Oliver H.Bretton (Olly)


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Olly Bretton's practice encompasses all aspects of financial and corporate restructuring, formal insolvency proceedings, and debt refinancing. Olly's experience includes advising on a wide range of restructuring matters (noncontentious and contentious), refinancings, distressed and solvent corporate acquisitions, distressed loan portfolio sales and distressed investing, formal insolvency procedures (domestic and cross-border), corporate governance issues, and contingency planning. He also regularly undertakes restructuring and insolvency advisory work, including formulating and executing cross-border enforcement and debt recovery strategies. He acts on the lender side (including for UK clearing banks, U.S. investment banks, private equity firms, and funds) and on the debtor side (including for boards of directors, shareholders, and sponsors), as well as for insolvency officeholders and practitioners. Olly's work spans both UK and cross-border matters.

Olly's recent experience includes advising: FMS Wertmanagement AöR (as creditor) on the restructuring of Apcoa's financial indebtedness of more than €700 million, the administrators of PaperlinX on the disposal of the UK entities' business and assets, various subsidiaries of Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 2 on the sale of Airwave Solutions to Motorola for £817.5 million, the insolvency officeholders of BHS (one of the highest profile retail insolvencies of recent years with outstanding debt of more than £1bn) on the wind-down of the business and investigations into the company's affairs, and the directors of Lombard on the successful sale (through a pre-pack administration) of its trading business.

Olly recently returned from a secondment at Standard Chartered Bank, which involved work in both London and Singapore.


  • Roper Technologies acquires Foundry for £410 million (US$543.4 million)Jones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition of Foundry in an all-cash transaction valued at £410 million (US$543.4 million).
  • Lombard Medical completes restructuring of secured liabilitiesJones Day advised Lombard Medical, Inc. on the restructuring of their UK and European operations in a pre-packaged sale via an English law administration to MicroPort Scientific Corporation.
  • Fern Trading restructures debt and equity of Rangeford HoldingsJones Day advised Fern Trading Limited, a member of the Octopus Investments group, in connection with the restructuring of the equity in and approximately £80 million of debt advanced to Rangeford Holdings Limited, a developer and manager of retirement villages and communities within the United Kingdom.
  • Airwave's scheme of arrangement restructures £1.8 billion of debt to facilitate completion of £817.5 million sale of Airwave to MotorolaJones Day acted for Guardian Digital Communications Holdings Limited, Guardian Digital Communications Limited and Airwave Solutions Limited (the "Group") (subsidiaries of Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 2) in connection with the sale of Airwave Solutions to Motorola for £817.5 million.
  • Paperlinx sells off its business and assetsJones Day is advising Matthew Smith and Neville Kahn of Deloitte LLP in their capacity as joint administrators of various UK Paperlinx companies.
  • FMS Wertmanagement settles with Apcoa Parking GroupJones Day represented FMS Wertmanagement AöR in the restructuring of Apcoa Parking Group’s financial indebtedness of more than € 700 million.
  • Cosgrave Property Group restructures its debtJones Day advised an investment management firm in connection with the acquisition and subsequent restructuring of a portfolio of loans advanced to the Cosgrave Property Group ("CPG") and originally provided by Ulster Bank.
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