David Harding's practice focuses on cross-border corporate restructurings, distressed acquisitions, and formal insolvency proceedings. He has particular experience in restructurings involving equity, including debt for equity swaps and the structuring of acquisitions by NewCo entities, and the creation of joint venture investment platforms.
David acts for a diverse range of clients, including investment banks and hedge funds holding distressed debt, corporate debtors (or their directors and shareholders), and insolvency office holders in successfully transitioning assets, management, and operations.
David has recently advised AlbaCore Capital on its co-investment in a €500m platform to acquire NPL portfolios across Europe (alongside Lindorff and Carval); BHS International on the acquisition of the digital and international business of UK retailer, BHS; the liquidators of Value Discovery Partners in the context of a restructuring and wind-down of a US$1 billion fund; certain funds on the acquisition of various property portfolios (including the acquisition of distressed debt secured by Q Hotels from IBRC); a leading investment bank on the restructuring and acquisition of the Opal student housing portfolio; creditors in the insolvencies of Monarch Airways, Thomas Cook, Air Berlin, Clinton Cards, Connaught plc, and Ennstone plc; and on numerous restructuring matters and acquisitions for funds such as AlbaCore Capital, Aurelius Group, Canyon Capital Advisors, Cross Ocean Partners, ESO Capital, RoundShield Partners, and the Lone Star Funds.
UK's Proposed Corporate Restructuring Regime Follows European-Style Chapter 11 and Debtor-in-Possession Trend
- The College of Law, Guildford (Legal Practice Course with commendation 2002); London School of Economics, University of London (LL.B. 1998)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
The Legal 500 — notable individual in corporate restructuring and insolvency (2018-2020): "highly technical" (2019) and "very personable and pragmatic" (2020)