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Melissa Coakley

Melissa Coakley


Melissa Coakley

Melissa Coakley advises a broad spectrum of stakeholders on consensual and non-consensual cross border restructurings, work outs, reorganisations and formal insolvencies.

Melissa maintains a focus on the Middle East, having spent five years on secondment to our Dubai office during the Dubai financial crisis.

  • Advising UK retailer Matalan on its 2023 recapitalisation and on its 2020 £50m CLBILS liquidity raise and associated English scheme of arrangement
  • Advising the Official Receiver and Special Managers in relation to the trading liquidation of a UK power station and associated litigation
  • Advising Chrysoar/Harbour Energy in relation to its reverse takeover and associated restructuring of Premier Oil PLC
  • Advising senior lenders in relation to the pre-packaged administration sale of the Azzurri group (owners of ASK, Zizzi and Coco di Mama restaurants)
  • Advising the ad hoc coordination committee of lenders in relation to the $800m restructuring of JBF RAK, a multinational plastics manufacturer headquartered in the UAE
  • Advising the coordination committee of senior secured lenders in relation to the $2bn Nyrstar restructuring implemented via a mix of consensual arrangements and English schemes of arrangement
  • Advising certain key existing and new money/trade finance lenders to Noble Group in connection with the multi-jurisdictional financial restructuring of its US$3.2bn of indebtedness

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (LLB) 2001
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2003
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2005
  • Partner since 2020

Professional bodies

  • Council Member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association
  • Member of the City of London Law Society insolvency law committee
  • Member of R3 and INSOL

Awards and citations

  • Ranked as an Up and Coming Partner
    Chambers UK 2022 and 2023: Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency (Tier 1)
  • "Melissa Coakley is extraordinary. She is hands-on, user-friendly and authoritative - a super impressive lawyer." "She is exceptional - she is all over the facts and the law in a way that makes you feel safe." "Melissa is a very clear communicator and a very commercial practitioner."
  • "She is creative, works extremely hard and uses her contacts and experience to overcome challenges and get the deal done. "Melissa is bright, effective and robust."
  • Ranked as a Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500 UK 2022 and 2023: Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency (Tier 1)
  • “Melissa Coakley is very technical and on top of the detail, while also retaining a pragmatic approach.” "Melissa Coakley displays a 'high level of technical knowledge and strategic thinking"
  • Recognised in the Global Restructuring Review “40 under 40”