James Hollingshead is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Restructuring & Special Situations Practice.

Mr. Hollingshead has experience advising on a wide range of complex and cross-border restructuring, insolvency, and special situations matters, including acting for stakeholders across the capital structure. His experience includes acting for private equity sponsors, financial creditors (including banks, funds, and bondholders), corporate borrowers, directors, and insolvency office holders on a variety of transactions involving schemes of arrangement, company voluntary arrangements, security enforcements, pre-pack administrations, liquidations, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed M&A.

Mr. Hollingshead's representative experience includes advising:

  • The senior secured lenders to the Lifeways Group, the UK’s largest supported living provider, in respect of its holistic balance sheet restructuring and recapitalization; this included the first successful restructuring plan by a regulated UK healthcare business and involved use of the English Court’s cross-class cramdown powers
  • Hong Kong Airlines on its successful US$6.2 billion debt restructuring, including the first use of an English restructuring plan in parallel with a Hong Kong scheme of arrangement 
  • The senior creditors committee in relation to the rescue financing and subsequent c. €2.9 billion debt and equity restructuring of Swissport, a global aviation services business headquartered in Switzerland
  • Addison Lee, the world’s largest managed ground transportation service provider, on its recapitalization and sale of the UK business to consortium of investors, and sale of the US business
  • Nyrstar, a Belgian-listed smelting and mining group, on its restructuring and recapitalization of its €2.6 billion indebtedness, implemented by way of a transfer of 98% of the equity in the operating group, an English scheme of arrangement, and a refinancing of its indebtedness*
  • A sponsor in relation to a distressed sale of certain European assets to a consortium of investors*
  • The special managers on behalf of the Official Receiver as liquidator of Carillion Plc and its subsidiary companies in relation to the compulsory liquidations and the sale of assets*
  • House of Fraser on its leasehold, leveraged loan, and bond restructuring by way of company voluntary arrangements and schemes of arrangement and its subsequent entry into administration leading to a pre-packaged sale of the business*
  • A creditor in relation to certain interests related to a Spanish real estate asset*
  • Monarch Airlines on its recapitalization in 2016*
  • BMI Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in the UK, on its restructuring and recapitalization*
  • Hanjin Shipping on its restructuring options and its negotiations with various stakeholders*
  • Bondholders in relation to a European mining asset, including a distressed M&A process and litigation strategy*

* Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • "The Art of the Adhoc: Selection and Organisation of Members and the Process of Formation," Global Restructuring Review (November 2020)
  • “An improper motive does not necessarily mean an improper appointment: a look at para 81 Sch B1,” Corporate Rescue and Insolvency (April 2017)

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • LPC, BPP Law School, 2014
  • BA in Law, Queens' College, University of Cambridge, 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English