European Restructuring

Weil’s European restructuring practice is an integral part of Weil’s global group of over 100 dedicated restructuring lawyers, including a significant number recognised as leaders in their field. Weil’s European restructuring practice comprises offices in the United Kingdom, France and Germany, and works closely with the United States on regional and cross-border restructurings, as well as those involving Asia.

Notable Representations, Key Contacts

European Restructuring Overview

“Regularly involved in precedent-setting matters”
Chambers and Partners
“Undertaking some of the most high-profile international restructurings of recent times. A full-service, partner-led offering acting for clients from all areas of the market and advising on the full spectrum of big-ticket matters”
Chambers and Partners
“The team always provide high quality advice and support for their clients, which focuses on designing innovative solutions and actively managing their delivery”
Chambers and Partners

We specialise in helping our clients navigate complex multi-jurisdictional restructurings and insolvencies, to preserve and enhance value.

Our integrated European Restructuring practice is a key part of our global group of over 100 dedicated restructuring lawyers, including a significant number recognised as leaders in their field.

The largest, most complex and most important restructuring matters in history have required a truly international firm which can handle all aspects of the restructuring process across Europe, the US, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Weil is a recognised leader in this area, with our deep bench of specialist resources. We have been described by the leading legal directories as the “gold standard” of bankruptcy practices, "the crème de la crème of the restructuring market" and as a “restructuring powerhouse”.

Many firms may claim to offer an international service, but our fully integrated global platform means that we can marshal resources quickly and efficiently to provide sound strategic, commercial, and legal solutions in time-sensitive situations.

Our work on the European aspects of some of the most notable European restructurings of recent times (including (SAS, Nordic Aviation Capital, Doncasters, KCA Deutag, OHL, Premier Oil, Rallye Group Casino, Seadrill, Syncreon and Vallourec) demonstrates our ability to master domestic and pan-European issues to untangle incredibly complex businesses.

We regularly act for a wide range of stakeholders including debtors, creditors, creditor committees, sophisticated distressed investors, private equity sponsors, boards of directors, and insolvency practitioners. Our diverse expertise encompasses debt restructuring, distressed M&A, insolvency litigation, contingency planning, formal insolvency procedures and distressed investing. Our clients benefit from our wide-ranging industry experience in a variety of sectors including financial services, manufacturing, energy and retail.

In addition to our international reach, our strength also lies in our ability to innovate. We work collaboratively with clients to develop and implement novel, tailor-made restructuring solutions and products, including the quarterly release of The Weil European Distress Index, a study that aggregates data from listed companies and market indicators to show a measure of distress being experienced by European corporates.

For any distressed situation, Weil is the go-to firm. From debtors to creditors to investors, Weil’s European Restructuring practice is unparalleled in experience, client service, and results.

European Track Record

“We consider the Weil team’s restructuring practice as one of the go-to firms for complex multi-jurisdictional restructuring assignments”
Chambers and Partners

Key Representations





Formal Insolvencies

Multidisciplinary Approach

“The team has an excellent understanding of the issues in restructuring in complex scenarios involving multiple parties and jurisdictions… aided by its ability to harness the expertise of finance lawyers with knowledge throughout the capital structure (including both UK and US-law governed debt) and the flexibility to execute matters using both UK and US insolvency procedures”
Legal 500 UK

Our Restructuring team provides clients with full-service solutions on restructuring matters. We leverage the top tier expertise available within the Firm including banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, derivatives, corporate governance, competition, employment, and tax law.

This enables us to guide clients through the often complex restructuring processes, which may, for example, include complex cross-border distressed loan workouts, swaps, asset sales, and litigation.

Weil's Multi-disciplinary Approach


High Yield

Banking & Finance

Structured Finance

Dispute Resolution

Value-Added Services

“Very attentive levels of service… more commercial in their manner than some of their rivals. Never seemingly forgetting what their client is keen to achieve.”

We offer clients a tailored and unique suite of value-added services. Examples include:

  • European Restructuring Watch: market-leading microsite which provides regular market intelligence on key developments in restructuring and opinion on breaking news items
  • Topical legal and market seminars, which our lawyers would be delighted to deliver to you in-house in order to support your team’s professional development
  • Referral arrangements
  • Relevant publications, briefings and market updates sent to your teams

Key Contacts

Andrew J. Wilkinson

Andrew J. Wilkinson



Neil Devaney

Neil Devaney



Anne-Sophie Noury

Anne-Sophie Noury



Britta Grauke

Britta Grauke



Gerhard Schmidt

Gerhard Schmidt


Munich, Frankfurt

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Weil’s European Restructuring Watch is published by Weil’s London restructuring group, together with our European colleagues. It presents the views of our partners and associates and those of colleagues in specialist teams across Europe. We regularly post entries on legal and marketplace developments.

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