Alston & Bird has deepened its ability to advise U.S. and European clients across a range of financial and corporate restructurings and insolvency mandates with the addition of Anna Nolan as counsel in the firm’s London office. Arriving from Paul Hastings LLP, Nolan advises stakeholders in both contentious and noncontentious matters, with a focus on transactions involving structured finance and real estate.
“Anna has a strong reputation in special situations and distressed investment matters for debt and hedge funds and other alternative credit providers that are increasingly taking the lead in many of the larger transactions both nationally and across borders,” said Gerard Catalanello, Alston & Bird partner and global chair of the firm’s Financial Restructuring & Reorganization Group. “Her significant experience in complex restructurings involving multiple parties and jurisdictions deepens our ability to advise clients on their most complex, cross-border transactions using both English and U.S. restructuring and insolvency law and regulations.”
Nolan brings more than a decade of experience in international and UK restructuring, insolvency, corporate rescue, and turnaround matters. She advises key debtor and creditor-side stakeholders on both domestic and cross-border mandates throughout the capital structure, including both UK- and U.S.-law governed debt. Notable engagements include advising Wilmington Trust as administrative agent in the landmark $1 billion reorganization of U.S.-based Syncreon, considered the first-ever use of an English scheme of arrangement to restructure debt issued by a U.S. company, and representing Chinese hospitality company Fosun Tourism in acquiring the Thomas Cook brand out of UK bankruptcy in 2019, an international project involving local counsel in 16 jurisdictions.
Active in industry circles, Nolan is a member of the education committee of 100 Women in Finance, a global industry association for professionals who work in the alternative investment and broader finance industry, and a director of the Turnaround Management Association. Before joining Alston & Bird, she was a restructuring and special situations attorney at two other leading U.S. law firms in London.
“Anna is a fantastic addition to our London office who further strengthens our transatlantic restructuring and transactional offering,” said Rich Willis, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s London and Brussels offices. “She will work alongside Phil Taylor, an exceptional restructuring lawyer who joined us as a partner last year, and complement our growing corporate and finance teams to help further meet our objective to translate our market-leading U.S. brand into seamless client service on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Nolan is the most recent addition to Alston & Bird’s growing London office. She follows finance partner Paul Simcock, who joined in May, and finance counsel John Stephen, who arrived in June. Since opening in London in 2019, the firm has added 11 partners spanning practices in asset management, finance, litigation, M&A, payments, and restructuring.