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Rebecca Hennis

Rebecca Hennis

Of Counsel

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

Rebecca is an experienced member of CMS’ contentious insolvency team, which is part of the firm’s award-winning restructuring and insolvency group. As a specialist litigator, Rebecca combines technical insolvency knowledge together with experience of dealing with contentious issues in both domestic and cross-border insolvency contexts.

Rebecca often works with other CMS offices on complex, cross-order collapses and is regularly appointed to act for office-holders on general issues with respect to stressed/distressed entities, dealing with claims against former directors, advising on the exercise of office-holders’ statutory powers (including applications under section 236 of the Insolvency Act 1986), obtaining recognition of proceedings abroad, investigating retention of title claims and antecedent transactions and the like; all with the ultimate aim of bringing more recoveries into the estate.

Rebecca also acts for creditors, debtors, companies facing financial difficulties and other stakeholders/third parties asserting or facing potential claims.

Rebecca also has experience advising on Schemes of Arrangements of distressed entities that are regulated.

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Relevant experience

  • Swiss liquidation (confidential) – acting on behalf of the liquidators of a Swiss oil company (in liquidation) in relation to claims against third parties, as part of the exercise of the office-holders’ powers and in an effort to recover monies into the estate.
  • Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) – acting for DEG in relation to its investment in Gwembe Valley Development Company (in liquidation) (GVDC). Specifically, dealing with long-running litigation against GVDC’s former managing director for an account of profits, compensation for breaches of fiduciary duty and damages for deceit and conspiracy.
  • Polly Peck - Advising the Joint Administrators on a range of issues arising out of this 30-year administration, including dealings with the SFO, the countless frauds of its former CEO, Asil Nadir and facilitating the unusual exit process.
  • Gulf Keystone – advising a listed E&P oil company on potentially contentious issues, where the principal asset was a substantial oilfield in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
  • On various issues in relation to regulated entities in distress, including Schemes of Arrangement involving companies operating in the sub-prime market.
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Education

  • 2004 - Legal Practice Course (Commendation), Nottingham Law School, Nottingham
  • 2003 - LLB (2:1), University of Nottingham, Nottingham
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