Shareholder activism

Landlords for lunch: day one of Virgin Active’s contested sanction hearing

“If you’re not at the table, it’s because you’re lunch,” said Robin Dicker QC, counsel to landlords of gym chain Virgin Active, as he challenged the company’s CEO on why its UK restructuring plans purported to work for its shareholders more than its property lessors.

29 April 2021

UAE construction firm Arabtec to enter insolvent liquidation

Shareholders of the Middle East's largest contractor, Arabtec, have announced it will file for liquidation “at the earliest opportunity”, despite a small group among them making a last-ditch restructuring proposal on Monday.

01 December 2020

Brazilian senate approves long-awaited law

Brazil’s senate has approved a long-tabled bankruptcy law, which is set to introduce cross-border provisions based on the UNCITRAL Model Law to the country’s regime.

27 November 2020

A Bermuda scheme as an alternative to Chapter 11: Digicel case study

Faced with a US$7 billion level of funded indebtedness, the Digicel group concluded a comprehensive debt restructuring in June 2020 that left its shareholders intact. A key aspect of the restructuring plan was an innovative Bermuda scheme of arrangement that was used as an alternative to Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Edward Rance, an associate at Conyers, reports.

23 November 2020

ADGM: A commercially fair and efficient Middle Eastern regime

Alexander Wood, a partner at Shearman & Sterling in London whose firm advised on the establishment of the Abu Dhabi Global Market’s legal and regulatory framework, discusses why parties to regional restructurings and insolvencies should now consider the ADGM regime.

23 October 2020

Judge approves Pyxus Chapter 11 despite shareholder revolt

Simpson Thacher and Delaware’s Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor have helped global tobacco-turned-hemp producer Pyxus get confirmation of its pre-packaged Chapter 11, after a revaluation request from wiped-out shareholders was waved off.

27 August 2020

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