working Group V and a past president of INSOL Europe, who says the Netherlands’ new restructuring law will solve some of the problems presented by the covid-19 pandemic, and explains why it's important the European Union remains united through the crisis.
12 May 2020
“The first week was like a big storm.” Hélène Bourbouloux, the managing partner and co-founder of French boutique FHB, discusses how the pandemic could lead to the modernisation of France's insolvency regime, how private equity and hedge funds could provide solutions for struggling companies, and why she thinks the European Commission should relax its competition regulations.
07 May 2020
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