Squire bolsters its global restructuring and insolvency practice with the hiring of a team in London

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Squire Patton Boggs has hired partners Charlotte Møller and Monika Lorenzo-Perez in its restructuring and insolvency practice. They joined the firm from Brown Rudnick LLP, where Ms Møller headed its European bankruptcy and corporate restructuring practice group. The new partners are joined by director Helena Clarke and senior partners Rebecca Terrace and Sabina Khan.

“These hires represent an important addition to our global team at a time when we expect the current economic climate is likely to cause higher levels of distress across many sectors and the restructuring market will pick up,” Stephen said. Lerner, global chairman of the firm. Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group. “Charlotte, Monika and their team bring significant expertise in managing complex domestic and cross-border restructurings and insolvencies and will add even more depth to our overall offering to clients.”

European Managing Partner Jonathan Jones said: “Charlotte and Monika are highly regarded lawyers whose technical knowledge and experience complements that of our existing restructuring and insolvency practice, while creating synergies with our teams. private equity and financial services, which we have also developed considerably in recent years. month.

“With practitioners of their caliber, we are well positioned to support new and existing clients with all their financial and business needs in the future.”

Commenting on the arrival of her team, Ms Møller said: “Squire’s substantial presence in the UK across four offices, coupled with the firm’s extensive global reach and reputation for handling sophisticated restructuring matters, has makes the company a unique and compelling destination from which to serve our customers and grow. our practice. We are excited to join the team and collaborate with our new colleagues around the world.

Squire Patton Boggs Global Restructuring & Insolvency Practice has more than 130 lawyers in 36 offices in 15 countries who collaborate on domestic and cross-border restructuring matters.

About the team:

Ms Moller has an extensive restructuring and insolvency practice which includes advising in the restructuring of defaulting credit facilities for lenders and borrowers, enforcement of securities, representation of administrators and insolvency practitioners in all kinds of distress situations, including schemes of arrangement, restructuring plans and pre-pack sales, and generally advising restructuring managers and directors of distressed companies. She has recently worked on several cross-border restructurings, mainly in the maritime transport, air transport, energy and natural resources sectors. She advised the Civil Aviation Authority for several years on the financial and operational ring-fencing of regulated travel groups; this has included work on the restructuring and eventual collapse of Monarch and the restructuring and liquidation of Thomas Cook.

Ms Møller also represents clients in relation to the enforcement of security interests in UK assets, in particular in connection with the sale and purchase of non-performing loan portfolios. She has experience in bespoke lending situations, including litigation funding and short-term, high-risk lending.

At Mrs. Lorenzo-Perez’s the broad practice includes complex financial restructuring, where she has acted for both lenders and borrowers, and which has involved larger, cross-border group restructurings of distressed and non-distressed businesses, across a variety of industries , including retail, energy, infrastructure and more recently hotels and hospitality. She works with turnaround directors and directors of distressed companies, including for example the turnaround directors of Lehman Brothers Group subsidiaries on a variety of topics, including settling her pension plan, winding up a sale of ‘an asset management company, streamlining group structures. , sale of assets and general corporate governance advice to directors and CROs.

In addition, she advises on formal insolvency, acting for administrators, liquidators and receivers on their appointment and disposal of assets, and provides ongoing advice during insolvency, including applications in justice. Ms. Lorenzo-Perez acts for directors in connection with the accelerated sale of a business, for example, advising the directors of Bernard Matthews in connection with the pre-packaged sale of the business and of the company’s assets. She also regularly acts for creditors in planning execution options and strategy around that execution.

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