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Restructuring & Insolvency

Our restructuring and insolvency group is a recognised market leader, with extensive experience in all aspects of restructuring, turnaround and insolvency work.

Our clients include banks and other financial institutions, large corporates, leading insolvency practitioners and regulatory agencies.

We assist clients with all aspects of corporate stress and insolvency. This includes corporate recovery measures such as debt restructuring, work-outs, and arrangements and compromises with creditors. It also includes corporate reconstructions, distressed mergers and acquisitions, administrations, receiverships, investigations, voluntary administrations, statutory managements and liquidations.

Our recovery specialists assist with the enforcement of security (including by receiverships and mortgagee sales) and proceedings against guarantors.

We are experienced in cross-border insolvencies, as well as in distressed debt trading and restructuring investment.

We act in proceedings against directors, fraudulent transfer claims, preference actions, and other insolvency-related litigation.

To ensure the best possible commercial outcome, we work closely with accounting and other professionals.

Examples of our work

  • Retail - acting for the administrators of Pumpkin Patch (McGrathNicol), the receivers of Banks Group (PwC), the receivers of Wild Pair (McGrathNicol), and the receivers of Hardy's (McGrathNicol)

  • Technology - acting for the administrators of Wynyard Group (KordaMentha), and the administrators of Woosh Wireless (KordaMentha)

  • Resources - acting for Solid Energy and its directors in its restructuring and administration

  • Media - acting for TPG Capital in its acquisition of MediaWorks' senior debt and restructuring

  • Agriculture - acting for Westpac in the receivership of Crafer Farms, the receivers of Woolley Farms (Grant Thornton), and the liquidators of Sentry Hill Winery (KPMG)

  • Insurance - acting for the liquidators of HIH Insurance (McGrathNicol), and the receivers of Herbert Insurance (KordaMentha)

  • Construction - acting for the liquidators of Mainzeal Property & Construction (BDO), and the receivers of Blacktop Construction (BDO)

  • Finance Companies - acting for the receivers of Lombard Finance (PwC), the receivers of Strategic Finance (PwC), the receivers of NZF Money (KordaMentha), and the liquidators of Dominion Finance Holdings (BDO)

  • Investments - acting for the liquidators of van Eyk Advice and related companies (KPMG)