Willkie Farr & Gallagher hired Simon Baskerville as a partner in the firm’s business reorganization and restructuring department, based in the firm’s London office. He will serve as a co-chair of the firm’s European restructuring group.

Baskerville has more than 20 years of experience representing stakeholders in stressed, distressed and insolvency situations in the UK and internationally. He has particular expertise acting for lenders, bondholders, companies and financial sponsors on complex cross-border restructurings. Baskerville previously a partner at Latham & Watkins.

“Simon is widely recognized as being among the leading restructuring lawyers in the UK and we are thrilled to welcome him to our firm and our restructuring practice,” Matthew Feldman, chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, said. “His experience representing debtors, creditors and other parties on some of the most high-profile matters in the market will make him an invaluable resource to our clients, particularly as we expect to see increasing activity in the restructuring landscape given growing macroeconomic challenges.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Simon to the team,” Graham Lane and Lionel Spizzichino, co-chairs of Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s European restructuring group, said. “Simon has had a leading role in some of the most prominent European restructurings of recent years. His addition further enhances our team’s cross-border restructuring capabilities.”

“Willkie’s significant credentials in global and cross-border restructuring matters, combined with its growing global platform, presents an attractive opportunity for the next phase of my practice,” Baskerville said. “I am delighted to join Graham, Lionel and the talented team at Willkie and am looking forward to building on the firm’s leading reputation in this space.”