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Paul Durban

Finance and restructuring law
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Paul’s thinking

Paul heads up the Finance & restructuring law team. His practice is primarily focused on financial restructuring, insolvency and finance matters, including UK and cross-border workouts, fund financings and specialty lending. 


Paul has experience acting for a range of clients, including private equity funds, alternative investment managers, hedge funds and insolvency practitioners and represents major creditors and stakeholders both in the UK and internationally.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School
  • Modern History, Balliol College, University of Oxford
  • Solicitor, England and Wales


Refinancings and corporate reorganisations

Financial restructuring and distressed transactions

Distressed debt and insolvency advisory

Fund finance

Acquisition finance

Recent client work

  • advising the liquidators on a complex insolvency process involving a group of international entertainment companies
  • advising a US alternative capital provider on a multi-layer financing involving two UK media companies
  • advising a private equity fund on the financing of two UK solar park projects and the related acquisition of three project companies
  • advising a liquidator on the sale of two leisure parks and related assets out of liquidation
  • advising various private investment funds on secured subscription line facilities to bridge capital calls and make investments
  • advising a leading European secondaries fund on the financing aspects of a leveraged secondaries transaction to acquire multiple limited partnership interests in a global fund of funds
  • advising a specialist alternative asset manager in relation to direct investments through the issue of secured bonds by an industrial equipment company and a UK distillery company


Outside work Paul enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cricket and is a long suffering supporter of Tottenham Hotspurs.

This guide aims to provide creditors with a better understanding of the legal and commercial complexities of the European restructuring market, and gives guidance on how to influence a restructuring or turnaround process in order to protect or create value for creditors.
Creditors – Getting a Seat at the Negotiating Table
Our hosts Eamon Devlin and Paul Durban, interview Bill Sacher, Partner & Head of Private Credit, New York, Adams Street Partners.

Fund firms win licences in HK amid dash for distress

“Canyon Partners, Cerberus Capital, KKR and MBK Partners are part of a fast-growing wave of fund managers and asset owners looking to Asia for bad debt investment opportunities.”
 –  Featured March 22, 2019

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