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“Many people are going to be sympathetic to the plight of those forced into potential insolvency by the pandemic, but the reality is there'll be lots of restructurings.” Simon Bushell, co-founding partner at Seladore Legal in London, discusses his career as a disputes lawyer specialising in cross-border fraud and asset recovery – and his recent use of cross-border insolvency tools with the aim of helping a Russian bankruptcy trustee realise assets across Europe.
“The hunt for talent is a challenge at the moment within the restructuring sector. Purely because people are either already busy or expecting to get busier in the year to come.” David Fleming, the head of Duff & Phelps’ UK advisory team, spoke to GRR in December, soon after news broke that its global restructuring advisory practice was acquiring Hong-Kong headquartered Borelli Walsh. With at least four senior hires in the UK, a new office in Sydney and expansion in the Middle East and New York in 2020 too, we asked Fleming for his thoughts on the firm’s year ahead.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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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