WilliamBettle (Will)

Associate

London + 44.20.7039.5183

Will Bettle advises on a wide range of complex, cross-border situations involving financings, distressed businesses, and restructurings. He also has experience advising creditors and borrowers on their rights and obligations in seeking to restructure debt and equity, to rescue businesses, and to work through formal insolvency processes.

Will has worked extensively in the real estate sector. In addition, he has experience with Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulated businesses and companies reliant upon valuable intellectual property.

Will's experience also includes insolvency-related litigation, including urgent interim injunctions and court applications within insolvency proceedings.

Experience

  • High profile entrepreneur secures settlement of complex loan note and inter-creditor dispute claimsJones Day acted for a high profile entrepreneur on the successful resolution of claims against a private equity group arising from breaches of investment and inter-creditor agreements, following defaults under a £20 million loan note.
  • Restructuring of significant UK energy supplier and distributorJones Day advised a large integrated energy and commodities company in connection with the complex equity and debt restructuring of a significant UK energy supplier and distributor.
  • Dearman Engine Company enters administrationJones Day advised Geoffrey Bouchier and Benjamin Wiles of Duff & Phelps (the "Administrators") as joint administrators of Dearman Engine Company Limited (in administration) (the "Company") in an expedited and successful rescue of the Company’s business.
  • Landlords compromised by various retailer company voluntary arrangementsJones Day advised several landlords on the intended operation and effect of multiple company voluntary arrangements ("CVA") launched by various high street retailers, including the Arcadia Group, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Homebase, Mothercare and Carpetright.
  • Hi-Level Enterprises secures urgent injunctive relief against former employees for misappropriation of databaseJones Day acted on behalf of Hi-Level Enterprises Ltd., an e-commerce vehicle part supplier, by obtaining urgent without notice injunctive relief in the form of "door-step" preservation and delivery up orders against two former employees who had and misappropriated the intellectual property of, and set up a competing business to, the client.
  • City Financial enters administrationJones Day successfully advised the board of City Financial Investment Company Limited (the "Company") on the Company's entry into administration.
  • Credit fund restructures UK property developerJones Day advised a credit fund in connection with the restructuring of its investments in a significant UK property development and investment company.
  • Boeing agrees to Monarch's CVA proposalJones Day represented The Boeing Company, a major creditor of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited ("MAEL"), in the restructuring by way of a company voluntary arrangement of MAEL resulting in a compromise of certain historic balance sheet liabilities and further third party funding, returning MAEL to solvency and the ability to continue to trade.
  • DV4 and Oxford Properties form DOORJones Day advised DV4 Ltd (“DV4”), which is advised by Delancey Real Estate Asset Management Ltd, on the sale of DV4's interests in Get Living, the UK’s leading privately backed residential company, to Delancey Oxford Residential (“DOOR”) a new co-investment platform with initial capital commitments of £600 million; the establishment of DOOR, which includes the joint venture between DV4 and Oxford Properties; and on real estate matters related to the London scheme, Elephant Central in Elephant and Castle which is part of the Get Living portfolio.
  • Blackstone Group provides senior secured facility to Henderson Park for acquisition of Athene PlaceJones Day represented The Blackstone Group in connection with a senior secured facility provided to Henderson Park to finance the acquisition of Athene Place, London.
  • Owens Corning acquires Paroc Group, a leading European mineral wool manufacturer, for approximately €900 million (US$1.04 billion)Jones Day advised Owens Corning in its acquisition of Paroc Group, a leading producer of mineral wool insulation for building and technical applications in Europe, from CVC Capital Partners for an enterprise value of approximately €900 million ($1.04 billion).
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