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Restructuring and Insolvency


Expertise > Global Expertise > Restructuring and Insolvency
Harneys has been at the forefront of the development of offshore jurisprudence in the field of restructuring and insolvency for decades and our restructuring and insolvency practice leads the offshore market in both global reach and expertise.

Overview

We have acted in some of the largest and most complex cross-border restructurings and insolvencies of recent times. As market leaders in the British Virgin Islands, we completed and advised on the first scheme of arrangement, creditors’ arrangement and plan of arrangement and have unparalleled experience in these areas. We are also well-known for our experience advising on Cayman Islands and Bermuda law.

Our client base is diverse, encompassing leading international and regional accountancy practices, onshore law firms, financial institutions, insolvency office holders, official and unofficial creditors’ committees, private equity sponsors, hedge funds, debtor in possession loan providers, directors, trustees, shareholders and corporate debtors.

We frequently advise lenders and investors at all levels of the capital structure, corporates and insolvency officeholders on the use of schemes of arrangements in the context of parallel restructurings or reorganisation procedures in other jurisdictions, such as Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code or parallel schemes of arrangement in other common law jurisdictions. Other areas of expertise include:
 
  • Debt and equity rescheduling and refinancing
  • Distressed mergers and acquisitions
  • Distressed funds advice
  • Formal insolvency proceedings and office holders’ conduct, powers and regulation
  • Out-of-court restructurings and refinancings
  • Contingency planning and implementation
  • Schemes of arrangement
  • Security enhancement and prioritisation
  • Debt for equity swaps
  • Recognition and joint protocol proceedings
  • Workouts and enforcement of security
  • Directors duties and claims against auditors, fund administrators and other service providers
  • Debt recovery
It is our objective to deliver swift and pragmatic advice for our clients. We offer an integrated, multidisciplinary and seamless service, working closely with specialists in other practice areas including Harneys’ award-winning litigation, transactional, funds, tax and regulatory teams.

We are passionate about what we do and the service we provide to our clients and this is reflected in the quality of work we provide.

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Contacts

Pavlos Aristodemou
Pavlos Aristodemou

Managing Partner
Cyprus
Phillip Kite
Phillip Kite

Managing Partner
London
Colin Riegels
Colin Riegels

Managing Partner
British Virgin Islands
Marc Kish
Marc Kish

Partner
Cayman Islands
Andrew Thorp
Andrew Thorp

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Russell Willings
Russell Willings

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Lilla Zuill
Lilla Zuill

Managing Partner
Bermuda
Greg Boyd
Greg Boyd

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall
Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Claire Goldstein
Claire Goldstein

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Rachel Graham
Rachel Graham

Partner
London
Madeleine Heal
Madeleine Heal

Partner
Cayman Islands
Nick Hoffman
Nick Hoffman

Partner
Cayman Islands
Vicky Lord
Vicky Lord

Partner
London
Ian Mann
Ian Mann

Partner
Hong Kong
William  Peake
William Peake

Partner
London
Chai Ridgers
Chai Ridgers

Partner
Hong Kong
Joanne Verbiesen
Joanne Verbiesen

Partner
Hong Kong
Jessica  Williams
Jessica Williams

Partner
Cayman Islands
Jayson Wood
Jayson Wood

Head of Litigation & Insolvency
Bermuda
Jonathan Addo
Jonathan Addo

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
Stuart Cullen
Stuart Cullen

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths

Counsel
Singapore
Shari Hawke
Shari Hawke

Counsel
Singapore
Hamish Masson
Hamish Masson

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
Theodoros Zafiropoulos
Theodoros Zafiropoulos

Counsel
Cyprus
Kimberly K. Crabbe-Adams
Kimberly K. Crabbe-Adams

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Shuvra Deb
Shuvra Deb

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Francesca Gibbons
Francesca Gibbons

Senior Associate
London
Paul Madden
Paul Madden

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Marcia McFarlane
Marcia McFarlane

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Katie Pearson
Katie Pearson

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Mark  Rowlands
Mark Rowlands

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Aleisha  Brown
Aleisha Brown

Associate
Cayman Islands
Eunice Chiu
Eunice Chiu

Associate
Hong Kong
James Elliott
James Elliott

Associate
Cayman Islands
James Granby
James Granby

Associate
Hong Kong
Lachlan  Greig
Lachlan Greig

Associate
Cayman Islands
Grainne King
Grainne King

Associate
Cayman Islands
Gemma Lardner
Gemma Lardner

Associate
Cayman Islands
Johime Lee
Johime Lee

Associate
Hong Kong
Alexandra Murphy
Alexandra Murphy

Associate
Hong Kong
Fleur O'Driscoll
Fleur O'Driscoll

Associate
Hong Kong
Christopher Pease
Christopher Pease

Associate
British Virgin Islands
David Smith
David Smith

Associate
Hong Kong
Michael Snape
Michael Snape

Associate
Hong Kong
Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Dhanshuklal Vekaria
Dhanshuklal Vekaria

Associate
Cayman Islands
Andreas Erotocritou
Andreas Erotocritou

Consultant
Cyprus
Ioulios Yiordamlis
Ioulios Yiordamlis

Consultant
Cyprus
Wing Lam
Wing Lam

Legal Manager
Hong Kong
Charles Wong
Charles Wong

Legal Manager
Hong Kong
Publications

Webinars

Dissenting Shareholder Claims in Cayman 
Interim Measures in the BVI 

Articles & Updates

Managing and resolving hedge fund and private equity fund disputes 
BVI adopts guidelines for communication and cooperation between courts 
Judges lead the way on cross-border insolvency initiatives 
2016 in review: The rise of Cayman Islands share valuation disputes and professional dissenting shareholders  
More questions of standing of beneficial shareholders 
New inheritance tax rules to impact non-domiciles holding UK property through offshore companies and trusts 

Guides

Q&A for solvent voluntary liquidations for BVI companies 
Mauritius Insolvency Law in 60 Seconds 

Recent Experience

Harneys advises on restructuring of Synot Group  
Harneys shortlisted for Deal of the Year award for restructuring work 
Harneys advises LeniGas Cuba on reverse takeover of Knowlton Capital Inc 
Harneys advises on US$2.5 billion Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd restructuring 
Harneys advising on restructuring of LDK Solar Co. Ltd. 
Harneys Hong Kong instructed in multi-million dollar restructuring