Will is a partner in Firm's Financial Restructuring and Insolvency group in London. Will has extensive experience advising companies, banks, investment funds and other institutions on cross-border restructurings, insolvencies, distressed debt investments and financings and other special situations work.
Will previously spent nine months on secondment to the legal department at Goldman Sachs, advising on private credit, private equity and restructuring transactions. Will was also seconded to the Firm's New York office for six months in 2019, where he assisted in connection with US distressed investments and financial restructurings.
The 2023 edition of The Legal 500 UK highlighted Will's "strong commercial mindset", with the 2024 edition describing him as "technically excellent, very responsive and approachable" and noting that he has gained particular acclaim for his work on behalf of credit funds. Will is identified by
The Legal 500 UK 2024 as a "Next Generation Partner" in the Restructuring & Insolvency field.
Konkola Copper Mines
Acting for the provisional liquidator of Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia, in connection with its funding arrangements.
Representation of London-listed oil and gas company Nostrum Oil & Gas plc on the financial restructuring of its US$1.125 billion of senior unsecured notes via a UK scheme of arrangement.
Representation of the ad hoc committee of bondholders of the US$650 million 2022 Notes in the financial restructuring of the diamond mining group, Petra Diamonds, with mines in South Africa and Tanzania.
Serving as a member of the team which handles UK insolvency matters for Meta.
Representation of the coordinating committee of agent banks and export credit agencies representing holders of US$5.6 billion of senior secured indebtedness across 12 credit facilities in connection with the restructuring of the liabilities and obligations of Seadrill Ltd., an offshore drilling rig operator and its affiliates. This follows the comprehensive restructuring in 2018, where White & Case advised the co-ordinating committee representing a bank group holding US$7.4 billion in secured debt.
Representation of the senior lenders to a European logistics group on its 2013 and 2016 restructurings.
Investment Fund Matters
Representation of several major credit-oriented investment funds and alternative asset managers on a range of distressed debt and performing investments.
Representation of the committee of senior creditors on the restructuring of African Bank, the sixth largest bank in South Africa.
Representation of York Capital Management and Oak Hill Advisors on their investments in Globalworth Real Estate Investments Limited.
Representation of the Agent on the restructuring of the APCOA Parking Group, which was implemented through a scheme of arrangement.
Representation of GSO Capital Partners on the €215 million refinancing of the indebtedness of KP1, a leading French manufacturer of high performance prefabricated concrete products, and subsequent acquisition of the business.
Representation of Magyar Telecom BV, a holding company of Invitel ZRT, the Hungarian telecoms company, on the restructuring of its €345 million high yield bonds via a scheme of arrangement.
Co-author of "The HMRC Restructuring Plan Challenges: Lessons Learned from GAS, Nasmyth and Prezzo", Practical Law, July 2023
Co-author of ""Taking the Keys": Six things to consider for credit investors contemplating share pledge enforcement"", White & Case, November 2022
Co-author of "Pilkington on Creditor Schemes of Arrangement and Restructuring Plans" by Christian Pilkington and Will Stoner, Sweet & Maxwell, September 2022
Co-author of "Schemes and Restructuring Plans: Challenging Times?", February 2021
Co-author of "The Lehman Brothers Administration: Scheme to the Rescue", White & Case, August 2018
Co-author of "The Cooperative Bank's Restructuring: Will This Be a Case of Lessons Learned?", Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, July/August 2013
Co-author of "Exclusion Clauses, Navigating the Minefield", White & Case Energy Series, December 2012