Nigel is a Partner in Osborne Clarke’s restructuring and insolvency group, with over 20 years’ experience advising clients on all types of restructuring situations.

Nigel works with corporates, directors (particularly on directors’ duties), creditors, lenders, office holders, public authorities and stakeholders in pension situations (corporates, trustees and the Pension Protection Fund). He has an in-depth understanding of the complexities of these matters and is recognised as a “great all-rounder” capable of delivering pragmatic advice for his clients and a “market leader with a very strong practice”.

He is singled out by the legal directories for his “eye for detail” and “creative but workable solutions he provides” plus “his personable style” whilst being described as “very customer focused” providing “robust legal and commercial input”.

Nigel has also been involved in many restructurings for a variety of clients across a range of business sectors with an emphasis in recent times on retail, energy and utilities (particularly waste and renewables), leisure and hotels, care homes and real estate (including funds and infrastructure projects).

Recent assignments include acting for the administrators of Agent Provocateur, the purchasers of the Opal Group student accommodation portfolio, the purchasers of Hotelcare Limited through a pre-packed administration, the UK liquidators of Alitalia Airlines and in respect of many real estate restructurings.

Nigel joined Osborne Clarke in 1997 and became a partner in 2002. He remains actively involved with the work of R3 and the Institute for Turnaround.

Work

Retail administrations

Amongst others, acting for the administrators of Agent Provocateur and Ted & Muffy.  Advised the purchasers of Jessops and Prontaprint and on the restructuring of Coffee Republic. Acting for core suppliers in many retail insolvencies including Game, Woolworths, Blockbuster and HMV.

Real Estate and infrastructure

Acting on the purchase of a large portfolio of assets from the administrators of Opal Group (student accommodation) with consideration exceeding £240m.

Directors duties

Advised a number of boards (including public sector and not for profit organisations) on trading and related issues and on claims against directors, including the successful defence of a large group of directors that were being pursued by a liquidator for alleged breaches of duties and seeking to set aside transactions.

Energy and utilities

Acting on the restructuring and some formal insolvencies on waste, solar and AD facilities for investors, lenders and directors.

Property funds

Acted for lenders, investors and corporates/LLP's in many real estate fund situations.

Leisure group

Acted on the restructuring and sale of multiple leisure sites outside of an insolvency regime to preserve value. Working closely with lender, agents and other professional advisors to maximise realisations.

International

Acted in relation to cross-border issues and competing claims to assets in the UK of Alitalia Airlines and advising THQ Inc, on issues relating to its European operations after it entered into Chapter II bankruptcy proceedings in the US.

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