Biography

Louise is a seasoned restructuring campaigner never one afraid to challenge hierarchy or go that extra mile for her clients. Duly recognised by the profession, being former president of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and the Insolvency Lawyers Association.

Having extensive knowledge and experience of all areas of out-of-court and in-court turnaround, insolvency and capital market matters regularly operating across several jurisdictions, she has been involved in numerous high profile assignments including Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank, Anglo Irish Bank, MG Rover, TXU, Euro Tunnel, Enron, Lehman, Northern Rock, Powerhouse, Homburg Invest II, A-TEC, Co-operative Bank Plc, Phones 4U, Banco Espírito Santo and SFX. She successfully challenged an attempt to guarantee strip in the UK property market which if not successful could have wiped billions of value and the principle of the law of guarantee would have been destroyed.

She has a wide national and international client base: financial institutions, bondholders, steering committees, equity holders, ad hoc committees, insolvency practitioners, major corporations including boards of listed and non listed companies.

She has built a strong reputation in the consumer product and retail work out sector. She has extensive experience in the pension restructuring arena, formerly acting for the Pension Protection Fund (UK Government Life Boat Scheme) corporates and pension trustees.

Her international restructuring assignments include Austria, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Romania, Montenegro, Serbia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Greece, India, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Africa, Far East and the off shore jurisdictions. Projects relate to infrastructure particularly energy, telecoms, financial products and government projects. Also sovereign debt, regulation, asset management, impact of the EC Regulation, COMI issues, primary and secondary insolvency proceedings across the globe.

Awards

Representation

Some of Louise's high-profile cases include:

Advising an ad hoc group of Anglo Irish Bank’s lower tier 2 noteholders in relation to the bank’s coercive tender offer in respect of the notes and the related restructuring legislation to impose burden sharing on subordinated noteholders.

Advising ad hoc lower tier 2 noteholder groups of Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland in relation to the ongoing restructuring.

Representing US borrowers of loans earmarked for transfer to the Irish National Asset Management Agency (NAMA); providing full legal analysis of NAMA and NAMA legislation, including issues relating to the transfer of the loans.

Advising an ad hoc group of noteholders of notes issued by A-TEC Industries AG, an Austrian company, in relation to the restructuring of the company.

Representing noteholder groups in cases including Northern Rock, Punch, GHG, Fitness First, Nakeel, Artumas and Polestar.

Acting on various Lehman-related matters.

Acting for Legacy Portfolio Fund Management in relation to the workout of redundant lease portfolios with gross liabilities of £450 million.

MG Rover Nederland B.V.: Represented Dutch Liquidators including to a determination of the COMi and successfully attacking the UK administration and major dispute regarding crucial Intellectual Property Rights against Nanjing Automotive.

TXU: Represented major US creditor ($670 million).

Enron: Represented creditors and trade claimants.

KPNQuest: Represented UK Liquidator in relation to the validity of claims. ($750 million) concerning Netherlands, US and UK.

Euro Tunnel: Represented a French bondholder group in relation to the UK proceedings.

Powerhouse (UK retailer) and the Wall Group (New Zealand parent company): Represented a major creditor group made up of British Land, Scottish Widows and Standard Life to challenge the Company Voluntary Arrangement, the Supervisors and the New Zealand compromise. ($700 million)

Dana Corporation: Represented joint venture automotive partner and creditor concerning UK, US, Germany and Slovakia operations.

Collins and Aikman Automotive Floormats Europe B.V.: Represented the Dutch Liquidators.

Acted for the office holders of a group 15 companies including UK, US and Gibraltar. Companies regulated by Financial Services Authority and Financial Services Commission with funds circa £860 million. Litigation to challenge former professional advisors of the group, FSA, and directors (ongoing).

OT Computers (Tiny Computers): Represented Administrators and trustees of Consumer trust.

Advised Law Debenture in relation to Rail Track and Marconi.

Additional Matters

Acting for the Administrators of Lambeth Howarth Group.

Acting for the lenders of Benjys (sandwich store) (46 stores, 7 distribution hubs).

Acting for the investors and funders of Trident Fashions (270 stores).

Acting for the Administrators of Designer Room (290 stores).

Acting for the investors and funders of Bodilson/Traesko (flat pack furniture suppliers and retailers) (69 stores).

Managing the exit of all Littlewoods stores.

Advising Bank syndicate on restructuring of JJB Sports, Poundstretcher and Walton Garden Buildings.

Acting for the Administrators of the House of Bath

Acting for the Trustees of the Pension Scheme of Golden Wonder.

Acting for the Pension Protection Fund; cases have included Sheffield Forgemaster.

Acting for the proposed investors of Allders, Your More Stores, Woolworths, Mark One and DIY Focus.

Education

Admitted Licensed Insolvency Practitioner – 2000
Joint Insolvency Examination Board Exam – 2000
Post Grad Diploma – 1997
University of West of England– 1997
Fellow of Institute of Legal Executives, Conversion to solicitor – 1995
Benenden School – 1972

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
Publications
Speaking Engagements
Awards and Honors