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Rupert Cheetham Joins Ian Jack in Greenberg Traurig’s Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice in London

LONDON – 17 June 2020 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has made further moves to expand its Restructuring & Bankruptcy practice in London following the lateral hire of Ian Jack in March this year. Joining as a senior associate is Rupert Cheetham who has a broad practice involving restructuring and insolvency, leveraged finance and general banking. Rupert acts for banks, funds and other financial institutions, as well as sponsors, corporates and directors.

“Rupert and I have worked together on previous deals over long periods of time and he has always been a very constructive and creative force with a huge amount of technical expertise,” Jack said. “There is a lot of uncertainty in the market at the moment. Rupert brings with him an ability, though, to work on complicated and difficult deals regardless of which way the market turns. That is a huge asset.” Jack was formerly co-head of Baker McKenzie’s global restructuring and insolvency practice and head of its London group.

“The London office welcomes Rupert and the continued expansion of one of Greenberg Traurig’s key areas of practice. We are proud to be an integral part of the firm’s, and the practice’s, continuous development to meet the needs of our clients on a global scale,” said Fiona Adams, managing shareholder of the London office and co-chair of the Global Corporate Practice.

Cheetham was formerly counsel in the London office of Allen & Overy and also worked in the leveraged finance team of Dickson Minto. He has wide ranging restructuring and insolvency and leveraged finance experience, having worked on a host of major matters including acting for the co-ordinating committee of second lien creditors on a c.€4.1 billion restructuring of eircom; acting for Metinvest in relation to its c.US$2.3 billion financial restructuring; and acting for the security agent on a c.€1.8 billion restructuring of WIND Hellas, among others.

Cheetham received a Bachelor of Laws, with honors, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. He is admitted in England and Wales and in Victoria, Australia, and is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association. Cheetham was a contributor to the England and Wales chapter of the 2017 INSOL International publication, Directors in the Twilight Zone V.

“Rupert’s addition is in line with the geographical diversity that is a hallmark of our practice. We are in key financial markets and service clients throughout the United States and globally. The firm has developed a highly sophisticated and complex restructuring practice that serves clients on a global basis,” said Shari L. Heyen and David B. Kurzweil, co-chairs of the firm’s Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice, in a joint statement.

The team has recently added nine U.S.-based shareholders and since 2019, the number of restructuring attorneys at the firm has grown by nearly 20 percent. In addition to Jack, the firm recently added Peggy Hunt and Annette Jarvis in Denver as shareholders.

Greenberg Traurig’s internationally recognized Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice, with approximately 75 attorneys worldwide, has broad advisory and litigation experience with the often-complex issues that arise in reorganizations, restructurings, workouts, liquidations, and distressed acquisitions and sales, in both domestic and cross-border situations and proceedings. With offices in commercial centers across the United States and throughout the world, the firm utilizes its invaluable business network to offer critical advice and counsel to multiple constituencies in insolvency situations.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLPGreenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has 2200 lawyers in 41 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.