Jeremy became an invaluable asset for the board, a pragmatic and commercial lawyer who helped us through a difficult and fluid period. At all times ensuring management were well briefed on their position thus giving them confidence and enabling effective decision making.
There is always a difficult balance to be struck in these situations and Jeremy dealt with problems firmly but with empathy and integrity. This ensured maximum stakeholder support through the process, even though they were potentially adversely affected.
I worked with Jeremy on the restructuring and sale of Parabis Group. Parabis exit was to be through a break up and sale of the group but during this process it traded in a state of distress. The group was extremely complex and traded across 3 regulatory environments, in the UK and South Africa.
Jeremy’s experience spans the whole spectrum of the Restructuring & Insolvency business environment, across just about every business sector. He advises anyone who is an existing stakeholder or is thinking of investing in a distressed business – or is wondering what would happen if a business goes into administration. These skills also enable him to advise on rationalising the capital and debt structures of corporate groups, helping to save costs, or for pre- or post-acquisition purposes.
Jeremy’s mantra in all that he does is to help facilitate his client’s decision-making. He is able to assess the options available, design strategies and provide guidance to meet the client’s objectives in challenging situations.
He is at his best when winning the trust of business leaders, helping them to deal with the noise and complexities which accompany a crisis. His insight and intuition also serve to help those seeking to acquire interests and creditors looking to make the most of opportunities or difficult situations.
Jeremy acutely understands the business of insolvency practitioners. He has sold businesses for (and bought from) them on numerous occasions, equipping them to navigate sometimes difficult roads in the performance of their roles. He also pursues claims to recover assets for creditors’ benefit; and has considerable experience dealing with businesses transcending international boundaries.
Jeremy has authored many articles, from time to time appearing in the Journal of International Banking Law, Insolvency Intelligence, Insolvency Law & Practice, Global Turnaround, The Deal, Recovery, Financier Worldwide and Global Restructuring Review. He has published a booklet “Insolvency & Commercial Property” (Chancery, 1992), has presented many seminars for R3, Euroforum, Butterworths, C5 and for specific clients, and appeared on BBC News 24 on 15 September 2003, to explain the likely effects of the coming into force (on that day) of the Enterprise Act 2002.
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