Martin Gudgeon is a Partner and Head of the European Restructuring and Special Situations Group at PJT Partners, based in London. Prior to joining PJT Partners, Mr. Gudgeon worked at Blackstone for eight years, serving as a Senior Managing Director. Previously, Mr. Gudgeon was the Chief Executive and Head of Restructuring at Close Brothers. Before that, Mr. Gudgeon was at Hill Samuel, including two years on secondment to Macquarie Bank in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Gudgeon’s clients have included debtors, creditor groups and governments in all major jurisdictions in EMEA. Mr. Gudgeon is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Electrical Engineers. He undertook his accountancy training at Price Waterhouse and received his BSc (Hons) in Engineering from Durham University.
Kon is a Partner in Kirkland's European Restructuring Group and acts for a range of stakeholders in national and international financial restructuring, insolvency and complex dispute resolution matters.
Kon is recognised in Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, IFLR 1000, the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal and other ranking publications as a leading corporate restructuring and insolvency lawyer, and is often engaged to act in the following scenarios:
Acting for debtors and insolvency practitioners of national and multinational corporations in cross-border insolvencies and reorganisation transactions.
Acting for debt and equity investors - including a number of leading investment banks, private equity houses and hedge funds - in par, stressed and distressed transactions. These engagements extend to acting for committees of lenders and shareholders in distressed and restructuring scenarios.
Acting for a range of stakeholders in complex commercial disputes including administrators in contentious insolvency scenarios, investors in rights enforcement actions, and corporations and individuals in a variety of disputes.
In 2013 Kon was recognised as one of “40 under 40: Rising Stars of Legal Services” for the Financial News publication. Kon was also recognised as one of the "Hot 100" lawyers in Europe for 2011 in The Lawyer publication along with fellow restructuring partner Partha Kar. Kon was also nominated as one of the “Power 100” insolvency practitioners for 2011 in the Insolvency Today publication. In 2016 Kon was admitted to the Financial News Hall of Fame.
Kon routinely acts for many of the world’s investment firms in respect of their distressed investments, and the European Restructuring Group has led many of the marquee restructurings over the past decade.
Kon speaks regularly at restructuring and distressed investing conferences, and is often quoted in financial and legal media on restructuring, insolvency and distressed related subjects.
Richard is one of the few retail consultants out there who can truly claim to have worked with nearly every leading retailer in the UK. Over 30 years he has built up a peerless insight into every sector of the retail market, the leading companies in each and the management teams that lead them. Richardtalksretail provides access to this insight and opinion.
Richard started his career as a researcher at the Financial Times in the 1970s. He went on to work first as an analyst then a Director of Mintel. In September 1984 he left to launch his own business, Verdict, formed to focus on delivering a new breed of insight and analysis of the retail sector. He sold Verdict to Datamonitor in 2005 and went on to be Strategic Advisor to Deloitte.
Over this period Richard has provided strategic advice to most of the leading retailers in the UK, their product suppliers, landlords, bankers and institutional shareholders.
Rob joined Debtwire Europe in 2007 to cover the European high-yield market and went on to become Managing Editor, overseeing its stressed debt and restructuring, leveraged loan, high yield bond and sovereign coverage. Based in London, he specialised in the chemicals sector but has broad experience of reporting on all aspects of the high yield market. He was instrumental in the launch of Debtwire’s ABS product, and more recently in the development of its sovereign debt coverage.
Previously, Rob reported for two years on the European securitization market at EuroWeek, where he covered the development and subsequent collapse of the sub-prime RMBS market.
Rob began his career as a chemical engineer, initially working as a research technician for ICI Explosives in South Africa, and subsequently in the European industrial wastewater treatment sector. On the foundation of his broad industrial experience, he completed a specialist degree for business journalists and has been covering debt capital markets since.