Mark Lawford


Mark Lawford

Mark Lawford is a Restructuring partner in London.

Mark is experienced in advising insolvency practitioners, US and European investment banks, UK clearing banks, hedge funds and private equity house across the full range of international and domestic restructuring and insolvency matters. His principal areas of expertise include cross-border insolvencies and restructurings, creditor representations, debtor representations, out-of-court restructurings and insolvency litigation.

Mark is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers UK, with one source describing him as “one of the most able and intelligent solicitors I have ever worked with – he is going to be a star of the future” and another describing him as a practitioner with a “first-class legal brain, and a superb team player.” He is ‘recommended’ in Legal 500 UK, has been selected to the 2015 London Super Lawyers list for his insolvency and bankruptcy expertise, and has been named as a ‘rising star’ by Expert Guides 2015. He is also named in the 2016 edition of Global Restructuring Review’s 40 Under 40 and the 2015 edition of Financial News’ 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of the Financial Legal Profession.

Representative experience:

  • KPMG as administrators in the special administration of MF Global UK, including with respect to the client money hindsight, shortfall, distribution and resolution applications
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc on its insolvency, including with respect to the Waterfall I Application, Waterfall II Application, and the sale of subordinated debt in Lehman Brothers International (Europe)
  • The T&N Asbestos Trustee Company Limited on the operation of the asbestos trust created as a result of the 2006 restructuring of T&N Limited and the Federal-Mogul UK Group
  • A European bank on the enforcement of a pre-export finance loan in an emerging market jurisdiction
  • The trustee of a note issue on the successful enforcement of security over shares in Nevis companies which had underlying business assets dispersed among countries such as Colombia
  • Deloitte as the interim managers and then administrators of the Jarvis companies, including on the special railway administration procedure for which two of those companies qualified
  • A major energy company on the insolvency of one of its multi-national (US and Canadian) counterparties, in circumstances where the energy company had built a cogeneration plant on the counterparty’s land in England
  • Deloitte as administrators of Woolworths Media on a dispute with the BBC as to the value to be attributed to Woolworths’ share of a joint venture company; the dispute centred around the anti-deprivation principle
  • PwC as liquidators of the Greycoat companies, bringing claims against the former directors
  • Zolfo Cooper as administrators of T&N Limited and other companies in the Federal-Mogul UK Group, including on the restructuring of the companies by way of CVAs and schemes of arrangement
  • Zolfo Cooper as Administrators of the Collins & Aikman in the UK and Europe

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