Bankruptcy/Restructuring - California
THE FIRM Sidley Austin's California-based corporate reorganization and bankruptcy team covers the gamut of bankruptcy-related representation. The group is able to draw on the firm's global network of offices, from Chicago to London, all of which work collaboratively to achieve the desired solutions for clients. As an example, Sidley has been acting as debtor's counsel to Dynegy Holdings during its highly publicized New York-based bankruptcy. The team is also representing building company Flintkote in its bankruptcy.
Sources say: "They are extremely responsive; we feel like we are a priority for them and it makes a difference. What we like is they are not just technical, they have that rare business judgment as well; they come up with business solutions."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Havel is one of the most senior members of the team. He is regularly singled out for his even-keeled manner and technical know-how in complicated situations. He is particularly adept in bankruptcy matters that relate to real estate.
Sally Neely has over 30 years' bankruptcy law experience. She garners tremendous respect amongst peers and clients for intelligent, thorough analysis. She acts for a range of different interests in restructurings and reorganizations.
Jeffrey Bjork has played a significant role in the debtor representations of Dynegy and Flintkote. He has developed a strong following in Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies. Interviewees are quick to emphasize that "Jeff is creative, passionate and extremely service-oriented."
Jennifer Hagle acts across the spectrum of bankruptcy and restructuring mandates, and has particular expertise in representing lenders. As one impressed source put it: "She is technically top-notch and represents us very well in a group setting; in dealing with investors, companies and creditors she takes control of meetings and expresses our viewpoints."
Impressed commentators single out Joel Samuels for praise, noting that "he is one of the smartest people I've met; he knows the Bankruptcy Code inside and out." He is regularly identified as an expert in acting for secured creditors and in conducting bankruptcy litigation.
Kevin Lantry is praised for his contributions to the Tribune and Dynegy debtor representations, an area where he is particularly adept. Interviewees appreciate his foresight in implementing strategic objectives.