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Partner; Financial Restructuring


Emma Simmonds is a partner in Akin Gump’s financial restructuring group. She has advised creditors on numerous high-profile restructurings of distressed bonds, private placement notes and loans in Europe. She has more than 15 years of experience working with a broad range of financial institutions on complex cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters across various industries and jurisdictions.. Emma is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and chair of the London office’s Inclusion Council.

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Annual UK Chapter for PLC’s Cross-Border Restructuring and Insolvency Handbook from 2015 to 2021.


Member, 100 Women in Finance; Member, Insolvency Lawyers’ Association; Member, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Federation; Member, City of London Law Society Insolvency Committee; Member, American College of Investment Counsel.


L.P.C., Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 2001; P.G.D.L., The College of Law, Guildford, 2000; M.A. (Cantab), University of Cambridge, 1999.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency

(Leading individuals)

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Co-headed by James Roome and ‘doyen of the bankruptcy market’ Barry Russell , the ‘well-established and experienced‘ team at Akin Gump LLP contains a slew of ‘exceptional creditor-side lawyers’, many of whom have advised on some of the most significant cross-border restructurings in the market. Bondholder work is the team’s forte and in this regard it is ‘particularly skilled in looking after the interests of insurance companies and private placement holders’. A core overarching sector strength of the firm as whole, energy-related instructions continue to account for a significant proportion of work for the restructuring group – particularly in light of the recent oil price volatility. Indeed, the firm once again secured a key role on Sea Drill’s recent bankruptcy filing, this time advising an ad hoc group of new secured noteholders (having had a role for the unsecured bondholders on the original Chapter 11 filed in 2017). The ‘commercial and strategic’ James Terry  led on this matter and is also known for his specialism for energy and offshore sector issuers in the Nordic high yield market. The ‘calm and composedEmma Simmonds  ‘works very well with other advisers’ and is a key member of a team that also includes the ‘very hardworking’ Liz Osborne  , who is ‘super smart and a great advocate for her clients’ and the ‘thorough, knowledgeable and responsive’ Tom Bannister. Lois Deasey left for Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP.