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Covid-19 calls: Sumant Batra at Kesar Dass B & Associates in India

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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

Covid-19 calls: Robert van Galen at NautaDutilh in Amsterdam

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“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

Covid-19 calls: FHB co-founder Hélène Bourbouloux in Paris

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“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

The world’s “most iconic” gym seeks Chapter 11 workout

International fitness chain Gold’s Gym is seeking Chapter 11 protection in Texas, claiming the covid-19 pandemic has left it unable to collect membership or ordinary franchising fees.

05 May 2020

Circumventing arbitration via a winding-up petition

After a long-awaited ruling by the Singapore Court of Appeal, Debby Lim of restructuring and insolvency boutique BlackOak and Arvin Lee of Wee Swee Teow in Singapore consider how creditors may seek to circumvent an arbitration agreement by means of a winding-up petition and how a debtor can combat such moves.

01 May 2020

Names to know in Brazil

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GRR's guide to the firms and individuals you need to know in Brazil's restructuring market.

01 May 2020

Is the best yet to come?

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Brazil’s infamous ‘car wash’ scandal has unexpectedly helped develop Brazil’s restructuring framework but there is still a lot of room for improvement. What still needs to change, and which tools would local practitioners like to see included in the new law? GRR finds out.

01 May 2020

Distressed investors on the horizon?

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The uncertainty in the Brazilian restructuring market has made it difficult to attract local investors, but there are signs that foreign investments are on the uptick. There is still work to be done, and lawyers say fixing the country’s DIP financing legislation would be a good start.

01 May 2020

Banks and shareholders: where is the leverage?

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Unlike in other jurisdictions, shareholders have historically played a powerful role in Brazilian restructurings, while a small band of the country’s banks have been able to sit outside negotiations, unwilling to accept haircuts. Are things going to change?

01 May 2020

Even the past is uncertain: Brazil Worked Out

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For the latest of our ‘Worked Out’ features, GRR spoke to a crop of local practitioners about the lack of certainty in the Brazilian restructuring market and its side effects – from local banks trying to cut themselves out of restructurings to equity holders delaying filing before the country’s courts. Will proposed changes to the law bring more predictability? GRR investigates.

01 May 2020

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