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What the team is known for

Thriving team acting on a host of headline matters on the creditor and company sides. Notable for its debtor-side work in the retail space this year, having represented a number of distressed high street operators. Well positioned to advise on instructions with a high-yield and term loan B aspect. Growing reputation in insolvency litigation and distressed investing mandates, acting on behalf of special situation funds, hedge funds and alternative investors.

Strengths

"The firm has an intellectual and legal rigour," notes one client, adding: "The deal capabilities across the network and the first-class restructuring lawyers mean they remain the go-to firm in the market."

Interviewees say: "Freshfields are absolutely amazing. They provide thorough and thought-out advice and they have the bench; it's a top-quality team with a wealth of knowledge and specialists across the firm."

Clients say: "They are very insightful, compelling, very easy to work with, super responsive and able to deal with robust challenges well."

Work highlights

Advised the agent acting for, and on behalf of, the RCF Lenders to Virgin Atlantic Airways in relation to its GBP1.2 billion restructuring plan.

Notable practitioners

Global restructuring and insolvency practice head Ken Baird is relied upon for his wealth of experience acting for both debtor and creditor-side clients. He is regarded as a go-to for complex and cross-border matters and is experienced in advising on CVAs.
"Ken Baird is pre-eminent; he is a well-known, highly established and well-regarded restructuring lawyer." "He is really strong in the restructuring space; he understands the complexities of it, he can give sound advice to a board and he is very commercial."

Catherine Balmond is highlighted for her representation of debtor and creditor-side clients in complex, high-value restructurings. In addition to her strong domestic capabilities, she is experienced in advising on matters involving offshore and US Chapter 11 considerations.
"Catherine Balmond is highly capable and a very safe pair of hands when it comes to deal delivery." "Catherine is a good lawyer and very details-oriented."

Neil Golding is regarded for his expertise in contentious insolvency and restructuring matters. He is sought out for advice on cross-border disputes and offers notable experience in the retail and insurance sectors.
"Neil Golding is pragmatic. He rolls his sleeves up and provides excellent expertise." "Neil is fantastic for disputes."

London department head Richard Tett is held in high regard for his expert advice to clients on complex in-court and out-of-court restructuring and insolvency proceedings. He is able to fluently navigate the restructuring space, frequently acting on behalf of companies, administrators and lenders. 
"Richard Tett is world class in restructuring - he is fantastic in terms of his command of the product." "Richard is one of, if not the best restructuring lawyer in the City based on his technical ability, understanding of client needs and willingness to be adventurous in solutions offered." "Richard Tett is certainly one of the pre-eminent practitioners in the market today. He is phenomenally capable, intellectual, a very good negotiator and highly commercial in his approach."

Lindsay Hingston is regarded for her ability to act for both creditors and debtors. She has notable experience acting for clients in high-profile restructurings in the retail sector.
"Lindsay's strengths include her work ethic and her ability to get on top of the fine details really quickly and be a very strategic partner." "She is commercially astute."

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