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Amy Jacks

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Amy heads the UK Restructuring Group at DLA Piper, and acts for a variety of funds, investment and clearing banks, insolvency practitioners, corporates, management teams and property advisors.  She has acted on some of the market's larger restructuring mandates over the last 12 months across a breadth of sectors including construction, automotive, retail, consumer credit and waste. Notable engagements include advising the boards of directors of circa 200 multinational group companies following the liquidation of their listed parent company; advising a US client on their investment into the UK consumer credit market; advising the UK companies in a global automotive manufacturing business on an innovative funding and disposal process; advising stakeholders in the collapse of a UK airline and advising the UK boards of a global IT consulting business.


Trained DLA Piper UK LLP, qualified 2002. Amy joined DLA Piper in 2000 and in 2005 spent nine months on secondment with the global restructuring group at The Royal Bank of Scotland. Amy became a partner in the restructuring group at DLA Piper in 2011 and is currently also the office trainee partner for the London office.


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.


Central Newcastle High School (G.D.S.T.); University of Leeds (1999, LLB, 2:1), College of Law, York, Legal Practice Court, (2000, Merit).

London: Finance

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Within: Next generation lawyers

Amy Jacks - DLA Piper

Within: Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Led by Amy Jacks, the 'responsive, attentive and strong' nine-partner team at DLA Piper acts for clients across the creditor and debtor spectrum including banks (Deutsche Bank), funds (Lonestar, KKR) and IPs (Deloitte, PwC). The 'very impressive' Neil Riley acted for the directors of aviation services provider, Aviator UK, following the sudden and unexpected withdrawal of banking support to its UK operations. Although the team is perhaps best-known for its strength within the UK mid-market, where it can effectively resource matters not just from London but also from other key cities including Birmingham and Manchester, it is increasingly active on bigger-ticket multi-jurisdictional mandates where it is able to leverage the firm's broad-ranging international network. Dual UK and French qualified partner Noam Ankri recently led the firm's advice to the ad-hoc committee of high yield bondholders on the $3bn debt restructuring of French-listed company CGG. Chris Parker also has a focus on formal insolvency matters and has been at the forefront of the team's work for the administrators of Lehman Brothers in the long-running Waterfall litigation, recently securing a notable victory before the Supreme Court as to how the surplus of monies should be distributed among creditors. Michael Fiddy, the 'knowledgeable and attentive' Tim Dawson, and David Ampaw are also recommended.

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