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Sovereign Debt

Our Sovereign Debt team has assisted clients on the most significant and high-profile defaults confronting sovereigns over the last 50 years.

We have been at the heart of the most complex set of sovereign crises to date including those of the Eurozone (Greece, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as that of Argentina. The scale of our network and expertise means that we can mobilise teams for defaults of any sovereigns globally. 

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic is producing unprecedented impact, our unparalleled experience on similar sovereign crises and the associated learnings can be leveraged.

How can we help?

  • Anticipate: As a sovereign counterparty shows signs of distress we can help you with your diligence in understanding your exposure and scenario planning.
  • Prepare: From experience we know that a rapid and coordinated response is required when a sovereign defaults. Key decisions need to be made which will affect the efficiency of your response and the accuracy of your decision-making.
  • Insights: We are plugged into ongoing discussions of key stakeholders at the highest levels and are using that intelligence to guide clients on the most effective strategies. This involves active dialogue with organisations such as the IMF, IIF, Paris Club and the ESM.
  • Coordination: In the event of a default, you will require expertise across a number of critical areas to be able to navigate the complexity of sovereign financing instruments, the array of stakeholders and variety of regulatory measures. The other key pillar of our team is that it includes both English and New York qualified lawyers – essential given they underpin global financial markets in tandem.
  • Understanding all stakeholders: We’ve acted for arranging banks, creditors, official sector entities, central banks and sovereigns in debt raising, debt management, restructurings, structured and project financings, disputes before national courts, bilateral investment treaty arbitrations and regulatory matters.