Paul Muscutt is a specialist in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious insolvency, with a focus in the banking and asset based lending sectors. Paul joined our Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group in London in 2001 and has acted primarily for financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and corporate clients.

Paul is a member of the Legal and Technical Committee for the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA – part of UK Finance) and a member of R3’s Policy Group.

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  • Secondments to the restructuring teams of Barclays Bank PLC and GE Capital.
  • Acting for the Swiss liquidator in the reported case of Armada Shipping SA, advising on cross-border insolvency regulations in relation to a large shipping arbitration dispute.
  • Advising KPMG and Arle Capital Partners on the complex restructuring of the Hilding Anders Group (a leading manufacturer of beds in Europe, Russia and Asia).
  • Advising ING Bank NV on the £110 million restructuring of the Hatfield Colliery coal mine.
  • Advising financier on the US$1.5 billion restructuring of Stemcor, one of the world’s largest independent steel traders.
  • Advising the board of a Premier League football club on potential insolvency issues.
  • Representing Evans Property Group and KPMG in relation to the restructuring of EvansEasy Space, a £15 million turnover business specialising in SME flexible office space solutions.
  • Acting GE and RSM (as trustee in bankruptcy) in the tracing and recovery of assets following a £16 million fraud.
  • Advising a corporate landlord group in relation to its claims in the insolvency of failed retailer BHS.
  • Advising a US private equity investment firm on the acquisition of a European airline.
  • Representing creditors on the creditors’ committee in the administration of Global Trader (Europe), a failed FSA-regulated derivatives broker.
  • Representing Duff & Phelps in the trading administration of the Dreamland theme park and £35 million investment by Arrowgrass Capital Partners.
  • Representing Leonard Curtis Business Recovery in the administration of online fashion retailer my-wardrobe.com.
  • Advising a large national retailer on exit, crisis and contingency planning.
  • Acting for the administrators of Mad Catz (UK), a global provider of interactive entertainment products in the gaming industry.
  • Acting for KPMG (as administrators) in the administration of WorldStores Group, the UK’s largest online retailer of products for the home and garden.
  • Advising Hudson Advisers UK (Lone Star Funds) on a cross-border £150 million real estate restructuring.
  • Representing GE Capital as syndicated lender in the restructuring of leading wholesaler Palmer & Harvey.

Education

  • College of Law, Guildford, L.P.C., 1999
  • University of Plymouth, LL.B., 1998

Admissions

  • England and Wales, 2002
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Corporate restructuring and insolvency
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Corporate restructuring and insolvency

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