Sam specialises in providing restructuring, insolvency, and contingency planning advice. His recent assignments have involved contentious and non-contentious matters, including those with complex cross-border issues, with a particular focus on the Financial Services, Construction, and Retail & Consumer sectors.
He provides strategic advice to various stakeholders, including directors on their duties and contingency planning in distressed scenarios; insolvency practitioners on accelerated M&A processes; banks, lenders, and creditors on security and enforcement strategy; and investors and companies on distressed acquisitions.
Sam has been involved in a number of high-profile restructuring and insolvency mandates, including Wirecard, Railsr, Midas Group, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Oasis and Warehouse, and Patisserie Valerie. The complex restructuring and solvent wind-down of Wirecard's UK subsidiary led to Osborne Clarke's nomination for Restructuring Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2022.
Sam is a TMA NextGen member and regularly contributes to restructuring industry publications. Previous publications have included those for INSOL International, and the American Bar Association's Business Law Today.
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A complex restructuring and solvent wind-down of Wirecard's UK subsidiary, following the discovery of substantial financial irregularities (c. €1.9bn) within its group. Osborne Clarke was nominated as Restructuring Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2022 for this mandate.
Involved in a number of high-profile Retail & Consumer restructurings, including Oasis, Warehouse, Laura Ashley, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Peacocks, and Patisserie Valerie.
Providing contingency planning advice and advising the administrators on post-administration issues, including business and asset sale processes in the Construction sector.
Recent matters include (i) successful defence of a paragraph 75 claim for misfeasance against former administrators, (ii) settlement of a section 423 IA 1986 claim, (iii) successful dismissal of a winding-up petition presented against a payments firm, (iv) pursuing breach of duty and transaction at an undervalue claims, and (v) early dismissal of winding-up proceedings against a casual dining chain.