Alex Lofthouse's practice encompasses all aspects of financial and corporate restructuring, formal insolvency proceedings, and debt refinancing. She has particular experience in the real estate and retail sectors. Alex regularly advises on distressed business and asset sales, solvent and distressed corporate acquisitions, and non-performing loan portfolio sales (NPLs). She acts for a diverse mix of clients, including investment and retail banks, funds, boards of directors, sponsors, and insolvency officeholders. Her work is both contentious and noncontentious and spans U.K. and cross-border matters.
Alex's recent experience includes acting for the insolvency officeholders of U.K. high street retailer 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. She also advised the board of Byron Hamburgers Limited on its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) and the board of directors of American Apparel UK and their subsequently appointed Administrators on its trading administration and subsequent liquidation. Alex acted for National Car Parks Limited and its sponsor, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund, in connection with its loan refinancing and subsequent sale. She also recently advised global environmental company, Veolia, following the collapse of the Harkand oil and gas shipping group.
In addition, Alex has benefited from secondments to the European special situations group at Goldman Sachs and, prior to joining Jones Day, to the restructuring team at The Royal Bank of Scotland plc.
- The College of Law, Moorgate, London (Legal Practice Course with distinction 2008); University of Leeds (LL.B. with first class honours 2007)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
- The Lawyer Awards 2015 — Winner, Corporate Team of the Year