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Heads-Up: Khurshid Fazel at Webber Wentzel in South Africa

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“There's a lot of dry capital sitting there waiting to be used”. Head of Webber Wentzel’s restructuring and insolvency team Khurshid Fazel tells GRR about opportunities in the distressed M&A space in Africa, how her views on globalisation have changed, and why she thinks firms that commoditise parts of their offering are going to get an edge in the future.

05 February 2021

Steinhoff scheme sanctioned

South African conglomerate Steinhoff has secured sanction of its latest English scheme after the High Court dismissed objections made by a US fund linked to distressed investor Centerbridge Partners.

05 February 2021

Pacific International Lines secures creditor backing for unique scheme

Creditors of Southeast Asia’s largest shipping liner, Pacific International Lines, have approved an unusual scheme that the company’s lawyers say was negotiated outside Singapore’s typical moratorium process to avoid another Hanjin blowout.

02 February 2021

Centerbridge-linked investor urges English court to reject Steinhoff scheme

The terms of a global settlement of litigation claims against Steinhoff are “manifestly unfair”, according to a US investor that has urged the High Court in London not to sanction the South African conglomerate’s latest scheme.

27 January 2021

Steinhoff seeks UK scheme sanction as US investor files rival Dutch action

On the first day of a sanction hearing for Steinhoff’s latest English scheme it has emerged that an opposing party affiliated with distressed investor Centerbridge Partners has filed rival proceedings under the new Dutch WHOA process.

26 January 2021

Saad liquidators lose share transfer claim against Saudi bank

The liquidators of Cayman fund Saad Investments Company have been stopped from clawing back US$318 million worth of shares that its founder transferred to a Saudi bank after the fund’s collapse over a decade ago.

18 January 2021

HFW hires from Clyde & Co in Dubai

HFW’s fraud and insolvency team in Dubai, which is advising the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in NMC Healthcare’s administration, has gained a new disputes partner from Clyde & Co.

04 January 2021

Air Berlin fails to block English Etihad litigation on appeal

Air Berlin’s administrator must face an English challenge to his €2 billion German contract breach claim against Etihad Airways, after a London appeal court ruled that EU law allowed the dispute to be heard in England under an “asymmetric” jurisdiction clause.

18 December 2020

Sunbird’s second scheme sanctioned as court accepts imperfections

Flexible workspace provider Sunbird has won an English court order sanctioning its scheme of arrangement, despite the court accepting that parts of the explanatory documentation provided to creditors were inaccurate.

17 December 2020

Dutch subsea services provider wins UK restructuring plan meetings

Netherlands-registered subsea services provider DeepOcean Group has secured meetings for four classes of creditors to vote on its UK restructuring plans, which could lead to the first cross-class cram down challenge at a sanction hearing next month.

15 December 2020

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