Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Massachusetts


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What the team is known for Highly impressive practice offering deep expertise to a diverse client base, with a particular focus on bankruptcy matters in the technology and life sciences sectors. Areas of excellence include in and out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 bankruptcies, distressed company lending and international insolvency.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is terrific in a wide range of issues in business bankruptcy and litigation." 

Work highlights Acted for Cabot Corporation in relation to contract issues arising from its largest customer filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Represented the court-appointed receiver of a Madoff feeder fund with regard to various receivership issues including the defense of over $400 million in claims.

Notable practitioners  

The "absolutely excellent" Daniel Glosband is lauded for his market-leading experience in the bankruptcy sector. Commentators describe him as "an encyclopedia of Chapter 15 cases" and also praise his collaborative approach to matters.

Michael Pappone handles commercial insolvency and reorganization matters. He recently acted for Alkermes concerning its contracts with a debtor in Chapter 11 proceedings. He is known as a "businesslike lawyer who gets great results for his clients," and "anyone he represents is fortunate to have him."

Significant clients Alkermes, Citrix Systems, Exit41, Schnitzer Steel Industries.

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What the team is known for Formidable presence in the Massachusetts market, celebrated for its significant bench strength and depth of talent. Strong experience in both debtor and creditor-side representation, and offers nationwide bankruptcy and workout capabilities for tax-exempt security holders.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We're able to get very specific resources when we need it. They've been excellent and very consistent."

"They're very capable and dedicated to client service." 

Notable practitioners  

Head of department and "dean of the bankruptcy Bar" Richard Mikels is considered "the gold standard" in the market. He is highly regarded for his representation of a range of organizations, notably large debtor companies, in out-of-court workouts and Chapter 11 cases.

Daniel Bleck is accomplished in a range of disciplines, including creditors' rights, bankruptcy and insolvency. He has recently acted for a major bank in the restructuring of bonds through bankruptcy proceedings, and is also active in other industries including healthcare and retail.

William Kannel leads the group's Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy practice. He is well respected for his deep expertise, with sources describing him as "one of the top Chapter 9 attorneys in the country."

Paul Ricotta is admired for his bankruptcy litigation skills, with marketplace observers viewing him as "a great litigator and a very hard worker." He is adept at handling cross-border bankruptcies, and is an expert in the Uniform Commercial Code.

The "extremely professional and empathetic" Adrienne Walker is heavily involved in the municipal bankruptcy space. Clients describe her as "calm, diligent in her research and steadfast in her advocacy." 

Kevin Walsh maintains a wide-ranging bankruptcy practice, with observers praising him as "very capable, very competent and very responsive." 

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What the team is known for Strong local group offering renowned bankruptcy and restructuring expertise to a client base stretching beyond its Boston base. Respected for its debtor-side practice but also acts for creditors from a range of business backgrounds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their communication with us is excellent, which allows for a strong relationship between attorney and client."

"The technical competence of the firm is excellent." 

Work highlights Acted for Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals in a Chapter 11 case involving the sale of its intellectual property to Baxter Healthcare and Cangene.

Represented Turner Construction as a primary creditor in Isaacson Structural Steel's Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners  

Harold Murphy is heralded by one market source as "the best bankruptcy lawyer in Boston." He is praised for his "shrewd and creative" approach, and described as "an expert with a vast array of knowledge." He offers clients extensive expertise across the full range of bankruptcy issues.

Charles Bennett is praised by clients for his technical expertise and communication skills. He handles a range of reorganization matters and is respected in the market for his strength in bankruptcy litigation.

Ethan Jeffery is a respected player in the bankruptcy and restructuring market, acting for both creditors and debtors. He recently led the firm's representation of Turner Construction as primary creditor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Isaacson Structural Steel.

The "quite skilled" Andrew Lizotte offers a full spectrum of bankruptcy and restructuring expertise. He recently played a key role in the firm's Chapter 11 representation of Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals. 

Significant clients SW Boston Hotel Venture, Transnational Communications International, Park Center.

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What the team is known for Impressive Boston practice noted for its robust depth both locally and internationally. Stellar reputation handling complex creditor and debtor side matters. Involved in the representation of private equity clients and financial institutions in a range of matters including distressed M&A transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  
"They were professionally terrific and personally very supportive, which I really appreciated."

"The people we deal with there are very professional, quite sharp and experts on the law."

Work highlights Acted for the debtor in Monitor Company Group's Chapter 11 cases which culminated in its sale.

Represented an ad hoc group of holders of mortgage-backed securities issued by Residential Capital ahead of its bankruptcy filing.  

Notable practitioners  

Ross Martin is lauded by clients as "very effective in the courtroom" and "in complete command of the facts of the case and the law." He has recently been involved in a series of significant cases including Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Jim Wilton is acclaimed as "a technician's technician who knows the bankruptcy code intimately." He offers expertise in Chapter 11 and out-of-court restructurings. According to commentators, he is "known as someone with a great skill set and also with great deal sense." 

Significant clients Bain Capital, York Capital Management, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Wilmington Trust, Wells Fargo.

Band 1 | WilmerHale

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What the team is known for Healthy national practice with particular strength in bankruptcy litigation on both a domestic and international basis. Broad range of experience handling reorganization and workout concerns for debtors and creditors across a range of sectors including financial institutions and technology companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One thing they do exceptionally well is that they have a very integrated approach."

"They're just terrific in this space."  

Work highlights Acted for Intel relating to the bankruptcy of ADI Shuttle Group, its corporate jet service provider.

Advised an ad hoc group of noteholders of Avaya relating to the exchange of $1.5 billion in unsecured notes for new senior secured notes.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the firm's national bankruptcy practice John Sigel is acclaimed for his expertise in financings. One client praised his commerciality and communication skills, saying he is "great at giving me the breakdown of the information that I need in digestible chunks."

The "absolutely wonderful" Dennis Jenkins handles financial restructuring matters. Clients admire his "availability, flexibility and understanding," and also note that he is "proactive in his follow-up and communications."

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What the team is known for Handles sophisticated insolvency cases and major restructuring work, as well as related litigation. Regarded for its national presence and also offers debtor and creditor clients expertise in international bankruptcy issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are great at suggesting strategies and different types of structure, which is a great asset."

"Their service is top-notch and their connections invaluable. Their large presence is helpful in working with clients in multiple state jurisdictions."

Work highlights Represented the unsecured creditors' committee in New England Compounding Pharmacy's Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Acted for CapitalSource Bank in a series of loan issues involving bankruptcy, including as administrative and collateral agent relating to loan workouts and documentation.

Notable practitioners 

Head of department William Baldiga is considered a premier litigator in bankruptcy matters, with clients noting his "great demeanor in the courtroom: smart and insightful, with excellent negotiating skills," in addition to his "patience and finesse." He has recently been involved in significant Chapter 11 proceedings on behalf of his clients.

The "awesome" Steven Pohl continues to impress as "a very straight shooter and a big presence in the room." He is held in healthy regard for his national commercial and insolvency-focused practice.

Significant clients Walter Investment Management, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for New England Compounding Pharmacy, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for A123 Systems.

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What the team is known for Robust Boston group offering a full range of bankruptcy and restructuring expertise to company and creditor clients. Offers experience representing insurers in asbestos and environmental-related issues, and has strength acting for blue-chip clients in a range of financings and restructurings.

Work highlights Represented Hudson Advisors in relation to attempts to collect in excess of $1 billion in real estate secured loans.

Acted as national counsel for Liberty Mutual in relation to efforts to maximize its recovery of insurance program-related credit and security.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Gooding is a leading figure in the corporate bankruptcy space, admired by both clients and peers. Recent work includes acting for Partners Healthcare in relation to the involuntary bankruptcy and receivership of Sleep HealthCenters.

John Ventola is held in high regard by clients for his business acumen. He recently advised Salus Capital Partners as agent in relation to a $67.5 million debtor-in-possession credit facility.

Significant clients Hudson Advisors/Lone Star, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citibank, RBS Citizens.

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What the team is known for Represents real estate and asset-based lenders and borrowers in out-of-court workouts, as part of a broad bankruptcy capability. Acts for portfolio companies of midmarket private equity players.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  
"The folks there are terrific for clients." 

"They're involved in major cases and are very good at what they do."

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Rosner is considered a major player in the field, with commentators lauding him as "very much a leader" at the bankruptcy Bar. He is also praised for his client-oriented approach. He has deep experience in handling numerous Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases.

The "brilliant and tenacious" James Wallack is head of the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring group. He represents private equity firms and their troubled portfolio companies. 

Rising star Greg Kaden offers a range of debtor and creditor side experience as part of an impressive bankruptcy and restructuring practice.

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What the team is known for Demonstrates proficiency in debtor and creditor-side work, offering a breadth of bankruptcy and restructuring expertise. Supported by a national footprint and noted for its considerable experience in the field.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Moore has experience handling national cases for debtors and trustees in Chapter 11 matters. According to commentators, "you would be hard pressed to find someone practicing in this area who has more experience and a better knowledge of the bankruptcy code than Paul Moore."

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Please note that the following editorial was originally written when the team was at Bingham McCutchen LLP:

What the team is known for Offers creditor-side transactional and restructuring expertise, as well as experience in handling significant Chapter 11 cases. International platform and interdisciplinary support enable it to act for an array of global finance players.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are fantastic at macro-level restructuring strategy and devising long-term methods to get additional value for creditors."

"They're not afraid to dive into details when it suits their clients' interests."

Work highlights Acted for a major petrochemical company in relation to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a company spun off from its subsidiary.

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Edwin Smith is praised for his "encyclopedic knowledge" and "phenomenal judgment" in bankruptcy matters. He has recently been involved in significant Chapter 9 proceedings on behalf of a major financial services firm.

The "fantastic" Sabin Willett is an "excellent bankruptcy litigator" who is praised for being "very creative and very thoughtful." He has recently been involved in litigation concerning alleged fraudulent transfers made in a leveraged buyout.

Andrew Gallo handles bankruptcy litigation on behalf of financial institutions. Clients observe that he "pairs a real work ethic with a high intelligence level" and "has an ability to synthesize and grasp details quickly."

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What the team is known for Primarily represents creditors in all facets of bankruptcy and restructuring law, with a notable niche handling aircraft financing transactions. Offers a global outlook, acting for both domestic and international clients from a broad range of industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  
"They were spectacular in every way. High integrity, very trustworthy, very diligent and strong attention to detail."

"They were so good at follow-up - they always came to me, not the other way round. They were always ahead of me!"

Work highlights Acted for Finnish company Elektrobit in connection with the bankruptcy cases of US-based TerreStar and its subsidiary.

Represented US Bank as trustee and collateral agent, in American Airlines' Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Practice head and "good, strategic lawyer" Patrick Dinardo is an esteemed bankruptcy litigator, with significant experience at the state and federal level. Clients praise his "high level of skill and diplomacy."

Significant clients American Refining Group, Staples, Law Debenture Trust Company of New York, SNC Lavalin.

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What the team is known for Demonstrates substantial experience representing midmarket, debtor-side clients. Handles significant Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We were looking for a top-notch organization with the breadth of experience we needed, but also at a reasonable price. They hit on all three."

"They had the ability to pull in colleagues to comment on specific issues - that was really invaluable."

Work highlights Represented Oasis Development Enterprises and its commercial real estate companies portfolio in the Chapter 15 cross-border insolvency of its principal.

Acted for Boston Biomedical Research Institute in an out-of-court bond restructuring, relating to the wind-up of its operations and sale of real estate.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Goldberg is held in high esteem for his significant bankruptcy and litigation experience. He demonstrates particular expertise in real estate-related bankruptcy concerns, and is praised by his clients who "greatly enjoy working with him."

The "very reliable and knowledgeable" John Morrier represents debtors in and out of bankruptcy court. Clients note he is "highly experienced and able to think like a businessman" and value his "very cheerful, thoughtful, all-encompassing way of operating."

Significant clients Capital Resource Partners, Cambridge Nanotech, KCP Advisory Group, Quincy Medical Center.

Band 4 | Foley Hoag LLP

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What the team is known for Solid and wide-reaching bankruptcy practice acting for debtors and creditors. Particularly well regarded for its capabilities relating to IP work, as well as its experience representing clients from the healthcare, technology, manufacturing and communications sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very active and good bankruptcy practice." 

Notable practitioners  

Head of the bankruptcy and restructuring group Andrew Schwartz is a strong bankruptcy litigator representing a range of organizations. Peers admire him as a "very tough negotiator who will fight to the death."

Kenneth Leonetti is a strong player in the bankruptcy market, garnering respect from commentators, who praise his hard-working approach and deep expertise in litigation and creditors' rights restructuring.

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What the team is known for Represents midmarket companies in financial distress, offering a full spectrum of bankruptcy and insolvency services. Incorporates both national and international concerns, with expertise in the shipping, clean energy, finance, hospitality and real estate industries. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very precise, very good on advising on risks and responsive."

Work highlights Acted for Wilmington Trust as agent and the steering committee of the syndicated senior secured lenders to Excel Maritime in relation to its Chapter 11 filing.

Represents the official committee of unsecured creditors of Satcon Technology in connection with a Chapter 11 case which involved multiple cross-border elements.

Notable practitioners  

National practice group leader John Monaghan litigates sophisticated bankruptcy matters, often with international components. He is known to be "quite strong and quite skilled," and is praised for his "practical and straightforward" approach.

Significant clients Starwood Hotels & Resorts International, Nordea Bank, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Haymarket Capital, BNP Paribas.

Band 4 | Jager Smith PC

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What the team is known for Established Boston-based practice, noted for its strength in committee work throughout New England. Offers a breadth of bankruptcy and restructuring advice, enhanced by a New York presence.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Smith has experience in a variety of bankruptcy and restructuring matters. He is noted for his creditor committee work and highlighted by commentators for his strength in litigation.

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What the team is known for Accomplished player in the New England market. Acts for debtors, creditors and trustees in a variety of restructuring concerns and bankruptcy litigation.

Work highlights Acted for senior living facility The Groves in Lincoln in a Chapter 11 plan of liquidation.  

Represented the families of 42 of the victims claiming for wrongful death after the Lac-Megantic freight train derailment in relation to the Chapter 11 case of Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railroad.

Notable practitioners  

The "phenomenal" Daniel Cohn is revered for his "broad and sophisticated knowledge" and is considered a preeminent attorney for distressed debt matters. In addition to focusing on restructuring midmarket companies, Cohn is successfully carving out a niche representing personal injury creditors in Chapter 11 cases. 

Significant clients Helicos BioSciences Corp, Webster Bank.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Solo practitioner Janet Bostwick is known to be "an important player in the bankruptcy market." She offers comprehensive bankruptcy and restructuring expertise to financially distressed companies. 

"Fine lawyer" Jeffrey Sternklar recently left Duane Morris to start his own practice and is highly regarded for his handling of Chapter 11 bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings. He is praised for his representation of creditors' committees and dedication to his clients' cause.

Charles Dale of K&L Gates offers clients a wide range of bankruptcy and insolvency expertise. Sources say: "He was extremely knowledgeable, worked very quickly, handled negotiations flawlessly and communicated in a timely, effective manner."

Richard Levine of Nelson Kinder + Mosseau, PC continues to be a celebrated authority nationwide, with unrivaled experience in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.  

The "careful, deliberate and very client-oriented" Mark Berman of Nixon Peabody LLP is a renowned expert in municipal bankruptcies. Clients value his "diligence and professionalism."

Christopher Panos recently joined Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP from Craig and Macauley PC. Panos has a healthy bankruptcy practice, and is held in high regard by market commentators for his impressive business sense.

Gayle Ehrlich of Pierce Atwood LLP impresses with her creditor and borrower-side capabilities, with sources describing her as "sensible, bright, practical and knowledgeable." She recently represented Global Energy Holdings Group in the filing of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware.

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