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Joe Bannister


Joe Bannister

Joe Bannister is a seasoned, international, restructuring and insolvency lawyer. For nearly 30 years, Joe has helped the entire range of restructuring stakeholders to address and resolve the most difficult restructurings and insolvencies. He has experience across all industry sectors, ranging from manufacturing and transportation to the services sector and he has dealt with cases in the UK, Europe, Asia and the US. Joe's work also includes a number of reorganizations or bankruptcies in the financial institutions sector, especially insurers and banks. 

His international assignments have encompassed a number of offshore jurisdictions, including Bermuda, the BVI, Cayman Islands and the Isle of Man. Joe focuses on the development and implementation of schemes of arrangement and other creditor compromise processes, both in the UK and in Hong Kong. 

He has worked at Hogan Lovells and its predecessor firms for his entire career, beginning in 1985. He was elected to the partnership in 1997. Joe is admitted as a solicitor in London and Hong Kong, where he worked between 1998 and 2002 and again in 2014 and 2015 as the partner in charge of the firm's business restructuring and insolvency practice in Hong Kong and China. 

Joe has written and spoken extensively on industry and technical matters. Between 2012 and 2014, he was co-editor of INSOL World and writes regularly for industry and legal publications in the restructuring field. He is a regular speaker at external and internal conferences and is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in directories such as Chambers and Legal 500

'Department head Joe Bannister is ‘a star, with a great sense of humour when the going gets tough’'. Insurance Restructuring and Insolvency

Legal 500 2015

Representative Experience

Advising on a number of insurer insolvencies and solvent schemes of arrangement including Orion, HIH and St Helens Trust.

Advising the Icelandic Government in relation to Icelandic financial crisis including on the reorganisations of Iceland's three principal banks.

Acting for the pension fund trustees of Nortel Networks UK Limited in their claims for financial support directions in the UK, U.S., EMEA and Canada.

Advising as UK counsel to ISTC plc, an investor in Tier 1 bank capital, in its Irish examinership.

Acting as UK counsel to IBRC in relation to its exposure to the Quinn group.

Advising a leading bank and other financial creditors on its position as a counterparty to Lehman Brothers' entities.

UK counsel to the provisional liquidators of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander (Isle of Man) Limited advising on a proposed Isle of Man scheme of arrangement

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

Advising the administrators in relation to the Luminar Group and advising the investors and administrators in the Nicole Fahri group sale and rescue.

Advising the Indenture Trustee on the restructuring of New York law notes issued by Magyar Telecom through an English law Scheme of Arrangement

Advising IFC as a lender to the Armajaro Commodities group, including negotiations with the prospective buyers, review of sale documents and advice on recoveries

Advising a creditor on the protection of its rights in relation to the LDK Solar group schemes of arrangement, in both Hong Kong and Cayman

Advising a major Asian and international bank in investigation and recovery proceedings relating to Hong Kong and BVI assets of a high profile Taiwanese national

Acting for a major Asian international bank in relation to its exposure to an Indonesian mining group and an Indian industrial conglomerate.

Education and admissions


  • M.A., Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1988
  • B.A., Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1984


  • Associate member of R3 (the Association of Business Recovery Professionals)
  • Full member of the ILA
  • Member of INSOL International


Leading individual, insurance restructuring and insolvency

Legal 500

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