Practice & Background

James Roome is the senior partner of the London office and a member of the firm’s management committee. Mr. Roome is an English lawyer who concentrates on U.K. and cross-border insolvency, workouts and restructurings. He handles litigation and advises on a wide range of debt and equity investments on behalf of financial institution clients. He has advised on numerous restructurings of distressed bonds, notes and loans in Europe.

Mr. Roome is consistently named as a leading individual by Chambers UK, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Who’s Who Legal, among others.

Mr. Roome was admitted as a solicitor in England in 1984 and in Hong Kong in 1985. He is a member of INSOL Europe, INSOL International, the City of London Law Society (Insolvency Committee), the European Insolvency Practitioners Association, the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and a fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3).

Representative Matters

  • advising the mezzanine lenders on the debt restructuring of Expro Holdings, an oil and gas well management provider
  • representing Brunswick Rail Limited, a Russian railcar leasing business, in workout and financial restructuring discussions
  • representing the mezzanine lenders in the debt restructuring of Northgate Information Solutions, a privately owned UK-based software systems group which provides human resources management services
  • representing the lender in the financial restructuring of Cory Environmental
  • representing the group of investors in Oak Finance Luxembourg S.A. as lender to Banco Espirito Santo
  • advising on the workout and restructuring of distressed bonds and notes in Europe, including representing noteholders of Atrium European Real Estate (formerly Meinl European Land), BAA, Concordia Bus, Damovo Group, DEPFA Bank, Elektrim, Focus DIY, Head NV, Independent News & Media, Irish Nationwide Building Society, Kremikovtzi, Marconi Corporation, Petroplus, Phoenix Pharmahandel, Preem AB, Schefenacker, SwissAir, Truvo, Vantico International, Versatel Telecom International, Welcome Break and Wind Hellas
  • representing lenders in LBO restructurings, including Alliance Medical, Arcapita, Bulgaria Telecom, Europackaging, European Directories, Findus, Gala Coral, Ineos, Mauser, Monier, Schieder Möbel, TMD Friction and Viridian
  • representing the mezzanine syndicate on the restructuring of Level One, a real estate securitization vehicle
  • representing numerous financial institutions in relation to prime broking, derivative and bond claims following the collapse of Lehman Brothers
  • representing the junior debtholders on the restructuring of Queens Moat Houses
  • representing the EGO BV bondholders in the administration of TXU Europe
  • acting on a number of high-profile and international insolvencies, including the representation of the liquidators of Railtrack Group plc; a central role in the liquidation of Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI) in London and the Middle East; and the liquidation of Carrian Holdings, a complex operation doing business in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and China

Awards & Accolades

  • Chambers UK, Leaders in Their Field, Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Chambers Global, Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency (UK)
  • Legal 500, Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • IFLR 1000, Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Best Lawyers UK, Insolvency & Restructuring Law

Speaking Engagements

  • Podcast, Finding the Centre of Main Interest—Forum Shopping in EU Insolvency Proceedings, CPDcast Studios, London, July 2011
  • Podcast, Out-of-Court Restructurings in Europe, CPDcast Studios, London, October 2010