Special Situations & Restructuring

Our dedicated Special Situations team helps clients develop, evaluate and execute accelerated M&A, refinancing and debt restructuring transactions confidently and quickly.

The team has extensive experience across a range of situations, transaction sizes, ownership structures and stakeholder groups. Expertise includes debt-for-equity swaps and other negotiated balance sheet restructurings, for strong businesses with sub-optimal capital structures or businesses suffering momentary trading or operational challenges.

We use a collegiate and collaborative approach with key stakeholders to deliver creative and innovation solutions, which in our experience maximises the likelihood of greater value retention and subsequent recovery. Our approach also facilitates earlier intervention enabling more options to be considered.

Although we are familiar with the formal restructuring and insolvency tools available, we prefer to work with independent restructuring/insolvency’ firms if required, ensuring our advice remains clear of any potential conflict.

Special Situations

Support we provide includes the following situations:


Performance review / options analysis

Initial review and challenge of management plans, including assessment of deliverable options for business based on current performance and situation

Performance improvement / transformation plans

Developing defensible profit improvement plans with management to underpin ‘next steps’ planning including an M&A and / or a refinancing process

Complex or urgent refinancing

Full spectrum refinancing from performing credits through asset-based lending and stretched mezzanine, to minority equity

Challenging M&A / AMA

Sector led M&A including accelerated sale processes (e.g. less than four weeks), managed to optimize value preservation, in part through a ‘hands on approach’ to preparation and supporting management “front run” due diligence

Complex non-core disposals / carve outs

Developing business or re-organisation plans to facilitate disposals of non-core activities / subsidiaries, including loss making activities with or without existing management teams

Financial restructuring

Advising management and shareholders through right sizing the balance sheet


Ian Brown

Managing Director

Phone: +44 20 7484 4705

Mobile: +44 7887 743870

Amy Williams

Assistant Director

Phone: +44 20 7484 4715

Mobile: +44 7468 740752