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James Douglas

Restructuring and Insolvency Partner, London

“I have for many years represented stakeholders in complex and high value corporate debt restructurings, formal insolvencies and commercial disputes, always working to achieve commercially and legally robust outcomes for my clients on a proactive, efficient and clearly communicated basis.”


Education and qualifications


James primarily represents creditors, debtors, shareholders, officeholders and other stakeholders in major corporate debt restructurings, distressed acquisitions and formal insolvencies in the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa, advising on both transactional and dispute resolution matters.

In addition, James has considerable experience representing clients in dispute resolution matters arising out of corporate joint ventures, debt financings and derivatives.

Work highlights

James has led on many significant restructurings. These include advising:

  • the Steinhoff Group on the global settlement of legacy litigation liabilities and further restructuring of its financial liabilities via inter-conditional statutory compromise processes in the Netherlands and South Africa
  • the coordinating committee of lenders to Comdata in respect of the restructuring of its balance sheet via an out-of-court agreement under art. 67 of Italy’s insolvency law
  • Steinhoff Investment Holdings NV in respect of its UK scheme of arrangement pursuant to which lender consent to its global litigation settlement proposal was successfully obtained
  • the syndicate of senior secured revolving and guarantee facility lenders to Galapagos Bidco and its subsidiaries in connection with their sale and financial restructuring
  • the joint administrators of Debenhams plc in relation to the enforcement sale of its subsidiaries and issues arising in its administration proceedings
  • the syndicate of senior secured revolving and term lenders to the BMI Healthcare group in connection with the group’s sale and financial restructuring
  • the joint special administrators of Beaufort Asset Clearing Services Limited in connection with its court-approved distribution plan for return of client assets and issues arising in its special administration proceeding

Education and qualifications

James studied law at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.