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Jonathan Lawrence

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Jonathan Lawrence concentrates his practice on restructuring & insolvency matters -- Legal 500 UK Corporate restructuring & insolvency 2020: “Headed by the 'responsive and pragmatic' Jonathan Lawrence, K&L Gates LLP's 'well-rounded and multidisciplinary team is fully capable of navigating complex cross-jurisdictional bankruptcies and workouts'.”. He has been a partner in the London office since 2005 and has nearly 25 years of legal experience. He advises corporates, directors, lenders, asset acquirers and insolvency practitioners on restructuring & insolvency and enforcement situations. Mr. Lawrence’s work is both UK domestic and cross border. He works with creditors and distressed companies themselves, counsels directors faced with business challenges, acts for acquirers of assets from insolvent companies and carries out solvent restructuring and reorganisation of corporate groups.

Mr. Lawrence is also assistant general counsel, money laundering compliance & reporting officer and compliance officer for finance & administration in the London office.

Mr. Lawrence has long experience of debt finance and Islamic finance transactional and advisory work. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Banking & Financial Law and sits on the Consultation Board of Practical Law Finance. He also writes regularly on restructuring & insolvency and FinTech issues.

Professional Background

Jonathan joined the firm as a partner in 2005. He had previously been an associate with a London-based international law firm from 2000 until 2005. He had worked as a trainee lawyer and an associate with another international law firm from 1995 to 2000

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Co-General Editor of Practical Lending and Security Precedents (Thomson Reuters loose-leaf)
  • Consultation Board Member of Practical Law Finance
  • Editorial Board Member of the Journal of International Banking & Financial Law
  • Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Ambassador, Hospice UK
  • Supporter, The Albert Kennedy Trust (working to end LGBTQ youth homelessness)
Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Representing the agent and security agent of secured bank lenders to Carillion plc (in administration)
  • Advising the administrators on the sale of five German real estate assets owned by four English limited liability partnerships (in administration)
  • Advising the receivers in relation to the repossession and sale of a multi-million pound residential property
  • Representing a global restaurant franchisor in relation to the insolvency of franchisee businesses
  • Counselling a Middle Eastern free zone authority on the drafting of its insolvency regulations
  • Advising a trustee company in connection with its enforcement of security and subsequent running of a hotel business
  • Acting for a major creditor of a UK retail chain in company voluntary arrangement, then subsequently in administration
  • Advising the liquidator of two Singaporean companies in relation to recognition of Singaporean liquidation in the English courts
  • Representing the purchaser of shares in an AIM listed company that entered administration during the purchase process
  • Acting for the holder of media rights in relation to a content-providing company that entered administration
  • Advising a security agent for lenders to a group of companies (in administration) in the consumer goods distribution sector
  • Counselling a German company on the default by the purchaser of its deferred undertaking to buy shares
  • Acting for the directors of an energy company that entered administration
  • Representing the security agent in respect of a facility to a takeaway restaurant chain of 75 outlets
  • Advising a corporate client on an office-holder application for an information request order
  • Advising on the members’ voluntary liquidation of a substantial UK financial services business operating via a limited company and LLP structure
  • Representing a U.S. company on the transfer and business and assets within its UK group of companies
  • Counselling an individual on securing the terms of a multi-million dollar settlement agreement
  • Acting for the U.S. purchaser of an English company and assets out of administration
  • Advising on a company voluntary arrangement and subsequent repossession of property of a restaurant sub-tenant of a landlord client
  • Advising the administrators in connection with the sale of a UK retail company
  • Representing the trustee in the £50m insolvency of a UK real estate business
  • Representing a private banking group in relation to a Lehman claim
  • Counselling a technology company on the reorganisation of its UK operations after a significant purchase
  • Representing a U.S. parent company in the reorganisation of its UK companies including members’ voluntary liquidations and striking off
  • Acting for the purchaser of a financially distressed group of UK manufacturing companies
  • Advising the directors of a football club and a sports event company on insolvency issues
  • Representing Taiwanese and Thai companies in connection with financially distressed UK customers
  • Acting for Swiss and US banks in connection with their Lehman swap obligations
  • Advising on the restructuring of a French parent company’s UK operations
  • Representing the liquidators of two Singaporean companies in relation to English recognition issues
Islamic Finance
  • Acting for a national airline on a $125m financing based on ticket revenue streams
  • Representing the borrower in a £35m murabaha facility in connection with the establishment of a trade finance platform with an Islamic bank
  • Advising the general partner of a new $200m U.S. fund on Shariah compliance and board operational matters
  • Acting for an investor purchasing an English retail property with a combination of conventional and Islamic compliant finance
  • Advising a concession company in relation to the potential for the Islamic-compliant project financing of a $1.8bn oil shale extraction project in Jordan
Debt Finance
  • Advising on an insurance claim in relation to borrower failure to pay under a syndicated loan
  • Representing a corporate client on a £16m revolving credit facility on group assets (including its Australian Subsidiary)
  • Acting for a high net worth individual in relation to £68m of bank debt secured against private and corporate assets
  • Advising a UK bank in connection with the raising of over $30m of lower tier two regulatory capital by way of the issue of loan notes
  • Representing a high net worth individual in relation to the £26.5m refinancing of his home
  • Representing the borrower group in the £170m refinancing of a luxury London hotel
  • Advising the borrower group in relation to the £90m acquisition financing of five government tenanted properties
  • Acting for a Guernsey group of companies in connection with the work out of over €1bn of real estate debt finance
Project Finance
  • Advising in connection with the facility arrangements of an infrastructure fund making Export Credit Agency guaranteed loans
  • Advising the concession company in connection with the negotiation and signing of a $1.8bn oil shale extraction project in Jordan and acting on the subsequent equity and debt fundraising
  • Advised the project consortium on the financing of a UK Government Private Finance Initiative contract to create and maintain a new acute 315 bed hospital at Enniskillen, Northern Ireland worth over £300m in construction and facilities management service