About Us

Our People

About Us

Buchler Phillips is the UK’s leading independent, corporate recovery, turnaround and restructuring firm, dealing also with business advisory work in a wide variety of sectors.

Based on a professional heritage dating back to the 1930s, the senior team at Buchler Phillips is equally comfortable advising global corporations, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) or individuals on all aspects of financial and operational challenges, as well as supporting them in their ambitions to grow.

Backed by decades of experience, each of our Partners and team members, bring to any given engagement unique independent insight, free from conflicts of interest, that is often sought but rarely found by clients or co-advisors.

The firm is sector-agnostic, but has particularly strong credentials in real estate; retail; financial services; UK sport; leisure and hospitality; transport and logistics; manufacturing and engineering; technology, media and entertainment.

Our Partners’ work in these areas has included complex and high-profile assignments. Our activities fall broadly, though by no means exclusively, into the following areas:

Our People

David Buchler
Chairman

Paul Davis
Partner

Larry Jobsz
Managing Partner

Paul Bobroff
Partner

David is a Chartered Accountant and Insolvency Practitioner, with some 35 years of experience in the field of corporate turnaround. He was a Partner at Arthur Andersen prior to becoming a Founding Partner of Buchler Phillips, one of the UK’s leading financial recovery and restructuring specialists, which was acquired by the Kroll Inc. Company in 1999, the world’s leading risk mitigation firm.

Until 2003, David was Chairman of Kroll for Europe and Africa. He is a former R3 President, the association of business recovery and turnaround professionals, former Vice-Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and former Deputy Chairman of the English National Opera, as well as Producer of the London International Opera Festival from 1984 to 1993.  He is currently Chairman of a number of different companies, both public and private, including Buchler Phillips, Volvere Plc, Puma VCT 13 Plc and the English National Opera Directors Emeriti.

In addition, David Buchler is a Trustee of Syracuse University and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Insolvency Practitioners Association and the Institute for Turnaround, as well as Director of the Peres Centre for Peace.

Mob: +44 (0)7836 777 748

Email: david@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Paul is Deputy Vice President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association, a Chartered Accountant and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. He joined Buchler Phillips in 2020 from national accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson, where he was a Partner for more than 11 years. In his earlier career, Paul was a Partner in the corporate recovery group, Begbies Traynor, and accountancy firm, Levy Gee.

Paul focuses on both corporate and personal insolvency work. He has undertaken many solvent liquidations, including financial and monitoring, pre-lending and solvency reviews in a wide range of businesses. His specialist sectors include construction, property, manufacturing and engineering, in addition to extensive experience in retail, leisure, hospitality and health.

Mob: +44 (0)7976 328 991

Email: pauldavis@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Larry commenced his accountancy career at Deloitte in 1989, where he spent five years working on contentious insolvency projects in the Airline Industry, notably the Liquidation of Laker Airways Ltd. Prior to leaving Deloitte, he was responsible for compiling the statutory closure for Laker Airways Group of companies, part of which was governed by articles in Jersey Law.

Since joining Buchler Phillip in 1994, Larry has worked particularly successfully in establishing solid internal disciplines in the areas of compliance. In 1996 he set up a department that not only operated as an internal auditor, but as a means to actively progress logjams insolvent cases to closure. Larry has also brought his expertise and the firm’s wider resources to bear in insurance industry. With no recurring audit, tax or conflicting Lloyds of London work, he has led the Buchler Phillips team in a number of high profile assignments with reinsurance companies in the London market.

More recently, on congratulating Larry on his promotion to Managing Partner, David Buchler said, “Larry has been a huge part of our firm’s history and now has a pivotal role in guiding its future. He is a superb practitioner, a valued Partner and a great manager, so I’m delighted to be able to hand him the reins of day-to-day control. This promotion will help Buchler Phillips to manage its expansion amid significant demand at present for our services in restructuring, turnaround, administrations and insolvency, working with both corporates and individuals.”

Beyond the firm, Larry is an Associate member of R3, the trade association for corporate rescue, recovery and restructuring, as well as a keen cricketer in his spare time.

Mob: +44 (0)7770 350 713

Email: larry@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Paul has over 30 years’ experience of managing businesses. He was Managing Director of Markheath PLC, a specialist in property and corporate investment, for 20 years having founded the company and then taken it public. He was also Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur PLC for 7 years during which time the Club became the first football club to float on the Stock Exchange.

He has been Managing Director of a diversified investment group for many years and since 2013 has been an integral member of the management of London Asia Capital PLC with particular involvement in the realisation of assets and the recovery of funds.

Mob: +44 (0)7733 008 933

Email: paulbobroff@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Jo Milner
Partner

Barry Lewis
Consultant

Rt Hon Mark Field
Consultant

Prof David Fordham
Consultant

Jo re-joined Buchler Phillips in April 2021 after a break of 25 years, having spent her formative years with the practice in 1991-1995. Since then, she spent eight years as a Partner in leading independent firms, as well as gaining valuable Senior level experience with Smith & Williamson and PwC. An Insolvency Appointment taker since 2004, she is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. She also has a degree in East European History from the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University College London.

Jo specializes in both corporate and personal insolvency and has a particular interest in the administration of insolvent Credit Unions. She works closely with the Prudential Regulation Authority, and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and has returned funds in excess of £33 million to some 13,500 Credit Union members. Jo has also dealt with the administration and subsequent liquidation of failed law firms as well as a number of retail and construction companies.

Mob: +44 (0)7990 816904
Email: jo.milner@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Barry joined Harris Lipman Chartered Accountants in London in 1967 becoming a Partner in 1972 and the Senior Partner in 1988, until he merged the firm in 2015. Since then he has operated his own Business Consultancy.

During his long career, Barry has provided a wide range of accountancy, taxation and financial advice to businesses and individuals, notably as a licensed Insolvency Practitioner for over 40 years In that capacity he has advised on all aspects of both Insolvency and Turnaround Procedures. Armed with this expertise, Barry has acted as a catalyst in several situations which have brought about increased returns to creditors, while saving jobs and limiting disruption to businesses and markets.

Outside working life, Barry’s wide interests include ballet, theatre and opera, as well as travel and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Mob: +44 (0)7831 529 831

Email: barry@buchlerphillips.com

 

Mark is a former MP and FCO Minister who represented the prestigious central London constituency of the Cities of London and Westminster in the UK Parliament between June 2001 and November 2019.

A graduate of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he practised as a solicitor with Freshfields in the early 1990s and also set up, ran and sold two start-up businesses before embarking on a political career.

He developed an in-depth and widely recognised expertise of the City, financial and professional services at home alongside leading for the UK government’s economic diplomacy in international energy strategy, cyber security and fintech/green finance during spells on the Intelligence and Security Committee, Chairman of the Conservatives’ International office and as an FCO Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific.

Since leaving parliament he has embarked upon a portfolio career, which already includes roles as the non-executive Chairman to the Isle of Man based Capital International Bank; Chair of the Advisory Board to independent HE provider, the London School of Commerce, and Senior Advisor to the Cayman Island Government Office in London and an independent non-executive Director with AIM-listed wealth manager, Frenkel Topping where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Mob: +44 (0)7920 516 104

Email: mark@buchlerphillips.com

 

David has extensive experience across many financial and industry sectors, both as a lawyer and as a merchant and private banker operating at senior management and Board level. 

David is also a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, and is Honorary Professor and Senior Lecturer in International Finance and Banking at the Centre for Commercial studies, Queen Mary University, London.

Mob: +44 (0)7836 263 231

Email: davidf@buchlerphillips.com

Keith Goodman
Consultant
George Rishi
Consultant

Peter Phillips
Consultant

Philip Norvell
Manager

Keith qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and after two years in general practice, he joined Leonard Curtis & Co, a firm specialising in Insolvency. He became a Partner in 1974 and was made Senior Partner in 1996, until the firm was sold in 2005, where he served as a Consultant to the new practice before retiring in 2011.

Keith was President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA) in 2000 and is a current member of the Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal, a judicial panel set up some years ago by the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

Outside of the profession, Keith was Senior Treasurer for 15 years of a large charity now called Nightingale Hammerson, which operates substantial care homes for the elderly in Wandsworth and Hampstead and is a centre of excellence for dementia care. For many years he was also a member of the Committee of Management of the UK’s second largest Friendly Society, Family Assurance, based in Brighton.

Mob: +44 (0)7774 165164

Email: keith@buchlerphillips.com

 

George began his working life at Bernard Phillips in the mid-1960s. After completion of his articles, he specialised in insolvency and in 1970 joined Cork Gully, which at that time was the largest Insolvency Practice in the UK.   Cork Gully later merged with Coopers and Lybrand, and later PriceWaterhouse Coopers now PWC. 

In 1990 George established his own practice, which he ran for 15 years. He was an early member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and has served as a member on its disciplinary committee.

In recent years George has worked as a Consultant to the insolvency and corporate recovery profession.  He has dealt with all forms of insolvency, including administrations, receiverships, liquidations, bankruptcies and voluntary arrangements, personally being appointed in more than 500 assignments.

Mob: +44 (0)7836 377143

Email: george@buchlerphillips.com

 

Peter’s professional career as an Insolvency Practitioner has spanned over 40 years. Before co-founding Buchler Phillips in 1988, he was UK Head of Corporate Recovery at Arthur Andersen, and a Director of Koll Buchler Phillips until 2005.

Peter is renowned for providing strategic recovery solutions to corporates and individuals alike, many of his assignments being referred by international legal firms, major banks and financial institutions. He was President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA) in 1988/89 and has been Director of the Joint Insolvency Monitoring Unit (JIMU).

Peter has held many senior voluntary positions in the community, acting as a Magistrate in London for 35 Years, Chairman of the Hampstead Theatre during its rebuilding and practising as an accredited Relationship Counsellor for Relate. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he is also a member of The Magic Circle.

Peter was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to the Insolvency Profession and is the Author of Life after Debt (published 2010).

Mob: +44 (0)7836 572 277

Email: peter@buchlerphillips.com

 

Philip has over 30 years of corporate experience in the industry. He started his career with Stoy Hayward and has since had roles at a number of boutique accountancy and insolvency practices, Duff and Phelps and commenced his role at Buchler Phillips at the start of January 2021.

He is Fellow Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has worked on a broad range of corporate cases across a spectrum of different industries. He brings a wealth of practical experience across the board and prides himself on delivering.

When not at work he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cooking, trying out new experiences and adventures, travelling to different parts of the world and anything that indulges his creative side.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7647 9913

Email: phil@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Stephen Benzikie
Communications Director

Katerina Mina
Marketing Director

Robert Fedder
Affiliate Director

Stephen leads communications at Buchler Phillips. He is Managing Partner of Hydra Strategy, which regularly works alongside the firm on reputation and issues management, litigation PR, media relations and all aspects of corporate positioning.

Stephen has worked alongside the leadership teams of privately owned and publicly listed companies for more than 25 years. A Partner in leading public relations group Bell Pottinger until 2014, he was Managing Director of a subsidiary of its former parent, Chime Communications PLC, from 2005 to 2010. At Edelman, the world’s largest public relations group, Stephen was Executive Vice President of financial communications and investor relations.

He has advised FTSE100, FTSE250 and small cap companies, financial institutions, family offices, private equity groups, sovereign wealth funds, owner-managed businesses and start-ups.
From 1991 to 1998, Stephen was a financial journalist at the Daily Mail newspaper in London. He began his career as an equity analyst at investment banks ANZ and Banque Indosuez. An experienced Non-Executive Director and Advisory Board Member, Stephen has in recent years served on the Boards of management consultancy Kerma Partners, construction group City Square, social discovery app group Wamo Holdings and financial advisor Apollo Media.

Mob: +44 (0)7740 038929

Email: stephen@buchlerphillips.com

 

Prizewinning British soprano, Katerina Mina, is delighted to have joined Buchler Phillips during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has resulted in the closure of opera houses across the world. Born in Cyprus, she has made her home in London, where she studied voice and piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, before winning prizes at a number of International singing competitions.

Through her work for the Buchler Phillips team, Katerina has reconnected with her previous position under the leadership of British educator and inspirational speaker, Lady Marie Stubbs, in the role of reforming St George’s Catholic School in Maida Vale, following the death of headmaster Philip Lawrence. As a result of the outstanding work of Marie and her team, including Katerina, the school, which faced permanent closure, was turned around within a year.

Katerina leads marketing and business development at Buchler Phillips, facilitating meetings and organising all events of the firm. Katerina is an Ambassador of the UK Friends of Israel Opera and holds the Russian Federation’s medal for peace and friendship.

Mob: +44 (0)7958 478336

Email: katerina@buchlerphillips.com

 

Robert’s career spans over 30 years and has been focused on new business creation, corporate turnarounds and performance improvement. He brings both strategic and operational perspectives, with an eye for using technology and efficient structures and processes to improve revenue, cost and cash. Robert also holds directorships of high tech, growth businesses in Europe and the U.S.A.

Robert has focused typically on the “tech” and telecoms sectors, with expertise, top flight contacts and an extensive resource network. His experience includes Board of Management and executive roles with O2, Vimpelcom, Compaq and EDS, as well as Partner/Principal/Directorship roles with PA Consulting, KPMG, AT Kearney.

Helping business owners, sponsors or investors, Robert works to secure value growth opportunities or “fix” problematic performance within a business or asset portfolio.

A media trained spokesperson, Robert has been responsible for Crisis Management and Communications for some major businesses, with national TV and radio broadcast experience. Robert also represents businesses to institutional analysts, shareholders and government (including face to face meetings with the UK Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister).

Robert has lived and worked extensively in UK, Germany, NL, USA, Australia, India, Japan, and in many countries in the rest of Europe, on both domestic and international ventures.

Mob: +44 (0)7720 836 790

Email: robert@buchlerphillips.com

 

David Buchler
Chairman

Paul Davis
Partner

David is a Chartered Accountant and Insolvency Practitioner, with some 35 years of experience in the field of corporate turnaround. He was a Partner at Arthur Andersen prior to becoming a Founding Partner of Buchler Phillips, one of the UK’s leading financial recovery and restructuring specialists, which was acquired by the Kroll Inc. Company in 1999, the world’s leading risk mitigation firm.

Until 2003, David was Chairman of Kroll for Europe and Africa. He is a former R3 President, the association of business recovery and turnaround professionals, former Vice-Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and former Deputy Chairman of the English National Opera, as well as Producer of the London International Opera Festival from 1984 to 1993.  He is currently Chairman of a number of different companies, both public and private, including Buchler Phillips, Volvere Plc, Puma VCT 13 Plc and the English National Opera Directors Emeriti.

In addition, David Buchler is a Trustee of Syracuse University and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Insolvency Practitioners Association and the Institute for Turnaround, as well as Director of the Peres Centre for Peace.

Mob: +44 (0)7836 777 748

Email: david@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Paul is Deputy Vice President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association, a Chartered Accountant and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. He joined Buchler Phillips in 2020 from national accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson, where he was a Partner for more than 11 years. In his earlier career, Paul was a Partner in the corporate recovery group, Begbies Traynor, and accountancy firm, Levy Gee.

Paul focuses on both corporate and personal insolvency work. He has undertaken many solvent liquidations, including financial and monitoring, pre-lending and solvency reviews in a wide range of businesses. His specialist sectors include construction, property, manufacturing and engineering, in addition to extensive experience in retail, leisure, hospitality and health.

Mob: +44 (0)7976 328 991

Email: pauldavis@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Larry Jobsz
Managing Partner

Paul Bobroff
Partner

Larry commenced his accountancy career at Deloitte in 1989, where he spent five years working on contentious insolvency projects in the Airline Industry, notably the Liquidation of Laker Airways Ltd. Prior to leaving Deloitte, he was responsible for compiling the statutory closure for Laker Airways Group of companies, part of which was governed by articles in Jersey Law.

Since joining Buchler Phillip in 1994, Larry has worked particularly successfully in establishing solid internal disciplines in the areas of compliance. In 1996 he set up a department that not only operated as an internal auditor, but as a means to actively progress logjams insolvent cases to closure. Larry has also brought his expertise and the firm’s wider resources to bear in insurance industry. With no recurring audit, tax or conflicting Lloyds of London work, he has led the Buchler Phillips team in a number of high profile assignments with reinsurance companies in the London market.

More recently, on congratulating Larry on his promotion to Managing Partner, David Buchler said, “Larry has been a huge part of our firm’s history and now has a pivotal role in guiding its future. He is a superb practitioner, a valued Partner and a great manager, so I’m delighted to be able to hand him the reins of day-to-day control. This promotion will help Buchler Phillips to manage its expansion amid significant demand at present for our services in restructuring, turnaround, administrations and insolvency, working with both corporates and individuals.”

Beyond the firm, Larry is an Associate member of R3, the trade association for corporate rescue, recovery and restructuring, as well as a keen cricketer in his spare time.

Mob: +44 (0)7770 350 713
Email: larry@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Paul has over 30 years’ experience of managing businesses. He was Managing Director of Markheath PLC, a specialist in property and corporate investment, for 20 years having founded the company and then taken it public. He was also Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur PLC for 7 years during which time the Club became the first football club to float on the Stock Exchange.

He has been Managing Director of a diversified investment group for many years and since 2013 has been an integral member of the management of London Asia Capital PLC with particular involvement in the realisation of assets and the recovery of funds.

Mob: +44 (0)7733 008 933

Email: paulbobroff@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Jo Milner
Partner

Barry Lewis
Consultant

Jo re-joined Buchler Phillips in April 2021 after a break of 25 years, having spent her formative years with the practice in 1991-1995. Since then, she spent eight years as a Partner in leading independent firms, as well as gaining valuable Senior level experience with Smith & Williamson and PwC. An Insolvency Appointment taker since 2004, she is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. She also has a degree in East European History from the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University College London.

Jo specializes in both corporate and personal insolvency and has a particular interest in the administration of insolvent Credit Unions. She works closely with the Prudential Regulation Authority, and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and has returned funds in excess of £33 million to some 13,500 Credit Union members. Jo has also dealt with the administration and subsequent liquidation of failed law firms as well as a number of retail and construction companies.

Mob: +44 (0)7990 816904
Email: jo.milner@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Barry joined Harris Lipman Chartered Accountants in London in 1967 becoming a Partner in 1972 and the Senior Partner in 1988, until he merged the firm in 2015. Since then he has operated his own Business Consultancy.

During his long career, Barry has provided a wide range of accountancy, taxation and financial advice to businesses and individuals, notably as a licensed Insolvency Practitioner for over 40 years In that capacity he has advised on all aspects of both Insolvency and Turnaround Procedures. Armed with this expertise, Barry has acted as a catalyst in several situations which have brought about increased returns to creditors, while saving jobs and limiting disruption to businesses and markets.

Outside working life, Barry’s wide interests include ballet, theatre and opera, as well as travel and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Mob: +44 (0)7831 529 831

Email: barry@buchlerphillips.com

 

Rt Hon Mark Field
Consultant

Prof David Fordham
Consultant
Mark is a former MP and FCO Minister who represented the prestigious central London constituency of the Cities of London and Westminster in the UK Parliament between June 2001 and November 2019.

A graduate of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he practised as a solicitor with Freshfields in the early 1990s and also set up, ran and sold two start-up businesses before embarking on a political career.

He developed an in-depth and widely recognised expertise of the City, financial and professional services at home alongside leading for the UK government’s economic diplomacy in international energy strategy, cyber security and fintech/green finance during spells on the Intelligence and Security Committee, Chairman of the Conservatives’ International office and as an FCO Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific.

Since leaving parliament he has embarked upon a portfolio career, which already includes roles as the non-executive Chairman to the Isle of Man based Capital International Bank; Chair of the Advisory Board to independent HE provider, the London School of Commerce, and Senior Advisor to the Cayman Island Government Office in London and an independent non-executive Director with AIM-listed wealth manager, Frenkel Topping where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Mob: +44 (0)7920 516 104

Email: mark@buchlerphillips.com

 

David has extensive experience across many financial and industry sectors, both as a lawyer and as a merchant and private banker operating at senior management and Board level. 

David is also a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, and is Honorary Professor and Senior Lecturer in International Finance and Banking at the Centre for Commercial studies, Queen Mary University, London.

Mob: +44 (0)7836 263 231

Email: davidf@buchlerphillips.com

Keith Goodman
Consultant

Sudhir (George) Rishi
Consultant

Keith qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and after two years in general practice, he joined Leonard Curtis & Co, a firm specialising in Insolvency. He became a Partner in 1974 and was made Senior Partner in 1996, until the firm was sold in 2005, where he served as a Consultant to the new practice before retiring in 2011.

Keith was President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA) in 2000 and is a current member of the Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal, a judicial panel set up some years ago by the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

Outside of the profession, Keith was Senior Treasurer for 15 years of a large charity now called Nightingale Hammerson, which operates substantial care homes for the elderly in Wandsworth and Hampstead and is a centre of excellence for dementia care. For many years he was also a member of the Committee of Management of the UK’s second largest Friendly Society, Family Assurance, based in Brighton.

Mob: +44 (0)7774 165164

Email: keith@buchlerphillips.com

 

George began his working life at Bernard Phillips in the mid-1960s. After completion of his articles, he specialised in insolvency and in 1970 joined Cork Gully, which at that time was the largest Insolvency Practice in the UK.   Cork Gully later merged with Coopers and Lybrand, and later PriceWaterhouse Coopers now PWC. 

In 1990 George established his own practice, which he ran for 15 years. He was an early member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and has served as a member on its disciplinary committee.

In recent years George has worked as a Consultant to the insolvency and corporate recovery profession.  He has dealt with all forms of insolvency, including administrations, receiverships, liquidations, bankruptcies and voluntary arrangements, personally being appointed in more than 500 assignments.

Mob: +44 (0)7836 377143

Email: george@buchlerphillips.com

 

Peter Phillips
Consultant

Philip Norvell
Manager

Peter’s professional career as an Insolvency Practitioner has spanned over 40 years. Before co-founding Buchler Phillips in 1988, he was UK Head of Corporate Recovery at Arthur Andersen, and a Director of Koll Buchler Phillips until 2005.

Peter is renowned for providing strategic recovery solutions to corporates and individuals alike, many of his assignments being referred by international legal firms, major banks and financial institutions. He was President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA) in 1988/89 and has been Director of the Joint Insolvency Monitoring Unit (JIMU).

Peter has held many senior voluntary positions in the community, acting as a Magistrate in London for 35 Years, Chairman of the Hampstead Theatre during its rebuilding and practising as an accredited Relationship Counsellor for Relate. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he is also a member of The Magic Circle.

Peter was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to the Insolvency Profession and is the Author of Life after Debt (published 2010).

Phone: +44 (0)20 7647 9913

Email: peter@buchlerphillips.com

 

Philip has over 30 years of corporate experience in the industry. He started his career with Stoy Hayward and has since had roles at a number of boutique accountancy and insolvency practices, Duff and Phelps and commenced his role at Buchler Phillips at the start of January 2021.

He is Fellow Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has worked on a broad range of corporate cases across a spectrum of different industries. He brings a wealth of practical experience across the board and prides himself on delivering.

When not at work he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cooking, trying out new experiences and adventures, travelling to different parts of the world and anything that indulges his creative side.

Mob: +44 (0)20 7647 9913

Email: phil@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Stephen Benzikie
Communications Director

Katerina Mina
Marketing Director

Stephen leads communications at Buchler Phillips. He is Managing Partner of Hydra Strategy, which regularly works alongside the firm on reputation and issues management, litigation PR, media relations and all aspects of corporate positioning.

Stephen has worked alongside the leadership teams of privately owned and publicly listed companies for more than 25 years. A Partner in leading public relations group Bell Pottinger until 2014, he was Managing Director of a subsidiary of its former parent, Chime Communications PLC, from 2005 to 2010. At Edelman, the world’s largest public relations group, Stephen was Executive Vice President of financial communications and investor relations.

He has advised FTSE100, FTSE250 and small cap companies, financial institutions, family offices, private equity groups, sovereign wealth funds, owner-managed businesses and start-ups.
From 1991 to 1998, Stephen was a financial journalist at the Daily Mail newspaper in London. He began his career as an equity analyst at investment banks ANZ and Banque Indosuez. An experienced Non-Executive Director and Advisory Board Member, Stephen has in recent years served on the Boards of management consultancy Kerma Partners, construction group City Square, social discovery app group Wamo Holdings and financial advisor Apollo Media.

Mob: +44 (0)7740 038929

Email: Connect on Linkedin

Prizewinning British soprano, Katerina Mina, is delighted to have joined Buchler Phillips during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has resulted in the closure of opera houses across the world. Born in Cyprus, she has made her home in London, where she studied voice and piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, before winning prizes at a number of International singing competitions.

Through her work for the Buchler Phillips team, Katerina has reconnected with her previous position under the leadership of British educator and inspirational speaker, Lady Marie Stubbs, in the role of reforming St George’s Catholic School in Maida Vale, following the death of headmaster Philip Lawrence. As a result of the outstanding work of Marie and her team, including Katerina, the school, which faced permanent closure, was turned around within a year.

Katerina leads marketing and business development at Buchler Phillips, facilitating meetings and organising all events of the firm. Katerina is an Ambassador of the UK Friends of Israel Opera and holds the Russian Federation’s medal for peace and friendship.

Mob: +44 (0)7958 478336

Email: katerina@buchlerphillips.com

 

Robert Fedder
Affiliate Director

Robert’s career spans over 30 years and has been focused on new business creation, corporate turnarounds and performance improvement. He brings both strategic and operational perspectives, with an eye for using technology and efficient structures and processes to improve revenue, cost and cash. Robert also holds directorships of high tech, growth businesses in Europe and the U.S.A.

Robert has focused typically on the “tech” and telecoms sectors, with expertise, top flight contacts and an extensive resource network. His experience includes Board of Management and executive roles with O2, Vimpelcom, Compaq and EDS, as well as Partner/Principal/Directorship roles with PA Consulting, KPMG, AT Kearney.

Helping business owners, sponsors or investors, Robert works to secure value growth opportunities or “fix” problematic performance within a business or asset portfolio.

A media trained spokesperson, Robert has been responsible for Crisis Management and Communications for some major businesses, with national TV and radio broadcast experience. Robert also represents businesses to institutional analysts, shareholders and government (including face to face meetings with the UK Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister).

Robert has lived and worked extensively in UK, Germany, NL, USA, Australia, India, Japan, and in many countries in the rest of Europe, on both domestic and international ventures.

Mob: +44 (0)7720 836 790

Email: robert@buchlerphillips.com

 

David Buchler
Chairman

David is a Chartered Accountant and Insolvency Practitioner, with some 35 years of experience in the field of corporate turnaround. He was a Partner at Arthur Andersen prior to becoming a Founding Partner of Buchler Phillips, one of the UK’s leading financial recovery and restructuring specialists, which was acquired by the Kroll Inc. Company in 1999, the world’s leading risk mitigation firm.

Until 2003, David was Chairman of Kroll for Europe and Africa. He is a former R3 President, the association of business recovery and turnaround professionals, former Vice-Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and former Deputy Chairman of the English National Opera, as well as Producer of the London International Opera Festival from 1984 to 1993. He is currently Chairman of a number of different companies, both public and private, including Buchler Phillips, Volvere Plc, Puma VCT 13 Plc and the English National Opera Directors Emeriti.

In addition, David Buchler is a Trustee of Syracuse University and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Insolvency Practitioners Association and the Institute for Turnaround, as well as Director of the Peres Centre for Peace.

Mob: +44 (0)7836 777 748
Email: david@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Paul Davis
Partner
Paul is Deputy Vice President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association, a Chartered Accountant and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. He joined Buchler Phillips in 2020 from national accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson, where he was a Partner for more than 11 years. In his earlier career, Paul was a Partner in the corporate recovery group, Begbies Traynor, and accountancy firm, Levy Gee.
Paul focuses on both corporate and personal insolvency work. He has undertaken many solvent liquidations, including financial and monitoring, pre-lending and solvency reviews in a wide range of businesses. His specialist sectors include construction, property, manufacturing and engineering, in addition to extensive experience in retail, leisure, hospitality and health.

Mob: +44 (0)7976 328 991
Email: pauldavis@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Larry Jobsz
Managing Partner

Larry commenced his accountancy career at Deloitte in 1989, where he spent five years working on contentious insolvency projects in the Airline Industry, notably the Liquidation of Laker Airways Ltd. Prior to leaving Deloitte, he was responsible for compiling the statutory closure for Laker Airways Group of companies, part of which was governed by articles in Jersey Law.

Since joining Buchler Phillip in 1994, Larry has worked particularly successfully in establishing solid internal disciplines in the areas of compliance. In 1996 he set up a department that not only operated as an internal auditor, but as a means to actively progress logjams insolvent cases to closure. Larry has also brought his expertise and the firm’s wider resources to bear in insurance industry. With no recurring audit, tax or conflicting Lloyds of London work, he has led the Buchler Phillips team in a number of high profile assignments with reinsurance companies in the London market.

More recently, on congratulating Larry on his promotion to Managing Partner, David Buchler said, “Larry has been a huge part of our firm’s history and now has a pivotal role in guiding its future. He is a superb practitioner, a valued Partner and a great manager, so I’m delighted to be able to hand him the reins of day-to-day control. This promotion will help Buchler Phillips to manage its expansion amid significant demand at present for our services in restructuring, turnaround, administrations and insolvency, working with both corporates and individuals.”

Beyond the firm, Larry is an Associate member of R3, the trade association for corporate rescue, recovery and restructuring, as well as a keen cricketer in his spare time.

Mob: +44 (0)7770 350 713
Email: larry@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Paul Bobroff
Partner
Paul has over 30 years’ experience of managing businesses. He was Managing Director of Markheath PLC, a specialist in property and corporate investment, for 20 years having founded the company and then taken it public. He was also Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur PLC for 7 years during which time the Club became the first football club to float on the Stock Exchange.
He has been Managing Director of a diversified investment group for many years and since 2013 has been an integral member of the management of London Asia Capital PLC with particular involvement in the realisation of assets and the recovery of funds.

Mob: +44 (0)7733 008 933
Email: paulbobroff@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Jo Milner
Partner

Jo re-joined Buchler Phillips in April 2021 after a break of 25 years, having spent her formative years with the practice in 1991-1995. Since then, she spent eight years as a Partner in leading independent firms, as well as gaining valuable Senior level experience with Smith & Williamson and PwC. An Insolvency Appointment taker since 2004, she is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. She also has a degree in East European History from the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University College London.

Jo specializes in both corporate and personal insolvency and has a particular interest in the administration of insolvent Credit Unions. She works closely with the Prudential Regulation Authority, and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and has returned funds in excess of £33 million to some 13,500 Credit Union members. Jo has also dealt with the administration and subsequent liquidation of failed law firms as well as a number of retail and construction companies.

Mob: +44 (0)7990 816904
Email: jo.milner@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Barry Lewis
Consultant

Barry joined Harris Lipman Chartered Accountants in London in 1967 becoming a Partner in 1972 and the Senior Partner in 1988, until he merged the firm in 2015. Since then he has operated his own Business Consultancy.
During his long career, Barry has provided a wide range of accountancy, taxation and financial advice to businesses and individuals, notably as a licensed Insolvency Practitioner for over 40 years In that capacity he has advised on all aspects of both Insolvency and Turnaround Procedures. Armed with this expertise, Barry has acted as a catalyst in several situations which have brought about increased returns to creditors, while saving jobs and limiting disruption to businesses and markets.
Outside working life, Barry’s wide interests include ballet, theatre and opera, as well as travel and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Mob: +44 (0)7831 529 831
Email: barry@buchlerphillips.com

 

Rt Hon Mark Field
Consultant

Mark is a former MP and FCO Minister who represented the prestigious central London constituency of the Cities of London and Westminster in the UK Parliament between June 2001 and November 2019.

A graduate of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he practised as a solicitor with Freshfields in the early 1990s and also set up, ran and sold two start-up businesses before embarking on a political career.

He developed an in-depth and widely recognised expertise of the City, financial and professional services at home alongside leading for the UK government’s economic diplomacy in international energy strategy, cyber security and fintech/green finance during spells on the Intelligence and Security Committee, Chairman of the Conservatives’ International office and as an FCO Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific.

Since leaving parliament he has embarked upon a portfolio career, which already includes roles as the non-executive Chairman to the Isle of Man based Capital International Bank; Chair of the Advisory Board to independent HE provider, the London School of Commerce, and Senior Advisor to the Cayman Island Government Office in London and an independent non-executive Director with AIM-listed wealth manager, Frenkel Topping where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Mob: +44 (0)7920 516 104
Email: mark@buchlerphillips.com

 

Prof David Fordham
Consultant

David has extensive experience across many financial and industry sectors, both as a lawyer and as a merchant and private banker operating at senior management and Board level.
David is also a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, and is Honorary Professor and Senior Lecturer in International Finance and Banking at the Centre for Commercial studies, Queen Mary University, London.

Mob: +44 (0)7836 263 231
Email: davidf@buchlerphillips.com

Keith Goodman
Consultant

Keith qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and after two years in general practice, he joined Leonard Curtis & Co, a firm specialising in Insolvency. He became a Partner in 1974 and was made Senior Partner in 1996, until the firm was sold in 2005, where he served as a Consultant to the new practice before retiring in 2011.

Keith was President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA) in 2000 and is a current member of the Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal, a judicial panel set up some years ago by the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

Outside of the profession, Keith was Senior Treasurer for 15 years of a large charity now called Nightingale Hammerson, which operates substantial care homes for the elderly in Wandsworth and Hampstead and is a centre of excellence for dementia care. For many years he was also a member of the Committee of Management of the UK’s second largest Friendly Society, Family Assurance, based in Brighton.

Mob: +44 (0)7774 165164
Email: keith@buchlerphillips.com

 

George Rishi
Consultant
George began his working life at Bernard Phillips in the mid-1960s. After completion of his articles, he specialised in insolvency and in 1970 joined Cork Gully, which at that time was the largest Insolvency Practice in the UK. Cork Gully later merged with Coopers and Lybrand, and later PriceWaterhouse Coopers now PWC.

In 1990 George established his own practice, which he ran for 15 years. He was an early member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and has served as a member on its disciplinary committee.

In recent years George has worked as a Consultant to the insolvency and corporate recovery profession. He has dealt with all forms of insolvency, including administrations, receiverships, liquidations, bankruptcies and voluntary arrangements, personally being appointed in more than 500 assignments.

Mob: +44 (0)7836 377143
Email: george@buchlerphillips.com

 

Peter Phillips
Consultant

Peter’s professional career as an Insolvency Practitioner has spanned over 40 years. Before co-founding Buchler Phillips in 1988, he was UK Head of Corporate Recovery at Arthur Andersen, and a Director of Koll Buchler Phillips until 2005.

Peter is renowned for providing strategic recovery solutions to corporates and individuals alike, many of his assignments being referred by international legal firms, major banks and financial institutions. He was President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA) in 1988/89 and has been Director of the Joint Insolvency Monitoring Unit (JIMU).

Peter has held many senior voluntary positions in the community, acting as a Magistrate in London for 35 Years, Chairman of the Hampstead Theatre during its rebuilding and practising as an accredited Relationship Counsellor for Relate. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he is also a member of The Magic Circle.

Peter was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to the Insolvency Profession and is the Author of Life after Debt (published 2010).

Mob: +44 (0)7836 572 277
Email: peter@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Philip Norvell
Manager

Philip has over 30 years of corporate experience in the industry. He started his career with Stoy Hayward and has since had roles at a number of boutique accountancy and insolvency practices, Duff and Phelps and commenced his role at Buchler Phillips at the start of January 2021.

He is Fellow Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has worked on a broad range of corporate cases across a spectrum of different industries. He brings a wealth of practical experience across the board and prides himself on delivering.

When not at work he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cooking, trying out new experiences and adventures, travelling to different parts of the world and anything that indulges his creative side.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7647 9913
Email: phil@buchlerphillips.com

 

 

Stephen Benzikie
Communications Director

Stephen leads communications at Buchler Phillips. He is Managing Partner of Hydra Strategy, which regularly works alongside the firm on reputation and issues management, litigation PR, media relations and all aspects of corporate positioning.

Stephen has worked alongside the leadership teams of privately owned and publicly listed companies for more than 25 years. A Partner in leading public relations group Bell Pottinger until 2014, he was Managing Director of a subsidiary of its former parent, Chime Communications PLC, from 2005 to 2010. At Edelman, the world’s largest public relations group, Stephen was Executive Vice President of financial communications and investor relations.

He has advised FTSE100, FTSE250 and small cap companies, financial institutions, family offices, private equity groups, sovereign wealth funds, owner-managed businesses and start-ups.
From 1991 to 1998, Stephen was a financial journalist at the Daily Mail newspaper in London. He began his career as an equity analyst at investment banks ANZ and Banque Indosuez. An experienced Non-Executive Director and Advisory Board Member, Stephen has in recent years served on the Boards of management consultancy Kerma Partners, construction group City Square, social discovery app group Wamo Holdings and financial advisor Apollo Media.

Mob: +44 (0)7740 038929

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Katerina Mina
Marketing Director

Prizewinning British soprano, Katerina Mina, is delighted to have joined Buchler Phillips during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has resulted in the closure of opera houses across the world. Born in Cyprus, she has made her home in London, where she studied voice and piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, before winning prizes at a number of International singing competitions.

Through her work for the Buchler Phillips team, Katerina has reconnected with her previous position under the leadership of British educator and inspirational speaker, Lady Marie Stubbs, in the role of reforming St George’s Catholic School in Maida Vale, following the death of headmaster Philip Lawrence. As a result of the outstanding work of Marie and her team, including Katerina, the school, which faced permanent closure, was turned around within a year.

Katerina leads marketing and business development at Buchler Phillips, facilitating meetings and organising all events of the firm. Katerina is an Ambassador of the UK Friends of Israel Opera and holds the Russian Federation’s medal for peace and friendship.

Mob: +44 (0)7958 478336

Email: katerina@buchlerphillips.com

 

Robert Fedder
Affiliate Director

Robert’s career spans over 30 years and has been focused on new business creation, corporate turnarounds and performance improvement. He brings both strategic and operational perspectives, with an eye for using technology and efficient structures and processes to improve revenue, cost and cash. Robert also holds directorships of high tech, growth businesses in Europe and the U.S.A.
Robert has focused typically on the “tech” and telecoms sectors, with expertise, top flight contacts and an extensive resource network. His experience includes Board of Management and executive roles with O2, Vimpelcom, Compaq and EDS, as well as Partner/Principal/Directorship roles with PA Consulting, KPMG, AT Kearney.
Helping business owners, sponsors or investors, Robert works to secure value growth opportunities or “fix” problematic performance within a business or asset portfolio.
A media trained spokesperson, Robert has been responsible for Crisis Management and Communications for some major businesses, with national TV and radio broadcast experience. Robert also represents businesses to institutional analysts, shareholders and government (including face to face meetings with the UK Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister).
Robert has lived and worked extensively in UK, Germany, NL, USA, Australia, India, Japan, and in many countries in the rest of Europe, on both domestic and international ventures.

Mob: +44 (0)7720 836 790
Email: robert@buchlerphillips.com

 

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