Nick Charlwood


Nick specialises in complex, cross-border debt restructurings, insolvencies and special situations financings.

Nick advises a wide range of clients, including par and secondary investors and creditor committees, as well as debtors, financial sponsors and insolvency practitioners. He has extensive experience of restructuring processes and has worked across a range of jurisdictions and industries.
Earlier in his career, Nick spent time on secondment to Deutsche Bank in London, working principally on workouts of non-performing commercial real estate financings. He has also worked for the firm in Beijing and Hong Kong.


Representative matters

Vue International on its fully consensual financial restructuring including additional liquidity financing.

The Vroon group on its landmark US$900m restructuring, involving the first ever parallel Dutch WHOA and English scheme of arrangement processes.

Imagina Media Audiovisual (Mediapro) on its negotiations with creditors, recapitalisation and subsequent refinancing.

Intralot S.A. on its liability management transactions.

The KCA Deutag group on its US$1.9bn balance sheet restructuring.

Various credit funds on distressed situations, security enforcements and special situations financings.

The lenders on the restructuring of Gulf Marine Services plc.

Sirius Minerals plc in relation to contingency planning options.

The Steinhoff Europe AG creditors’ committee on the restructuring of the Steinhoff group. 

The security agent and receivers following the insolvent collapse of the O.W. Bunker group.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Insolvency Lawyers Association
Nicholas Charlwood is truly exceptional, he combines very strong technical knowledge of insolvency and restructuring law with a very commercial, deal-oriented approach and he always delivers excellent client service.
Legal 500, 2024


  • Rising Star award for Restructuring and Insolvency at the Rising Star Europe Awards 2021
  • Rising Star, IFLR Europe Awards 2020



Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2011


LLB, College of Law, London, 2008

MPhil, International Relations, University of Cambridge, 2006

BA, Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2005

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.