Overview

Sue Moore leads clients through the complexities of corporate restructuring and insolvency field, leveraging her vast experience in advising on all aspects of financial distress, cross-border and domestic restructurings, corporate insolvencies and insolvency litigation. She has led and been involved in many of the cases that have shaped the legal landscape and market and continues to feature on market-leading mandates. She acts for debtors, insolvency office holders, boards of directors, banks, funds, financial advisers, corporate trustees and other stakeholders.

Sue has led teams dealing with many high-profile cross border and domestic restructurings and insolvencies, and leads significant litigation arising in connection with restructurings and insolvencies. In so doing, she has been responsible for devising, negotiating and implementing restructuring solutions in a wide range of matters across different jurisdictions and sectors, often involving large numbers of stakeholders, and has designed litigation strategies and then implemented such strategies.

Global Experience

She has experience of numerous jurisdictions, having dealt with matters spanning the United Kingdom, Europe, various offshore jurisdictions, Asia and North America. Her practice also crosses many sectors. Sue has dealt with notable restructurings and insolvencies in the financial services, manufacturing, tech, energy, real estate, retail, leisure, shipping, rail, automotive and aviation industries. Her litigation credentials are first class, and she has secured numerous important successes for clients on many high-profile cases.

Leadership and Mentoring

Sue is also a former member of the Insolvency Rules Committee, a body that gives recommendations to the U.K. Lord Chancellor in connection with secondary insolvency legislation. In addition, she supports junior members of the profession, such as acting as mentoring chair for the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation in London. In this role, Sue has developed and runs a mentoring programme to foster career development and create networking opportunities for women in the insolvency and restructuring professions.

Sue has chaired and spoken at a variety of conferences on cross-border restructuring and insolvency issues.

Sue is recognized as a leading individual and a market-leader in the restructuring and insolvency field in the Legal 500 and in the International Who's Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers. According to quotes provided by clients to these legal directories, Sue forges “novel solutions to difficult issues”, has “strong tactical instincts,” is “intelligent, articulate and shrewd” and her “advice is consistently concise and thoughtful, and conveys authority.”

Representative Experience

  • Advising the Administrators of collapsed fintech company, Greensill Capital (UK) Limited, on litigation to resolve issues in connection with various proprietary and security issues asserted by certain major creditors
  • Advising the prospective administrators of the Babylon Health group in connection with a range of issues associated to the proposed restructuring of the group and ultimate pre-packs of the main 2 UK trading entities
  • Advising the Bermudian liquidators of a segregated cell company in Bermuda on litigation strategies and various investigations
  • Advising the British Virgin Islands liquidators of Peak Hotels & Resorts Limited, being a partner in a joint venture that formerly owned the prestigious Aman Resorts, including recognition of the liquidation in England and significant litigation, generating numerous first instance decisions, four Court of Appeal decisions and one Supreme Court decision. The case has resulted some important jurisprudence including a leading Court of Appeal decision on s.245 of the Insolvency Act, a Court of Appeal authority on the charging of success fees by solicitors and a Supreme Court decision on solicitors’ liens
  • Advising the ad hoc group of lenders in respect of the Cineworld restructuring through U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings and complementary UK administration proceedings
  • Advising a Danish shipping group on U.K. aspects of its major cross-border financial restructurings and devising restructuring strategies to optimize use of restructuring tools across jurisdictions
  • Advising the scheme administrators in respect of the redress scheme put in place by Tesco Plc to compensate investors following the market abuse determination in respect of false accounting
  • Advising, devising, and leading on a groundbreaking major scheme of arrangement for a company in the financial services sector to resolve alleged mis-selling of liabilities, which utilized an orphan trust structure and involved two million consumers, 11 banks and various regulatory authorities
  • Advising the former officeholders on the high-profile litigation against them arising from the administrations of the Rhino group of companies, resulting in the successful Court of Appeal decision striking out the claims
  • Advising the Board of Directors of a major food company on directors’ duties issues throughout the successful restructuring of the business
  • Acting for the U.K. administrators of the English Toys “R” Us entities on a range of matters, including issues arising from aspects of the Chapter 11 proceedings, pension-related matters and significant litigation in England concerning the validity of security entered into following the commencement of the Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Advising major airline on its options and strategy for significant cross-border restructuring in light of its financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic including the first application for recognition in England of French conciliation proceedings
  • Advising Winsway Enterprises Limited, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed company with trading operations in the People’s Republic of China and globally, on its major restructuring through parallel Hong Kong and British Virgin Islands schemes of arrangement and Chapter 15 proceedings. The deal was shortlisted for Restructuring Deal of the Year at the British Legal Awards and won Global Restructuring Review's award for the “Most Important Recognition Decision”
  • Advising the Norwegian official receiver of companies in the Norske Skog group on a variety of English law matters arising out of what is the largest corporate insolvency to date in Norway
  • Advising a syndicate of lenders in connection with English litigation arising from the Korean rehabilitation proceedings in respect of the shipping group Pan Ocean Co Limited, resulting in one of the leading decisions on the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations 2006
  • Acting for a major Ukrainian-owned group of companies on its major financial cross-border restructuring, involving bank and bond debt
  • Advising on various issues, including litigation, arising from the Patisserie Valerie administrations resulting in an important judgment on procedural defects upon appointment of administrators
  • Advising various insolvency practitioners and financial advisers on a wide range of legal and regulatory risk issues, requests for the delivery of records, and litigation leading to a variety of published judgments
  • Advising the administrators of Angel Group Limited and its subsidiaries in connection with significant litigation against the officeholders
  • Advising the security trustee in connection with the retail mini-bonds issued by insolvent property company Blackmore Bond Plc on a wide range of issues
  • Advising the insolvency officeholder of a large Latvian bank which was placed into liquidation by the regulator in Latvia due to major fraud, and advising on litigation strategies to address different targets across several jurisdictions
  • Advising on a variety of pre-pack administrations including in respect of RSM Tenon Group, the U.K.’s seventh largest accountancy practice, Thomson Directories Limited, and various companies in the telecoms, tech and manufacturing sectors
  • Advising the board of directors of a U.K. train operating company responsible for delivering rail services to large parts of the U.K., in light of financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advising the board of directors of a U.K.-wide casual dining chain, in light of financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advising the largest bank creditor on the insolvency in the offshore sector of Integrated Subsea Services and Harkand, which involved numerous cross-border issues
  • Advising on the large 2014 restructuring of the Monarch Airlines group, in connection with the restructuring of the substantial pension deficit, and then advising on the 2017 administrations
  • Advising the security trustee of the issues of notes affected by the liability management exercise undertaken by the Co-op Bank, including the exchange offer and consent solicitation and the scheme of arrangement
  • Advising on many confidential restructurings in a variety of sectors, often including contingency planning
  • Advising certain consortium members of Metronet Rail, which was responsible for the maintenance of the London tube, on a diverse range of issues in connection with the first PPP administrations
  • Advising a security trustee in connection with a defaulting issuer, advising on enforcement actions in offshore jurisdictions and litigation strategies to recover underlying noteholders' funds
  • Acting for the liquidator of the Manx companies in the restructuring of Navigator/Cambridge Gas Transport, involving Chapter 11 proceedings and liquidation proceedings in the Isle of Man, which gave rise to one of the most recognized important judgments on cross border restructuring
  • Acting for the Administrators on the major and lengthy cross-border restructuring of Federal Mogul/T&N, which involved parallel U.S. Chapter 11 and administration proceedings in respect of 133 companies; the case gave rise to numerous important judgments, including on inter-court communications, and was nominated for Restructuring Deal of the Year in The Lawyer Awards
  • Acting for the provisional liquidators and the administrators of the Cenargo Ferry Group, which, following a jurisdictional dispute between the U.S. and the U.K., was restructured through a debt for equity swap with noteholders. The case shaped inter-court communications, involving the first ever telephone call between an English High Court Judge and a US Bankruptcy Court Judge
  • Advising major stakeholder on the U.K. administration proceedings in respect of Bridgewater Paper Company and on the parallel U.S. Chapter 11 and Canadian CCAA proceedings in respect of its parent and other members of the Abitibi group
  • Acting for the provisional liquidators in the cross-border restructuring of the Global Crossing Group and the schemes of arrangement in Bermuda
  • Represented a security trustee in connection with the restructuring of U.K. telecom equipment maker Marconi

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Credentials

Admissions

Solicitor of the Courts of England & Wales [Solicitors Regulation Authority]

Education

College of Law
LPC with commendation (1993)

University of Nottingham
BSc (Joint Honours) in Chemistry and Industrial Economics, 2:1 (1991)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • UK Insolvency Lawyers Association
  • INSOL Europe
  • International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • IWIRC UK London Network, Mentoring "Realise Your Potential" Programme Founder, 2022, and Steering Committee member
  • Member of the 2020 informal working group to re-write Practice Direction on Schemes of Arrangement and the new Restructuring Plan
  • UK Insolvency Rules Committee, 2013-16

Honors

  • Who’s Who Legal — Thought Leaders UK: Restructuring & Insolvency, 2023-24
  • International Who’s Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, 2014-present
  • Insolvency Practitioners Association — Diversity and Inclusion Champion, 2023
  • Featured in Global Restructuring Review’s Women in Restructuring, 2017, 2019
  • Leading Individual in Legal 500, 2021
  • The Lawyer’s Hot 100, 2016
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