William’s practice is centred around financial restructuring and advising on distressed investments, on trading in distressed debt, and on special situations. William has spent the majority of his career assisting buy-side institutions in their capacity as creditors and investors (often acting through ad hoc groups) on complex, cross-border situations, frequently subject to the insolvency and restructuring legal frameworks of the relevant jurisdictions.
During the course of his career, William has acted as in-house counsel for two investment managers, in each case as a member of those firms’ distressed investment teams. William has a commercial and operational familiarity with buy-side investors’ investment and trading strategies and processes. In these roles, William advised on financial restructurings and distressed, special situations and event-driven opportunities (including litigation funding and direct lending transactions) and structured, negotiated and drafted documentation for a range of complex transactions and trades spanning multiple asset classes and jurisdictions. Additionally, William has worked as a member of the senior analyst team on the par and distressed trading desk of a US-headquartered global bank.
William spent the first eight years of his career as a qualified solicitor in the London office of a large American law firm, working within the restructuring practice. During that period, he spent 18 months in the Tokyo office of that firm, primarily assisting US and European buy-side clients with their investments and finance matters in Japan, including restructuring and bankruptcy-related transactions.
- England & Wales (Solicitor) (2008)
- Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (Legal Practice Course) (2005)
- Nottingham Law School (Graduate Diploma in Law) (2004)
- Cambridge University (Trinity College) (Oriental Studies (Japanese)) (2003)