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Rupert Cheetham has a broad practice involving restructuring, insolvency and general finance transactions. Rupert advises on fully consensual work-out refinancing transactions, restructuring procedures such as UK schemes of arrangement and CVAs, and formal insolvency proceedings. Rupert acts for banks, funds and other financial institutions, as well as sponsors, corporates, directors and insolvency practitioners.

Concentrations

  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Loans and credit facilities
  • Acquisition finance
  • Private equity
  • Capital markets
  • Derivatives

Capabilities

Experience

  • Advised a private equity firm in relation to the acquisition of the management rights of certain private equity funds previously managed by Abraaj.°
  • Acted for the senior creditors in the restructuring of a US$750m borrowing base facility for Aegean.°
  • Acted for Sea Trucks Group Limited in its c.US$575m financial restructuring.°
  • Acted for the senior creditors in relation to the potential enforcement of a secured term loan facility for an English premier league football club.°
  • Acted for Metinvest in relation to its c.US$2.3bn financial restructuring involving four pre-export bank debt facilities and three series of notes.°
  • Acted for the security agent in relation to the collection of c.US$700m secured receivables of the OW Bunker group, the insolvent global shipping fuel oil trading business.°
  • Acted for a strategic investor in the financial restructuring of BorsodChem.°
  • Advised a lending syndicate on security enforcement options in relation to loan facilities for a Polish steel manufacturer.°
  • Advised a distressed debt investor in relation to its proposed investment in various loan facilities for a student housing group in administration.°
  • Advised a security agent/facility agent in respect of a debt sale and partial disposal programme in relation to a PIK facility for a group of portfolio companies involved in the health technology sector.°
  • Acted for a leading UK washroom services and office facilities group in relation to a c.£950m financial restructuring.°
  • Acted for a co-ordinating committee of junior lenders on a c.£1.4bn restructuring of Barchester Healthcare.°
  • Acted for a swap provider on a c.£800m restructuring of National Car Parks.°
  • Acted for the co-ordinating committee of second lien creditors on a c.€4.1bn restructuring of eircom.°
  • Acted for the security agent on a c.€1.8bn restructuring of WIND Hellas.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Cheetham prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Insolvency Lawyers Association

Credentials

Education
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Monash University
Admissions
  • England and Wales
  • Victoria, Australia