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Cathryn Williams

Phone: +44.20.7413.1345
Mobile: +44.07775.900050
Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street
London EC2N 1HQ
United Kingdom

Cathryn Williams is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Corporate Group in the firm’s London office. She has spent many years in the restructuring space, with particular experience in the asset-based lending sector. Cathryn acts for various clients in the financial sector, including banks, financiers, insolvency practitioners, officeholders, corporations, and distressed lenders in all aspects of non-contentious and contentious insolvency, restructuring, fraud, and asset recovery.

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

Representative Matters

  • Conducted various sales processes and mediated on a dispute over commission due for property realizations on large retail failure.
  • Advised the board of directors of an online company in distress whilst the business was marketed for sale.
  • Acted for the financier of a national transport and logistics group, including advising on the licensing issues and applying for administration orders in relation to each group company.
  • Instructed by the bank funder in the sale of the bank’s debt and assignment of underlying security and administration of a theme park.
  • Assisted a company in the acquisition of the defendant insurance and consumer business from the administrator of a legal services provider.
  • Acted in the administration and sale of retailers who previously operated hundreds of retail outlets throughout the U.K., Ireland, Malaysia, and Eastern Europe.
  • Acting for the lender and subsequently the joint administrators of a nationwide motor parts and accessories business in effecting a sale of each of the businesses to separate purchasers.
  • Acting for the buyer of all the intellectual property assets from a failed currency trade entity.
  • Acted for the bank in the sale of its debt and assignment of underlying security of a large international retailer to a distressed investor.
  • Advising the bankers and subsequently the administrators of a large international film and TV producer and distributor.
  • Advising the boards of private companies and PLCs on insolvency and restructuring issues.
  • Dealing with preference, undervalue, misfeasance, wrongful, and fraudulent trading actions on behalf of officeholders.


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


Admitted to practice: England and Wales

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Legal 500 Recommends Crowell & Moring as Top UK Law Firm for Asset Based Lending (Oct.09.2020)
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)
Media Mentions
"Scam Investment Schemes: All That Glitters Should Not Be Sold," ThoughtLeaders4 FIRE Magazine, Issue 2 (August 2020). Authors: Paul Muscutt and Cathryn Williams.
"All change – wide-ranging reforms to UK Insolvency Law," Crowell & Moring’s Restructuring Matters (July 13, 2020). Authors: Cathryn Williams, Paul Muscutt and Beth Bradley.
"The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act: The Moratorium and just how “super” is Super Priority?," Crowell & Moring’s Restructuring Matters (July 13, 2020). Authors: Cathryn Williams, Paul Muscutt, Andrew J. Knight and Beth Bradley.
Six Companies in Shepherd Cox Hotel Group Successfully Placed into Administration (Jun.01.2020)
Firm News / Announcement
Insolvencies Drop In First Quarter AccoutancyAge (May 5, 2020)
Media Mentions
"Restructuring Measures to Combat the Effects of COVID-19," Corporate Alert (April 20, 2020). Contacts: Cathryn Williams, Paul Muscutt, Andrew J. Knight, Simon Evers, Mark Meyer, Beth Bradley, Amanda Kwagala
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Restructuring Capabilities to Combat the Impact of COVID-19," Crowell & Moring’s Restructuring Matters (April 2, 2020). Authors: Cathryn Williams, Paul Muscutt, Mark S. Lichtenstein and Monique D. Almy.

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