Insolvency and Restructuring

We are Stibbe Insolvency and Restructuring specialists

Specialising in financial and corporate restructurings, our team has worked on many of the major cross-border restructurings and insolvencies of the past decade.

Insolvency and Restructuring

Our experienced insolvency and restructuring team regularly provides the assured guidance and expert advice our clients require in times of distress.

With equal strength in advisory and litigation services, we have particular expertise in proceedings concerning such issues as fraudulent conveyances and directors’ liability. Furthermore, by drawing upon the firm’s expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax and insolvency, the restructuring of transactions are handled in the most integrated and coordinated way.

In addition, our experts accept appointments by the court to act as receiver or administrator in a formal bankruptcy or suspension of payments procedures, experience that is applied to client matters.

Restructurings will often play out simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions. We have proven experience in combined formal insolvency procedures in various jurisdictions around the world.

On the menu to the right you will find a list of the specialisms we provide debtors, creditors and listed/non-listed companies encountering insolvency difficulties, suspension of payments and bankruptcies.

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