Overview

Ben Ward is a senior associate in the London office of Mayer Brown’s Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Insolvency practice. He has experience acting on domestic and cross-border restructurings and insolvencies for debtors, sponsors, funds, financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and strategic investors in both contentious and non-contentious situations. Ben spent 10 months on secondment at EQT Credit (now part of Bridgepoint Credit) supporting the Mid-Market lending and Credit Opportunities strategies, dealing with special situations, restructurings, and mid-market direct lending.

Ben joined Mayer Brown in 2020.
 

Experience

  • Advising the ad-hoc committee of holders of convertible bonds on all aspects of the restructuring of the Steinhoff group.* 
  • Advising Agrokor d.d. (now known as Fortenova Grupa) and its special administrators in its restructuring of more than EUR 6 billion through a Croatian extraordinary administration process and associated recognition proceedings in England and across the Balkan region.*
  • Acting for the Pizza Express group in connection with its restructuring of its senior secured and senior notes using the new UK restructuring plan procedure.*
  • Advising Travelodge Hotels Limited on the formulation and implementation of its company voluntary arrangement.*
  • Acting for PwC as administrators of Lehman Brothers Limited in the Waterfall I litigation proceedings in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court to address a number of complex issues of insolvency law arising in the administration of Lehman Brothers’ European trading company.*
  • Acting for a large credit fund on the enforcement of its Luxembourg law security and acquisition of the business in a direct lending situation in respect of a PE-owned European telecoms group.*
  • Acting for Duff & Phelps as administrators of an apart-hotel group on a number of interconditional CVAs to facilitate the sale of the group.*
  • Advising for a large financial institution in relation to the successful sale of a loan portfolio of English and Irish commercial property and ancillary rights with a face value of circa EUR500 million.*
  • Acting for KPMG as liquidators of an investment company in wrongful trading proceedings.* 
  • Acting for various officeholders in administration and liquidation proceedings.*
  • Assisting various funds, investment banks and private equity houses in relation to their diligence of European investment opportunities in stressed and distressed transactions.*

* experience gained prior to joining Mayer Brown

Admissions

  • England and Wales