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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 the coordination committee of senior secured lenders in relation to the $2bn cross border Nyrstar restructuring, implemented via a mix of consensual agreements and English schemes of arrangement
  • Advising the ad hoc coordination committee of secured and unsecured lenders in relation to the $800m restructuring of JBF RAK, a multinational plastics manufacturer headquartered in the UAE
  • Advising the prospective administrators of a prominent listed UK retail group
  • 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
  • Advising Dubai Drydocks in respect of its 2012 and 2018 US$2bn restructurings, utilised via Decree 57 proceedings
  • 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)

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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 May 2020

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association

Awards and citations

  • Recognised in the Global Restructuring Review “40 under 40”