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Sonya Van de Graaff

M: +44 (0) 7825 535 977
DD:+44 (0) 207 856 2560
T:+44 (0) 207 856 2525
sonya.vandegraaff@avonhurst.com

Profile
Sonya Van de Graaff is a partner at Avonhurst. Prior to joining, she was a partner at the London office of Morrison & Foerster for five years, advising individual and group investors on complex capital structures across a broad spectrum of cross-border and domestic restructuring and insolvency situations. Her expertise covers corporates, financial institutions and structured finance vehicles, with the additional specialism in advising replacement trustees, as well as boards of directors navigating financial distress.

Sonya has been involved in a number of market-leading transactions. She brings a collaborative and commercial approach to resolving disparate interests amongst divergent stakeholders.

In the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, Sonya was senior in-house counsel at Bear Stearns, London, focusing on a broad range of financial products including structured finance and special situations investments.

Sonya has a particular interest in the work of UNCITRAL, participating in their Working Group V negotiations to develop a uniform insolvency law for the adoption of cross-border insolvency legislation internationally. Sonya is also an INSOL International Fellow and a council member of the Council ofInsolvency Lawyers Association (UK), and active in its technical working group.

Recent experience
// Advising the replacement trustee on the New Look and Hema Schemes of Arrangement

// Representing a significant senior unsecured investor throughout the course of the Lehman Brothers International Europe (in administration) ‘Waterfall’ litigation

// Advising directors in connection with the financially distressed OneWeb satellite business

// Advising a creditor in connection with its investment in the Steinhoff restructuring