Restructuring Day

12 OCTOBER 2017, THE WALDORF HILTON, LONDON

logo Dawn Grocock Legal Analyst, Debtwire

The UK scheme of arrangement will face stiff competition following Brexit and the European Commission’s directive, according to a panel of investors and lawyers at Debtwire’s Germany Forum held at Frankfurt’s Villa Kennedy on Wednesday (13 September). The panel, moderated by Latham & Watkins partner Frank Grell, considered the restructuring routes available to investors; whether the UK scheme will lose its appeal post-Brexit, and what alternative restructuring tools may be available, particularly in light of the EU harmonisation initiative.

logo Robert Schach Managing Editor - Europe, Debtwire

2016 proved to be another challenging year for the restructuring community, mostly as a result of a continued slim pipeline of workouts and distressed opportunities. Hedge fund returns remained well off the pace of their previous years, although bets on commodities, especially oil & gas, paid out handsomely, enabling many funds who had jumped in too early the prior year to make good their previous losses.