Helena Potts

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
Profile Experience

Helena Potts is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the Restructuring & Special Situations Practice.

Ms. Potts has experience across a broad range of restructuring matters having acted for the full spectrum of stakeholders in formal and informal restructurings and refinancings. Ms. Potts has a particular emphasis on advising in high value complex cross-border restructurings and matters involving defined benefit pension schemes.

Ms. Potts has experience in a range of sectors including automotive, financial services, leisure, manufacturing, and publishing.

Speaking Engagements
  • Loan Market Association Developing Markets Conference, London, April 2017
  • Loan Market Association Early Evening Seminar, London, March 2016
  • Loan Market Association Afternoon Seminar, Istanbul, January 2016

Ms. Potts' representative transactions include advising:

  • Savannah Petroleum plc in respect of its investment in, and acquisition of, the Seven Energy group 
  • The strategic bidder in the acquisition and restructuring of Scholz Group, a leading global recycling company
  • The ad hoc committee of bank lenders in connection with the ongoing US$1.2 billion financial restructuring of Mriya, a major Ukrainian agricultural business
  • A super senior lender syndicate in connection with a multi-billion bank and bond restructuring, including one provision of intermediate bridge finance
  • An Icelandic bank regarding the repayment of secured debt and the sale of a portfolio of debt and equity assets
  • The ABI Special Committee of Senior Noteholders in relation to the restructuring of the £2.4 billion bond debt of the Punch Group, a publically listed pub group with 4,000 pubs and a double securitisation structure
  • A lifestyle company in relation to the restructuring of its European operations
  • A global print press manufacturer in relation to its financial and operational restructuring effected by CVA    
  • The mezzanine co-ordinating committee in relation to the £1.1 billion restructuring and scheme of arrangement of the Biffa Group, a UK waste management business
  • An ad hoc committee of holders of €1.3 billion 8% notes due 2014 issued by Lighthouse International Company S.A. and guaranteed on a subordinated basis by SEAT Pagine Gialle S.p.A., a publicly listed Italian directories business, in connection with its financial restructuring
  • The AfriSam consortium, a leading black-empowered construction materials group in southern Africa, in connection with its financial and equity capital restructuring of approximately €1.1 billion of senior secured notes, €1 billion of senior hedging liabilities, and €800,000 of junior PIK instruments
  • Margin loan lenders in connection with realisation and enforcement strategies
  • Various funds in relation to domestic and international investment restructuring opportunities and related contingency planning and strategic positioning
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