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Jonathan Lawrence

Partner
+44.(0)20.7360.8242
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Jonathan Lawrence has been a partner in the London office since 2005 and has over 20 years of legal experience. He concentrates his practice on restructuring & insolvency matters -- Legal 500 UK Corporate restructuring & insolvency “‘impressive’ team head Jonathan Lawrence”.

He advises corporates, directors, and lenders on restructuring & insolvency and enforcement situations. Mr. Lawrence’s work is both UK domestic and cross border. He has particular experience in advising creditors and distressed companies themselves, counselling directors faced with business challenges, working with acquirers of assets from insolvent companies, restructuring of corporate groups and dealing with non-contentious and contentious matters.

Mr. Lawrence also 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 FinTech and Artificial Intelligence 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

Achievements

  • Co-Chair, LGBTQ Sub-Committee to Firmwide Diversity Committee
  • Member, Firmwide Diversity Committee
  • Member and former Co-Chair, London Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Named a Financial Times / Outstanding Top 100 Leading LGBT Executive 2015
  • Ambassador, Hospice UK

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Journal of International Banking & Financial Law (Editorial Board Member)
  • Co-General Editor of Practical Lending and Security Precedents (Thomson Reuters loose-leaf)
  • Consultation Board Member of and Regular Contributor to Practical Law Finance
  • Law Society of England and Wales (Member)

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)
  • 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
  • Acting for the prospective purchaser of a leisure homes business in administration
  • 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 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
  • Acting for a bank in connection with the financial restructuring of a group of six hotels
  • Advising on the sale of goods out of an Italian insolvency process
  • 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
  • Advising security agents on their enforcement rights against UK real estate assets
  • Acting for landlords in connection with insolvent tenants
  • Representing a retail company on retention of title issues
  • Advising creditors on Centre of Main Interest 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

  • Acting on sale of shares in a real estate data business to a competitor and the related releases and fund flows in relation to debt (intercompany and third party)
  • 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