Corporate Restructuring

We are Stibbe Corporate Restructuring Specialists

Our restructuring and insolvency teams are regularly involved in major domestic and international cases providing clear guidance and efficient, practical advice.

Corporate Restructuring

A key aspect of our work is to establish confidence between the business, its shareholders and creditors – implementing restructuring projects of any complexity.

Acting on financial and tax restructurings, we handle issues regarding national and international sale and acquisition transactions, cross-border mergers, share buy-back schemes, capital increases and decreases, equity and dividend stripping, simplification of group structures and company liquidations. 

By creating close working partnerships with our clients, we help them to overcome any financial difficulties through pragmatic and practical solutions. In this way we regularly assist financial advisers, companies, management, shareholders and governments. Besides providing an advisory role, we also conduct legal proceedings, if necessary, to achieve the restructuring of the debtor. 

Teamwork with colleagues who specialise in other legal areas such as corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, insolvency and litigation, enables us to deliver a comprehensive legal service. 

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