Financial Advisory and Valuation - Restructuring & Insolvency Experts 2018

In this section, we list 91 leading restructuring and insolvency experts from nine jurisdictions worldwide. Those highlighted include crisis management specialists, industry experts and top names in advisory services, who impress commentators across the globe with the depth of their expertise. The London market was particularly dominant in our research, with more listings than any other jurisdiction. Our research also highlights Singapore, the US and the Cayman Islands as being home to some of the world’s most highly regarded individuals.

Methodology

The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

Europe

Thought Leaders
1. Ian Wormleighton Deloitte, London
2. Rob Harding Deloitte, London
3. Simon Granger FTI Consulting, London

Deloitte is renowned as one of the world’s leading forensic accounting firms. Its London contingent sees four leading experts listed.
Ian Wormleighton is one of the foremost names in corporate restructuring and insolvency. His experience includes stakeholder management and he is recognised within the industry as a problem-solver.
The “very well-respected” Rob Harding is a leading expert on special situations and is renowned for his trusted counsel on unique M&A matters. He advises an array of stakeholders in distressed situations.
Nick Edwards has a depth of expertise in situations involving insolvencies, financial distress and underperforming businesses. He has over 25 years of experience in numerous industries including real estate, healthcare and manufacturing.
David Soden is a top-notch expert on corporate recovery. He draws praise for his strong knowledge of complex multi-jurisdictional matters and his leading counsel on capital structures and equity.

Four leading lights at PricewaterhouseCoopers, top accounting firm and member of the Big Four, are recommended.
Matthew Callaghan receives high praise for his corporate restructuring expertise. He has over 15 years of experience in the market and is well regarded by both clients and peers.
Heather Swanston has in-depth industry experience having built a strong practice in business recovery over several decades. She frequently advises banking groups and senior lenders in complex restructuring matters.
Ian Green is a leading strategist in business recovery matters and is often called upon by stakeholders and corporations for his expertise. He is recognised as “one of the top insolvency practitioners working in the market today”.
Diederick van der Plas is a top name in cross-border debt matters. His restructuring expertise is highly sought after and he is well respected for his global practice.

Ernst & Young achieves four listings in its market-leading restructuring and insolvency practice.
Alan Bloom is a long-standing expert in corporate restructuring and has extensive knowledge in international business recovery matters. One peer says, “Alan is the UK’s number-one insolvency practitioner.”
Joe O'Connor is recognised as one of the market leaders in the field. He is a highly gifted forensic accountant with expertise beyond his years.
David Hargrave is highly regarded for his long-standing expertise advising corporates and lenders in complex, multi-stakeholder restructurings. He has over three decades of experience in the field.
The “up-and-coming” Simon Edel is a well-known name in the field and an accomplished restructuring expert. He is often involved in handling large-scale, complex administration proceedings.

FTI Consulting achieves three listings in its European offering.
Thought Leader Simon Granger is at the forefront of the market in work relating to distressed situations. His practice spans Europe, the Middle East and Africa and he is recommended for his prowess in debt restructuring and crisis management.
Simon Kirkhope is a national authority on corporate restructuring. He has deep experience acting as an administrator for multinational companies.
Chad Griffin comes recommended as “a definite inclusion” and is sought after for his expertise in complex European restructuring matters.

PJT Partners sees three experts recognised for their leading work in the field.
Martin Gudgeon is frequently called upon for his knowledge of special situations. He has a distinguished history in the investment banking world, which allows him to provide highly informed counsel to clients.
David Riddell has an array of experience in restructuring matters. He is a go-to name on distressed situations and is recognised as a leader in the industry.
Tom Campbell’s European market expertise makes him a standout in the field. He advises both debtors and creditors on distressed M&A and schemes of arrangement.

In London, Chris Johnston at Alvarez & Marsal stands out for his vast experience advising lenders and borrowers on complex transactions. He is internationally renowned for his strong performance coordinating numerous UK and European restructurings.

 

North America & Caribbean

Thought Leaders
1. David Kurtz Lazard, New York
2. David Y Ying Evercore, New York
3. Timothy Pohl Lazard, Chicago
4. Keiran Hutchison Ernst & Young, Grand Cayman
5. Eleanor Fisher Kalo, Grand Cayman

Achieving four listings across its offices in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, KPMG stands out as a leading firm in the restructuring and insolvency space.
The “excellent” Alex Lawson in Grand Cayman handles both official and voluntary liquidations; he is a seasoned professional who knows how to get the best for his clients in restructuring and insolvency proceedings.
Keith Blake in Grand Cayman specialises in the liquidation of banks, hedge funds and hotel groups, and is highly regarded for his in-depth knowledge.
Kris Beighton in Grand Cayman has expertise across numerous jurisdictions including the US, UK and Hong Kong. He regularly acts as administrator for investment funds, corporates and banks and is recognised as a seasoned practitioner.

Alvarez & Marsal, a big player in the North American market, sees three of its practitioners recommended in Canada.
Doug McIntosh is a leading figure in the restructuring of both national and international companies. He is widely regarded as an authority on cross-border matters and Chapter 11 and 15 filings.
Al Hutchens is an expert in turnarounds and is frequently sought after by stakeholders for his long-standing experience.
Michael Stewart is extremely well versed in transactions and advises debtors and creditors on significant corporate restructuring matters. He is active in both Canada and the US.

Big Four member PricewaterhouseCoopers sees four of its experts recommended.
Simon Conway in Grand Cayman is a recognised authority on insolvency and controllership appointments. He is highly respected for his expertise in complex cross-border matters.
Sir David Walker is one of the industry’s most distinguished names and has an outstanding level of expertise in strategic business advisory services.

Ernst & Young sees three practitioners recognised.
Keiran Hutchison in Grand Cayman is recognised as a leading figure on the island with a standout intellect. He frequently advises on cross-border corporate reorganisations and is recommended as “solid, capable and hardworking”.
Roy Bailey in Hamilton is an outstanding practitioner with deep expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters.

Global giant FTI Consulting achieves two listings in the region.
Steven Simms in New York has advised a raft of leading clients in the area on complex financial restructurings and strategic business planning and is highly sought after for his work in the field.
The “superb” Andrew Morrison is one of the leading figures in liquidations and restructuring advisory. He is a specialist in investment funds and banking where he is widely regarded as one of the best in the business.

Two Thought Leaders are recognised at leading financial advisory firm Lazard.
David Kurtz is one of the most expert figures in international restructuring. He is renowned for his strategic abilities and his invaluable counsel to leading clients in need of wide-scale corporate reorganisations.
Timothy Pohl has a leading reputation in the market and is recognised as a market authority on financial restructuring and corporate matters.

Two standout experts are selected from top financial advisory firm PJ SOLOMON.
Anders Maxwell is a well-known name in debt advisory and restructuring. His long-standing expertise makes him highly sought after within the market.
Derek Pitts has over 15 years of expertise working in distressed debt advisory, restructuring and special situations where he is recognised as dynamic mind.

David Ying at Evercore has an in-depth knowledge of finance and private equity, which he deploys when acting in largescale bankruptcies and restructuring matters. He is recognised as one of the industry’s best.

At Kalo, Eleanor Fisher is an authority on international restructuring and insolvency matters. She is an expert in advising offshore companies and has significant experience acting as liquidator for investment funds.

 

Asia-Pacific

Thought Leaders
1. Joshua Taylor FTI Consulting, Singapore
2. Brandon Gale Houlihan Lokey, Singapore

Weicheong Tan at Deloitte is a “star in the insolvency market” who “commands the the respect of lawyers and clients with his extensive knowledge and incredible work ethic”. His “client-friendly and solution-oriented approach” is greatly appreciated by market commentators.
Sources name Andrew Grimmett the “main person in Singapore” for handling complex insolvency cases, noting that he is “very well regarded in the market”. 

In Singapore, Joshua Taylor at FTI Consulting “stands out” as “a leader in the field”. He boasts over a decade of experience in corporate turnarounds and reorganisations and is highly praised for his investigative accounting abilities.

Luke Furler at KordaMentha is a “highly knowledgeable expert” who “takes the time to understand his clients’ needs to come up with commercial and creative solutions to help them through difficult situations”. Sources note: “His excellent reputation is a reflection of his work.”

Paresh Jotangia at SR Associates is “really outstanding”, say sources, who recommend him for his “calm and practical manner”. He is “very easy to work with” and wins praise for his “vast experience” in the insolvency space.

Brandon Gale of Houlihan Lokey is a distinguished figure in financial restructuring and is well regarded in the Asia market for his years of experience at the top of the field. His knowledge of distressed debt matters is second to none.

Holly Yuen at Madison Pacific is a “very calm and well-established practitioner” who really stands out for her “brilliant” work in the space. One impressed peer notes that she is their “first port of call for questions around trustee issues”.

Mark O'Reilly at Borrelli Walsh is “excellent” according to commentators, who note that he is “very active in the Hong Kong market”, advising on an array of complex restructurings.

Rosalie Lui at KPMG in Hong Kong has almost two decades of experience in the industry, including a number of major representations, such as acting as one of the liquidators of the Lehman Brothers entities. She is recognised as a market authority in the region.

Ted Osborn at PricewaterhouseCoopers has a deep understanding of the Hong Kong market, where he has been active for over 20 years. He is a leading name in debt recovery and is also well regarded in the Chinese market.

Marcus Ayres at Ernst & Young in Sydney is highly regarded for his expertise in distressed debt advisory. His practice covers Asia-Pacific, America and Europe.

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