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Rita Lowe

Co-Head of Finance

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

Rita Lowe is the Co-Head of the Finance Team.

Rita has a wide and varied practice which includes advising stakeholders (such as banks, private equity, funds and pension trustees) on general issues with respect to stressed/distressed entities, advising directors, administrators/liquidators and also purchasers of distressed businesses as well as investors in distressed businesses.

Rita has acted on a number of market leading assignments, including the administration of King & Wood Mallesons LLP, Dewey & Le Boeuf LLP and Halliwells LLP: the largest European, U.S, and UK firms (respectively) to go into an administration process.

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Relevant experience

  • Sofa.com on its restructuring and successful sale (via an accelerated M&A process) to Sports Direct.
  • Bench – advising a German investor on Bench and continuing to advise following the administration of the company.
  • Misco – advising the UK and Dutch business on a restructuring of its debt (provided by a U.S investor) and working with Hilco to restructure the business.
  • King & Wood Mallesons LLP on its restructuring (and subsequently its administration). Advising on the implications of administration of the LLP in a number of overseas jurisdictions including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, South Africa, Spain, New York, Dubai, Riyadh and Belgium.
  • Gulf Keystone – advising the Board of a listed E&P oil company where the principal asset was a substantial oilfield in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
  • DTEK Energy – lenders (and ECA lenders) on the restructuring/contingency planning options.
  • Damovo Group on the restructuring of the Damovo group (a pan European telecoms group) to restructure its financial obligations to bondholders and lenders. The advice included a COMI shift, followed by an administration and a pre-packaged sale.
  • Maersk Oil on a multi-million pound drilling contract involving Hercules Offshore Inc. (now in Chapter 11) and the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore.
  • New World Resources Plc – acting for the ECA lenders on the restructuring of NWR and ultimately the bankruptcy of the local subsidiary (owner of coal mines in Czech Republic) OKD.
  • Namco on the restructuring of a South African/Namibian diamond mining company. The restructuring was effected through a provisional liquidation in the UK - formal processes in Namibia and South Africa. The company was eventually acquired by De Beers.
  • Aero Inventory on the restructuring and subsequent administration of a supplier to the airline industry; the company having subsidiaries in 13 jurisdictions including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Canada, China, U.A.E., Bahrain and U.S. The administration involved parallel recognition proceedings in a significant number of those jurisdictions.
  • IPIT on the options available to restructure the business of a Jersey listed Property Unit Trust with subsidiaries in 8 European jurisdictions. Following various sales the “rump” business is being wound up through a managed run down.
  • Blockbuster on a major retailer on its restructuring strategy over a long number of years, including with respect to its financing from its U.S. parent. The restructuring was ultimately effected by an administration/sale of the business.
  • Tambrook on the leading Court of Appeal case which established new law on the powers of the Court to appoint (UK) administrators to a foreign company.
  • Regulated companies - advising stakeholders in a number of listed companies which are experiencing financial distress as well as a number of corporates operating in regulated sectors. Examples include advising on Metronet, the company which ran the London underground and advising a broker (regulated by the FCA), Boston Prime, on the special administration procedure introduced in the UK following the collapse of Lehmans.
  • Southern Cross – advising the directors of the Southern Cross Group which was a high profile restructuring of the care homes which had 31,000 patients.
  • Marriott Hotels – advising the receivers of the B.V.I. holding company which owns the 47 Marriott hotels in the UK. The receivers were appointed following the company’s failure to repay almost £1.6 billion of debt
  • UJIMA housing association - advising a lender in respect of the first ever insolvency of a housing association. The case highlighted certain regulatory failings which has resulted in new legislation in the form of the Housing & Regeneration Act 2008.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Council member (and past president), Insolvency Lawyers Association
  • Member of INSOL
  • Member of the TMA
  • Member, R3 (Association of Business Recovery Professionals)
  • Named as one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100, 2014 – 15 “which recognise lawyers who have been making a difference in the legal market”
  • Committee Member of Co-operation Ireland (Legal Dinner)
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  • 1987 – LLM, UCL, London
  • 1986 ‑ LLB, Queens University, Belfast
  • Rita qualified as a Barrister and was called to the Inns of Court of Northern Ireland. In 1993 she requalified as a solicitor and became a partner in 1998.
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