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  1. Banking and finance
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

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Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘attentive’ team handles LMA syndicated facilities and international transactions in healthcare, social housing and residential property sectors, among other matters. Emma Hinton, who splits her time between Nottingham and Birmingham, led a team advising Clydesdale Bank on providing a £10.5m revolving credit facility – based on a bilateralised LMA agreement – to Horizon Care & Education. Together with Paul Ray, who is ‘exceptionally helpful in complex situations’, Hinton assisted Local Space Housing Association with its £250m funding needed to refinance existing facilities and to acquire 800 new homes. Ray also acted for the Fogarty Group on raising £9.9m of funding from Close Brothers and assisted RBS with the provision of an £8.2m loan for the acquisition of three hotels to Fico Corporation and Singha Estate. Shaun McCabe rejoined the team from Shoosmiths LLP. HSBC, Business Growth Fund and HCAI are also clients.

Freeths LLP’s group includes acquisition finance specialist John Heaphy, property finance expert Chris Freeston, and Phil Baigent, who specialises in the healthcare sector transactions. The firm is also known for project finance as well as handling distressed finance transactions. It acts predominantly for borrowers but also receives instructions from major banks. Work highlights have included acting for a fund manager on the eight-figure investment in a real estate portfolio of over 50 properties and pursuing a mezzanine loan to fund a major development project.

Gateley Plc’s team utilises a ‘great deal of industry knowledge and relevant experience’ to deliver ‘consistently high-quality’ advice to lenders, developers and investors. Banking head Anna Mayfield’s ‘wealth of experience in the healthcare sector’ is combined with a ‘great ability to assess the deal and protect the client’s position’. The group is strong on the private equity and acquisition finance side, and also has an extensive property finance practice led by Andy Matthews. Mayfield advised National Westminster Bank on the funding of retail development projects in the UK and assisted Lloyds Bank with lending facilities provided to a charity. Other highlights included handling the amendment of a senior facilities agreement for a syndicate of banks and advising a bank on a base term loan provided for a management buyout. Svenska Handelsbanken, HSBC, Allied Irish Bank, Santander Group and Leumi ABL are also clients.

Geldards LLP’s group has an ‘extensive professional and sector knowledge’ as well as a ‘commercial approach’. It assists local authorities with public sector financing and also acts for lenders in a range of matters. ‘Thorough, commercial and proactive’ practice head Jenny Chatten led a team advising Russell Building Products on new priority arrangements between new and continuing lenders as part of the refinancing of a revolving credit facility, and assisting Coleman Investments with the £3m refinancing of a Santander facility. David Watson advised HSBC on a £2m loan for the refinancing of Downtown Garden Centre, which involved the bank taking charge of Oldrids & Co. The team also advised Santander on the provision of a £7.5m term loan for the refinancing of Fort Halstead Estates and Marlborough Estates; assisted JJH Enterprises with a six-figure loan to finance the purchase of Microsoft licenses; and secured a loan from ICSA Development Finance for Holmewood Homes.

Hewitsons’ ‘responsive’ and ‘experienced’ team is led by the ‘highly regarded, proactive and knowledgeableNeil Harpham. The workload spans the banking and finance spectrum but the firm is particularly recommended for matters with a commercial property angle. The group is appointed to panels of Santander, Lloyds Bank, Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, Svenska Handelsbanken and Home & Communities Agency. Perrys Group is also a client.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited acts for lenders and borrowers in a range of transactions including refinancings, syndicated and bilateral financing, and property funding. On the lender side, the client base includes RBS, Bank of Ireland, Nottingham Building Society, Bradgate Business Finance, Yorkshire Bank and Cambridge & Counties Bank; Simon Trees advised the latter on the appointment of a fixed-charge receiver. On the borrower side, David Kaplan assisted PKF Cooper Parry with its funding arrangements with National Westminster Bank pertaining to the company’s merger with Clement Keys. Highlights also included refinancing an eight-figure loan facility for a longstanding corporate client and handling assignment and novation of loans for the trustees of an international trust. Michael Lodge is also recommended.

Insolvency and corporate recovery

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  1. Insolvency and corporate recovery
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

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Actons’ team advises directors as well as insolvency practitioners. Practice head Nicky Calthrop-Owen, Victoria Dunstall and new associate Annabel Whittaker, who joined from Fraser Brown, are acting for Grant Thornton as liquidator regarding claims against the liquidated company’s sole director and several third parties, arising from antecedent transactions in breach of the Insolvency Act. The trio is also pursuing preference and misfeasance claims for the same client against a sole director of a liquidated company. Calthrop-Owen assisted a trustee in bankruptcy with recovery of proceeds following a bankrupt’s death and advised BDO on the realisation of assets in bankruptcy cases in Ireland. Bates Weston, RSM Restructuring Advisory, KPMG, Elwell Watchorn & Saxton and John Harlow Insolvency & Corporate Recovery are also clients.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘market-leading’ team provides ‘exceptional’ level of service through its ‘excellent and readily available’ solicitors. With expertise in contentious insolvency fraud-related matters, the group acts for local authorities, household names and NHS trusts. On the non-contentious side, it supports company directors with pre-insolvency advice and company voluntary arrangements. On the contentious side, Dominic Offord, who brings ‘confidence-inspiring supervision, control, direction and client care’ to the case, is defending directors of a company in liquidation in proceedings brought by the government and pertaining to unauthorised withdrawal of funds by its former joint venture partner. The team is also acting for Irving Picard – the US Trustee of the consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard Madoff and Bernard Madoff Investment Securities – in a High Court insolvency case and international investigation involving individuals and corporations connected to feeder funds in the Madoff Ponzi scheme. PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, BDO and Mazars are also clients.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises banks and insolvency practitioners during insolvency and restructuring proceedings spanning sectors ranging from transport and energy through to financial services, telecoms and education. The team also assists companies in liquidation with actions brought by the liquidator, claims arising under the Insolvency Act and general pre-insolvency strategy. Practice head Mark Wood led a team that assisted Deloitte with the voluntary liquidation of Reviss Services and associated sale of the liquidated company’s UK subsidiary to Nordion Group. In another instruction from Deloitte, the group is handling the recovery of assets in the long-running administration of Mark Group. Wood is also managing the restructuring and sale of the Notts County Football Club, including settling debt positions and handling winding up petitions filed by the previous owner. Principal associate Ian Gill and senior associate Douglas Highet are ‘highly respected in the market’.

Gateley Plc handles contentious and non-contentious matters for insolvency practitioners, lenders and corporates from accelerated sales and operational restructurings to drafting pre-insolvency strategy. The companies the firm has acted for include those in the healthcare, construction, retail, IT and logistics sectors, among others. Chris Radford assisted M1 Insolvency and Begbies Traynor with the voluntary liquidation of several companies part of a larger industrial group, while Su Garner is assisting PKF Cooper Parry as administrator with the pre-packaged sale of a company to its competitor and acting for BDO and Natwest in asset realisations, winding up petitions and customer claims filed against Whitwick Engineering (under administration). Lloyds Bank, Santander and RSM Restructuring Advisory are also clients.

The ‘excellent’ group at Nelsons Solicitors Limitedacts swiftly to get required solutions’, and is recommended for contentious matters, representing liquidators in claims against board members, sole traders and others. In a notable highlight, the team represented the joint liquidators of Robin Hood Centre at trial and on appeal in a case pertaining to wrongful trading claims under the Insolvency Act. The group is also acting for the liquidators of Duffin Slessor Dodd in a case arising under the Proceeds of Crime Act and involving a claim of unauthorised withdrawal of funds. In addition, Bridgewood Financial Solutions instructed the team to handle contentious bankruptcy matters related to issues of trustees’ interests in family homes. The ‘exceptionally knowledgeableKevin Modiriexcels in challenging bankruptcies’, ‘reliable all-rounderRachel McCahill has ‘a commercial approach and works doggedly to achieve results’, and Stewart Vandermark and Chris Adams are also noted. Deloitte, Smith Cooper, Kingsland Business Recoveries, Carter Backer Winter and Blades Insolvency are also clients.

Freeths LLP’ team has a solid track record assisting national and regional insolvency practitioners with insolvency, restructuring and corporate recovery matters. Complex investigations, asset realisations and anti-avoidance actions are areas of particular expertise. Simon Baigent and associate Charles Darby represent liquidators and administrators in claims arising from, for example, antecedent transactions, unlawful dividends and other financial irregularities. Clients have included Mazaras, CB Associates, BDO, KPMG and Deloitte.

Led by the ‘astute, commercial and hardworking’ Carl Miffin, Howes Percival LLP’s ‘excellent’ group acts for board members, liquidators, administrators and trustees in bankruptcy in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters; clients include The Insolvency Service, HMRC, Grant Thornton UK, Griffins and Mazars. The team defended a director against a six-figure breach of director duties claim, alleging inconsistencies with the Companies Act during a share buy-back agreement arranged by the client, and advised a trustee on the bankruptcy of members of a 1980s pop music band. It is also assisting the liquidators of County Developments (Northampton) with realising the real estate assets of the company.

The team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles corporate and individual insolvency and advises on restructuring, pre-insolvency strategy and other matters. It also assists clients such as KPMG, PwC, RSM and Bridgewood with litigation, including asset recovery and antecedent transaction claims. The ‘reliable’ Sean Moran ‘demonstrates a great deal of insolvency and recovery experience’ and is advising PKF Cooper Parry as administrators of Bikers Motorcycles on matters ranging from title retention claims to the surrender of leases. Deborah Jenkin-Jones is ‘tenacious’ and ‘particularly strong in complex cases’. Recent work also includes handling a complex bankruptcy with elements of financial fraud.

With expertise in both contentious and non-contentious work, Wilkin Chapman LLP handles matters involving investigations, asset realisations, property sales, wrongful trading claims and other claims against directors. Practice head Christopher Garwood is acting for a trustee in bankruptcy in a complex multi-party action arising from contested asset realisation and handling restructuring matters as an appointed liquidator for a company with assets in the UK and overseas. Matthew Dix specialises in personal insolvency.

Fraser Brown assists companies in liquidation, as well as their directors and insolvency practitioners, with a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters. Litigator Adrian Slater has experience handling liquidations, administrations, receiverships, voluntary arrangements and bankruptcies, including matters with aspects of fraud. The group is advising a trustee in bankruptcy on the estate’s interest in a jointly owned property subject to two independent trusts, and defending an individual against claims filed by a liquidator and pertaining to transactions made in his capacity as a company’s director. Associate Annabel Whittaker joined Actons.

Geldards LLP handles insolvency litigation and advisory matters, with client base of local and foreign accountancy firms, directors, individual creditors and financial institutions, such as RSM, PKF Cooper Parry and Bertelsmann SE & Co. It also has experience managing estates of deceased insolvents and matters involving local authorities. Nino Simone leads the practice, where the ‘first-class’ Ruth Thurland has ‘sound knowledge and the determination to quickly establish the merits of the case and its economic viability’. The firm recently advised a local authority on the regulatory aspects of a company’s liquidation, and drafted pre-insolvency and restructuring strategy for a limited company after its parent company went into receivership.

Contentious matters form the core of work at Langleys Solicitors LLP’s team, where the ‘efficient’ lawyers provide an ‘extremely good’ level of service. Practice head David Tonge, who ‘understands complex issues quickly and has a broad knowledge of law and business’, is assisting an insolvency practitioner of a bankrupt estate with claims pertaining to a transaction at undervalue and defrauding creditors, while Samantha Gray acted for the director of a company in administration in a court application to challenge administrators’ actions and their decision to dissolve the company. Other recent work included handling a misfeasance claim against directors for the supervisors of an individual voluntary arrangement and assisting fixed charge receivers with the challenge to the validity of their appointment. BDO, PKF Cooper Parry, Wilson Field, Geoffrey Martin & Co and Mazars are new client wins.

Smith Partnership acts for individuals and corporates in contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. Ruth Ball represented a company in a court petition to dismiss a winding-up petition, and is pursuing wrongful trading claims against a local company’s directors for the company’s joint administrators. Other recent work included advising a shareholder on a deed of indemnity entered into with the liquidator, acting for a director in disqualification proceedings initiated by the Secretary of State, and assisting an individual with an application for a variation of an individual voluntary arrangement.

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