Mark Skelton is a managing director in the London office and part of Duff & Phelps’ Global Restructuring Advisory practice. He has more than 20 years of experience working in corporate advisory, restructuring and insolvency.

Mark's experience includes advising stakeholders on debt raising and refinancing, covenant re-sets, amendment requests and financial restructuring, contingency planning, and pension restructurings. Mark also advises clients on acquisition and disposal of non-core assets (including non-performing loans/loan portfolios).

Mark focuses on cross-border assignments, many of which involve complex stakeholder groups crossing different legal jurisdictions and waterfall classes. He has undertaken senior roles on numerous major UK, U.S., European and Australian projects.
 
Mark's sector experience includes financial services, automotive, retail, property and telecommunications. Representative assignments include the restructuring of the Infrastructure Growth Capital Fund (an Abraaj fund), New World Resources Plc, ASA Resources Group Plc, Arcapita Bank, Cattles, Chemtura, Sea Containers, Enron and London Trust Bank, amongst others.

Additional areas of expertise include acting as financial advisor to stakeholders and creditor committees in Chapter 11 restructurings and acting on behalf of pension trustees in assessing the covenants of their financial sponsors.

A significant number of Mark’s assignments have required him to undertake a forensic analysis to assess the merits of litigation and commence substantial litigation action to recover assets or defend against contingent claims.

Mark is currently the Independent Director of the General Partner of the Infrastructure Growth Capital Fund, a $2bn 2007 vintage Abraaj fund. Mark’s focus has been to lead forensic investigations into the fund’s history, including allegations of fraud, and to pursue potential claims the fund may hold against third parties. This detailed investigation has involved reviewing all cash received by the fund, the investments made (with a focus on associated costs and exit proceeds), corporate governance issues and any breaches of fiduciary duties. As part of this role, Mark has also been appointed as director to a number of investment SPVs to oversee the sale strategy and process for the fund’s remaining investments, including the $1.7bn sale of a power station and an oil refinery.

Mark is also currently acting for international bondholders to commence significant litigation against an EU Member State under an investment treaty. This has included a review of the history of the investment, carrying out a detailed assessment of the merits of the claim and calculation of the loss suffered by the bondholders. 

Mark joined the firm in 2014, having held senior positions in a leading independent restructuring advisor and a Big 4 firm. He also spent a 6-month secondment in the workout team of a major international investment bank.

Mark is a Chartered Accountant and a licensed UK Insolvency Practitioner.

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