McDermott Continues The Expansion Of Its Global Restructuring And Insolvency Practice With Senior QC Consultancy Appointment In London


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery announced today the appointment of Marcia Shekerdemian QC as senior consultant in its Global Restructuring and Insolvency Practice in London. Marcia remains in independent practice as a barrister at Wilberforce Chambers where she will continue to provide specialist advisory services to clients and lead Wilberforce’s Restructuring and Insolvency Group.

“We are thrilled to have Marcia join our London practice as she has vast experience from the Bar and is a senior leading female voice in our industry. She will be joining a vibrant team with an outstanding Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency capability that has grown significantly over the past 18 months with the appointments of Mark Fennessy, Sunay Radia, Ranajoy Basu, Mark Fine and Aymen Mahmoud,” said Hamid Yunis, Managing Partner of McDermott’s London Office.

Marcia is a leading practitioner in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious insolvency, company and partnership law as well as commercial litigation. Her work encompasses both domestic and international matters. She has appeared in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and in the Isle of Man. Marcia also sits in the High Court as a Deputy Insolvency and Companies Judge. In addition, she is well known for her work in equality and diversity, in particular support for women at the Bar; she is the author of the Chancery Bar Association’s 2021 Report “Voices of Women at the Chancery Bar”.

Mark Fennessy, London Head of Restructuring & Insolvency at McDermott, added: “Marcia is a remarkable appointment for our London Restructuring & Insolvency team that will also benefit our global practice.  We have worked with Marcia for many years and envisage her outstanding experience at the Bar augmenting the skills we currently have in our team. With the simultaneous increase in volume of distressed businesses and contentious matters, we anticipate that more cases will end up in court, making Marcia’s expertise invaluable to our clients and offering.”

Chambers UK and The Legal 500 have recommended Marcia for many years in insolvency and restructuring, company and commercial dispute resolution. Chambers UK also ranks her for commercial chancery work, noting in addition her expertise in property-related litigation. Most recently stating: “What stands out is that Marcia gets straight to the heart of a matter, and she’s very easy to deal with, which is huge.” (Chambers and Partners, 2020) and “Ferociously bright while very user friendly and proactive.” “A star of the senior insolvency Bar; has an enormous capacity for work and never phased, and always great with the client.” (The Legal 500, 2020).

Marcia Shekerdemian QC said, “I’m very excited to be joining the fantastic McDermott team. Mark, Sunay and I have worked together over the years on a number of cases and I consider their team to be one of the strongest that I have worked with, both in the UK and internationally. Recently they have been engaged on some complex and high profile restructurings, including European TopSoho, DTEK, Travelex and Codere.”

Wilberforce Practice Director, Nick Luckman commented, “McDermott is a valued client, and I am delighted that Marcia will be working more closely with the Restructuring and Insolvency Practice as a Senior Consultant. This is an excellent arrangement that also supports her ability to continue to provide specialist advisory services to Wilberforce clients and remain a valuable member of the Insolvency Group at Wilberforce.”

McDermott’s restructuring and insolvency group is a global team with a strong track record in all aspects of distressed transactions, advising the full range of interested parties, domestically and internationally, from the debtors requiring relief to the interested stakeholders lining up to recoup their positions.

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