Deborah Gregory

Deborah Gregory

Partner
London

Email deborah.gregory@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +44 20 7296 2355

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish, French

Practice groupFinance

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

Chambers UK 2017

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 health care 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.

Awards and recognitions

2017-2019

Restructuring/Insolvency (UK)
Chambers Global

2016

Leading individual for corporate restructuring and insolvency
Legal 500

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)

Representative experience

Advising on the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) and subsequent sale of the company which owns the Gaucho chain of restaurants.


Advising on the restructuring and subsequent pre-packaged administration sales of the Conviviality Group, including Bargain Booze.


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

Advising a syndicate of lenders in relation to the Arcadia restructuring and the CVAs.


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

Advising on the trading administration and subsequent sale of the Peacocks and Bon Marche clothing stores, which saved over 6000 jobs.


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 lenders to listed, regulated insurance group CCPGroup plc, against the backdrop of proposed scheme to compromise liabilities arising from mis-selling claims.


Advising on complex tax driven restructuring of a property group's corporate structure with over 100 subsidiaries and the transfer of c.130 properties into a new group.

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 PwC 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 and ultimate insolvency of the Rock Group which included Chapter 11 proceedings in the U.S.

Advising lenders on the refinancing and restructuring of the European Care Group delivered through the first pre-pack sale to take place in Guernsey.

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 on the restructuring and subsequent administration of AIM-listed AssetCo, which owned and maintained fire engines for the London Fire Brigade.


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.

Advising FTI as joint administrators of the 2e2 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 Deloitte as administrators of Landsbanki (Guernsey) Limited, a Guernsey bank, in the first administration in Guernsey under their new law.


Advising the senior syndicate on 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 parent company in relation to the TXU administration.

Advising senior lenders on the restructuring of the IMO Car Wash Group including the contested schemes of arrangement and subsequent administration asset sales.

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