Regional news: United Kingdom

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

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

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

Virgin Active secures plan meetings

International gym chain Virgin Active has won an English court’s permission to hold meetings on restructuring plans that target its rent payments – but has been ordered to provide more information to disgruntled landlords.

29 March 2021

Regis hearing brings close to month-long CVA trials

Counsel to the landlords who have been challenging retailer New Look and defunct hairdressing chain Regis’ company voluntary arrangements throughout the last month have met lawyers for Regis’ CVA nominees in court one last time.

29 March 2021

English court sanctions gategroup restructuring plan

Swiss airlines services provider gategroup has secured sanction of its UK restructuring plan after adding an additional provision to help ensure it is effective in Switzerland.

26 March 2021

Greensill files Chapter 11 in New York, fails to secure interim DIP order

One day after a US unit of collapsed finance group Greensill filed for Chapter 11 protection, a New York court has adjourned a first-day hearing to approve interim debtor-in-possession financing after raising issues with “awfully expensive” exit fees.

26 March 2021

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