Brett is an experienced debt-focused lawyer having worked in City law firms throughout the last 25 years.
His practice is divided into two discrete, but complementary, parts. His banking and debt finance practice has seen him act on numerous bilateral and syndicated, domestic and cross-border loan deals over the years, variously on the creditor and debtor side including for a number of established bank and non-bank lenders. Alongside this, Brett has extensive corporate restructuring, insolvency and recovery credentials, having worked on a range of the most significant corporate collapses in the market going back to BCCI, Marconi and Barings and, more recently, Parmalat, Nortel, Lehman, MF Global, Blockbuster and Jessops. Brett has extensive and long-standing contacts with numerous insolvency practitioners operating in London and the South East.
This broad-ranging debt-orientated platform, gained across varied deals, clients, sectors and jurisdictions, and Brett’s proven client-focused and pragmatic approach, enables him to offer a legal service which is rooted in strong technical knowhow combined with a dedicated commercial, can-do focus.
- Advising partners in BDO as administrators of Ashbury Chocolates, a leading confectionery manufacturer, on the administration and the sale of the business and assets including analysing various complex security issues.
- Advising Hilco and Peter Jones, the “Dragon’s Den” entrepreneur, on their joint purchase of the business and assets of the Jessops camera and photographic equipment retail chain from its administrators.
- Advising the special loan servicer and the receivers on the management of the Woolgate Exchange, a prestigious office site in the City, followed by its sale for £265 million including dealing with a range of highly complicated multi jurisdictional legal issues which had to be resolved to enable the sale to take place.
- Advising Cheval Bridging Finance, an FSA regulated lender, on strategic options available to it and then subsequently the appointed administrators on its pre-pack sale and restructuring involving new third party debt and equity investment.
- Advising a range of bank lenders on a variety of corporate lending, real estate finance, asset based lending and trade finance transactions including Santander, RBS, Handelsbanken, Lloyds Commercial Finance, Clydesdale and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, among others.
Brett joined Marriott Harrison as a partner in July 2015 from Wragge Lawrence Graham where he had been a banking partner and head of the restructuring and insolvency practice. Previously, he had spent nearly 16 years at Bird & Bird and, prior to that, worked at Nabarro, Norton Rose and Lovells.