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. 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 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.
2020 Legal 500 covered the highly ranked asset-based lending team observing that the “highly intelligent and technically strong” nascent offering in London has thrived in the market - particularly in relation to cross-border mandates - since Georgia Quenby established the team at the beginning of 2018. Able to ‘understand the nuances of both the UK and US markets’, the dual-qualified Quenby excels at handling deals involving complex intercreditor arrangements and is also appreciated for her knowledge of the ABL product in a distressed context.” Legal 500 quoted client testimonials including that “The lawyers are good at thinking ahead about possible consequences and scenarios given the extensive experience within the banking team of both restructuring and insolvency across UK and US”.
This extensive experience is invaluable in Georgia’s work for private funds investing in businesses around the world.
Georgia has significant recent 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 UK, Georgia sits on both the steering and executive committees, 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
‘Hot 100 for 2020’, The Lawyer (2020)
Leading Individual, Finance: Asset Based Lending, London, The Legal 500 UK (2020)
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