Heads-Up
Leaders of some of the top cross-border restructuring and insolvency practices take the spotlight to share their forecasts and philosophies.

Heads-up features

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

“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.

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

“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.

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

“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.

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

“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.

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

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.

Heads-Up: Cyril Shroff at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in Mumbai

“There’s mountains of money sitting outside and there is a mountain of opportunity in India.” GRR meets Cyril Shroff of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, in the first of a new series of features profiling the heads of restructuring practices around the world and asking them for their industry forecasts.

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