Georgia Quenby is a finance lawyer who advises clients globally on cross-border and international financing transactions, restructurings, and other special situations. Georgia works with clients structuring complex transactions on a solvent basis and in workouts. Using her experience in secured transactions and insolvency, Georgia advises clients on how to leverage opportunities across multiple jurisdictions. She is a co-leader of Morgan Lewis’s banking industry initiative and a member of the LIBOR Working Group.
Her work spans a variety of industries and sectors, including real estate, retail, manufacturing, transportation, and oil and gas. She has experience acting for all classes of investors including banks, private investment funds, and the investee companies themselves, and often advises clients on strategic joint ventures. Georgia was a member of The Lawyer Hot 100 in 2019 and leads the firm’s restructuring team in London, which was Highly Commended in the Restructuring Team of the Year category in The Lawyer Awards in 2020. She has a number of Legal 500 UK recognitions and is recognised by Acritas as a client-nominated stand-out lawyer.
Georgia has a global practice, and she frequently works with clients and other lawyers in the United States and throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She spent five years living and working in Southeast Asia. Dually qualified to practice in England & Wales and New York, clients entrust Georgia and her team on a wide range of matters, including financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other complex transactions.
Georgia is the leader of the highly ranked asset-based lending team at Morgan Lewis in London, commended in the 2021 edition ofThe Legal 500 as “a very well balanced, dynamic team which can adapt to circumstances—bringing a great mix of experience and market knowledge as well as responsiveness, client service and attention to detail.” Client testimonials note that “Georgia Quenby has a superb command of her practice area and market developments and brings great clarity and reassurance to complex issues.” In its 2020 edition, The Legal 500 described Georgia’s ability to “understand the nuances of both the UK and US markets” when handling deals involving complex intercreditor arrangements. Georgia is also appreciated for “her knowledge of the ABL product in a distressed context” and is ranked as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 2021. This experience is invaluable in Georgia’s work for private funds investing in businesses around the world.
Georgia is a member of the European Air Law Association and has experience in the aviation sector, including advising secured lenders providing working capital financing to airlines and aviation maintenance businesses, advising airlines renegotiating the terms of their aircraft leases and arrangements with credit card providers, and advising airlines and their creditors in insolvency. Georgia advised the consortium on the acquisition and subsequent administration of Flybe, formerly Europe’s largest regional airline, and several significant creditors of Thomas Cook.
Georgia’s experience also extends to the retail space, advising secured lenders lending to online and bricks-and-mortar retailers from a transactional finance perspective and through workouts, restructurings, and insolvencies in the United Kingdom and beyond.
As a key component of her work as a leading finance practitioner in the United Kingdom, Georgia sits on both the steering and executive committees of, and serves as chair of the working group considering the creation, attachment, and perfection of security interests in, the UK's Secured Transactions Law Reform Project, which examines reform of the English law of security to reflect modern global commerce and finance.
She is a member of the Institute of Directors, a mentor for the Centre for Commercial Law Studies early-stage academic mentoring program, and a Distinguished Practitioner Member of the University of Oxford's Commercial Law Centre.
Advised market-leading lenders on major asset-based lending transactions
Advised companies on their financings and associated strategic and operational matters
Advised insolvency practitioners on contingency planning and formal insolvency processes including administrations
Advised secured and unsecured creditors on legal and strategic options in distressed situations
Advised funds on their investments in listed and privately held companies
University of Oxford, Trinity College, 1995, M.A.
University of Oxford, Trinity College, 1992, B.A., Jurisprudence, Honors
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Joint Insolvency Examinations Board
Awards and Affiliations
Highly Commended, Restructuring Team of the Year, The Lawyer Awards (2020)
Hot 100 for 2020, The Lawyer (2020)
Leading Individual, Finance: Asset Based Lending, London, The Legal 500 UK (2020, 2021)
Recommended, Finance: Bank Lending: Investment Grade Debt and Syndicated Loans, London, The Legal 500 UK (2019)
Ranked, Banking, Super Lawyers (2015–2016)
Ranked, BTI Client Service All-Star (2015–2016)
Member, Advisory Council, Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University, London
Recipient, Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma