Regional news: Europe

Lenders take control of Lycra with advice from Linklaters

Linklaters has helped junior creditors take full equity control of US stretchy fibre maker Lycra from defaulting Chinese fashion conglomerate Shandong Ruyi, in a transaction across Asia, the Netherlands, London and the US, which the firm described as “one of the most high profile and complex enforcement and restructurings implemented in the market in recent years”.

12 July 2022

Asset manager brings New York fraud suit against crypto lender Celsius

A former investment manager for struggling crypto lender Celsius Network has accused it of leveraging customer deposits to manipulate markets and failing to institute basic accounting controls, causing it to freeze customer assets last month.

08 July 2022

Mayer Brown announces tie-up with French boutique, adds partner in Brazil

Expanding its restructuring offering across Europe and Latin America, Mayer Brown has announced a collaboration with French boutique Santoni & Associés in Paris and hired a restructuring partner to its associated firm in São Paulo.

08 July 2022

Maltese Evan Group lays foundations for cross-border StaRUG case

Malta-registered real estate company Evan Group has petitioned a Düsseldorf court to open a German StaRUG restructuring process, ahead of a €125 million bond repayment that looms at the end of the month.

07 July 2022

Weil advising as Scandi flag carrier lands in New York bankruptcy court

Scandinavian flag carrier SAS has jetted to New York to seek Chapter 11 relief after strike action grounded half its fleet.

05 July 2022

Abengoa companies enter pre-insolvency after state aid refused

Spanish engineering conglomerate Abengoa has placed a slew of its companies – including the holding entities for the operating parts of the group – into pre-insolvency proceedings, after a failed bid for state aid scuppered its restructuring plan with an American fund.

05 July 2022

Irish court annuls Estonian businessman’s bankruptcy for disclosure failure

A day before an Estonian businessman was due to be automatically discharged from bankruptcy in Ireland, a court has annulled the June 2021 order declaring him bankrupt because he did not disclose he was already subject to an Estonian proceeding.

01 July 2022

Australia recognises Russian personal bankruptcy

The foreign representative of a bankrupt Russian entrepreneur has successfully obtained recognition in Australia under the Model Law; meanwhile a Singaporean bankruptcy trustee has received assistance from an Australian court under a local bankruptcy statute, despite the bankrupt’s attempts to stall the application with claims of conspiracy, a faulty laptop and a sore throat.

01 July 2022

Galapagos wound up in England

Updated: Senior creditors of the Galapagos group have obtained a winding up order against one of its entities in England, following a jurisdictional battle between English, German and Luxembourgish courts that was complicated by Brexit and a European Court of Justice case.

30 June 2022

Forbes Hare hires long-time Squire Patton Boggs partner in BVI

A former Squire Patton Boggs partner who was debtors’ counsel in the multi-million dollar contentious restructuring of the UAE’s Dana Gas has joined boutique law firm Forbes Hare in the British Virgin Islands.

29 June 2022

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