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Restructuring & Corporate Recovery

Your business is subject to many external and internal forces that can lead to major financial problems. Whether you need advice on how to restructure your existing operations, on the best way to handle insolvency, or on how to insure against potential future issues, Taylor Wessing has the expert legal knowledge and commercial vision to help you.

Our team of specialists acts for national and international corporations, their directors and shareholders, lenders and bondholders, as well as other institutional creditors, insolvency practitioners and unsecured creditors in businesses which are in, or anticipating, financial difficulties.

We are one of the leading firms for insolvency litigation and fraud in Europe, advising on some of the most complex and high-profile international matters. Renowned for our proactive and imaginative approach, we will devise the best solution that ensures your interests remain properly protected.

Areas of expertise

  • Advising management

    Periods of financial instability can be stressful and daunting for directors of companies of all sizes can be of particular value. Taylor Wessing provides tailored advice on the full range of relevant issues, from one-off transactions to advising directors through a restructuring process or a turnaround situation. We have extensive experience advising corporates of all sizes during periods of financial difficulties – from owner-managed businesses to international trading groups involving hundreds of separate corporate entities. Where regulators or insolvency practitioners seek to pursue claims against directors, then we are able to assist the directors and where appropriate act in the defence of such claims. We also have experience advising directors of international corporates in relation to both formal insolvencies and the wind-down and closure of businesses.

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  • Corporate & finance restructuring

    Corporate group structures often benefit from restructuring in order to deal with companies which are no longer required or where value can be released through solvent winding up or similar processes. We are experienced in acting on substantial, cross-border corporate simplification projects, working alongside accountants, tax advisers and investors. Our wide ranging expertise in all areas of restructuring and finance ensures that we are well placed to offer practical, innovative and effective solutions in relation to restructuring complex financing for all types of businesses.
    We offer comprehensive advice on the design and efficient implementation of effective corporate and capital structures and advise on the restructuring of groups both inside and outside of formal insolvency proceedings, often involving groups with interests in multiple jurisdictions. We assist corporates, equity investors, secured lenders, bondholders and unsecured creditors in relation to their significant domestic and cross-border restructurings. Where a restructuring plan is required, we are adept at conducting difficult negotiations with banks, suppliers

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  • Creditors' rights

    We advise trade creditors, employees, shareholders, pension schemes, bondholders, lenders and other kinds of creditors and devise and implement strategies to maximise their recoveries in stressed, distressed and insolvent situations. Focused on getting results, we bring our knowledge of a wide range of industries to your assignments so that we can quickly identify the pressure points and adopt effective strategies to meet your objectives.

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  • DIP-financing

    In cases of self-administration and protective shield proceedings, DIP-Financing can be used to keep a business operating until it can be sold as a going concern if this is likely to provide a greater return to creditors than winding up the business and a liquidation of its assets. Taylor Wessing has significant experience in advising creditors as well as (preliminary) insolvency administrators in DIP-Financing measures. This experience enables us to provide our clients with tailored and suitable solutions with regard to distressed and insolvency situations.

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  • Disputes & investigations

    Insolvency situations can often lead to disputes, both in relation to immediate and past transactions. We make use of all available tools to achieve our clients’ objectives in contentious insolvency matters. However, we are aware of the risks involved in litigation and adapt our approach to suit your priorities. We will use alternative dispute resolution methods where appropriate, but will vigorously pursue a claim if required. We have extensive experience advising and representing insolvency administrators in rescission actions and against management and investors in insolvent businesses, so we are well placed to advise and represent those defending claims from insolvency administrators. We also have a reputation for advising on claims relating to the raising and preservation of capital.

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  • Distressed debt

    We are able to use our wide range of experiences for both sellers and purchasers in distressed transactions. Our experience of acting for vendors gives us the edge when advising purchasers, either within or outside of insolvency processes. We understand the processes, the negotiation dynamics and the commercial necessities so that we can meet purchasers’ objectives, assess risk and complete deals quickly if necessary. Due to our long standing relationships with a number of well-known insolvency practitioners, we have an intrinsic understanding of their requirements, threats and restrictions when selling non-performing loans.

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  • Fraud & asset tracing

    Fraud situations require teams to be assembled, decisions to be made and action to be taken quickly. We have experience acting for banks, asset based lenders, insolvency practitioners, pensions trustees and corporates in relation to fraud and asset tracing and have the network and resources to be able to pursue claims and recover assets wherever they may be located.

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  • Insolvency

    Corporates of all sizes experience periods of financial difficulties, from owner-managed businesses to international trading groups involving hundreds of separate corporate entities. We advise corporates, their directors, investors and lenders in relation to formal insolvency proceedings. We also act for a wide range of insolvency practitioners on numerous cross-border insolvencies. We have significant expertise in a wide range of industries and sectors, notably in retail and leisure, construction, financial services, as well as on technology- and telecoms-related insolvencies. Our group advises purchasers from companies in insolvency procedures, making use of our experience in acting on the other side of such transactions to achieve optimum results for our clients. We also advise credit insurers and suppliers and other creditors of insolvent businesses, formulating strategies to mitigate risks and establishing and enforcing rights whenever possible and economic.

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  • Insolvency litigation

    Insolvency situations can often lead to disputes, both in relation to immediate and past transactions. We have vast experience in acting in contentious insolvency matters and are widely acknowledged for our tough but result-oriented approach. We make use of all available tools to achieve our clients’ objectives, while remaining aware of the risks involved in litigation and adapting our approach to suit our clients’ priorities. We are adept at using alternative dispute resolution methods where these are appropriate, but also do not shirk from vigorously pursuing a claim as required.

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  • Pensions insolvency

    We act on some of the largest and most significant international insolvencies involving pension schemes. These range from frauds on pension schemes, where we act for the independent trustee to recover scheme assets, to insolvencies of sponsoring employers triggered by its debt to the pension scheme. We work as a single team with our pensions specialists and assist insolvency practitioners, directors, trustees and independent trustees in finding solutions to the complex issues faced in such scenarios.

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  • Personal insolvency

    Where an individual is experiencing financial difficulties, we advise on the options available and all appropriate steps to be taken. We advise insolvency practitioners appointed in respect of the bankruptcy of individuals and are experienced in dealing with high-value estates and cross-border insolvencies which involve claims and asset-recovery in various jurisdictions.

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  • Real estate restructuring

    Real estate assets can be held in complicated structures, or based offshore and tax driven. Our real estate restructuring specialists advise lenders, bondholders and other institutional creditors on structuring and securing their facilities and on workouts, restructurings and insolvency procedures when problems occur. We have extensive experience acting for borrowers and landlords looking at property owners in leveraged restructuring scenarios and are accustomed to identifying the key considerations for the directors of distressed property vehicles and the issues faced by fund and asset managers. We advise CMBS servicers and special servicers on restructuring and enforcement processes in relation to underlying securitised loans. We will co-ordinate your sales process, managing syndicate lenders as part of a restructuring and/or sales process, in a manner which provides the best potential price.

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Advising management

Creditors’ rights

DIP-financing

Insolvency litigation

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