Prior to joining A&M Mr. Kirkbright was the Global Head of Financial Restructuring at KPMG. Mr. Kirkbright personally has over 20 years experience advising stakeholders in stressed and distressed situations in both listed and private equity/LBO ownership structures in a large number of jurisdictions such as Enquest Plc, Mouchel Plc, Lookers Plc, Torex Plc, Autobar plc and KCA Deutag (UK), APR Energy Plc (UK and USA), Dubai World and Drydocks World (UAE), Rodenstock and ATU (Germany), Paroc and Nordic Mines (Finland), Center Parcs Europe (Netherlands), Ovako (Sweden), Terreal and Groupe Moniteur (France), Saeco and Seat Pagine Gialle (Italy), Nozar Group (Spain) and Finatrade Holdings (Ghana). In the last 10 years Mr. Kirkbright has advised stakeholders on over 40 transactions with debts in excess of €50 billion.
Mr. Kirkbright specialises in transactions involving multiple stakeholder groups and multi-layered capital structures and has considerable experience of leading negotiations on behalf of his clients. The majority of Mr Kirkbright's recent cases have required a fundamental balance sheet restructuring and where assessing the consensual versus non-consensual options and driving diverse stakeholders to a restructuring solution has been critical. A number of these cases have delivered cutting edge developments in restructuring practice including; Rodenstock the first time an English Scheme of Arrangement was used to restructure a wholly German business; and Paroc where the ground breaking use of TPECs was developed to gain lender consensus and the use of Notes based consideration was pioneered to avoid the need to use a scheme of arrangement to secure approval for a 'unanimous consent' deal.
Mr. Kirkbright's experience covers a wide range of sectors including infrastructure, businesses services outsourcing, automotive, technology, oil & gas, retail, manufacturing, construction and building supplies, travel & leisure, steel, media, and mining.
Mr. Kirkbright is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.