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A panel session with full audience participation on restructuring and turnaround, using insolvency 'in Court' and solvent 'out of Court' procedures. The panel will cover emerging law and custom, rescue and turnaround, emergency funding schemes and above all the role for professionals, asset experts, advisers and lenders post Corona.

About the speaker/s

Adam Plainer - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Adam Plainer is a partner at leading international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges and head of the London Restructuring practice.

Adam 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.

He 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 consistently recognised across all leading legal and industry directories. He is lauded as a “Market Leader” in IFLR1000 UK and as a leading lawyer in the UK, Europe and Global editions of Chambers where he is highly praised as an “outstandingly practical, pragmatic, client-focused lawyer who actually provides added-value advice… and is able to create imaginative solutions in complex scenarios" with one interviewee noting that his client service is “not bettered in the London market”.  He is recommended as a leading individual in Legal 500 UK where he is described as having an “excellent reputation in the market” and “a clear leader in his field”.

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

 

 

Tony Groom - K2 Business Partners

Tony Groom is Chief Executive of K2 Business Partners, turnaround, transformation and finance specialists who invest in struggling and financially constrained SMEs with significant growth potential.

Tony’s current activities include Fintech Recovery, a firm that invests in and restructures new technology, Build Homes Better a manufacturer and distributer of insulated walling and foundation products for building houses, Tricerion a software security supplier, Kickstart PR & Marketing a provider of marketing services and Fiducia Partners an investor in scale up growth projects.

Tony has been involved with turnarounds and restructuring for almost thirty years dealing with viability and strategy, developing turnaround and growth implementation plans and overseeing financial restructuring, cash management, operational reorganisation and business improvement initiatives.

After serving as a Captain in the British Army, Tony went to London Business School in 1989 and subsequently Lincoln University where he studied for a doctorate researching the decision making of directors in a crisis. A founder director and Past President of the Turnaround Management Association UK, he is a Fellow of the European Association of Certified Turnaround Practitioners and is a Trustee of the Marketing Trust that funds marketing training and research.

 

 

Carl Jackson - Quantuma LLP

Managing Partner

Carl is the firm’s founding partner and also the managing partner. He has a dual role as an appointment-taking partner in restructuring as well as leading the firm, having responsibility for partnership matters including the implementation and delivery of the firm’s strategic business plan. Carl's 30 years of experience in restructuring enables him to deliver robust, practical and long-term solutions to a vast range of businesses across the corporate spectrum. These include large and listed companies as well as businesses operating in the mid-market.

Carl is a highly-regarded restructuring professional, recognised by his peers as a go-to expert for businesses seeking support in turnaround, refinancing, restructuring and special situations. He has developed relationships with a significant range of fellow professionals in addition to lenders from both the clearing and challenger banks, as well as alternative providers of finance. These relationships are effectively leveraged to achieve better outcomes for clients.

 

 

Howard Morris - Morris & Foerster

Howard Morris heads the Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group in the London office of Morrison & Foerster. He has more than 25 years’ experience in UK and international restructuring and insolvency work and has acted for banks, other secured and unsecured creditors, ad hoc committees, trade creditors, debtors, and acquirers of business and assets from insolvent companies.

Howard’s experience covers every type of UK restructuring and insolvency procedure and he is one of the few English lawyers with hands on experience with the U.S. Chapter 11 process. He’s worked around the world and was elected chief executive of Dentons for two terms. Howard has a number of roles in professional organizations, for example he co–chairs the Projects Committee of the International Insolvency Institute, is active in the Institute’s pro bono work, most particularly African–related projects, has articles regularly published, and has been closely involved in development of MoFo’s guidance for clients on Brexit.

Howard is an accredited Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution mediator, and he is particularly interested in mediating disputes arising out of restructurings and insolvency proceedings.

 

 

Federica Pietrogrande - Gordon Brothers

As Managing Director, Federica Pietrogrande has both a business and legal role.  

Federica is a member of the Investment & Finance team with a focus on the development of Gordon Brothers’ special situations strategy across Europe, which utilises a highly flexible and opportunistic approach for alternative debt and equity investments, involving companies in distress or in need of capital solutions.  Federica’s focus is on structuring the deal and is committed to the entire lifecycle of the investment from origination through exit.  

Federica also manages Gordon Brothers’ legal strategy in Europe - and supports the international business.  She works with the business divisions, across all jurisdictions, to structure and manage deals, addressing specific legal issues, qualifying, quantifying and mitigating the relevant risks involved. 

Before joining Gordon Brothers in early 2018, Federica practiced law for 15 years in major international law firms in Italy and abroad, specialising in corporate bankruptcy and restructuring, with a focus on distressed investing and cross-border transactions. She now brings her experience to unlock opportunities in different jurisdictions.

Federica has a law degree from Rome Universita’ La Sapienza and an LL.M in Banking, Corporate and Finance from New York Fordham Law School. 

Federica is a native Italian speaker and fluent in English. 

 

 

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