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Neil Golding

Work 020 7936 4000
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Neil advises on a wide range of restructuring and insolvency matters and has in-depth experience in the financial institutions sector – banks, building societies and insurers. His work is frequently contentious in nature and often involves litigation in jurisdictions other than England – including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Isle of Man. Neil is also co-head of the firm’s insurance practice and has advised on many insurance company insolvencies. He specialises in advising companies which are in run-off.


He joined Freshfields in 1990; partner since 2000.

London: Finance

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Within: Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has a strong market presence on behalf of creditor and debtor clients including funds, corporates, banks and IPs. The firm’s significant high yield capital markets transactional offering ensures that the restructuring team is well-placed to handle mandates involving complex layers of debt including English law governed bank debt and New York law high yield notes. Team head Richard Tett is advising BrightHouse Group on the potential restructuring of its €220m high yield bond due to mature in May 2018. Tett is also providing the restructuring input for HCP on all aspects of its £139m holding in a portion of senior notes issued by Elli Investments and its £28m holding in the senior secured term loan issued by Elli Finance, both in relation to the Four Seasons Health Care Group. The firm’s ability to quickly and effectively mobilise resources across its UK, Asian, European and US offices was recently starkly brought into focus by its work for Hanjin Shipping on its $5.5bn restructuring. Led out of London on the restructuring side by Adam Gallagher but also including input from corporate, litigation and finance lawyers, the mandate is indicative of the team’s ability to provide a cohesive service on significant cross-border matters involving multiple stakeholders. Catherine Balmond has a flourishing reputation both on the creditor and debtor side; she recently acted for Nordea, as agent for the lenders, on the successful restructuring of Luvata Group’s debt as part of a sale process to a US trade buyer. Other recommended partners include Ken Baird, Nick Segal, Ryan Beckwith and Neil Golding. Sean Lacey left in May 2017 to join Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Within: Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s expertise spans corporate and M&A transactions, business transfers in the Lloyd’s market, restructurings and regulatory work. George Swan is the key individual, and has advised a number of companies including Phoenix Group, The Hartford, AIG and AXA on a range of mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations and disposals. Neil Golding is the name to note for restructuring and insolvency issues, and regularly advises insurance and reinsurance companies on schemes of arrangement and Part VII transfers with liabilities totalling up to £10bn.

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