Emma is a counsel based in London. She is part of the restructuring and insolvency team, and her practice involves a wide range of sectors. Emma has acted across the capital structure for key stakeholders, including lenders, corporates, ad-hoc groups of bondholders, distressed investors, shareholders, directors, purchasers, insolvency officeholders and security trustees.
She has worked extensively on a wide range of cross-border and complex restructurings and refinancings, including high-yield bond and CMBS restructurings, distressed M&A, US Chapter 11 bankruptcies and pension restructurings. She has also advised on English schemes of arrangement, administrations, company voluntary arrangements, and arrangements with the UK Pension Regulator and Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Emma’s cross-border experience has involved the UK, Europe, the US and other parts of the world.
Over the course of her career, Emma has spent six months seconded to the firm’s Shanghai office and six months in the Paris office.
Emma is a native English and French speaker. She also speaks German and basic Mandarin.
Advising Nyrstar, a Belgian listed smelting and mining group, on its restructuring and recapitalisation, implemented by way of a transfer of 98% of the equity in the operating group, an English scheme of arrangement and a refinancing of its indebtedness. Read more about the deal in our case study.
Advising an ad-hoc group of bondholders on the dual outcome scheme of high-yield notes issued by a Dutch issuer, parent of a large Czech mining group, New World Resources.
Advising an ad-hoc group of bondholders on the first scheme of arrangement to be used in the commercial mortgage-backed securities market, which involved an English scheme of arrangement of an Irish issuer in relation to German assets – Deutsche Annington Grand.
Advising Kodak and certain other non-US subsidiaries in relation to a restructuring of the Kodak group to settle pension liabilities in excess of $2.8bn.
Advising Cattles and Welcome Financial Services, the sub-prime lender, on its £3bn restructuring, which included arrangements with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in respect of PPI claims.
Advising IBRC (formerly Anglo-Irish Bank) on the restructuring of the debt of the Irish Quinn Group, through an Irish law company voluntary arrangement.
Advising UK Coal, the largest coal mining business in the UK, on a number of liquidity crises, and its landmark financial and pensions restructuring.