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Latham & Watkins LLP

Restructuring/Insolvency

3 ranked lawyersBand 2UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Global practice with broad restructuring and insolvency capabilities. Strong on both the creditor and debtor sides, with particular proficiency advising on schemes of arrangement. Increasingly relied on by alternative lenders for special situations work. Frequently represents clients in complex international matters, with noted expertise advising on European restructurings and US Chapter 11 cases. Clients include sponsors, secured and unsecured lenders, coordinating committees, debtors, shareholders and insolvency practitioners. Increasing ability to handle matters on behalf of incumbent agents and security trustees.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Bell has considerable expertise spanning the gamut of restructuring and insolvency matters, with particular experience handling high-profile recapitalisations. He is particularly adept at acting for debtor companies but is also a capable adviser to creditors.
"He is very pragmatic, very commercial and gets the job done." "He is distinguishable as he is very good at understanding the finance as well as restructuring issues - he is one of the best."

Simon Baskerville ’s practice spans domestic and international restructuring and insolvency matters, with his clients including both debtors and creditors in addition to administrators. He is particularly noted for his strength acting for funds and other alternative asset managers.
"Simon has a unique combination of technical expertise and commercial intuition. He is also great at connecting his clients with other parts of the firm where needed, thereby delivering a full suite of solutions." "Simon's an experienced practitioner who is visible, hands-on where needed and also able to provide creative solutions to solve deal impediments."

Yen Sum is noted for her skill in handling matters spanning restructuring, special situations and distressed M&A. She acts for all manner of clients including both debtors and creditors, with notable experience assisting lenders and bondholders.
"She has a strong commercial background and understands the intricacies of financial restructuring not just from a purely legal angle, but also a very commercial angle; this is one of the key assets that differentiates her from other lawyers." "Yen has been an excellent partner. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and has a commercial approach to achieving a positive outcome for her clients."

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Restructuring/Insolvency


Bruce Bell
Band 2
Simon Baskerville
Band 3
Yen Sum
Band 3