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The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP ‘has its clients’ interests at heart’. The core areas of expertise are transactions in the healthcare sector, real estate finance, including in the social housing sector, and asset-based lending. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Paul Ray splits hits time between the Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester offices and recently led in advising Santander Corporate & Commercial on the financing of the management buyout of Clamason Industries backed by Connection Capital. Shaun McCabe led the advice for Investec Bank regarding term and revolving credit facilities to fund the private equity backed acquisition of Valideus. Lloyds, RBS and Svenska Handelsbanken are also clients.

Freeths LLP specialises in acquisition and property finance, with a particularly strong track record of transactions in the healthcare sector. Other key areas of expertise include project finance and distressed finance transactions. Borrower work forms the heart of the practice, but the team also receives instructions from major banks. John Heaphy, who splits his time between Nottingham and Birmingham, Chris Freeston and Phil Baigent are the main players in the group.

The ‘very strong’ practice at Gateley Plc delivers ‘fantastic service’ and demonstrates strength across a range of transactions, including corporate finance, asset-based lending, credit lending, real estate and mezzanine finance, and private equity investment. The team advises a varied client base that includes banks, fund-based lenders and a diverse range of businesses such as real estate developers. Key figures include ‘excellent’ practice head Anna Mayfield, and Andy Matthews, who heads the real estate finance arm. Mayfield recently led advice to Lloyds Banking Group on the refinancing of Sandicliffe Motor Holdings and its subsidiaries. Another highlight was acting for National Westminster Bank on the funding of joint venture vehicles for the development of retail parks in the UK. Other clients include HSBC, Clydesdale Bank and RBS.

Geldards LLP combines ‘a high level of partner-led service’ with a ‘commercial approach’, making the team a ‘reliable partner’ for its clients. The group acts for both funders and businesses in need of funding, and has a unique focus on the German market, giving it ‘a remarkable capability to impart knowledge on UK law to non-UK clients’. ‘Particularly thorough’ practice head Jenny Chatten is especially well-versed in transactions from the franchise, care home and pharmacy sectors, while David Watson excels in real estate finance.  Recent highlights include advising Santander on the refinance and review of the banking arrangements of EOTH, the holding company of major outdoor equipment player Equip Outdoor Technologies, which involved putting in place a new loan and security. In a major international highlight, the group assisted Arrma Durango with the banking arrangements with the group’s US lenders to reorganise US funding in the lead-up to the bankruptcy of parent group Hobbico. Other clients include HSBC and Allied Irish Bank .

Hewitsons is active in a broad spectrum of secured lending work, especially in the property sector, though acquisition finance, debt funding and construction and development finance including collateral warranties and step-in rights for lenders are also areas of strength. Another stand-out feature is the group’s expertise in agricultural funding, including finance in the renewable energy sector. The ‘approachable and commercial’ Neil Harpham heads the team. In addition to assisting a major bank on the redemption of a security from an important client and the refinancing of the client by another bank, the group also acted for a foreign bank on the UK law issues pertaining to a proposed security over UK assets. The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, Homes England and Santander are also clients.

Lauded for its ‘robust general knowledge’, Nelsons Solicitors Limited acts for lenders and borrowers on acquisition and property finance, asset finance and refinance issues. The team’s portfolio of expertise includes bilateral and syndicated funding, including corresponding securities and subordination issues. Finance litigation work is another key pillar. Michael Lodge heads the practice, which includes Davinder Jaspal, David Kaplan and Simon Trees. In a recent highlight, the team advised National Westminster Bank on the financing of its acquisition of Cobb Burgin by HSKS Greenhalgh. The client list also features Nottingham Building Society, RBS Invoice Finance and Svenska Handelsbanken.

Insolvency and corporate recovery

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    • Annabel Whittaker - Actons

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‘A good spread of knowledge’ and ‘quick response times’ make Actons a popular choice not only for insolvency practitioners, but also for lenders. Well-versed in both personal and corporate insolvency, the team is noted for its strength in contentious work, thanks in large part to litigation specialist Victoria Dunstall, but is also experienced in non-contentious matters. Practice head Nicky Calthrop-Owen and associate Annabel Whittaker are licensed insolvency practitioners. Recent highlights include acting on behalf of Grant Thornton in litigation against two company directors to realise funds for a liquidated estate, involving misfeasance claims and obtaining a worldwide freezing order over property assets within the UK and Europe, ultimately securing a multimillion-pound settlement. KPMG, Bates Weston and RSM Restructuring Advisory are also clients.

The ‘terrific’ Browne Jacobson LLP fields a ‘commercially astute’ team that is praised for its ‘substantial wealth of knowledge’ and ‘experience for all types of insolvency processes’. The group focuses mainly on contentious work, with ‘impressive star associate’ Emma Taylor also handling non-contentious matters. With its national geographic reach and broad sector scope, the team is well-placed to assist with high-value insolvencies, often with a cross-border element. Practice head Dominic Offord combines ‘experience and intellectual rigour’ and recently acted alongside London’s Derek Bambury and Nick Pontt in representing Irving Picard as US trustee of the consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff and Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities in High Court liquidation seeking equitable relief and statutory claims under the Insolvency Act 1986, coordinating overseas counsel from the US, the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda. It also acted for the directors and security trustees of an English fund on a fraud to the fund involving six corporate bonds relating to serviced office developments and investments for car park assets, both in the United Arab Emirates. Deloitte and KMPG are also clients.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘provides the level of technical quality, client service and commercial acumen normally associated with a Magic Circle firm or large City practice’. With a ‘strong team across the board’ and the ‘outstanding’ and ‘technically rigorous’ Mark Wood at the helm, the practice is known for undertaking complex restructuring work, especially in the retail, financial services, energy and leisure sectors. Principal associate Ian Gill, senior associate Douglas Highet and associate Sharenaah Atwal are also noted. A major recent highlight was acting for the administrators of Feather & Black on issues related to the administration, including advice on trading issues and asset disposal. In other work, the group joined forces with its Madrid office to act for John Sisk to pursue actions in the standstill agreements of Duro Felguera. Other clients include Lloyds, KPMG and Mazars.

Complex contentious insolvency matters form the heart of Gateley Plc’s practice, but the team’s expertise also spans accelerated sales, financial and operational restructuring instructions, as well as advisory work. Its broad sector expertise covers IT and logistics, leisure and financial services, among others. Legal director Su Garner advised the joint administrators of The Imaginarium Studios on directors’ duties whilst the company sought further investment and later acted for the administrators on the pre-pack sales of intellectual property and other assets. In another highlight, joint practice heads Garner and Chris Radford assisted M1 Insolvency with the preparation of CVA proposals for the proposed supervisors and the transfer of 23 companies into CVA, all in the context of the voluntary liquidation of several companies of a large industrial group which have been the subject of industrial disease claims. PKF Cooper Parry Group, KMPG and Svenska Handelsbanken are also clients.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s team possesses ‘a wealth of knowledge’ and impresses with ‘speedy responses’ and its ability to ‘quickly grasp the crux of the matter’. Adept at both contentious and non-contentious work, the team handles the full range of insolvency-related mandates, with newly-appointed practice head Simon Trees and the ‘very knowledgeable and robust’ Kevin Modiri the key advisers on the contentious side. Other key figures include Rachel McCahill, who has a focus on advisory work. In addition to acting for the joint liquidators of Ilkeston FC in the sale of the club’s business and assets, the group also assisted with the placing of Twintec into administration, the subsequent sale of the business and assets and the ensuing high-profile litigation. Stewart Vandermark is now the CEO of the firm.

The ‘highly knowledgeable’ group at Freeths LLP handles the full spectrum of restructuring, corporate recovery and insolvency work, with particular expertise in complex investigatory work and anti-avoidance and asset realisation cases. Nil-asset cases with significant deficiencies and corresponding forensic work are also areas of focus for the practice, which is headed by Simon Baigent and includes Graham Greenfield, whose ‘vast depth of experience and knowledge’ together with his ‘calm and considered demeanour’ inspires ‘complete confidence in his abilities’. Clients include Mazars, Elwell Watchorn Saxton and PKF Cooper Parry Group.

Howes Percival LLP delivers ‘prompt service’ and has significantly increased its offering with the merger with niche insolvency firm Summers Nigh in mid-2017, adding Deborah Nigh and Katie Summers to Carl Mifflin’s team. The team’s main standout feature is its expertise in government contracts insolvency work, but the group also excels in contentious insolvency work undertaken for insolvency practitioners and office holder claims identifying recoveries. In recent work, the group advised the administrator of Data Investments on the appointment of administrators, the removal of incumbent LPA receivers and a potential claim for potential extortionate credit transactions as well as on the refinance of the company’s property, ultimately achieving an imminent return of the company to solvency. The client list also features BDO UK, RSM Restructuring and Mazars.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is active in transactional, advisory and restructuring work, with contentious work making up a significant portion of the caseload. Able to leverage the firm’s overall sector expertise, the team is especially well-placed for instructions from the education and energy sectors. Led by Birmingham-based practice head Andrew Taylor, the key East Midlands contacts are Deborah Jenkin-Jones and Sean Moran. Recent highlights include successfully representing the liquidator of Halal Monitoring Committee in a High Court claim regarding breach of duty, skill, care and diligence against the directors of the company. Other clients include new client Grant Thornton, KPMG and Springfields Advisory.

Fraser Brown acts for insolvency practitioners, directors, creditors and debtors on the full gamut of insolvency instructions. Practice head Adrian Slater’s specialisms include traditional matters regarding liquidations, administrations, receiverships, voluntary arrangements and bankruptcy. He also has experience in cross-border fraud and global asset tracing and recovery. Slaters’ caseload predominantly consists of litigation work.

Noted for its ‘commercial approach’, Geldards LLP offers insolvency litigation and transactional experience in both personal and corporate insolvency proceedings, with its expertise in cross-border insolvency forum shopping and strong track record in advising public bodies such as local authorities as the group’s standout features. Company director disqualification mandates and mandates at the intersection between property and insolvency law are other areas of expertise. The key advisers are practice head Nino Simone, Jonathan Butler and ‘proactive’ associate Ruth Thurland, who ‘demonstrates strong technical skills combined with commercial awareness’. RSM, Smith Cooper and PKF Cooper Parry Group are clients.

Langleys Solicitors LLP handles personal and corporate insolvency instructions, acting mainly for local and national insolvency practitioners. Practice head David Tonge, who is adept at assisting with contentious and non-contentious work, is the key practitioner. Samantha Gray joined peer-to-peer lending platform ThinCats.

Smith Partnership has a clear focus on contentious personal and corporate insolvency mandates, but also provides advisory work ranging from administration to members and creditors voluntary liquidation, compulsory liquidation and voluntary arrangements. Associate partner Ruth Ball heads the practice. Clients include PKF Cooper Parry Group, Smith Cooper and FRP Advisory.

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