Walkers' Insolvency & Dispute Resolution practice in Ireland is led by partner Gavin Smith, who has been practicing exclusively in that arena for over 19 years.
Gavin has acted for insolvency practitioners, companies and creditors in many recent high profile insolvency matters. In particular, he has extensive experience in advising banks and other security holders in relation to distressed loan situations, the enforcement options and remedies available and in the implementation of the preferred option(s), as well as acting for appointed Receivers.
Gavin has also wide experience in liquidations and examinerships as well as advising on formal and informal restructurings and reorganisations.
In addition, Gavin also has extensive experience in a wide range of litigation and dispute resolution matters with particular emphasis on financial services litigation, financial services regulatory investigations and disputes, high value claims in contract and tort, shareholder and investment disputes, securities litigation and insider dealing proceedings, professional negligence, judicial review proceedings, pension scheme disputes and policy disputes in insurance and reinsurance contracts.
He has significant experience in relation to Irish High Court, Commercial Court and Supreme Court proceedings and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration and mediation.
BCL (European Legal Studies), University College Dublin
LLM (Securities Regulation, Banking and Insolvency) University College London