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 houses 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 has been recognised across all leading legal directories. He is ‘recommended’ in Legal 500 UK and has been described by sources in Chambers UK 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 as a practitioner with a “first-class legal brain, and a superb team player.” He is recognised as a ‘rising star’ by IFLR 1000 UK and by Expert Guides. 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.
Mark is a member of R3’s General Technical Committee, the editorial board of Global Restructuring Review, the International Insolvency Institute (III), the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and INSOL.
- Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc on its insolvency, including with respect to the Waterfall I Application, Waterfall II Application, Waterfall III Application, the UK affiliate backstop deal, the LBIE scheme, the sale of subordinated debt in Lehman Brothers International (Europe) and the creation of the Wentworth joint venture, and the dispute as to the relative ranking of the subordinated debts issued by LBHI2 and LBH PLC
- Waypoint Leasing on its restructuring
- Claire’s Accessories on its restructuring
- LEGO with respect to the Toys R Us CVA and subsequent administration
- Deloitte as administrators of Paragon Offshore PLC on its restructuring via a combined Chapter 11 and administration sale
- BHS on its landlord company voluntary arrangements (CVAs)
- 1Malaysia Development Berhad on its dispute with IPIC
- KPMG as administrators in the special administration of MF Global UK, including with respect to the client money hindsight, shortfall, distribution and resolution applications
- 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 the Collins & Aikman in the UK and Europe
- 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