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Simon Thomas, a partner at Goodwin’s financial restructuring practice in London, compares the current covid-19 related crisis to the global financial crisis, and discusses the legacies it will leave behind: from debt and high taxation, to fraud, and innovation.
John Marsden, Mayer Brown partner in Hong Kong and managing partner of the firm's Vietnam and Thailand offices, tells GRR that the covid-19 pandemic, unlike the global financial crisis, has given governments and financial institutions “breathing space” to evaluate which companies and industries they are going to support.
Karen Fellowes, the newly appointed leader of Stikeman Elliott’s Western Canadian restructuring group, tells GRR about recent changes to Canadian legislation and how virtual hearings have opened up local lawyers to an international practice.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
"Economic downturns tend to expose companies that have been run fraudulently and in the BVI we tend to see an increase of those cases in the wake of financial shocks". Carey Olsen’s London-based British Virgin Islands partner Richard Brown tells GRR that he expects the fallout from covid-19 to uncover some Ponzi schemes in the coming months.
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