Interviews

“Three heads should be better than one!”: an interview with Justice Sir Anthony Smellie KC

Recent appointee to the Cayman Court of Appeal Justice Sir Anthony Smellie KC tells GRR about the legislative changes he oversaw in the jurisdiction during his 24-year tenure as Cayman Islands chief justice, the “critical importance” of court-to-court cross-border cooperation, and the cases he is looking forward to hearing in his new role.

19 February 2024

Judge Costa launches boutique firm after 25 years on the bench

After sitting on the bench in Brazil for a quarter of a century, Judge Daniel Carnio Costa has stepped down and tells GRR he is establishing his own boutique firm in São Paulo and Brasilia.

07 February 2024

Heads-Up: Amy Caton at Kramer Levin in New York

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Kramer Levin restructuring co-head Amy Caton discusses why she thinks creative creditors are driving an increase in liability management transactions, how climate change may have helped her niche practice in municipal bonds and whether Puerto Rico’s electric utility PREPA might finally exit bankruptcy this year.

01 February 2024

Heads-up: Allen & Overy’s Katrina Buckley in London and Sigrid Jansen in Amsterdam

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The co-heads of Allen & Overy’s global restructuring practice, Katrina Buckley in London and Sigrid Jansen in Amsterdam, discuss the need for a workable stay to support the UK’s Part 26A plan, and how new restructuring procedures across Europe have decreased holdout creditors’ power.

21 September 2023

“A new and rapidly evolving industry”: an interview with Vince Novelli

Senior vice president Vince Novelli of specialist North American insurance broker Atlantic Global Risk tells GRR about how contingent risk insurance can be used as an alternative financing option in the restructuring and insolvency space and why the current macroeconomic environment has been good for business.

25 August 2023

Heads up: Ted Gavin at Gavin/Solmonese in Delaware

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Ted Gavin, the head of turnaround management company Gavin/Solmonese in Delaware and a former president of the American Bankruptcy Institute, talks to GRR about crypto contracts, the “falsity” of US venue reform legislation and why he thinks the Texas Two Step is a “fancy way of creating a fraudulent transfer”.

29 June 2023

Heads-Up: Bahram Vakil and Nilang Desai at AZB & Partners in Mumbai

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One of the draftsmen behind India’s Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and a senior partner at his firm discuss how delays are weighing down India’s seven-year-old bankruptcy system and whether the country might adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross Border Insolvency this year.

28 June 2023

“When I rest, I carry heavy rocks”: an interview with Judge Daniel Carnio Costa

São Paulo bankruptcy judge and co-chair of the International Insolvency Institute’s judicial committee Judge Daniel Carnio Costa tells GRR about his central role in helping reform Brazil’s bankruptcy law, new tools he would like to see added to the statute book and how time spent studying in the US and Europe helped shape his innovative approach to restructuring.

23 June 2023

Heads-Up: Jifree Cader and Mark Knight at Sidley Austin in London

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The co-heads of Sidley Austin’s London restructuring group discuss their high-profile work on Chinese real estate restructurings, the recent back-and-forth between US and Hong Kong courts over the Gibbs rule, and how the UK’s new cross-class cramdown tool will allow sponsors to “game the capital structure” and play creditors off against each other.

13 March 2023

“We've seen an evolution in the bankruptcy sphere”: an interview with Omni Bridgeway’s Jim Batson

One year after his appointment as Omni Bridgeway’s co-chief investment officer in the US, Jim Batson tells GRR about the “evolution” he has seen in the bankruptcy space in recent years, why he thinks litigation financing is at its heart an ESG product and what factors are considered when funders are deciding to invest.

07 March 2023

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