Regional news: South Africa

Centerbridge withdraws Dutch proceedings after reaching Steinhoff agreement

A US investor linked to Centerbridge Partners has agreed to withdraw its application to appoint a Dutch restructuring expert over South African conglomerate Steinhoff, while the group’s former auditor Deloitte has pledged €70 million to support a global settlement of litigation claims.

15 February 2021

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

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

Former Steinhoff CRO Heis returns to KPMG

KPMG’s former global head of restructuring Richard Heis has returned to the Big Four firm, three years after he retired from its partnership.

07 December 2020

Ropes & Gray hires second Kirkland partner in London

Kirkland & Ellis special situations partner Samuel Norris has moved to Ropes & Gray in London – six months after restructuring partner Matt Czyzyk made the same move.

02 December 2020

Centerbridge-linked funds set to challenge Steinhoff’s UK scheme

South African retail conglomerate Steinhoff has won court approval to convene two meetings for creditors to vote on its latest English scheme of arrangement – but funds controlled by distressed investor Centerbridge Partners are preparing to oppose it.

26 November 2020

Zambian court halts miner’s liquidation while arbitration proceeds

A Zambian court has reportedly blocked winding-up proceedings for a copper mining joint venture between a local state-owned entity and the UK’s Vedanta Holdings, pending the resolution of an arbitration between the parties.

24 November 2020

Business rescue not available for foreign companies in South Africa

An Italian construction company has failed to open business rescue proceedings in South Africa, after an appellate court found the process was not open to foreign companies, while also refusing to recognise its Italian restructuring.

23 November 2020

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