Pinsent Masons

Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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What the team is known for Specialist restructuring team with recognised cross-border capabilities, calling upon sector experts across its UK network and in its international offices. Advises a full spectrum of stakeholders, including roles acting for lenders and financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, distressed businesses and boards of directors. Particularly well versed in the oil and gas, financial services, retail and social care sectors.

Strengths Interviewees report: "They have strength and depth across different service lines and are quick to leverage skills from other teams."

A source says: "In Scotland, Pinsent Masons are a class act in terms of restructuring advice."

A client notes that the lawyers are "responsive, timely and good at keeping me up to speed."

Work highlights Represented administrators Deloitte in selling the business and assets of Goals Soccer Centres in a pre-pack administration.

Notable practitioners

Ainslie Benzie
focuses her practice on supporting restructuring matters in the energy, retail and leisure sectors. She advises stakeholders of all kinds - lenders, corporates, accountants and insolvency practitioners - and has extensive experience working on secondment for major UK clearing banks.

Claire Massie
remains a prominent presence in the insolvency arena and is well versed in advising banks and financial institutions on restructuring matters. She also handles transactional matters for distressed companies.
"She is very capable and has good technical knowledge." "Claire has an excellent reputation in the market. She is a name that comes to mind when thinking of a top insolvency lawyer in Scotland."

Stacey Bairner
is routinely called upon to provide advice on director duties, refinancing and transactional matters. She also gives pre-insolvency advice to the boards of companies seemingly on course for distressed financial conditions.
"Stacey is an excellent restructuring lawyer and has a great practice."