Restructuring and insolvency

Our restructuring and insolvency practice encompasses a core team of specialist finance and corporate restructuring and insolvency experts including a qualified insolvency practitioner, who offer comprehensive and expert advice across a wide range of industry sectors.

Our broad client base, including credit funds, special situations funds, financial institutions, corporate borrowers and insolvency practitioners, means that we can offer our clients valuable insights into the approaches of key stakeholders across the capital structure, which enables us to develop and deliver innovative and practical solutions.

Our specialist expertise includes:

  • restructurings: advising on all aspects of domestic and cross-border corporate restructurings, including solvent and insolvent group re-organisations, schemes of arrangement, debt refinancings and reschedulings, covenant re-sets, debt-for-equity swaps, new money injections and rescue equity issues;
  • distressed M&A: assisting investors in evaluating and executing opportunities for the acquisition of distressed assets, including through loan-to-own investments, accelerated sales and acquisitions out of insolvency processes;
  • insolvency proceedings: advising on structuring and implementing insolvency proceedings including administration, receivership, voluntary arrangements, liquidation and the co-ordination of cross-border proceedings;
  • distressed and special situations equity investments: advising on structuring and implementing investments in distressed multi-tiered capital structures, in particular, with regard to intercreditor arrangements; and
  • distressed debt and claims trading: working with market participants across the full life-cycle of debt and claims trades, advising on the diligencing, structuring and negotiating of such trades, as well as the work-out of distressed positions.

What people are saying


"The team is a pleasure to work with and provides direct, forward-thinking and proactive advice."

The UK Legal 500 2019

"Macfarlanes LLP acts for an array of investor-side clients including credit funds, hedge funds and turnaround investors, and is noted for its 'creativity and commerciality' on devising strategies to maximise value on behalf of their clients."

The UK Legal 500 2018

"Excellent firm providing commercial, pragmatic advice - sensitive to client needs and bandwidth availability during peak times of a transaction / restructuring. My go to law firm for restructuring and insolvency advice."

IFLR 1000 2018

"Macfarlanes LLP provides ‘pragmatic and commercial advice’ across both restructurings and insolvencies, particularly within the mid-market."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"On the restructuring side, the overall service level was excellent. Jat Bains and Paul Keddie both did an excellent job, provided advice that was commercial and got to the root of the issues."

IFLR 1000 2015