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Deborah Gregory

Partner
London

Deborah Gregory
Languages
English, French
Practice Group
Finance

Deborah is a seasoned partner with over 30 years' experience advising stakeholders on domestic and cross-border corporate restructuring and insolvency transactions.

Based in London, she has worked on transactions as varied as the administration of Peacocks and Bon Marche, the pre-packaged administration of an ABS structure (which included a law firm) and of a company which provided fire engines to the London fire brigade to the restructuring of a multi-national metal coating group, and a large healthcare group and wholesales. Deborah has experience of advising all levels in a restructuring transaction – from the senior creditors through to the equity sponsor – and this knowledge of the technical and commercial issues facing stakeholders in any restructuring transaction allows her to advise her clients on the best way of achieving the desired outcome.

Deborah is one of the few practitioners experienced in advising insolvency practitioners not only where insolvency is used as part of a pre-planned restructuring process but also free-fall and trading insolvencies.

Sources praise her quick thinking and legal acumen, as well as recognizing her valuable contribution in tense negotiations.

Chambers UK 2017

Representative experience

Advising FTI as joint administrators of the 2e2 Group.

Advising the lender in relation to the sale of a portfolio of Irish property-backed loans.

Advising PricewaterhouseCoopers as administrators of Fire Controls, a Jersey LP which owned call centres in England and Wales.

Advising PricewaterhouseCoopers as administrators in relation to the pre-packaged insolvency of the EMI Group.

Advising the lenders in relation to the restructuring of facilities provided to listed care homes provider, Southern Cross and other Healthcare Providers.

Advising Deloittes as administrators of Landsbanki (Guernsey) Limited, a Guernsey bank, in the first administration in Guernsey under their new law.

Advising the senior syndicate in relation to the restructuring of the Pearl Group.

Advising a major high street bank in an 18 month period on ten real estate restructurings with a deal value of almost £1bn, including a retail outlet centre.

Advising the lenders in relation to the restructuring of facilities provided to and ultimate insolvency of the Rock Group which included Chapter 11 proceedings in the U.S.

The senior lenders in relation to the restructuring of facilities provided to the IMO Car Wash Group, including the schemes of arrangement and subsequent sale of assets through administration.

Advising the senior syndicate in relation to the restructuring of facilities provided to the PSE Group and the IonBond Group, an international metal coatings group with subsidiaries in 17 jurisdictions.

Advising the senior syndicate on their exposure to the Peacocks and Bon Marche Group and subsequently advising KPMG, the administrators, in relation to the administration of the Group.

The lender and subsequently KPMG as administrator on the restructuring and subsequent administration of AIM-listed AssetCo, which owned and maintained fire engines for the London Fire Brigade.

Advising the parent company in relation to the TXU administration.

Education and admissions

Education

  • LL.B., University of Manchester

Memberships

  • Fellow of R3 (the Association of Business Recovery Professionals);
  • City of London Solicitors' Company
  • INSOL International
  • The Insolvency Lawyers' Association

  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)

2017

Restructuring and insolvency

Chambers Global and Chambers UK

2016

Leading individual for corporate restructuring and insolvency

Legal 500

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