Restructuring & Insolvency

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We are with you - through it all

From time to time, businesses face financial challenges, or have to deal with risk because the companies they are dealing with run into difficulties or have collapsed. This can present both threats and opportunities. To make the best of these situations, you will need specialists to help navigate the various challenges. However complex, high-profile or sensitive the scenario, our restructuring experts are experienced in finding realistic and optimal solutions. Restructurings and insolvency cases often involve complex and evolving legal issues. Your adviser has to understand the law and how it affects your situation. We provide guidance quickly, pragmatically and cost-effectively. Our team consists of dedicated specialists in complex, high-profile and confidential restructurings, advisory and insolvency work. We do this work day in, day out.

The specialist teams work in the UK, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and have a broad practice which includes a high level of expertise in multi-jurisdictional, cross-border insolvencies and restructurings. The team act for boards of directors, all types of lenders, private equity and other funders, government and public bodies, sponsors, pension and other trustees, creditors, debtors, court appointed officers, interim lenders, insolvency practitioners, receivers and purchasers.

As specialists we are immersed in our industry and both the technical and policy aspects of restructuring and insolvency. Members of the team have spent time in government departments helping shape policy, provide regular technical updates, host the Gowling WLG Annual Restructuring & Insolvency Conference and are members of R3, the IFT and the TMA.

How we help

Holistic approach

Using the talents and skills of our most senior and experienced team members, we tackle a range of issues facing our clients. We will call on our experts in our real estate, employment, and tax teams who regularly work with us in distressed situations, to identify and help implement the best solutions for you.

Dedicated support

We will get to know you and understand your situation, your risk and your opportunity quickly. We will act as an extension of your team and we will work to your time pressures and the demands of your business. Our combined technical and commercial perspective on legal issues will provide you with first-class client service, speed of response and an ability to anticipate issues.

Adding value

Working as part of your team, we can help to devise strategies and innovative structures to protect against insolvency risk in relation to development contracts, mergers, outsourcing and other commercial contracts. We also deal with intellectual property rights in restructuring situations, ensuring that these rights are managed and protected.

Multi-jurisdictional, cross-sector knowledge

Practised in multi-jurisdictional, cross-border insovencies and restructurings, our experience spans the broadest cross-section of sectors. Notably: automotive, agriculture, aquaculture, aviation, care homes, construction, financial services, healthcare, retail and leisure, real estate, technology, natural resources and pensions.

"The team combines breadth of specialist expertise with first class client service and rapid response. The team felt like part of our team. Above all they are commercially astute and don't lose sight of the commercial aspects when providing legal advice, with a fair and flexible approach to fees."
Deloitte UK LLP.

Areas of expertise

  • Administration, liquidation, receivership and bankruptcy
  • Company voluntary arrangements
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Creditor, supplier and customer negotiations
  • Directors' liability and duties
  • Distressed sale and purchase transactions
  • Advice on security and enforcement
  • Pensions restructuring and covenant advisory
  • Insolvency risks in structured transactions
  • Security reviews and pre-insolvency contingency planning