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Light-touch – not soft-touch – PLs for African oil and gas group

Offering a rare glimpse into a cross-border insolvency in Africa, a Cayman court has appointed light-touch provisional liquidators over an oil and gas company finding its intention to restructure was there, despite its “precarious” negotiations being at an early stage and creditors in Kenya trying to stall a related Mauritian administration.

01 April 2021

Community roundup: Shearman & Sterling, Kroll, FTI Consulting and EY

Shearman & Sterling has continued its London expansion while FTI Consulting has strengthened its Madrid and Abu Dhabi offices, Kroll has promoted four new managing directors in the UK, and EY has hired in Bermuda.

01 April 2021

Ex-Tauil & Chequer partner launches boutique, enters alliance

Former Tauil & Chequer Advogados partner Leonardo Morato has launched a new Brazilian restructuring boutique and entered an alliance with São Paulo real estate firm DMBoulos Advogados.

01 April 2021

Shearman & Sterling adds London partner from Akin Gump

Shearman & Sterling is expanding in London two months after rehiring a former Lehman Brothers managing director to chair its New York financial restructuring and insolvency group.

31 March 2021

Gategroup plan sanction reasons handed down

Mr Justice Zacaroli has issued his reasons for sanctioning gategroup’s UK restructuring plan, in the face of an “artificial” forum shopping structure and questions over whether English law could vary rights between non-assenting creditors and foreign third parties.

31 March 2021

Omani businessman’s UK bankruptcy recognised in US following divorce judgment

Sequor Law has helped the English trustees of an Omani citizen secure interim recognition in Florida and is advising the Cayman liquidators of a segregated portfolio company on a recognition request in the same state – while a separate set of Cayman liquidators are seeking similar relief in New York.

31 March 2021

Oi completes first judicial restructuring sale

Brazilian financial group Piemonte has acquired five data centres from Oi with assistance from Pinheiro Neto Advogados, marking the telecoms company’s first divestment under its judicial restructuring.

31 March 2021

Bondholders sue Buenos Aires, as Argentina’s Jujuy province restructures debt

White & Case is advising a group of bondholders who have filed a suit against the Argentine province of Buenos Aires over its continuing defaults, while Holland & Knight and DLA Piper have helped the province of Jujuy restructure US$210 million worth of foreign debt.

31 March 2021

Greensill enters provisional liquidation in Singapore

Greensill’s Asia arm has entered provisional liquidation in Singapore, following the finance group’s UK and Australian administration proceedings, German insolvency filing and US Chapter 11.

30 March 2021

Saudi-owned telecoms group’s restructuring plan approved

Africa’s Smile Telecoms Holdings has had its UK restructuring plan sanctioned after a judge found it had fixed “the last piece of the jigsaw”: a third party whose exercise of a put option had given it the discretion on whether the plan came into effect.

30 March 2021

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