BenLarkin

Partner

London + 44.20.7039.5825

Ben Larkin's practice encompasses all aspects of corporate restructuring, turnaround, and insolvency. He has in-depth experience in real estate-related restructurings, particularly those with a development focus.

Ben is recognized as a leader in his field and is described by The Legal 500 as "exceptional" and is applauded by Chambers UK for his superior knowledge of the real estate sector. He has led significant cross-border restructurings in the telecom, pharmaceutical, and energy sectors. He acts for a wide variety of funds, investment banks, and corporations. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2014, Ben advised on high-profile cases such as TXU Energy, Le Meredien hotel group, and the Blue Bird Body Company (manufacturer of U.S. school buses).

Ben also has been featured in Chambers as a notable practitioner in the restructuring and insolvency sector, where clients say that he "really knows the risks and opportunities that distressed businesses face," explaining that "his understanding and experience help him get his clients what they need." He is regarded as an expert in infrastructure-related restructurings, with broader experience handling domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency mandates; clients say "he is brilliant at subject matter, tactics and negotiation."

Experience

  • 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.
  • Macquarie sold Condor FerriesJones Day advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in the sale of Condor Ferries, an operator of lifeline freight and passenger ferry services between Guernsey, Jersey, the United Kingdom, and the Port of St. Malo in France, to a consortium of Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund (ESIF) and Brittany Ferries.
  • Clintons greeting cards retailer sold out of administration to Esquire Retail LimitedJones Day advised AG Retail Cards Limited t/a Clintons (the "Company") in its exploration of sale options to secure the future of the business and in its discussions with stakeholders with a view to entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement.
  • BHS insolvency officeholders seek advice relating to investigations arising from company's collapseJones Day is acting for Geoff Rowley and Tony Wright as the insolvency officeholders of UK high street retailer, British Homes Stores ("BHS"), on investigations into the causes of the company's collapse and pursuing avenues of recovery for creditors.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets to divest stakes in Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-RhoneJones Day is advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited in the sale by subsidiaries Macquarie Infrastructure Fund 2, Macquarie Mercer Infrastructure Trust 1, and Macquarie Mercer Infrastructure Trust 2 of remaining stakes in Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhone for an aggregate price of €867 million, subject to timing of completion.
  • Triton completes restructuring of $1 billion of Galapagos debtJones Day advised private equity fund Triton Investment Management Limited in a restructuring of its investment in Galapagos, a German industrial group with customers in 130 countries.
  • Group of nursing and residential care homes completes corporate and debt restructuringJones Day advised a group of UK nursing and residential care homes (the "Group") in relation to a corporate and debt restructuring of the Group and the sale of its operating companies and care homes.
  • Joint administrators negotiate successful rescueJones Day advised Geoffrey Rowley and Jason Baker of FRP Advisory LLP as joint administrators of the Glint Pay group, an FCA-regulated e-money and gold-trading 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.
  • Directors of former high street retailer settle with company's administrators and advisersJones Day successfully negotiated the settlement of a dispute between the directors of a former high street retailer, its administrators, and former advisers.
  • City Financial enters administrationJones Day successfully advised the board of City Financial Investment Company Limited (the "Company") on the Company's entry into administration.
  • FTI Consulting act as receivers in global restructuring of BMI HealthcareJones Day advised Andrew J. Johnson and Chad Griffin of FTI Consulting LLP in their capacity as fixed charge receivers of the share capital in the BMI Healthcare group in connection with the restructuring of the BMI Healthcare business.
  • 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.
  • Complete Entertainment Resources Group sells certain assets to Live Nation EntertainmentJones Day represented Complete Entertainment Resources Group, Inc. (formerly Songkick.com, Inc.), a concert discovery and artist ticketing platform, in its sale of certain assets, including CERG’s ticketing commerce platform, anti-scalping algorithm, API applications and patent portfolio, to Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. in connection with the settlement of pending litigation.
  • Seven Energy, a Nigerian oil and gas operator, restructures its debt in anticipation of sale to Savannah Petroleum PlcJones Day advised the board of directors of Seven Energy as they entered into a lock-up agreement to restructure multiple tranches of debt amounting to $900 million in anticipation of a sale of certain oil and gas assets located in Nigeria to Savannah Petroleum Plc, a UK-based oil and gas exploration and development company.
  • Byron Hamburgers enters into company voluntary arrangementJones Day advised the casual dining chain, Byron Hamburgers Limited, on the approval by its creditors of a company voluntary arrangement within the context of a wider financial and operational restructuring of the company.
  • Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II and Condor Ferries Group complete debt refinancingJones Day represented Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II (MEIF II) and the Condor Ferries Group, an operator of passenger and freight ferry services, in connection with the refinancing of Condor's senior facilities.
  • Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II sells National Car Parks Limited to consortium of Park24 Co., Ltd. and Development Bank of Japan Inc.Jones Day advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II LP in the sale of 100 percent of its interest in National Car Parks Limited to a consortium of Park24 Co., Ltd. and Development Bank of Japan Inc.
  • Infrastructure fund seeks advice on internal investigation relating to portfolio companyJones Day advised a substantial infrastructure fund on an internal investigation relating to a portfolio company.
  • 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.
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