Deborah Gregory

Deborah Gregory

Partner
London

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +44 20 7296 2355

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

"Deborah Gregory is a very strong technician and all-round good operator".

Chambers UK 2022

Deborah has had over 35 years' experience of advising on all aspects of corporate restructuring and insolvency in both domestic and cross-border transactions including refinancings, debt/equity swaps, group reorganisations, debt sales, enforcement strategies, contingency planning, distressed M&A transactions, receivership appointments and all formal insolvency procedures including trading administrations. 

Based in London, 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 regularly acts for banks and other financial institutions, distressed corporates, directors and insolvency practitioners. She 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.

Over the years, Deborah has worked on a number of high-profile matters within the restructuring and insolvency industry, advising on matters spanning the real estate, retail, healthcare, insurance, energy and financial institutions sectors. Notable examples of her more recent work are set out below.

Awards and recognitions

2020

500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers
Lawdragon

2017 - 2022

Restructuring/Insolvency (UK)
Chambers Global

2013 - 2022

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

International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)

Representative experience

Advising a syndicate of lenders and subsequently PwC as administrators on the pre-packaged sale of the McColl's business to Morrisons.

Advising PwC as administrators to Travelex, including design and implementation of prepackaged sale to a new bondholder vehicle to effect and debt/equity swap.

Advising the receivers of two hotels and two shopping centres.

Advising lenders on the refinancing of a listed Group’s airport, energy and infrastructure divisions.

A syndicate of lenders in relation to one AIM listed and one fully quoted company which both involved an equity raise and a restructuring of the facilities.

Advising senior lenders in relation to the restructuring of a major airport logistics provider.

Advising group of surety providers comprising 8 international institutions with c€400m exposure on prospective recapitalisation of European tour operator, Thomas Cook plc.

Advising lenders and subsequently the administrators on the UK steak restaurant chain, Gaucho Grill including the restructure of its business via a CVA and successful exit to a new joint venture.

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

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

Advising a syndicate of lenders and subsequently the administrators of the large wholesale retailed – Palmer & Harvey.

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

Advising the senior lenders and subsequently the Administrators on Parabis Law Group which result in 6 pre-packaged sales and complex transitional services arrangements.

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

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

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

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

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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