Anna joined Addleshaw Goddard LLP as a trainee solicitor in September 2005 and joined the Leeds Restructuring department as a trainee in March 2007 before qualifying into the team in September 2007. Following a nine month secondment in 2011 to Barclays, Anna permanently moved to the London Restructuring team in September 2011. Anna was promoted to Managing Associate in 2013 and Legal Director in 2017. Anna recently returned to Restructuring from 10 months on secondment to HSBC in their Large Corporate LMU team.
Anna has a broad practice area in the restructuring and insolvency space. Anna acts for a number of clients including funds, corporates, lenders (including ABLs) and insolvency practitioners in relation to turnaround solutions including debt and equity acquisition, restructuring and disposal at all stages of the cycle.
Anna's clients include HSBC, Barclays, PNC, Leumi ABL, Deloitte, FRP and PWC and she has recently led a number of large, complex and high value transactions.
- Following a considerable director advisory piece of work for London Restructuring, Anna was instrumental in closing the pre-pack sale of Evans Cycles to Sports Direct which resulted in the preservation of jobs and stores. Anna acted for PWC as Administrators in respect of this transaction.
- Led the pre pack sale of a haulage business for FRP as Administrators, including the transition of 1,000 vehicles and circa 1,500 staff in a very condensed timeframe.
- Advisor to Deloitte as Administrators in respect of a circa £200 million care home group on their exit from appointment and assisting the ultimate secured lender (a US fund) in setting up a platform to hold care home assets. Anna led this transaction for nearly 3 years and has subsequently advised the US fund upon the appointment of specialist operators.
- Leading on the pre-pack sale of the first major P2P borrower failure (circa £35 million bilateral lend). The borrower was pre-packed back to the P2P Lender, providing valuable insight as to how a P2P Lender operates in a distressed scenario.
- Advising a private sector client in respect of the collapse of Carillion and the migration of a number of large FM contracts to new operators. This included a number of hospitals, prisons and infrastructure projects.
- Acting for an ABL in respect of the Debt Management Plan sector where they have in excess of £50 million of exposure to multiple clients. Due to these businesses now being FCA regulated and the nature of the assets the exit process from this type of lending is complex with difficult regulatory issues.
- Director advisory role for a £60million family metal trading business, which ultimately led to a solvent refinancing of the business via a new ABL funding line.
- Leading a team that delivered a review of nearly 7,000 facility and security documents in a 3 month period in respect of a bank's ring fencing project, this involved managing an international team in excess of 100 fee earners.