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For our May event we will focus on the pivotal role played by boards of distressed companies.  Together, our guest speakers have extensive experience acting as advisors to, and members of, boards of distressed companies across a broad range of sectors and jurisdictions.

Speaking will be Kevin Pullen, John Whiteoak and John Chetwood of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Anthony Place and Ben Paice of THM Partners LLP.

THM provides experienced directors (often as Chief Restructuring Officer) to large corporates facing event driven special situations. HSF has extensive experience in helping directors deal with (often unfamiliar) distressed processes. Both THM and HSF guide and assist boards in piloting a course through an often contentious commercial backdrop, where commercial judgment is put under significant pressure.

The speakers will use their practical experience to share thoughts on how to assist boards identify the key issues and decision makers, develop a preferred strategy, and deal with stakeholder activism along the way.


About the speaker/s

Kevin Pullen

Kevin is a partner in the restructuring and insolvency group at Herbert Smith Freehills. He has gained extensive experience working on major restructuring and insolvency matters in both Europe and Asia over the last 25 years. Kevin's experience includes all forms of debt reconstruction and insolvency acting for debtors, creditors and insolvency practitioners.


John Whiteoak

John advises on a broad range of general commercial litigation matters, including cross-border disputes. 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 insolvency and restructuring disputes in the United Kingdom, including cases with global ramifications. In addition, John has advised various investment banks and hedge funds on potential claims arising from failed investments in bond issues, securitisations and investments in structured investment vehicles (SIVs).


John Chetwood

John is a Partner in the restructuring and insolvency group at Herbert Smith Freehills.  He has been with the firm for over ten years during which he has experienced a broad range of distressed scenarios.  His practice covers advising lenders (including co-ordinating committees), companies in distress, insolvency practitioners and other stakeholders in a wide range of international and domestic restructurings. 

John has particular expertise advising on complex cross-border restructurings, including those implemented by way of English law schemes of arrangement or CVAs.


Anthony Place

Anthony has worked with stressed and distressed businesses for nearly 25 years, focusing over the last 12 years on advising management teams and taking board appointments in financial restructuring and Value Delivery situations.

Anthony has advised across a wide range of industries and has particular expertise in European real estate.

Prior to joining THM, Anthony worked for EY and Andersen.  He has also spent a year on secondment at a major European bank.


Ben Paice

Ben has worked in Corporate Restructuring for over ten years, undertaking a wide range of debtor and creditor side assignments with distressed businesses.

Ben’s areas of expertise include cash management and reporting, acquisition and exit planning as well as taking management positions during the turnaround of distressed businesses.

Prior to joining THM, Ben worked for Aurelius Investments, a mid market private equity firm focusing on distressed opportunities and corporate carve outs, and AlixPartners.


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