Financial restructuring

Stoneway noteholders prepare for US-Canada venue fight

Senior noteholders of Argentine power plant operator Stoneway Capital have asked a US court to let them contest the abandonment of its Canadian proceedings, less than a month after the company sought Chapter 11 protection in New York.

04 May 2021

Valaris completes restructuring with UK administration

Two months after a Texas court confirmed its Chapter 11 plan, UK-incorporated offshore drilling contractor Valaris has completed a US$7.1 billion restructuring through a complementary pre-pack administration sale in the UK.

04 May 2021

Wind beneath my wings? Virgin Active probes court’s role in contested plans

On the fourth day of its contested UK plan hearings, counsel to Virgin Active, its secured lenders and opposing landlords clashed on how far the courts should assess the merits of restructuring plans: does satisfaction of the two conditions in Part 26A give the company “a fair wind”, or should the court be looking to see if something better is “waiting in the wings"?

04 May 2021

Virgin Active plan sanction hearing reaches closing submissions

Virgin Active’s contested plan sanction hearing continued through the May bank holiday with Mr Justice Snowden asking counsel for terms of reference on how to gauge whether its plans are just and equitable - noting that the gym chain appeared to be arguing “quite a broad proposition” that higher ranking creditors can determine how the group's value should be divided.

03 May 2021

Former Carey Olsen partner joins Conyers in Hong Kong

Offshore firm Conyers has added a new partner to its litigation and restructuring team from US private equity fund Delta Capital Partners.

30 April 2021

Pre-pack framework heralds next phase of India’s bankruptcy evolution

“Crisis creates an opportunity for reforms.” EY partner Pulkit Gupta and senior associate Utkarsh Goel discuss the flexibility of India’s new pre-pack framework, which they say could prove invaluable in helping to deal with an expected wave of covid-related distress in the coming months.

30 April 2021

Landlords for lunch: day one of Virgin Active’s contested sanction hearing

“If you’re not at the table, it’s because you’re lunch,” said Robin Dicker QC, counsel to landlords of gym chain Virgin Active, as he challenged the company’s CEO on why its UK restructuring plans purported to work for its shareholders more than its property lessors.

29 April 2021

IWIRC bolsters European offering

The International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation has announced plans to expand its presence in Europe after launching a new chapter in Ireland on the same day it kick-started its Europe network.

28 April 2021

Enyo hires from Eversheds following Greensill’s UK recognition

Just weeks after helping the German administrator of Greensill Bank secure recognition in the UK, Eversheds Sutherland partner Jamie Leader has left the firm for Enyo Law.

26 April 2021

Former parent’s Chapter 11 plan approved for spun-off group

A Switzerland-headquartered automotive parts supplier that entered Chapter 11 in the midst of hostile litigation over asbestos liabilities inherited from its former US parent will now be restructured through a consensual plan designed by that parent, in a case described as “a great example of what Chapter 11 can accomplish, even for a company with its centre of gravity outside of the US”.

23 April 2021

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