THE FIRM This group is highly respected for its expertise in the full range of restructuring and insolvency issues. The team acts in the out-of-court restructuring of troubled investments and loans, Chapter 11 restructurings, liquidations and bankruptcy avoidance actions to formal bankruptcy proceedings. A particular highlight for the team was handling the TERI Chapter 11 reorganisation.
Sources say: “Excellent, high-quality lawyers who are easy to work with, attentive to clients’ needs and result-oriented.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Daniel Glosband is “one of the most respectable bankruptcy attorneys in the country – a brilliant legal mind.” He is best known for representing secured and unsecured creditors and debtors in reorganizations, bankruptcy and insolvency cases. He recently acted on behalf of Recyclage Arctic Beluga and CNA Insurance. Michael Pappone is commended for his work in corporate reorganizations and out-of-court workouts. Sources describe him as “a very well-respected veteran who has done everything there is to do in the bankruptcy field.” Sources praise his recent work on behalf of Aleri Group and MIJA Industries. Gina Lynn Martin advises on the acquisition of distressed businesses, debt financings and corporate restructurings. Her impressive client base includes Xpressdocs Holdings and Epix Pharmaceuticals. Peers say: “Her common sense and fine legal skills make her very strong at the negotiating table – a thorough and talented attorney.”
THE FIRM This leading team has the capacity to handle the most complex bankruptcies, insolvencies and restructurings. Its varied client base includes trustees, investors and equity holders, debtors, acquirers of assets and companies as well as secured and unsecured creditors.
Sources say: “A very robust practice with a great bench and an immensely broad scope.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Mikels is the go-to person for sophisticated insolvency, Chapter 11 and workout matters. Recently, he was involved in the representation of a creditors’ committee with respect to Oscient Pharmaceuticals' Chapter 11 proceeding. According to sources, he is “an absolute star. He is the total package; his experience and judgment are unmatched.” William Kannel is best known for his adept handling of workouts and corporate reorganizations. He was recently involved in numerous hospital bankruptcies and workouts throughout the country for bond trustees and bondholders. Satisfied clients report that he is “a deal-maker; he is incredibly strong and has a buoyant practice.” Commercial bankruptcy and restructuring expert Paul Ricotta recently represented a mezzanine lender and equity holder in connection with four separate CCRC workouts. Peers say: “He is a real go-getter who attracts a loyal following of clients.” Daniel Bleck's practice encompasses insolvency, bankruptcy and workout matters. Sources report that he is “a very capable and versatile attorney who can handle anything in this area; a true all-rounder and one of the state's future stars.” Recently he acted for the bond trustee and bondholders in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy involving an ethanol facility. Commentators note that Kevin Walsh “has a very diverse practice and the ability to negotiate with the best attorneys out there.” He is most prominent in commercial lending matters, workouts and restructurings. A highlight was acting for the bond trustee and bondholders in a workout of the potential bankruptcy of several wood pellet manufacturing facilities throughout the USA. Adrienne Walker is well versed in restructuring, bankruptcy and workout matters, having represented Hingham Savings Bank in a contested Chapter 11 confirmation hearing. According to peers, she is “a very capable young attorney who does a great job”.
THE FIRM This team is renowned for its expertise in all types of bankruptcies, insolvencies, liquidations, restructurings and workouts. Clients include Hawaii Bio-tech, Oscient Pharmaceuticals and a variety of top-end universities involved in the Ginn-Tesoro bankruptcy case.
Sources say: “A very good firm with a strong lineup.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Bankruptcy and restructuring specialist Don De Amicis is described as “extremely bright, extremely client-oriented and extremely practical – a powerful combo.” Jim Wilton is well known for his expertise in Chapter 11 matters. He represents a myriad of parties including secured and unsecured creditors, bondholders, creditors’ committees and acquirers of distressed debt. Peers describe him as “an extremely practical attorney with an impressive ability to calculate claims.” Steven Hoort is well versed in cross-border bankruptcy issues. Commentators report: "A well-recognized player in the market.” Ross Martin proves popular with the alternative investment community, offering advice on a wide range of bankruptcy matters. Sources describe him as “an exceptionally good courtroom attorney – a very talented practitioner.”
THE FIRM This group advises on a whole variety of issues pertinent to liquidations, reorganizations and Chapter 11 proceedings, as well as sales and acquisitions of distressed debt and corporate entities. Recently, Home Market Foods sought the firm’s expertise in a capital restructuring. Other recent clients include The Bartlett School, Bulltick Capital Markets and Ferruco Vail Ventures.
Sources say: “Excellent, outstanding, terrific – simply some of the best advisers one can get."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Debt finance specialist Mitchel Appelbaum “has a demeanor that is appropriate for any situation.” He is particularly renowned for his financial restructuring work. John Sigel chairs the firm's bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice. He divides his time between bankruptcy matters and secured lending work. Sources describe him as “a great attorney with effective negotiation skills; he is relentless in driving toward the right result.” George Shuster excels in debt financing transactions, bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring. Commentators praise his ability "to put his advice in the context of real-world business.” Paul Daley is well known for his skill in handling Chapter 11 reorganizations and Chapter 7 liquidations. He recently represented Highland Capital Partners Consumer Fund in a successful Chapter 11 restructuring of portfolio company Blue Tulip. He is “hard-nosed when required but always practical and able to find solutions for the most difficult of problems.” Dennis Jenkins is noted for his impressive knowledge of corporate restructurings and bankruptcy matters. He acted for a group of institutional noteholders of $628 million of senior subordinated notes issued by the Reader's Digest Association in relation to its bankruptcy and restructuring. He has a reputation as “a very constructive negotiator.”
THE FIRM This team has the capacity to handle major bankruptcies, insolvencies and Chapter 11 restructurings. The practice group is particularly renowned for its expertise in handling real estate-related matters. The firm remains active in the Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 Securities Investors Protection Act cases. Clients it is representing in these matters include Interactive Data, Boston Properties Limited Partnership, Rogge Global Partners and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Sources say: “A good team of capable attorneys. They are always available, and their client service, strategic input and effectiveness rank very highly.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Douglas Rosner is best known for his work on behalf of creditors’ committees, landlords, trustees, individual creditors, suppliers and other parties to Chapter 11 reorganizations and Chapter 7 liquidations. According to clients, he is “an extraordinarily knowledgeable bankruptcy lawyer who has a unique ability to address complex issues and provide practical, coherent advice.” James Wallack is recommended for out-of-court workouts, restructurings and reorganizations. A recent highlight was acting in the high-profile Betsy Johnson Chapter 15 restructuring case. According to peers, he has “developed into one of the best lawyers in the area – very good at details and developing strategies.” Christine Lynch has a dedicated following in the retail industry. She is a popular choice for creditors’ rights and bankruptcy matters. According to sources, she is “a good tactical practitioner - adept, capable and pragmatic.” Peter Bilowz is commended for his contentious bankruptcy and insolvency practice. Interviewees describe him as “a very capable attorney; he proactively and instinctively knows what to do and how to do it.”
THE FIRM Murphy & King is praised for defending creditors, creditors’ committees, debtors and other parties to bankruptcy, insolvency and out-of-court workouts. The team has experience in a wide range of industries, attracting clients from the healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, real estate and retail sectors.
Sources say: “An extremely strong firm for debtors. It has consistently taken tough bankruptcy cases and won, capturing the attention of the local market.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Chapter 7 liquidations and Chapter 11 reorganizations expert Harold Murphy is considered “the go-to guy when it comes to regional debtor cases of any size.” Charles Bennett is commended for defending debtors and creditors in corporate Chapter 11 cases, and his peers describe him as “a highly skilled bankruptcy litigator.” Ethan Jeffery is “a very capable restructuring and workouts practitioner.” His client base includes trustees, debtors and creditors. Andrew Lizotte is noted for his work in pre-bankruptcy negotiations and formal bankruptcy proceedings. He represents a variety of affected parties, such as creditors and creditors’ committees, trustees, lenders and other individuals. Peers describe him as “a good, practical attorney with a great deal of common sense.”
THE FIRM This team is best known for its representation of bondholders and acquirers of companies that have gone through Chapter 11 reorganizations and other bankruptcy-related procedures.
Sources say: “They handle some very complicated litigation - and they are very good at it.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS William Baldiga divides his time between Boston and New York, and is a well-known reorganization specialist. He regularly acts for creditors’ committees, official and ad hoc equity strategic investors, and private and public debtors. He is described as "a very effective lawyer involved in high-profile cases."
THE FIRM Choate Hall & Stewart is well known for representing lenders in a host of issues arising out of restructurings, bankruptcies, reorganizations and workouts. Clients include Anglo Irish Boston, Hewlett-Packard, Liberty Mutual and NewStar Financial.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Douglas Gooding focuses on bankruptcy, insolvency matters and out-of-court workouts. He recently represented a leading lender in connection with two deed-in-lieu transactions pertaining to approximately $50 million in defaulted real estate loans. Sources describe him as “a very thorough business-oriented attorney who is firm but fair in his approach.” John Ventola is praised for his broad expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters. A highlight in his recent work was representing a major institutional investor in connection with the bankruptcy cases of a leading US real estate developer. Sources note: “He is an impressive attorney and a solid advocate for his clients.” Lisa Herrington is praised as a “very capable attorney.” She is skilled in handling insolvency and bankruptcy matters. She worked in conjunction with the aforementioned attorneys in the representation of an owner and operator of a luxury senior living facility and healthcare provider in its Chapter 11 reorganization.
THE FIRM This group is well known for its expertise in financial restructuring transactions, bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors’ rights matters.
Sources say: “A very sophisticated practice, capable of handling large and challenging cases.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Paul Moore is commended for his broad knowledge base. He is adept advising on reorganizations, workouts and bankruptcies in both a contentious and a noncontentious capacity. Peers describe him as “tenacious and smart – very talented indeed.”
THE FIRM This team acts for a varied clientele in connection with insolvencies and bankruptcies. The team proves popular with major businesses, financial institutions and governmental agencies. Key clients include Radianse, Edith Wharton Restoration and Malden Mills Creditor Trust.
Sources say: “A deep bench of proficient attorneys.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Schwartz heads the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring group. He regularly acts on behalf of unsecured creditors, secured creditors and debtors. Recently, he was involved in the representation of a major foreign oil company in connection with the bankruptcy of its US-based affiliates. Sources describe him as “a tough and extremely client-oriented attorney.” Kenneth Leonetti is a noted player in contentious matters arising out of complex restructurings and bankruptcies. A highlight in his practice was the representation of a major car manufacturer in two pending Chapter 11 cases relating to proposed sales of motor vehicle dealerships. Peers regard him as “a bright attorney with a clear understanding of the bankruptcy arena.”
THE FIRM This team is particularly highly regarded for its skill in representing debtors. The group is noted for its work in transactions involving financially distressed entities and other restructuring and reorganisation matters. Clients include Reed & Barton, Starwood Hotels and Monument Realty.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Chapter 11 expert John Monaghan represented WWC Capital Group, a mid-Atlantic-based private equity fund, in its attempted acquisition of a government contracts technology firm through a prepackaged plan of reorganization in a Chapter 11 case. Sources describe him as “a very effective, smart and practical attorney; he is well positioned to serve the high-end market."
THE FIRM This team is particularly renowned for its expertise in representing debtor trustees. It is also adept at handling the wider implications of reorganizations, liquidations, bankruptcies and debt restructurings. Key clients include Amalgamated Bank, American Industrial Partners, Boston Capital and CW Capital.
Sources say: “A great firm to deal with – very client-oriented.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Berman is commended for his skill in cases involving troubled corporate entities and financial institutions, including bankruptcies, restructurings and liquidations. Observers note: "He is a really knowledgeable practitioner who commands a lot of respect in this jurisdiction.” Victor Milione is best known for his representation of financial institutions and the members of the alternative investment community in out-of-court workouts and bankruptcy matters. He was recently involved in the representation of Boston Capital in connection with investments in the bankruptcy cases of the Lauth Group and Capmark Capital. Commentators report: “He is a tenacious and proactive attorney who is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients.”
THE FIRM Sullivan & Worcester is recognized for its strength in handling local bankruptcies, restructurings and out-of-court workouts. Sources are quick to note the firm's expertise in representing institutional trustees in bond cases. The team acted as lead counsel in the bankruptcy and reorganization of a leading US alternative energy company. The firm's clients include American Tower, Bank of Scotland and US Bank.
Sources say: “The attorneys are extremely focused, practical and effective.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Patrick Dinardo heads the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring group. He represented Canadian power plant contractor SNC Lavalin in a case involving the bankruptcy of its counterparties. Sources report: “He is a very astute and practical attorney who can deal with complicated situations.”
of Murtha Cullina Roche Carens & DeGiacomo is well known for representing midsized companies in the full range of bankruptcy-related matters. He wins particular acclaim for his work in the distressed real estate arena. Sources say: “He is one of the most practical bankruptcy lawyers in the city, very smart and a real pro in representing debtors.” Charles Glerum
of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP is considered “a strong bankruptcy attorney.”
Insolvency and bankruptcy expert Charles Dale
of K&L Gates is described as “an excellent attorney.” Michael Goldberg
of Casner & Edwards, LLP is skilled in a wide range of bankruptcy and financial restructuring matters. Commentators report: “He is a superb negotiator with a very precise approach.”
His colleague John Morrier
represents clients in insolvencies, bankruptcies, out-of-court workouts and restructurings. According to one peer: “There is nothing he can’t do: he is equally effective in both the courtroom and out-of-court negotiations.” Richard Levine
of Nelson Kinder Mosseau & Saturley, P.C. is “the kind of lawyer that can handle any aspect of bankruptcy law.”
He regularly acts on behalf of receivers, debtors, creditors’ committees and secured and unsecured creditors. Janet Bostwick
of Janet E Bostwick PC is a popular choice with the startup community. She handles bankruptcy matters affecting debtors, creditors and creditors’ committees. Sources say that she is “very experienced and organized; she has handled some really important cases.”
Insolvency specialist Bruce Smith
of Jager Smith PC regularly acts for unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees and debtors. Market observers note: “He is a very intelligent practitioner with an impressive courtroom presence."
Bankruptcy specialist Gayle Ehrlich
of Pierce Atwood LLP is commended for her “complete grasp of the convoluted details of bankruptcy law; she has a great deal of experience and, more importantly, she thinks like a businessperson.”