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TMA UK would be delighted if you can join them at their event at London Business School on 5th February 2020.


Registration will start at 6.30pm

Panel Session will start at 7.00pm

Networking will start at 8.00pm until event closes at 9.00pm


Places are limited so early booking is advised.


The retail industry is undergoing significant disruption, which a large number of companies were unable to widthstand. As a result, we oversaw many attempts at saving insolvent retailers. Was it unfounded optimism? A lack of reality among investors and directors? Were the CVAs just a step towards inevitable failure of retailers, given how many of them were unsuccessful? What is the future of traditional retailers given the disrupting wave of e-commerce? 


In this discussion we will go through the recent failures in retail and try to draw conclusions on the questions above. We will be joined by a fantastic panel of speakers, each of whom has more than 20 years of experience in turning around and restructuring such companies, and who will share expert opinions from legal, financial and CRO points of view on these subjects. Depending on how the discussion progresses, the panel may also cover cases from other industries.


The panel discussion will be followed by a networking session with food and drinks, where you will be able to talk to more than 80 professionals, as well as to LBS students, passionate about restructuring and turnaround.


About the speaker/s

Adam Plainer - Weil

Adam is Head of London Restructuring Practice, Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He has significant experience representing leading accounting firms and restructuring practices on workouts and restructurings, as well as UK clearing banks, US investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, and boards of directors in major corporate restructurings.


Adam has led a wide range of well-known restructurings (including contingency planning) and formal insolvencies, advising boards of companies, distressed investors, senior and junior lenders, and leading insolvency practitioners. He led the team advising KPMG as joint administrators in the ground-breaking case of MF Global UK's special administration, which was awarded “Restructuring Team of the Year” twice in 2014 at the Legal Business Awards and The Lawyer Awards. Adam also has extensive experience in distressed M&A.


Adam is a Past President of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association (ILA) and the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) UK.

Raj Apte - EY

Raj Apte is Partner and Head of Restructuring for Central & Southeast Europe and CIS (“CESA”) at EY with over 21 years’ experience of restructuring and capital structure advisory. Raj has advised borrowers and creditors on a broad range of complex financial restructuring engagements across a variety of industries, sectors and geographies including, among others, Mercator, SAS Airlines, BAWAG, Immofinanz, KCA Deutag and HeidelbergCement, with an aggregate deal value exceeding EUR 100 billion. Before joining EY, he was Director of the Restructuring & Financial Advisory Group EMEA at Lazard in London and Frankfurt, where he was also Head of Restructuring for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Prior to that, Raj worked for Morgan Stanley in London, first in the Leveraged and Acquisition Finance team, and then as Executive Director in the Restructuring and Financial Advisory Group EMEA. Raj is dual qualified as a Solicitor (England) and as a German attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwalt) and is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.

Gijs De Reuver - Houlihan Lokey

Mr. de Reuver is a member of Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Restructuring Group. He has over 20 years of investment banking experience, including corporate restructurings, M&A, and the issuance of debt and equity securities. He has advised on a broad range of financial restructuring engagements across Europe involving, among others, En+ Group, Findus Group, Schoeller Arca Systems, Mercator, Endemol Group, Zim, Imtech, Autobar, van Gansewinkel, Vroon, and Agrokor. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. de Reuver co-managed the long-short portfolio strategy at Cycladic Capital and provided merger, acquisition, and issuance advice at Goldman Sachs. Mr. de Reuver holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


David O’Neill - McKinsey & Company

David is Vice President at the Restructuring and Transformation Services (RTS) Group at McKinsey & Company, and has over 20 years of financial and operational restructuring experience. He advises clients, who are facing business critical challenges to turnaround performance and supports them to deliver sustainable high impact improvements to profit and cash generation. David has deep expertise in business planning and restructuring strategy, cash and working capital management, cost optimization, financial restructuring and stakeholder management. David advised a broad range of clients across the telecoms, media, business services, and consumer sectors.

Prior to joining McKinsey, David held a number of leading positions, including the Director at the Restructuring Group and Chief of Staff at Global Financial Advisory Group at Deloitte.

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