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Cathryn Williams


Cathryn Williams is a restructuring partner in Crowell & Moring's London office. Cathryn has spent many years in the restructuring and insolvency space, with particular experience in the asset-based lending sector. Her clients include banks, financiers, insolvency practitioners, officeholders, corporations, boards of directors, and distressed lenders in all aspects of noncontentious and contentious insolvency, restructuring, fraud, and asset recoveries.

Cathryn has deep experience in all aspects of restructuring, formal insolvencies, insolvent business sales and purchases, and insolvency litigation. She has dealt with businesses in a wide variety of sectors, including retail, manufacturing, technology, construction, food and beverage, and film and television production. Over her career, Cathryn has worked on a number of high-profile matters, including BCCI, Enron, Claims Direct, and a number of well-known high street retailers. She is also recommended in The Legal 500 UK in the area of asset-based lending.


  • University of Reading, LL.B. (1989)
  • College of Law, Guildford, Law Society Finals (1990)


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  • Acting in the administration and sale of an iconic high street clothing manufacturer and retailer.
  • Acting in the highly contested administration applications in a care home group of over 40 companies; acting for the administrators and liquidators of those companies in realizing 25 properties.
  • Acting for a lender in a significant and lengthy restructuring of an international waste-to-energy and clean hydrogen-producing group.
  • Acted for the financier of a national transport and logistics group, including advising on licensing issues and applying for administration orders in relation to each group company.
  • Acted for the purchaser of legal services from the administrator of a legal services provider.
  • Acted in the administration and sale of a variety of high street retailers operating throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia, and Eastern Europe.
  • Acted for the lender in the sale of the debt and underlying security of a large international retailer to a distressed investor.
  • Advising the boards of private companies and public limited companies on insolvency and restructuring issues.
  • Dealing with preference, undervalue, and misfeasance as well as wrongful and fraudulent trading actions on behalf of officeholders.
Inflation And Rate Rises Push Firms Over The Edge The Times (February 14, 2023)
Press Coverage
Hospitality Sector Pleads For Help When Covid Business Interruption Loans Fall Due In Spring The Times (January 16, 2023)
Press Coverage
"Spring into Distress with Restructuring Matters by Crowell & Moring," Financial Services Alert (April 8, 2022). Contacts: Frederick "Rick" Hyman, Monique D. Almy, Scott Lessne, Randall L. Hagen, Cathryn Williams, Paul Muscutt
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Foreign Debtors and Chapter 11 – Seeking Relief from Turbulent Skies," Crowell & Moring’s Restructuring Matters (February 15, 2022). Authors: Frederick (Rick) Hyman, Gregory Gennady Plotko, Paul Muscutt and Cathryn Williams.
"Energy Crisis Looms for Business," Crowell & Moring’s Restructuring Matters (October 14, 2021). Authors: Cathryn Williams, Paul Muscutt, Robin Baillie and Stefanie Atchinson.
Legal 500 Recommends Crowell & Moring as Top UK Law Firm for Asset-Based Lending (October 13, 2021)
Firm News / Announcement
Legal 500 Recommends Crowell & Moring as Top UK Law Firm for Asset Based Lending (October 9, 2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"The Return of Crown Preference – Another blow for Floating Charge Holders," Crowell & Moring’s Restructuring Matters (September 21, 2020). Authors: Cathryn Williams and Paul Muscutt.
Three former Shepherd Cox Group Hotels Brought To Market HotelOwner (August 11, 2020)
Press Coverage
"Scam Investment Schemes: All That Glitters Should Not Be Sold," ThoughtLeaders4 FIRE Magazine, Issue 2 (August 2020). Authors: Paul Muscutt and Cathryn Williams.

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