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Linklaters LLP

Work Department

Banking, restructuring and insolvency.


Bruce advises on lending, restructuring and insolvency matters both for borrowers/debtors and for lenders/creditors. He has particular expertise in the application of corporate finance techniques to distressed debt situations, and is one of the leading practitioners of English creditor schemes of arrangement.

Bruce focusses particularly on cross-border restructurings, and has been involved in many of the most high-profile restructurings in Europe since the global financial crisis. Bruce also advises various of the firm’s key corporate clients on their general banking and finance matters.

In 2010, Bruce was seconded to BP as Treasury counsel to assist with financial consequences of the Deepwater Horizon incident. In 2001, he was seconded to Barclays Capital to work in the bank’s leveraged finance team.

Work highlights:
Bruce has led on, or been a key adviser in, a number of major debt restructurings. His experience includes advising:

  • the business partners of Card Protection Plan and Affinion on the groundbreaking consumer schemes of arrangement used as a tool to provide redress for alleged mis-selling of retail financial products
  • Towergate Insurance on its £1.1bn debt restructuring
  • Eircom on its €4bn debt restructuring, the largest ever Irish examinership case, a process in Irish law enabling a company to restructure with the approval of the High Court
  • the ad hoc committee of bondholders on the US$1.4bn debt restructuring of Codere, the Spanish gaming company
  • the lenders on the debt restructuring of the UK M6 toll road


Trainee solicitor Wilde Sapte, London 1996-98; associate Wilde Sapte/Denton Wilde Sapte, London 1998-2000; associate Linklaters, London (including six-month secondment to leveraged finance team at Barclays Capital in London); partner Linklaters, London 2005 to date (including six-month secondment to BP’s treasury team during 2010 to assist with liquidity initiatives in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident).


Bruce is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and the City of London Solicitors’ Company.


Bruce graduated with a BA (Hons) in history from Pembroke College in 1994, Cambridge University and then studied for a postgraduate diploma in law at City University, London and for a postgraduate diploma in legal practice (LPC) at the College of Law, London.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency

(Leading individuals)

Bruce BellLinklaters LLP

With a substantial core group of restructuring practitioners based in London, as well as the ability to leverage the vast global reach of the firm and its excellence in complementary practice areas, Linklaters LLP is able to’ produce restructuring, and workout advice of the highest quality’, irrespective of the geographical location or client type. Spearheaded in London by the ‘level headed‘ Richard Bussell and ‘technically excellent‘ Rebecca Jarvis , the team is equally adept at handling restructuring and transactional-related distressed debt mandates as it is in relation to matters involving recourse to formal insolvency procedures. The ‘super commercial‘ Bruce Bell is well-regarded for his debtor-side work, as well as on the creditor front for distressed funds. The ‘remarkably bright‘ James Douglas  excels in contentious creditor work and is a key member of the team that also includes the ‘highly technical‘ Nick Le Masurier, who, in addition to core creditor and debtor work, has also developed a niche in relation to bank recovery and resolution.