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TMA UK are delighted to welcome John Chetwood and John Whiteoak - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP as their guest speakers for the evening.

Many of the TMA's members will be familiar with the key legal issues facing boards where a company is in distress.  The speakers will set the brief legal scene for the considerations directors commonly face when there are financial difficulties and simplify the decision making process.  They will then overlay practical experience dealing with shareholder and other stakeholder action and how this can influence (if at all) that decision making process.  The speakers will then comment on how developing trends, including the DBEIS "Insolvency and Corporate Governance" consultation issued on 20 March 2018, and recent high profile insolvencies may influence approaches of boards going forward.

Following on from our guest speakers TMA UK welcomes Gary White - Aspen Waite

Gary will speak about his often humorous life experiences as a lower league football chairman in Essex, as well as his time as a director of League One Colchester United and his involvement in a potential take over of West Ham United a few years back.

About the speaker/s

John Chetwood

John is a senior associate in the restructuring, turnaround and insolvency practice.  His practice covers a broad range of scenarios arising from distress, including advising boards of companies in distress, lenders (including committees of creditors), insolvency practitioners and other stakeholders in a wide range of international and domestic restructurings.  He has advised on a number of complex cross-border restructurings involving schemes of arrangement or CVAs

John Whiteoak

John is a disputes partner who advises on a broad range of general commercial litigation matters. He specialises in insolvency, corporate fraud and recovery, as well as complex banking and tax disputes and dispute resolution. His work involves some of the largest and most high-profile domestic and cross-border insolvency and restructuring disputes.

Gary White

Gary White is a non-league football chairman.   He took Heybridge Swifts on the glory trail to Wembley before they were knocked out by Exeter City in the FA Cup first round proper this season, despite having only staying up in the league on the last day of the previous season

Gary is also a qualified accountant and a partner in Aspen Waite, a specialist advisor that manages R&D tax credit refunds for distressed and healthy companies alike

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