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Insolvency Law

Expert guidance on all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency

24 AUG 2011

Hamish Anderson

Hamish specialises in cross-border cases, the recognition of UK and foreign office-holders in other jurisdictions and the coordination of concurrent proceedings. He has extensive experience of insolvencies in transport (aviation, shipping and rail), financial services and commodities, retail and property. He is the senior partner in the team acting for the US Trustee of Lehman Brothers Inc and is continuing to act for the Guernsey and Irish liquidators of Flightlease (the aircraft leasing arm of Swissair) – a large multi-jurisdictional insolvency being conducted in accordance with complex inter-creditor agreements now involving major litigation in the US and France.

He is the senior partner in the team acting for the US Trustee of Lehman Brothers Inc and is continuing to act for the Guernsey and Irish liquidators of Flightlease (the aircraft leasing arm of Swissair) – a large multi-jurisdictional insolvency being conducted in accordance with complex inter-creditor agreements now involving major litigation in the US and France.

Hamish has been a solicitor since 1973 and a licensed insolvency practitioner since 1987. Who’s Who Legal states that he is included in their international list of most highly regarded insolvency lawyers “with some justification as he is London’s most highly nominated practitioner”. His biography appears in The Legal 500 and he is also one of the recommended lawyers listed in both Legal Business’ Legal Experts and the PLC Restructuring and Insolvency Handbook. Chambers UK refers to him being praised as “a distinguished operator with an outstanding knowledge base” and the Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers quotes another source as saying “He is a pragmatist and will not lead a client down a particular path just to prove a point of law, but will always look for the most expeditious and cost-effective outcomes”.

Amongst many other appointments, Hamish is a past president of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and is currently the Chairman of the City of London Law Society Insolvency Law Committee and a member of the Insolvency Practices Council (a public interest body charged with advising the UK insolvency profession and its regulators on professional and ethical standards).

In January 2009, Kingston University awarded Hamish an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contribution to the development of insolvency law. Hamish is also a Visiting Fellow at Kingston’s Centre for Insolvency Law and Policy and a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent university. His many publications include more recently joint editorship of Lightman & Moss: The Law of Receivers of Companies, Sweet & Maxwell, 4th Edn, 2007 and joint consultant editorship of Transaction Avoidance in Insolvencies, Oxford University Press, 2nd Edn, 2011.

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