Interviews

Covid-19 calls: Susheel Kirpalani and Dennis Hranitzky at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in New York

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“While our clients are obviously interested in maximising returns for investors, they are also respectful of the fact that countries like Ecuador have to address the incipient public health crisis that is presented by covid-19.” Quinn Emanuel’s Susheel Kirpalani and Dennis Hranitzky discuss the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on sovereign debt workouts in Argentina and Ecuador, and how the US response to the crisis has been marred by political enmities between federal and state governments.

21 April 2020

Covid-19 calls: Natasha Labovitz at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York

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“It is easy to think that things will never be the same, but history repeats itself.” Co-chair of Debevoise & Plimpton’s restructuring group Natasha Labovitz discusses the limitations stopping some businesses from accessing government relief programs, how Debevoise solicited the advice of an epidemiologist to prepare for covid-19, and why US bankruptcy courts might be some of the most innovative courts in the country.

20 April 2020

Covid-19 calls: Smitha Menon at WongPartnership in Singapore

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“I think the long-term effects of covid-19 are not necessarily all bad. The businesses that are not inherently viable may not emerge unscathed.” In the first of a new series investigating how law and advisory firms are dealing with covid-19 and preparing for the longer-term effects, GRR speaks to WongPartnership partner Smitha Menon in Singapore.

16 April 2020

“Competing jurisdictions see Brexit as an opportunity for them”: R3 president Duncan Swift

Moore Recovery UK partner Duncan Swift, president of British insolvency trade body R3, tells GRR about the impact Brexit may have on the UK restructuring industry, as well as his concerns about recent government proposals on airline insolvency and crown preferential status.

05 March 2020

Heads-Up: Ian Mann and Chai Ridgers at Harneys in Hong Kong

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“If you can use your ingenuity to identify how stakeholders will benefit from the restructuring, you will get past the lack of a legal framework.” Offshore firm Harneys’ Asia managing partner Ian Mann and head of restructuring in Asia Chai Ridgers speak to GRR about China Agrotech, commodities and restructuring without a cross-border framework in Asia.

18 February 2020

Heads-Up: Debra Dandeneau at Baker McKenzie in New York

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“It is a confidence game. We sell confidence.” Baker McKenzie’s restructuring and insolvency chair Debra Dandeneau speaks to GRR about the rise of private equity in restructurings, why lawyers need to think about harnessing technology, and how receiverships are being used to create a “shadow bankruptcy process” in the US.

20 December 2019

Heads-Up: Stephen Moeller-Sally at Ropes & Gray in New York

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“While India seems ripe with a lot of opportunity, there’s also a feeling that China is primed for a wave of restructurings": The co-head of Ropes & Gray’s restructuring practice Stephen Moeller-Sally talks to GRR about the professionalisation of distressed investing, the challenge of managing tensions in creditor groups, and why he believes foreign funds are going to be more active in US restructurings.

12 November 2019

INSOL International’s president Julie Hertzberg on diversity, youth engagement and cars

INSOL International’s first female president, Alvarez & Marsal managing director Julie Hertzberg in Detroit, tells GRR why diversity is the key policy of her presidency, how professional associations can engage with young people; and why there is increased awareness of how to make the most of restructuring regimes in other jurisdictions.

07 November 2019

Heads-Up: Brad Eric Scheler at Fried Frank in New York

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“I’m a big believer in Sir Isaac Newton’s law that what goes up, must come down.” The long-time chair of Fried Frank’s restructuring and insolvency practice, Brad Eric Scheler, tells GRR about the “magic” of distressed investing, how his firm uses restructuring as a client gateway to other practice areas, and why he believes restructuring lawyers are the last of the Renaissance lawyers.

14 October 2019

Heads-Up: Chris Donoho at Hogan Lovells in New York

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A few months into his tenure as global head of business restructuring and insolvency at Hogan Lovells, New York partner Chris Donoho talks to GRR about his career, the generational skills gap starting to cause problems for some restructuring practices, opportunities for distressed investors in India and Argentina, and the importance of lawyers looking after their mental health.

06 September 2019

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