Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Massachusetts


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What the team is known for Represents debtors, creditors, investors and other bodies in large, complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters. A reputable national practice with ability to represent clients in the bankruptcy courts across the USA. Particular expertise in handling Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I am very satisfied with how Mintz operates and they are committed to a high degree of customer service. They've been very good at thinking outside of the box in order to maximize value and effectuate a sale."

"I have always been impressed by their knowledge, skill set and tenacity. They live up to the expectations of a big New York law firm; they deliver." 

Work highlights Represented the indenture trustee in the restructuring of $215 million of bond debt in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Amsterdam House.

Acted on behalf of the indenture trustees as major secured creditor of over $350 million in bond debt in connection with Daughters of Charity Health System bankruptcy matter.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Bleck has substantial experience advising on a wide range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters. One client reports: "He is very professional, able to control and defuse tense negotiations, good at laying out all the issues and knows how to address each of them."

Adrienne Walker handles restructurings both in and outside of court for a client base that includes creditors, debtors and trustees. Market sources say she is "very knowledgeable."

Kevin Walsh has a broad and in-depth experience of bankruptcy, workouts and restructuring matters. Clients say he is "good to work with and very helpful with suggestions on how to restructure deals to provide for the maximum level of bondholder security while allowing for flexibility for the company to maximize operations."

Richard Mikels is "a dynamic individual" and a "really fine lawyer," market sources say. His areas of expertise include insolvency, restructuring and mediation matters.  

William Kannel represents clients in all manner of bankruptcy and restructuring matters including a recent focus on Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies. Sources say: "He has a very good way of delivering his message and people listen and respect him."

Paul Ricotta frequently advises bondholders and indenture trustees. He is sought after for his expertise in healthcare, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sector work.

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What the team is known for Respected and established experts handling the full range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Advises creditors, debtors, investors and estate fiduciaries in a broad spectrum of insolvency issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are the best firm on the company side."

"The folks at Murphy & King are always good. They are thorough and they know what they're doing."

Notable practitioners  

Harold Murphy is a "real leader of the bankruptcy Bar" and "widely regarded as the top debtor attorney in Boston," sources say. He offers extensive expertise on Chapter 7 liquidations and Chapter 11 reorganizations.

Charles Bennett is a "terrific lawyer" and "excellent tactician," sources say. He represents borrowers and lenders in complex disputes arising from insolvency and restructuring matters.

Ethan Jeffery works with creditors, debtors and trustees in restructuring, workouts and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Peers praise his work on sophisticated bankruptcy matters.

Andrew Lizotte has a wide expertise on bankruptcy proceedings and non-bankruptcy workouts. His clients include unsecured creditors, lenders, trustees and individuals. 

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its work with creditors' committees, equity security holders, bondholders and lenders in relation to bankruptcy proceedings. Has notable expertise advising on distressed M&A transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are exceptionally sharp, very professional and very user-friendly. I'd characterize them as making bankruptcy law very accessible." 

"They have good depth; one of their strengths is that they have lawyers in a lot of practice areas so they're very good at coordinating them across disciplines and work very well as a team."

Work highlights Represented CSC Trust Company of Delaware as indenture trustee in the Chapter 11 matter of Energy Future Intermediate. The matter is valued at $3.9 billion in first lien secured notes.

Acted on behalf of Wilmington Trust, National Association as indenture trustee in the Chapter 11 case of Momentive Performance Materials.

Notable practitioners  

The "really smart and very practical" Ross Martin's client base includes businesses, lenders, committees of creditors, purchasers of companies, private equity sponsors and institutional investors. His practice covers Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, pre-bankruptcy workouts and related work.

Jim Wilton is an "excellent bankruptcy attorney" with a national practice. He advises on insolvency matters across a wide range of sectors.

Significant clients Bain Capital, York Capital Management, Wells Fargo Bank, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, American Industrial Partners.

Band 1 | WilmerHale

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What the team is known for Excellent reputation for its representation of buyers and sellers of distressed debt and assets. Offers prowess in bankruptcy litigation including high-value multiparty cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are among the smartest people in Boston." 

Notable practitioners  

Dennis Jenkins is highly regarded for his bankruptcy and financial restructuring expertise. He advises on a wide range of distressed transactions.

John Sigel chairs the bankruptcy practice group at the firm and is acclaimed as an experienced and talented bankruptcy lawyer. One market commentator says: "He sees the big picture, which helps people get to a deal."

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What the team is known for Has expertise advising on Chapter 11 bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings. Clients include debtors, equity holders, individual creditors and committees.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They find creative solutions in difficult situations." 

"Really very high-quality service - very responsive to the needs of the client."

Work highlights Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of New England Compounding Pharmacy.

Acted for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Fisker Automotive in relation to its Chapter 11 proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Jonas has extensive experience before bankruptcy courts across the USA. Peers say he is "bright" and a "very good, very practical" attorney.

Steven Pohl is acclaimed by clients for his creative approach to problem solving. His practice encompasses the full spectrum of bankruptcy matters.

William Baldiga has "strong analytical abilities" and "deep knowledge," market sources say. He is well respected for his bankruptcy litigation work including contested plan confirmation matters.

Sunni Beville "has a very strong grasp of bankruptcy law and tackles and deals with very complex, cutting-edge bankruptcy issues at a high level," market sources say. She represents a wide range of clients in insolvency matters including Chapter 11 and 15 matters.

Significant clients Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of ClearEdge Power, Official Committee of Equity Security Holders for Overseas Shipholding Group, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors and Post-Chapter 11 Trust Rural/Metro, Ad Hoc Committee of Tort Claimants of Exide Technologies, Minority Bondholders of Oleo e Gas Participacoes.

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its advice on corporate restructurings, debt acquisitions and insolvency matters. Has particular expertise in the sports, real estate, technology and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their restructuring partners are extremely knowledgeable and more importantly they are practical and work as a good partner to management and advisers."

"They understand our business very well and are able to apply that individual knowledge, along with their broad market expertise, to help resolve our matters." 

Work highlights Acted for Wells Fargo with regards to the bankruptcy and workout of Brookstone. Advised Wells Fargo in the Chapter 11 proceedings and connected financial matters.

Represented RBS Citizens in relation to the restructuring of loans to a global seafood distributor worth $60 million.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Gooding is "business-minded, practical and knowledgeable," clients say. He cochairs the firm's finance and restructuring group and has impressive experience in restructuring and insolvency matters.

John Ventola has deep experience in all aspects of bankruptcy and restructuring issues including loan workouts, cash collateral disputes and Section 363 sales. One client notes: "He knows when we're off-market and what we should fight for - that's business insight we value."

Significant clients Salus Capital Partners, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual, Gordon Brothers, Silicon Valley Bank.

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What the team is known for Experience handling bankruptcy cases and restructurings relating to a wide array of companies from failed startups to multinational businesses. Represents creditors, debtors and committees.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very responsive and helpful."

"An excellent firm." 

Work highlights Represented the largest creditor of a distressed wind farm in Plymouth County, Gamesa Wind US.

Acted on behalf of Middlesex Savings Bank in relation to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of New England Compounding.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Pappone is "certainly one of the preeminent bankruptcy lawyers in Massachusetts," sources say. He has longstanding experience advising financial institutions and other clients on large-scale restructurings and insolvency cases.

Daniel Glosband has a stellar reputation as a dean of the bankruptcy Bar in Massachusetts. Sources say he is "very technically adept and extremely knowledgeable."

Significant clients Alkemes, Cabot, Champion Chemtech, Citrix Systems, EverHome Bank.

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What the team is known for Represents creditors' committees, debtors, and secured and unsecured lenders on complex restructurings and bankruptcies. Notable retail sector expertise including acting for shopping center lessors and developers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Goulston & Storrs took a deep interest in understanding the situation and how it impacted our company. They made sure to become familiar with our strategy and they came up with a very creative solution."  

"A fantastic staff of lawyers." 

Work highlights Acted on behalf of CrossHarbor Capital in relation to its first mortgage loan to and acquisition of Spanish Holdings in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy before the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Montana.

Continue to represent Audax Management Company, alongside several other investors, in connection with bankruptcy and SIPA proceedings relating to Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Rosner has deep and acclaimed expertise in working on Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases. One client says: "He brought his knowledge of bankruptcy into the development of a solution that gave us a great deal of confidence."

James Wallack is a "top bankruptcy lawyer who will solve your problem before you realize you have a problem," reports one market commentator. He has prowess in the full range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters including particular expertise representing private equity firms and distressed portfolio companies.

Greg Kaden represents debtors, creditors, private equity sponsors and secured lenders in bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

Significant clients Betsey Johnson, Gordon Brothers, United Bank, Boston Properties, Rogge Global Partners.

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What the team is known for Advises distressed companies, debtors and creditors in pre-bankruptcy workouts and restructurings and also has extensive experience before bankruptcy courts. Has national and international bankruptcy experience.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Moore has substantial experience handling matters for trustees, debtors in possession and creditors. One client reports he is "blessed with a fantastic mind, capable of recalling legal principles at a moment's notice and he adroitly uses that skill to litigate and negotiate excellent outcomes."

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What the team is known for Represents a wide range of clients including secured and unsecured financial institutions, debtors, trustees, and official and unofficial creditors' committees. Broad bankruptcy and restructuring expertise including advising on distressed debt transactions.

What's new? Edwin Smith, Sabin Willett and Andrew Gallo have joined the team from Bingham McCutcheon LLP.

Work highlights While at Bingham McCutchen, the team advised UBS in the City of Detroit Chapter 9 bankruptcy, in which UBS was swap counterparty.

While at Bingham McCutchen, the group represented Pioneer Investments in fraudulent conveyance claims in connection with Lyondell Chemical's bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners  

Edwin Smith is particularly recognized by market sources for his outstanding expertise on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He has broad workout and bankruptcy experience.

Sabin Willett has a strong reputation as an "incredibly brilliant bankruptcy litigator." He has expertise in Chapter 11 disputes and lender liability matters.

Andrew Gallo focuses on representing financial institutions in connection with bankruptcy matters. Clients say he "leaves no stone unturned" and "provides practical advice."

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What the team is known for Offers expertise to international and domestic clients in contested cases across the USA, including at appellate levels. Has particular experience advising on bankruptcies in the airline industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They understand the business ramifications of their arguments and they are good at negotiation." 

Work highlights Acting for Bank of Utah as indenture trustee in connection with a number of financings and investments in power facilities and stations which are in default. The trustee's collateral is worth over $200 million.

Represented US Bank National Association in American Airlines's Chapter 11 proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Dinardo represents clients before state and federal courts in connection with bankruptcy and creditors' rights cases. Market sources praise his commercial understanding and his deal-making abilities.

Jeanne Darcey is highly experienced in advising on out-of-court workouts, bankruptcy disputes, liquidations and restructurings. Clients say she is "focused, efficient and a real pleasure to work with."

Significant clients US Bank National Association, Tosh Farrell Soccer Development Center, Staples, Elektrobit, F.W.Bryce.

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What the team is known for Represents debtor-side, midmarket clients on the full range of bankruptcy matters. Handles workouts, restructurings, first instance litigation and appeals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Every attorney at the firm with whom I have worked has been highly capable, detailed and excellent in the services they have provided." 

"They are a little gem in the bankruptcy Bar in Massachusetts."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Capital Resource Partners, which was a secured lender, in the Chapter 11 matter of Gamma Medica-Ideas.

Representing KCP Advisory Group as receiver in the liquidation of SleepHealthCenters.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Goldberg specializes in handling distressed real estate matters. One market commentator states: "He brings to the table a lot of sophistication about real estate transaction matters and bankruptcy, a skill set which makes him effective."

John Morrier is a highly skilled bankruptcy litigator. Sources describe him as a "high-quality lawyer" who is "detail-oriented, levelheaded and experienced, which has made him invaluable to our team."

Lynne Riley has notable appellate expertise including in cases before the US Supreme Court. Peers say she is "highly regarded by judges" and "does a good job as bankruptcy trustee."

Davis Whitesell concentrates his debtor-side practice on state law bankruptcies and Chapter 11 restructurings. Market commentators note he is "very thorough and professional."

Significant clients Oasis Development Enterprises, Chapter 11 Trustee of John W. Cranney, Greater Love Tabernacle Church, Chapter 7 Trustee of Lindsay Lampasona, Chapter 7 Trustee of Pathogenetix.

Band 4 | Foley Hoag LLP

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What the team is known for Full-service team advising creditors' committees, investors, trustees and debtors at all stages of the bankruptcy process. Also represents foreign governments and government-owned companies with interests in insolvency proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Schwartz has a focus on representing creditors and foreign sovereigns in US bankruptcies and commercial litigation matters. Sources say he is a "strong, tenacious bankruptcy litigator."

Kenneth Leonetti is held in high regard by peers for his bankruptcy litigation work. He has particular expertise on matters relating to the healthcare,  life sciences and technology sectors.

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What the team is known for Midmarket focused practice with a good reputation for its work on complex Chapter 11 cases. Expertise on matters in a variety of sectors including shipping, finance, clean energy and pharmaceuticals.

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel to Wilmington Trust and a steering committee of senior secured lenders to Excel Maritime. The Chapter 11 case was brought in the Southern District of New York bankruptcy court with a value of approximately $1.1 billion.

Acted as lead bankruptcy counsel in the closing of an acquisition by Olympic Shipping of two vessels in a section 363 sale in connection with TMT Shipping's Chapter 11 case.

Notable practitioners  

John Monaghan handles complex restructuring and insolvency cases including particular knowledge of Chapter 11 matters. Sources say he is a "very strong and capable bankruptcy lawyer."

Significant clients Starwood Hotels & Resorts International, Shaklee, FD Credit, First Bank Puerto Rico, Coca Cola.

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What the team is known for Experienced team representing debtors and creditors in insolvency proceedings and corporate restructurings. Also has expertise advising purchasers of assets from distressed companies.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Cohn is a "very strong debtors' bankruptcy lawyer," one peer says. He has broad bankruptcy experience including Chapter 11 sales and reorganizations.

Mark DeGiacomo is recognized for his work on Chapter 7 bankruptcies. Peers say he is a "well-respected attorney."

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Bruce Smith of Jager Smith PC is "incredibly well respected at the Massachusetts bankruptcy Bar." He is a "strong, local lawyer" with established expertise in corporate insolvency cases. He handles Chapter 11 reorganizations, out-of-court workouts and intercreditor relationships, among other work.

Janet Bostwick of Janet E Bostwick PC is well respected for her representation of debtors and creditors. Areas of expertise include Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases, loan workouts and reorganizations.

Jeffrey Sternklar of Jeffrey Sternklar LLC advises a range of clients including secured and unsecured creditors, purchasers of assets and debtors. Clients praise his ability to achieve results.

Charles Dale of K&L Gates has "tremendous knowledge and experience" and "finds the best solutions to problems," clients say. Recent highlights include advising Landauer Healthcare on its Chapter 11 case.

Mackenzie Shea of K&L Gates has a broad bankruptcy and restructuring practice representing a wide range of clients including debtors, creditors' committees and trustees. Sources say she is a "skilled negotiator and a tireless worker."

Richard Levine of Nelson Kinder + Mosseau, PC is a widely respected bankruptcy practitioner. He advises on the full array of bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

Mark Berman of Nixon Peabody LLP recently submitted an amicus brief in the City of Detroit Chapter 9 case on behalf of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. He has notable expertise on public finance aspects of bankruptcy matters.

Victor Milione of Nixon Peabody LLP sits as practice group leader for the financial restructuring and bankruptcy team at the firm. He is a "tenacious litigator" as well as an expert in real estate financing, offering insolvency advice in significant real estate bankruptcy cases across the USA.

William Moorman of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP has a strong local and national practice advising clients on insolvency and company restructuring issues. Peers note his strong advocacy skills.

Christopher Panos of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP advises on a range of business reorganizations and bankruptcies. Sources say he is "highly respected in the industry" and has a "very sophisticated national practice."

Gayle Ehrlich of Pierce Atwood LLP counsels creditors, debtors, and sellers and buyers of distressed businesses. She is a "profoundly well experienced bankruptcy attorney."

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