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Iain White

Iain White


Iain White

Iain White is a versatile lawyer with broad experience of domestic and cross border restructurings and formal insolvencies.

Iain acts both on the creditor-side (for banks, funds and other lending institutions) and on the debtor-side (for borrowers, issuers and private equity sponsors) as well as advising insolvency officeholders. In recent years Iain has advised clients across a number of different jurisdictions and sectors, including commodities, energy, media, manufacturing, data services and real estate.

  • Advising the coordinating committee of creditors to NMC Healthcare on its ground breaking 7bn financial restructuring in ADGM
  • Advising Codere, the Spanish headquartered gaming and casino business, in connection with its various financial restructurings (including through a novel scheme of arrangement)
  • Advising ED&F Man, the global commodities trading business, on its 2020 refinancing via scheme of arrangement
  • Advising certain lenders to Noble Group, the HK based commodities trading business, in connection with the restructuring of its $3.5bn balance sheet
  • Advising an ad hoc committee of noteholders and new money lenders to the Abengoa group on the global restructuring of the group's c. EUR€14 billion of financial indebtedness (using an English CVA, US Chapter 11 and Spanish homologation)
  • Advising Cory Environmental, the UK waste management company, in relation to its financial restructuring and pre-pack sale of its business to lenders
  • Advising the board of directors of New World Resources, the Czech mining company, in relation to the group's restructuring and recapitalisation
  • Advising a co-ordinating committee of lenders to Rusal, the Russian aluminium producer, in connection with its refinancing
  • Advising the senior lenders in relation to a consensual financial restructuring of the Irish based Independent News and Media
  • Advising Southern Cross, formerly the UK's largest operator of elderly care homes, on the restructuring and transfer of its business and the settlement of its residual liabilities through a CVA
  • Advising the lenders to the Quinn Group, an Irish based insurance and building products conglomerate on its financial restructuring
  • Advising EurotaxGlass, a leading pan-European provider of data services to the motor industry, in connection with a financial restructuring and pre-pack sale of its business to lenders

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Career and qualifications

  • Trinity Hall, Cambridge (MA, Law) 1997
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1999
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2001
  • Secondment to Barclays (Credit Restructuring Group) 2005
  • Partner since 2009

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and R3

Awards and citations

  • "He impresses clients on deals, one saying that he is "strong" and "managed to keep everyone motivated and updated."
    Chambers UK 2017 – Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Iain White is recognised in Chambers UK 2015 as "one of the rising stars of his generation," and as a "very smart" practitioner who is particularly attuned to the realities of the market.
  • Iain White appeared in the Financial News '40 under 40' which recognises the Rising Stars in the European legal profession aged under 40.
  • Iain White co-led on the restructuring of Southern Cross, for which Clifford Chance were awarded Legal Business Restructuring Team of the Year, 2012 and is recognised in Legal 500 as "intelligent, hard-working and commercial".