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James Bennett

James Bennett

Associate Partner, Restructuring

KPMG in the UK

James specialises in complex and cross border insolvency matters, often including foreign insolvency proceedings. James is the sector champion for shipping and ports.

James has worked at KPMG Restructuring for more than 12 years in the complex and international restructuring team, working in the UK, US, Japan, Cyprus, Bermuda and the Eastern Caribbean. He advises on all aspects restructuring and insolvency work.

Management of some of KPMG Restructuring’s most significant appointments: Noble Group Limited, MF Global UK Limited, Millennium Global Emerging Master Fund, MPF Corp. Ltd, Parkcentral Global Hub Limited, British American Insurance Company Limited, Opal Property Group Limited. 

Experience managing diverse stakeholder groups, and being the point person for committees (both creditor committees and lender co-coms). Frequently working as a stakeholder advisor for Banks and bondholders in other jurisdictions. 

Company side: James frequently advises on contingency planning and advises distressed corporates on their options. 

Creditor compromises: Drafting and promoting schemes to enable the conclusion of complex insolvency engagements, including the implementation of CVAs. 

Litigation/Settlement negotiation: Performing analysis of contracts and voluminous material as part of detailed negotiations with counterparties to reach settlements/commutations and as part of arbitrations and/or litigation.

Education and qualifications
  • LLB Law Hons, University of East Anglia

Accreditation
  • ICAEW Chartered Accountant (FCCA)

  • JIEB Qualified (2011)

  • Licensed Insolvency Practitioner

Areas of Expertise
  • Restructuring and Insolvency

  • Stakeholder Management

  • Contingency Planning

  • Crisis Management

  • Shipping

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