Chris Laughton - Restructuring & Insolvency Partner
Based in our London office, Chris Laughton acts for management, creditors and other stakeholders, adding value to financially troubled businesses of all sizes. His approach is to work with the key stakeholders to solve business recovery problems with practical action and advice, seeking to avoid insolvency procedures where possible, but taking formal UK insolvency appointments when necessary.
Having particular knowledge and experience of European recovery practices and insolvency regimes, including the European Insolvency Regulation, Chris is one of a very small number of UK insolvency practitioners who are well-positioned to bridge the gulf in understanding and expectations between stakeholders from different jurisdictions in cross-border business recovery cases.
Chris has acted in a vast range of debtor-led and creditor-led recoveries in the UK and internationally, in addition to pre-funding reviews for lenders and investors, in industry sectors including retail, manufacturing, utilities, engineering, printing, wholesale and distribution, leisure, professional practices, property and construction, telecommunications and not-for-profit. He has particular expertise in pensions restructuring, advising businesses and trustees, and if necessary acting as the insolvency practitioner for companies whose pension schemes are to enter the Pension Protection Fund or be subject to an approved compromise.
Chris is the editor of ‘Recovery’, the quarterly journal of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and a past president and honorary member of INSOL Europe, the European association of restructuring and insolvency professionals. Chris is a member of the Lexis PSL Restructuring & Insolvency Consulting Editorial Board, the chief contributor to insolvencyblog.com, Mercer & Hole’s blog on recovery and insolvency issues, and a regular conference speaker and commentator.
Chris joined Mercer & Hole as a partner in 2004. He has been working full time in business recovery since 1983 when he qualified as a chartered accountant, obtaining his Insolvency Practitioners’ Licence in 1987.
Married with two children, Chris devotes his leisure time to his family.