Back in the day, I worked in the special situations team at Bear Stearns. It was a great introduction to the exciting world of distressed investing (and a welcome escape from the tedium of drafting finance documents). In 2008, when Bear itself avoided insolvency only by JP Morgan’s good grace to buy us for $2/share, I returned to private practice. Lehman’s dramatic demise shortly thereafter, together with my wonderful Bear diaspora contacts, meant that my practice soon evolved into R&I.
I&R law and practice endlessly changes and I find the area interesting (WAY more interesting than finance). I like being part of a system that values pragmatism and negotiation (e.g. Schemes and Restructuring Plans). Also, there is quite a close community of I&R lawyers and advisors, and I enjoy that.
I often find myself in a ‘hurry up & wait’ mode. When the starting gun finally fires, time is precious.
GOOD QUESTION!!! Over the years, my ‘dream job’ has changed - from being a vet, to a wall painting conservationist (my latest!). My idea of excitement is finding and uncovering a medieval fresco on a local church wall. I have no doubt I would love it but I’m not sure I would be successful at it (chemistry was not my best subject at school). I am however aware of a 4 year full time course at the Courtauld Institute. Maybe one day…
Representing a group of pensioners caught up in an aggressive bank restructuring. We did it on a contingency basis and won. It was a beautiful moment.
Hopefully too much work!
The Sea, The Sea’ by Iris Murdoch, Hedwig & The Angry Inch; currently Eugen Onegin by Tchaikovsky
I’m sure there are ways of continuing to improve the relief granted in cross border cases…
Endless walks with my 2 fabulous Cretan dogs (and, insanely perhaps, I continue putting the finishing touches to my first novel)
Vegemite (with lots of butter) please!!!
Open a dog rescue in the Mediterranean, find a church wall to uncover and write novels at night
A colleague told me the ILA was where the ‘great and the good’ of the profession hang out and of course I was curious. I joined and I’ve found it to be a friendly and helpful forum where thoughts on the law, practice and public policy are shared.