Georgina Peters +44 (0)20 7696 9900 georginapeters
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Georgina Peters

Georgina Peters Georgina Peters

Georgina Peters

Called to the Bar 2005
+44 (0)20 7696 9900
georginapeters@southsquare.com
Georgina Peters
Called to the Bar 2005

Georgina specialises in domestic and cross-border insolvency/restructuring, banking and finance, commercial litigation and company law.

Most recently, Georgina has appeared in significant litigation arising out of a number of major bank and financial services company collapses. These include the Supreme Court proceedings in Heritable Bank v Landsbanki (set-off/winding-up of credit institutions) and the pending Commercial Court claim in LBI v Rabobank International said to be for some €70m (ISDA Master Agreement/determination of Loss). She is currently advising the officeholders of the insolvent financial services companies within the Tiuta and Connaught Fixed Income Fund, Series 1 groups.

Georgina has also recently appeared in hearings to convene/sanction schemes of arrangement concerning foreign companies and the Judgments Regulation (German Residential Asset Note Distributor, a rescheduling of some €4bn of debt; European Safety Vehicle Spain 1, a rescheduling of over €350m of debt).

In 2011, Georgina was seconded to the Financial Institutions Disputes Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP for six months.

Georgina was recommended in The Lawyer in 2010 as one of five “barristers to watch”, described as having “the skills and personality to move up the ranks”.

Georgina is a fluent French speaker, capable of functioning in a legal/business environment. She has been instructed in several cases requiring legal French comprehension. Between 2004 and 2006, Georgina worked at the European Court of Justice, drafting complex legal documents in French, and at a leading French law firm, JeantetAssociés.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Insolvency and Restructuring

Recent cases include:

  • Heritable Bank v Landsbanki [2013] 1 WLR 725 (SC); [2011] CSIH 61, set-off/reorganisation and winding-up of credit institutions
  • Re Capitol Films [2011] 2 BCLC 359, fixed charges/administrators’ conduct/personal costs orders
  • Re Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities [2011] 1 BCLC 129, cross-border insolvency/disclosure
  • Re Alitalia Linee Aeree Italiane [2011] 1 WLR 2049, trusts/pari passu principle/conflict of laws/cross-border insolvency
  • Re Capitol Films [2010] EWHC 2240 (Ch), validity of assignment/actual authority/apparent authority
  • Targetfollow Properties Holdings v Bank of Scotland [2010] EWHC 3606 (Ch), administration order/contested application

Other recent cases include:

  • LBI (formerly Landsbanki) v Rabobank International (2013, pending before the District Court of Reykjavík), set-off/reorganisation and winding-up of credit institutions/expert evidence
  • Re Gizmondo Europe (2013, pending), disclosure/transactions at undervalue
  • Re Nortel Networks Corporation (2013), conflict of laws/letters of request
  • Re Connaught Asset Management (2013), valuation of contingent claims/insolvent financial services company
  • Re Immigration Advisory Service (2012), administration expenses
  • Re Arck (2012), provisional liquidation order
  • Re Cotrain Group (2012), administration/statutory moratorium
  • Re Batt Corp (2012), Scottish sequestration/conflict of laws
  • Re Adriafruit Italia (2012), cross-border insolvency/moratorium
  • Acting for insolvent Portuguese companies in ICC arbitration (2011), cross-border insolvency/applicable law
  • Re Stanford International Bank (2009, for US Receiver), cross-border insolvency/recognition/POCA restraint orders
  • Re Britannia Bulk (2009), personal/proprietary claims in restitution/provable expenses
  • Re Baugur Group (2009), Icelandic retail company/cross-border insolvency/recognition

Banking and Finance

Recent cases include:

  • LBI v Rabobank International (2013, pending before the Commercial Court), ISDA Master Agreement/automatic early termination/determination of Loss
  • Tiuta, Tiuta International, Connaught Fixed Income Fund, Series 1 (2013), advising the officeholders of insolvent financial services companies
  • Philip Alexander Securities & Futures v Callaghan (Lawtel, 25 July 2013), brokers/client money
  • Re Colonial Life Insurance Company (Trinidad) and CL Financial (2013), insurance/bank insolvency and bank resolution
  • Re Welcome Financial Services (2013), status of PPI claimants
  • Re MF Global (2012), acting for the FSA/client money
  • Assenagon Asset Management v Anglo Irish Bank (2011), consent and exchange offer for subordinated notes/abuse of power
  • Advising ABN AMRO in relation to the framework prescribed by the Banking Act 2009
  • Acting for the Bank of England in the context of bank insolvency

Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

Recent cases include:

  • Della Foglia v RC Realisations 2011 (2012), breach of contract/illegality/force majeure/restrictive measures against Iran/conflict of laws
  • Continental Resources Development Corporation v Cosmichome (2012), contractual construction/summary judgment
  • Dunfermline Building Society v Robinson (2012), special administration/equity release mortgage loans/mis-selling claims
  • BTA Bank v Ablyazov (2011), acting for the court-appointed receivers

Company

Schemes of Arrangement include:

  • Re European Safety Vehicle Spain 1 (2013), rescheduling of over €350m of debt/foreign company/Judgments Regulation
  • Re English & American Insurance Company (2013), insurance
  • Re German Residential Asset Note Distributor (2012), single class scheme of arrangement in respect of 6-noteholder classes/rescheduling of some €4bn of debt/residential mortgage backed securitisation/foreign company/Judgments Regulation
  • Re Highland Crusader Fund II (2011, Bermuda), costs 

Other recent cases include:

  • Re Nortel Networks Corporation (2013), shadow/de facto directors/directors’ duties
  • Advising CEO of sporting event management company in relation to share transfer regimes under articles of association (2012)
  • Advising well-known Italian fashion house in relation to share transfer regimes under articles of association (2011)

International and Offshore

Recent cases include:

  • Re Harlequin Property (SVG) (2013, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
  • Re Lemma Europe Insurance Company (2013, Gibraltar), insurance brokers/conflict of laws
  • Re Colonial Life Insurance Company (Trinidad) and CL Financial (2012, Trinidad and Tobago), insurance/bank insolvency and bank resolution
  • Re Highland Crusader Fund II (2011, Bermuda), scheme of arrangement/costs
  • Receivers of Assets of Mukhtar Ablyazov v Ablyazov (2011, British Virgin Islands), receivership/recognition order

Other

These include:

  • Serious Organised Crime Agency v Szepietowski [2011] 1 BCLC 458, marshalling/charges
  • Sparkasse Hannover v Korffer [2011] BPIR 768, change of COMI

AWARDS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The Lawyer 2010 Recommended as one of five “barristers to watch”; “Clients say Peters has the skills and personality to move up the ranks”

CAREER

2011 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 6-month secondment
2005 Called to the Bar of England and Wales
2005 BVC (Outstanding), ICSL
2005-2006 European Court of Justice, Luxembourg: Réferendaire, Chambers of Judge Uno Lõhmus; Stagiaire, Chambers of Advocate General Francis Jacobs
2004 Postgraduate Diploma in Law, City University
2003-2004 JeantetAssociés, Paris, Stagiaire (Corporate Finance team)

PUBLICATIONS

Contributor to Company Directors: Duties, Liabilities and Remedies (OUP, 2009; second edition, 2013)
Contributor to Cross-Border Bank Insolvency (OUP, 2011) (contribution cited in Heritable Bank v Landsbanki [2011] CSIH 61)
Contributor to The EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings (OUP, 2009; second edition, 2014 (forthcoming))
Contributor to Insolvency Intelligence
Contributor to International Corporate Rescue
Contributor to The Lawyer
Contributor to The Law Society Gazette

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

2001 Christ’s College, Cambridge University, MA History, First Class

PRIZES AND SCHOLARSHIPS

J P Warner Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
Lord Haldane Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Sir J.H. Plumb Award (Christ’s College)

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