Kon is a Partner in Kirkland's European Restructuring Group and acts for companies and investors in national and cross-border financial restructuring, special situations, insolvency and litigation matters.
Kon has been involved in dozens of the leading global and European restructuring and litigation matters over the course of the past 20 years.
Kon is recognised in Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal and other ranking publications as a leading corporate restructuring and insolvency lawyer.
Chambers & Partners 2020 refers to Kon as follows: ‘Kon is described as “a clear leader in the field” by impressed interviewees. His recent work has seen him advise companies and investors on many of the UK's leading restructuring mandates. He is noted as being “incredibly well connected,” which means “he's able to give alternative views because he's constantly talking to everyone in the market; he goes beyond the scope of substantive advice and is a great deal adviser.”’
Chambers & Partners 2018 refers to Kon in the following terms: ‘The "incredibly sharp" Kon Asimacopoulos is lauded by clients as "very proactive and commercial" as well as for being "a great strategic thinker and negotiator." He is regularly involved in high-profile restructurings, acting on behalf of national and international debtors.”’
In the 2017 edition of Chambers & Partners Kon was described as follows: ‘Kon is a distinguished practitioner active on standout matters in the restructuring space. One impressed client says: "He is a top strategist and the most technical lawyer in this town."’
Kon and the European restructuring team represent clients in the following scenarios:
Acting for debtors and insolvency practitioners of national and multinational corporations in cross-border insolvencies and reorganisation transactions.
Acting for debt and equity investors - including a number of leading investment banks, private equity houses and hedge funds - in par, stressed and distressed transactions. These engagements extend to acting for committees of lenders and shareholders in distressed and restructuring scenarios.
Acting for a range of stakeholders in complex commercial disputes including administrators in contentious insolvency scenarios, investors in rights enforcement actions, and corporations and individuals in a variety of disputes.
In 2013 Kon was recognised as one of “40 under 40: Rising Stars of Legal Services” for the Financial News publication. Kon was also recognised as one of the "Hot 100" lawyers in Europe for 2011 in The Lawyer publication along with fellow restructuring partner Partha Kar. Kon was also nominated as one of the “Power 100” insolvency practitioners for 2011 in the Insolvency Today publication. In 2016 Kon was admitted to the Financial News Hall of Fame and in 2018 was a nominee for Corporate Restructuring Lawyer of the Year at the Turnaround Restructuring & Insolvency Awards. .
Kon routinely acts for many of the world’s investment firms in respect of their distressed investments, and the European Restructuring Group has led many of the marquee restructurings over the past decade.
Kon speaks regularly at restructuring and distressed investing conferences, and is often quoted in financial and legal media on restructuring, insolvency and distressed related subjects.
Kon has recently authored or co-authored a number of publications and client updates, including the following:
Exercising Change - CVAs, Practice & Law, 18 October 2014
Court of Appeal in European Directories Restructuring Clarifies Intercreditor Release Powers, Financier Worldwide, January 2011.
A chapter on U.S. Restructuring for European Investors in the leading restructuring publication A Practitioner's Guide to Corporate Restructuring, City & Financial, 2008.
China's New Enterprise Bankruptcy Law, Journal of Bankruptcy Law, January/February 2007.
Impact of UNCITRAL Model Law on Chapter 11 Debtors in the UK, Financier Worldwide, September 2006.
Court Conduct - The Flexible Approach of the English High Court to European Insolvencies, Legal Week, 28 September 2006.
Recognised in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading corporate restructuring and insolvency lawyer.
Kon is frequently quoted and referred to in leading financial and legal publications including as follows:
Court of Appeal comes to the rescue in European Directories restructure
City and Wall Street elite seal end to Almatis restructuring dispute
Reader's Digest demise sees BLP advise administrators
Kirkland, Maitland gain clarification of client money liquidation process
Focus on implications of IMO Carwash takeover
Memberships & Affiliations
Full member, INSOL
Full member, Insolvency Lawyers' Association
Full member, Turnaround Management Association
Full member, R3: The Association of Business Recovery Professionals
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2004, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales
- 2000, High and Federal Courts of Australia
- 1999, Admitted in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
- University of Technology SydneyLL.B.
First Class Honours2000
- University of WollongongB.Com.1996