Regional news: Europe

DLA Piper hires new finance, projects and restructuring head

The former leader of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s finance group is set to join DLA Piper as the head of its international finance, projects and restructuring practice.

26 February 2021

Freezing injunction? That ship sailed with recognition, court says

English courts might have jurisdiction in the strict sense to extend an interim freezing injunction after a debtor’s bankruptcy has been recognised in the UK – but to exercise that jurisdiction would set the UNCITRAL Model Law loose from its "insolvency moorings", a judge has found.

25 February 2021

Abengoa enters insolvency in Spain

Spanish and international firms are gearing up for what could be Spain’s biggest insolvency to date, after industrial conglomerate Abengoa’s top holding company filed a voluntary petition on Monday.

24 February 2021

Appleby advised Arcadia administrators in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man

A court decision published in Jersey shows how offshore firm Appleby helped the joint administrators of British retail tycoon Philip Green’s Arcadia Group obtain recognition in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, before his fashion empire was sold off.

24 February 2021

Director’s inaction is a breach of duty, Privy Council rules

In a “rare” case that warranted interference with the factual findings of lower courts, the UK Privy Council has ruled that a China-based director breached her fiduciary duties to a British Virgin Islands company when she failed to prevent the full repayment of a loan before it fell into liquidation.

23 February 2021

First Dutch schemes sanctioned

A Netherlands-based events production company has secured the first order sanctioning Dutch schemes of arrangement, in a decision hailed as a “step-by-step” guide to approval.

22 February 2021

Faegre Drinker continues rapid growth with US hires

Robins Kaplan’s Los Angeles-based restructuring chair and a Foley & Lardner partner in New York have become the latest additions to Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath’s fast-expanding restructuring group.

22 February 2021

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner hires from Brown Rudnick

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has hired Brown Rudnick partner Didier Bruère-Dawson to help expand its offering in Paris.

22 February 2021

Malaysia Airlines scheme sanctioned with unanimous support

Malaysia Airlines has secured sanction of its English scheme after earning the unanimous backing of all applicable creditors, allowing the High Court to avoid deciding whether the scheme amounted to an “insolvency-related event” under the Cape Town Convention.

22 February 2021

Saudi-owned African telecoms group seals UK plan meetings

A pan-African telecoms group that shifted its COMI from Mauritius to England in January has filed restructuring plan proceedings in London to secure new money to tide it over while it completes a sales process.

19 February 2021

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