Tom advises on a range of restructuring and insolvency matters. His experience includes complex corporate restructurings, contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters, bank resolution work for governments and central banks, and advice to private equity and hedge fund clients on distressed investments.

Highlights include advising:

  • Mothercare on its comprehensive financial restructuring, comprising an equity issuance, franchisee support, amendments to debt terms and a reorganisation of leases implemented by means of a CVA
  • Wonga Group on the decision to enter into administration
  • Carillion plc on its restructuring negotiations and its ultimate entry into compulsory liquidation, and the Official Receiver and Special Managers on aspects of the liquidation
  • Premier Oil plc on the restructuring of its $3.8 billion of debt facilities, primarily implemented through means of Scottish schemes of arrangement
  • a major creditor of Palmer & Harvey on the provision of emergency financing, its restructuring negotiations, and the entry of Palmer & Harvey into administration
  • hibu, on the 2016 reorganisation of its capital structure, which was implemented by means of English schemes of arrangement
  • the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of MF Global Inc. in relation to its claims in the special administration of MF Global UK Limited, including advising on the litigation arising out of those claims and the negotiation of a settlement
  • Ernst & Young LLP as administrators of Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II S.C.A. in relation to one of the UK’s largest pre‑pack administrations
  • Countrywide plc on its schemes of arrangement and debt restructuring in 2009, and its capital refinancing plan in 2018

In addition, Tom has significant experience in relation to bank restructuring and resolution, including advising:

  • the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on contingency planning in relation to the banking crisis in the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla
  • the Icelandic bank Glitnir, on its composition
  • the Central Bank of Cyprus on the resolutions of Bank of Cyprus and Laiki Bank
  • HM Treasury on the resolutions of Northern Rock, Bradford & Bingley and the UK subsidiaries of the Icelandic banks Kaupthing and Landsbanki, and the administration of London Scottish Bank

Tom is listed as a leading lawyer for restructuring and insolvency in The IFLR1000, 2019, is ranked in the Restructuring/Insolvency section of Chambers UK, 2019 and is also ranked as a “next generation lawyer” in The Legal 500, 2019.


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