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Michael Fiddy

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Michael is the Global Co-Chair of the restructuring team and leads the restructuring practice across Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Michael is recognised as a market leader in portfolio and distressed real estate restructuring. He continues to build on his strong market presence and client relationships and now represents DLA Piper's main clients across the world (including in the Middle East, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany and Hong Kong). He manages high-profile, complex and strategic instructions, and has a focus on acting for financial institutions, funds, debtors, creditors and office-holders.


Michael joined DLA Piper in 1995 and made partner in 1999. Between 2000 and 2002, Michael served as managing director of Fulham Football Club and associated companies during which period they secured promotion to the Premier League. He returned to DLA Piper as a partner in 2002. Michael led the London restructuring group before becoming co-chair of the global restructuring group in 2015. Michael is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.


Warwick University (Law and Sociology), Guilford College of Law.

London: Finance

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

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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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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