Restructuring & Special Situations

Industry expertise, international capability and a track-record of advising on the full spectrum of issues arising from financial distress

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Financial distress, restructuring and insolvency have been on the rise in recent years due to economic challenges presented by the pandemic, rising interest rates and high inflation, and a slowdown in market activity for some sectors.

When businesses are in financial distress, considering all options is essential, as well as an understanding of all the stakeholders' interests so as to aim to optimise the commercial outcome.

Our team covers the field in terms of turnaround, restructuring, insolvency and distressed investment legal services. Whether applying creative techniques to a distressed company, working to turnaround a company in difficulty, or managing a major corporate collapse, our team has the requisite skills and experience to help optimise each client's position. We pride ourselves on being one of the few balanced restructuring practices, regularly representing clients across the capital structure on both domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency cases.

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Global network, local knowledge

Local Knowledge: We are at the forefront of the latest structures, techniques, terms and processes across Europe, Asia and Australia. In jurisdictions where Ashurst does not have a restructuring presence, we have forged strong relationships with leading expert counsel.

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A truly balanced practice

Our depth of experience advising a broad range of stakeholders, including distressed and alternative investment funds, bondholders, borrowers, directors, clearing banks, senior lenders, junior lenders, bondholders and insolvency practitioners, means we have the insights to help find commercial solutions for difficult credit problems.

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Industry approach

While our restructuring lawyers are, by virtue of their training, "sector agnostics", we can capitalise on the vast industry and sector experience the wider Ashurst network offers. Our restructuring experts thoroughly understand the workings of key industry sectors, such as real estate, oil and gas, infrastructure projects and financial services.

How we can help

  • Restructuring and special situations

    When businesses are in financial distress, considering all solutions is essential to retain value and to first avoid formal insolvency, including debt negotiation and business restructuring to achieve a better financial future.

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  • Insolvency

    Formal insolvency processes can be used where restructuring options are unavailable or have been exhausted, or as a tool to implement a restructuring.

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  • Distressed investing

    Global distressed debt opportunities are growing as inflation continues to rise in many countries across the globe.

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  • Insolvency litigation

    Insolvency litigation trends have increased as stakeholders in distressed companies become more proactive in protecting their interests, leading to more disputes over asset recovery and breach of fiduciary duties.

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