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Emma Riddle


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Emma Riddle is a partner in our international Finance practice, specialising in restructuring and insolvency.  

Emma has experience acting for creditors, debtors and other stakeholders in distressed situations. In recent years, Emma has focused on distress in the Energy sector, working on a wide range of transactions on the UKCS, as well as in Brazil, the Middle East and West Africa. Emma has experience in advising on the rights of bondholders and other stakeholders in securitisation structures and in advising on the insolvency aspects of capital requirements regulation. 

Other experience includes advising on distress in other regulated sectors, including law firm and accountancy firm insolvencies.

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Relevant experience

  • OSX Group, part of Eike Batista’s X Group, on the restructuring of c$2bn financial indebtedness
  • Premier Oil on the solvent restructuring of its interest in the Solan oil field and associated financing
  • UK Noreco companies on issues arising from the restructuring of Norwegian bond indebtedness
  • International oil independent on security and insolvency issues in relation to its Middle Eastern interests
  • Project finance lenders on the restructuring of indebtedness to protect from bank insolvency risk
  • Lloyds Bank and the administrators on the insolvency of RSM Tenon plc and the sale of its business to Baker Tilly
  • The administrators of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on post-appointment issues
  • Ernst & Young on the joint receivers’ appointment to the owners of the Marriott real estate portfolio and the proposed subsequent sale of that portfolio.
  • The lending syndicate to companies in the Barracuda Pub Group on the implementation of a plan to restructure their debt and separate the property and trading groups.
  • A management team of a group in the building sector on the restructuring of its debt and equity.
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  • 1999 - BA Hons, St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, Oxford
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Mr Justice Za­car­oli has handed down his judg­ment in Hur­ricane En­ergy plc [2021] EWHC 1759 (Ch).     Sum­mary The Court de­clined to ap­prove the cross-class cram down of Hur­ricane’s share­hold­ers...
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Com­pany vol­un­tary ar­range­ments (CVAs)
A CVA is a power­ful form­al re­struc­tur­ing tool that can be used by a debt­or com­pany to im­pose a com­prom­ise on un­se­cured cred­it­ors who will not com­prom­ise con­sen­su­ally. In 2020, the first full year of...
Brexit – Con­sequences for Cred­it­ors’ En­force­ment Op­tions
The UK left the European Uni­on (EU) on 31 Janu­ary 2020, but it is only now, after the trans­ition peri­od (which ended on 31 Decem­ber 2020) that cred­it­ors start grap­pling with the ef­fect of Brexit on dis­tressed...
Air­craft fin­ance and leas­ing in the pan­dem­ic and bey­ond - Mov­ing out of...
The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has brought ex­ist­en­tial threats to the en­tire avi­ation eco­sys­tem and has re­quired con­sid­er­able cre­ativ­ity, flex­ib­il­ity and com­mer­cial part­ner­ship between in­dustry par­ti­cipants...
New Re­struc­tur­ing Tools
With the threat of COV­ID-19 to busi­nesses, the UK Gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced new re­struc­tur­ing meas­ures, hav­ing con­sul­ted on vari­ous op­tions for sev­er­al years. The ac­cel­er­ated in­tro­duc­tion of new re­gimes...
Cov­id-19: Help for busi­nesses
The Gov­ern­ment has im­ple­men­ted cer­tain meas­ures to ease the li­quid­ity pres­sures stem­ming from the Cov­id-19 out­break. These meas­ures, in­clud­ing the new pro­grammes for debt and wage sup­port, are amongst...
Help for busi­nesses in dis­tress due to COV­ID-19
The Gov­ern­ment and Bank of Eng­land have an­nounced a num­ber of schemes and meas­ures to sup­port busi­ness dur­ing the “Cov­id-19 shock”. The de­tails are be­ing de­veloped but what is known so far is sum­mar­ised...
Oil & Gas: Pro­tect­ing your po­s­i­tion in a fall­ing mar­ket
With the head­lines on the front page of yes­ter­day’s Fin­an­cial Times pre­dict­ing an “oil price war” and Brent diving to US$31/bbl at just after 4am UK time on Monday, oil com­pan­ies and con­tract­ors...
In­fra­struc­ture Fin­ance Re­view
On 13 March 2019, HM Treas­ury and the In­fra­struc­ture and Pro­jects Au­thor­ity, pub­lished a con­sulta­tion to kick-start the “In­fra­struc­ture Fin­ance Re­view” (the “Con­sulta­tion”) to as­sess the fu­ture...
Days of fu­ture past: the re­in­tro­duc­tion of Crown Pref­er­ence
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CMS tri­umphs at TRI Awards 2018
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