• University of Reading, LL.B. (1989)
  • College of Law, Guildford, Law Society Finals (1990)


  • England and Wales

Cathryn Williams

+44.20.7413.1345 (office)
+44.07775.900050 (mobile)

Cathryn Williams is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Corporate Group in the firm’s London office. She has spent many years in the restructuring space, with particular experience in the asset-based lending sector. Cathryn acts for various clients in the financial sector, including banks, financiers, insolvency practitioners, officeholders, corporations, and distressed lenders in all aspects of non-contentious and contentious insolvency, restructuring, fraud, and asset recovery.

She has deep experience in all aspects of restructuring, formal insolvencies, insolvent business sales and purchases, and insolvency litigation. Cathryn has worked with businesses in a wide variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, technology, construction, food and beverage, film and television production, and smart card production. Over the span of her career, Cathryn has worked on a number of high-profile matters including BCCI, ENRON, and a number of well-known high street retailers. Cathryn is also recommended in The Legal 500 UK in the area of asset-based lending.

Representative Matters

  • Acting in the administration and sale of an iconic high street clothing manufacturer and retailer. 
  • Acting in the highly contested administration applications in a care home group of over 40 companies; acting for the administrators and liquidators of those companies in realizing 25 properties.
  • Acting for lender in significant and lengthy restructuring of an international waste-to-energy and clean hydrogen-producing group.
  • Acted for the financier of a national transport and logistics group, including advising on the licensing issues and applying for administration orders in relation to each group company.
  • Acted for the purchaser of legal services from the administrator of a legal services provider. 
  • Acted in the administration and sale of a variety of high street retailers operating throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia, and Eastern Europe.
  • Acted for the lender in the sale of debt and underlying security of a large international retailer to a distressed investor.
  • Advising the boards of private companies and public limited companies on insolvency and restructuring issues.
  • Dealing with preference, undervalue, misfeasance, wrongful, and fraudulent trading actions on behalf of officeholders.


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October 13, 2021 Legal 500 Recommends Crowell & Moring as Top UK Law Firm for Asset-Based Lending
October 9, 2020 Legal 500 Recommends Crowell & Moring as Top UK Law Firm for Asset Based Lending
June 1, 2020 Six Companies in Shepherd Cox Hotel Group Successfully Placed into Administration
November 29, 2019 Carlauren Care Homes Group Placed into Administration
October 9, 2019 Legal 500 Recommends Crowell & Moring as a Top UK Law Firm in Asset Based Lending
May 22, 2019 Crowell & Moring Advises Senior Lenders in British Steel Insolvency
February 25, 2019 Crowell & Moring Expands London Office with Three Partners