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Bruce Bell

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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.

London: Finance

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Within: Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Right at the top of the market’, the ‘fantastic’ team at Linklaters LLPexcels at handling complex multi-stakeholder cases’ and provides a ‘top-notch service’ to senior lenders, IPs, funds and corporates. Praised for her ‘strong leadership on complex mandates’, co-head Rebecca Jarvis has been working alongside colleagues in the firm’s Madrid office on the ongoing restructuring of Spanish company Abengoa. As part of his broad-ranging restructuring expertise, Richard Hodgson has a leading reputation for advising on distressed M&A mandates; he is assisting PwC and LBIE on the design and implementation of three bespoke auction processes, enabling eligible creditors to sell their remaining claims against LBIE to a third party purchaser rather than taking independent action or waiting for the conclusion of the potentially lengthy "Waterfall" litigation. The ‘highly personable’ Nick Le Masurier is ‘very knowledgeable’ on schemes of arrangement and alongside the ‘super commercialBruce Bell advised the ad-hoc co-ordinating committee of noteholders, via three schemes of arrangement, on the restructuring of Metinvest’s capital structure. Co-head Richard Bussell, Euan Clarke, Richard Hodgson and the ‘smart and effective’ Rory Conway are also recommended. Despite the departure in November 2016 of Yen Sum to Sidley Austin LLP, the team recently welcomed the arrivals of Sarah Mook, from Goldman Sachs and special situations expert James Douglas from Ropes & Gray LLP.

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