Ian Wallace | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Ian Wallace
Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace

Partner, London

“Impressive work for both creditor and debtor clients…very good at stepping back from the problem and getting you to the solution”

Chambers UK 2014


Ian is a partner in the Firm's Financial Restructuring and Insolvency group in London, with more than 13 years of experience of advising clients in complex international restructuring situations. His practice focuses on businesses in financial difficulty, advising debtor-side corporates and financial sponsors as well as a wide range of sophisticated creditors including banks, funds and noteholders.

In addition, Ian regularly advises directors, insolvency practitioners and other stakeholders on UK and international aspects of debt restructuring transactions.

Ian has particular expertise in advising borrowers and creditors in the distressed shipping and oil & gas/offshore sectors, and is involved in several high profile ongoing restructurings of businesses suffering the effect of the current headwinds in those sectors.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales


  • BA, University of Nottingham


  • English



Advising LBBW and a syndicate of international lenders on the complex cross-border restructuring of the Scholz recycling group.

HC Starck

Advising a syndicate of mezzanine lenders on the cross-border restructuring of the HC Starck chemicals group.


Advising the Ceona oil and gas business on its lender negotiations and on its subsequent UK administration and asset sales.


Advising the RBL lenders to the Petroceltic oil and gas business on restructuring discussions and contingency planning strategy.


Advising Turkish infrastructure business Yüksel on its ongoing restructuring discussions with its bondholders.

Klöckner Pentaplast

Advising international plastics manufacturer Klöckner Pentaplast on a complex debt restructuring and eventual acquisition by SVP Global.*

Southern Cross care homes group

Advising Capita as servicer for the noteholders to NHP, the largest landlord of the Southern Cross care homes group.*

Excel Maritime

Representing a syndicate of banks and funds on the restructuring of international dry bulk shipping business Excel Maritime, including the eventual implementation of a restructuring via chapter 11.*

*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case

Speaking Engagements

"Restructuring, Recapitalisation and Bank Loan Trading", February 2014: Marine Money conference, Hamburg, (panelist)

"Conflicts of Interest in Insolvency Scenarios for IPs and Lawyers", March 2014: Sweet & Maxwell Insolvency Law conference, London, (panelist)

"Charting a course. Financial restructuring and consolidation in the shipping industry", January 2015: Marine Money conference, London

"The Winds of Change: Restructuring under the UK vs the US Models", May 2015: R3 Annual Conference, Berlin, (panelist)