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Matthew Hughes


Matthew Hughes is a partner in the London office of Crowell & Moring. He regularly advises investment banks and other financial institutions including hedge funds on the investment in and trading of syndicated loans, claims, and other high-yield investment products. Matthew is routinely involved with cross-border transactions throughout Europe and the United States.

He also advises U.S. and European secondary market participants in relation to loans made to Australian, French, English, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Scandinavian, Spanish, or Swiss borrowers. He also counsels U.S. and European secondary market participants in relation to Islamic finance structures.

Matthew counsels buy-side clients on the regulatory and tax concerns when investing in loans and claims and on the resolution of trade disputes arising from loan/claims trading documentation.

He serves on the LMA secondary documentation committee, which continually reviews and updates the market standard documentation for par and distressed debt transactions and other issues affecting the European loan market.

Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner with Kibbe & Orbe LLP.


  • Newcastle University, L.L.B. (1997)
  • College of Law, Chester, P.D.L.P. (1998)


Admitted to practice: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (2003)

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Secondary Documentation Committee, Loan Market Association (LMA)

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Corporate and Transactional

Financial Services

Distressed Debt and Claims Trading

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  • Represented hedge funds in connection with purchase of distressed loans collateralized by aircraft and associated claims.
  • Represented creditors and the secondary market for trading claims of Lehman Brothers, including Lehman Brothers International (Europe) and Lehman Brothers Bankhaus A.G.
  • Represented creditors of the insolvent Icelandic banks, including Glitnir Bank hf., Kaupthing Bank hf., and Landsbanki hf.
  • Represented creditors and the secondary market for trading claims in MF Global, including the development of market standard trading documentation.
  • Advised a major investment bank on the development and creation of its bespoke LMA trading documentation, including collateral documentation and guarantees.
  • Conducted review and analysis of credit documentation for major investment banks and CLO clients.
  • Represented large hedge funds in connection with structured financing transactions collateralized by illiquid financial assets including distressed loans, bonds, and equity.
Taking Stock Real Deals (subscription required) (August 11, 2022)
Press Coverage
Crowell & Moring and Kibbe & Orbe Join Forces (April 1, 2021)
Firm News / Announcement
"Enforcing an Oral Loan Trade under English Law," Corporate Alert (April 15, 2020). Contacts: Matthew Hughes, Emilie Condie
Client Alert / Newsletter
"LMA Loan Participations - Grantor Insolvency Risk," Corporate Alert (April 6, 2020). Contact: Matthew Hughes
Client Alert / Newsletter

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