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Chris Keane Partner T:01625 704117 M:07920 007866

A specialist restructuring and insolvency lawyer, with a particular emphasis on insolvency litigation.

Chris specialises in complex corporate and personal insolvency, on a contentious and non-contentious basis, often with an international dimension. Acting mainly for insolvency practitioners and other insolvency professionals, he has a specific focus on substantial and highly technical claims often involving fraud and complex multi-jurisdictional recovery options.  He also acts in cases where directors have breached their fiduciary duty, been involved in wrongful trading or actively tried to defraud creditors. Chris advises in relation to appointment issues, complex antecedent transactions and procedural applications made pursuant to the Insolvency Act 1986.

Chris also advises financiers, directors and creditors to assist in the implementation of a restructuring or a recovery strategy in stressed and distressed scenarios.

Recent examples of how Chris has helped clients include:

  • The tracing, repatriation and recovery of funds amounting to circa £2.6 million from India following the attempts of a bankrupt to place his assets beyond the reach of creditors;
  • Acting for the owner of the single biggest real estate asset in Europe (value £3.7 billion) in fending off an aggressive loan-to-loan strategy pursued by a number of multinational and renowned property entrepreneurs;
  • Successfully pursuing a circa £9 million wrongful trading claim against a director who continued to trade an insolvent business for a period in excess of 2 years;
  • Successfully tracing and breaking an offshore discretionary trust set up by a director to hide £6.4 million of Company assets unlawfully removed from the jurisdiction; and
  • Successfully restructuring a national children’s care home operator, ensuring the children remained living in a stable environment and safeguarding staff jobs.