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What the team is known for

Market-leading creditor-side practice housing certified experts in bond and noteholder work. Excellent reputation for advising major lenders on complex cross-border cases, with particular strength in matters in the Nordic region. An enviable portfolio of clients includes specialist investment funds, debt investors, pension funds and hedge funds. Highly adept at handling restructurings of complex corporate debt and structured finance arrangements. Also able to draw on firm-wide abilities in the oil and gas sector.

Strengths

Interviewees say: "Akin Gump are absolutely first rate at pushing on with or driving a complex restructuring," adding: "They are excellent at cutting through the difficulties thrown up by multiple parties and finding a resolution consensually wherever possibly - really superb and incredible all round."

One client notes: "Akin Gump have been very effective in advising us and helping us to achieve our goals," adding: "They are facilitative and creative counsel."

Clients say: "They are our go-to firm for cross-border private placement workouts. They are highly skilled and highly effective."

Work highlights

Acted as lead counsel to the private placement noteholders in the negotiation of the restructuring of Clarks.

Notable practitioners

Tom Bannister regularly advises institutional and distressed investors on cross-border financial workouts and restructurings. He is also experienced in assisting clients with private placement matters.

Liz Osborne represents creditor committees, bondholders, hedge funds and institutional lenders, among other clients, in high-value, complex cross-border mandates. She frequently advises on distressed debt and special situation investments.
"Liz Osborne is incredibly capable, and more importantly she is entirely approachable and human in all respects. She cuts through matters and has a fierce loyalty and protection to her clients; for her, no problem is insurmountable." "She's an efficient and effective practitioner."

James Roome is a market-leading practitioner in the restructuring space and is particularly adept at acting for investors. He is regularly called upon to advise on complex domestic and cross-border insolvencies, restructurings and workouts.
"James is a great lawyer and a great client service partner."

Barry Russell is held in high regard for his considerable expertise in private placement matters. He represents an impressive client roster, frequently acting for creditor-side clients such as lenders and investors.
"Barry Russell is a class act, he's Mr Private Placement Notes in London! He has a very nice style, he is a very good problem solver and he tries to be pragmatic in finding solutions."

Emma Simmonds acts for creditors including noteholders and bondholders in challenging cross-border mandates. She specialises in matters regarding private placements and distressed bond restructurings.
"Emma Simmonds is great - she's responsive, knowledgeable and able to bring in the right people for the right stuff." "She was excellent. She was on top of the details, very clear and good at problem solving."

James Terry acts for an enviable client base including bondholders, institutional lenders and hedge funds. He is particularly noted for his niche expertise in Nordic restructuring matters.
"James Terry is exceptional at what he does; he is very strong on the Nordic market and on Nordic bonds. He is a go-to guy for many creditors - well liked and good technically."

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