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Chris Keane


Home office: Manchester
Chris Keane - Partner - Insolvency - Clarke Willmott Manchester

Chris’ expertise covers a broad range of both personal and corporate insolvency on a contentious and non-contentious basis. Chris advises banks and other financiers, insolvency practitioners, directors and stakeholders as well as creditors on all issues arising in stressed and distressed scenarios.

Chris’ particular proficiency relates to contentious insolvency, advising in relation to appointment, complex antecedent transactions and procedural applications made pursuant to the Insolvency Act 1986. Chris’ specific focus is on substantial and highly technical claims brought by insolvency practitioners, often involving fraud and complex multi-jurisdictional recovery options.

Reported cases

  • Glenn Maud v Aabar Block S.A.R.L., Edgeworth Capital (Luxembourg) S.A.R.L. [2015] EWHC 1626 (Ch)
  • Glenn Maud v Aabar Block S.A.R.L., Edgeworth Capital (Luxembourg) S.A.R.L. [2015] EWHC 2220 (Ch)
  • Glenn Maud v Libyan Investment Authority [2015] EWHC 1625 (Ch)
  • Glenn Maud v Libyan Investment Authority [2015] EWHC 2093 (Ch)
  • Amble Assets LLP (In Administration) v Longbenton Foods Ltd (In Administration) [2011] EWHC 3774 (Ch)


  • Advice to the liquidators of a company involved in a large multi-jurisdictional tax fraud – Advising on a well-publicised liquidation involving allegations of large scale international money laundering and tax avoidance.
  • Advising a London based property entrepreneur in the face of creditor claims in excess of £300m. Advising on a strategy to allow the client time to re-finance a significant commercial property, which is widely considered to be one of the most valuable real estate assets in Europe and was valued at €3.7 billion.
  • Assisting a trustee in bankruptcy in obtaining freezing injunctions in India, which ultimately led to the recovery and repatriation of cash assets with a value in excess of £1 million.

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