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Bankruptcy/Restructuring — Massachusetts


Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading advice to investors, debtors and creditors of all types. Highly experienced in all manner of insolvency and restructuring matters with national and international implications. Offers notable expertise in Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies.

Strengths Sources comment: "Their depth of knowledge and experience is what makes them stand out."

Work highlights Represented UMB Bank as a trustee in bankruptcy proceedings involving German Pellets, a global wood pellet supplier, and its US subsidiaries. The senior secured creditors owed over $330 million in Louisiana and $185 million in Texas.

Acted for Synata Bio, a bio-based renewable energy company, as the winner bidder in a $48.5 million bankruptcy auction. The acquisition included a cellulosic ethanol plant and electricity cogeneration facility.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Bleck is "extremely knowledgeable and highly experienced," say market sources. He is highlighted for his experience in a range of insolvency, workouts and creditors' rights issues. He is also noted for his skill at handling Continuing Care Retirement Community bankruptcy matters.

Head of department William Kannel is held in high regard for his experience across a wide range of bankruptcy matters. He is particularly noted for his expertise in bondholder and Chapter 9 issues. Sources report: "He is very knowledgeable, very responsive, provides good client service and is willing to talk through complex legal issues."

Paul Ricotta "is an extremely engaging and very good lawyer," report market sources. He offers experience across a broad spectrum of bankruptcy issues, including workouts, Chapter 11 and commercial finance transactions. He is particularly skilled acting for bondholders and indenture trustees.

Adrienne Walker "is very bright, very detail-oriented and gives great service," reports an impressed source. She has considerable experience handling complex restructuring, workouts and bankruptcy matters. Clients comment: "She is diligent, tactful and creative in her approach to strategy," adding: "She is very good at explaining complex issues in a way that is comprehensible."

About the Team (content provided by Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC)

Mintz Levin has a strong reputation for representing large, sophisticated debtors in matters that require significant resources and specialized knowledge. We are able to draw upon the legal resources within the firm to handle the nonbankruptcy issues that often become a source of disputes during Chapter 11 reorganization cases.

 
Our practice is considered to be one of the premier bankruptcy and workout practices for tax-exempt bondholders. We have represented tax-exempt and taxable bondholders and their indenture trustees doing business throughout the country and internationally, and we have appeared in bankruptcy courts in almost every state in the nation.

Areas of Focus

  • Acquisitions or dispositions of financially distressed entities or their assets
  • Bondholder, indenture trustees, and bond issuers in debt restructurings, workouts, reorganizations including Chapter 9 filings
  • Debtors in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings
  • Distressed debt and claims trading
  • Landlords with respect to financially distressed tenants
  • Litigation of insurance coverage disputes arising from bankruptcies
  • Representation of boards, individual directors, and management of financially stressed companies
  • Structured financings and asset based lending
  • Secured and unsecured creditors, including parties providing debtor-in-possession financing
  • Uniform Commercial Code issues and litigation


     








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Murphy & King, P.C. - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout bankruptcy specialists active in numerous sectors, with noted expertise in real estate and retail. Recommended for litigation on behalf of distressed companies. Frequently handles Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases, out-of-court workouts and represents estate fiduciaries.

Strengths Market sources state: "The team has terrific and very skilled lawyers, who have good business and common sense," going on to add: "They have the resources to deal with complex bankruptcies and complex litigation."

One client comments: "Not only are they strong legal minds but they are also good at understanding business and risk issues."

Work highlights Acted for Cashman Equipment entities in relation to the workout and restructuring of their secured and unsecured debt. Also assisted in negotiating with secured creditors regarding the client's ongoing operations.

Served as counsel to the Chapter 11 debtors of KCST USA in negotiating the post-petition financing.

Notable practitioners

Sources regard Harold Murphy as "arguably one of the best debtors' lawyers in the state of Massachusetts." He is a highly seasoned and well-respected attorney with experience across the full spectrum of bankruptcy and insolvency matters, including complex restructurings and litigation matters. Another interviewee remarks: "He is certainly the colossus of bankruptcy lawyers."

Charles Bennett is "a fabulous litigator with a great reputation," say market commentators. He offers considerable skill handling complex commercial litigation, including financing and insolvency disputes.

Ethan Jeffery acts for a broad range of clients, often including trustees, debtors and creditors in bankruptcy matters. His areas of expertise encompass workout, Chapter 11 and restructuring disputes. Market sources report: "He is a great lawyer and a critical component of the Murphy & King practice."

Andrew Lizotte has considerable skill handling a broad range of insolvency, Chapter 11 and workout matters. He is experienced acting for debtors, creditors' committees and trustees. One client remarks: "He is a top-flight attorney whom I can't recommend highly enough."

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Brown Rudnick LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regularly engaged by ad hoc and official committees, equity holders and debtors to handle a range of insolvency matters. Areas of expertise include Chapter 11 bankruptcy, litigation and out-of-court proceedings. Notable experience representing distressed investors in sophisticated restructuring cases spanning a range of industries.

Notable practitioners

William Baldiga is well regarded for his experience across a range of bankruptcy litigation. He offers particular skill at handling Chapter 11 and reorganization proceedings. Clients report: "He is a very focused and strong advocate who is willing to go the extra mile."

Steven Pohl is noted for his experience advising on corporate reorganizations, loan restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings. His clients include trustees, debtors and creditors' committees.

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Choate Hall & Stewart LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Represents creditors and debtors across the range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Broad sector strength taking in food, technology, healthcare, sports and retail. Niche expertise representing insurers in bankruptcy proceedings that involve a range of environmental issues and workers' compensation liabilities.

Work highlights Acted for Wells Fargo Bank in a $452 million debtor-in-possession credit facility provided to sporting goods retailer, Gander Mountain Company.

Represented Gordon Brothers Finance Company as a Term Loan Agent in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Total Hockey, a retailer of sporting goods. The client was repaid in full following a Section 363 sale of assets.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Gooding has significant experience across bankruptcy, corporate finance and restructuring litigation matters. He regularly advises troubled companies, financial institutions and boards of directors in out-of-court workouts and insolvency issues.

John Ventola cochairs the firm's finance & restructuring group and has extensive experience handling a range of bankruptcy litigation. He is noted for his particular expertise in advising financial sector clients on loan workouts, restructuring and reorganization. Clients report: "He is a great attorney: he is very smart, very responsive and understands the business implications."

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Choate’s bankruptcy team is known for its company and creditor expertise in all areas of corporate restructurings, workouts, distressed asset and debt acquisition and insolvency proceedings.

  • Cover all areas of retail company restructurings, workouts, distressed asset and debt acquisitions and insolvency proceedings, including cash collateral matters, debtor-in-possession financing, Section 363 sales and the chapter 11 plan process.
  • Significant practice representing real estate clients in bankruptcy, workout and restructuring matters involving the unwinding of complex intercreditor relationships and negotiating SWAP prepayments or windups and foreclosure. 
  • Expertise representing lenders in all aspects of restructuring, workout and bankruptcy matters, in particular in retail, sports, food, real estate, healthcare and technology sectors.
  • Represent blue chip clients in connection with DIP/emergence financings, cash collateral hearings, secured party sales, intercreditor disputes, plan confirmation hearings, collateral recovery and out-of-court restructurings.
  • Expert in representing insurers in insolvency/bankruptcy proceedings across the US involving asbestos, silica, environmental and workers’ compensation liabilities.
    “Cradle to grave” service within one department.

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Goulston & Storrs - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Complex restructuring and insolvency matters of all stripes. Clients include secured and unsecured lenders, trustees and debtors. Offers particular expertise on matters pertaining to the real estate and retail sectors. Also noted for expertise in advising on corporate reorganization issues.

Strengths One source says: "It is a great firm and they have been a pleasure to work with."

Another comments: "You can really rely on their advice in the thick of it."

Work highlights Represented Audax Management company as well as several other investors in the Bernard Madoff investment securities bankruptcy and SIPA proceedings.

Acted for Gordon Brothers in the liquidation of assets and inventory of New York retail chain Joyce Leslie.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Rosner advises an array of clients on Chapter 11, Chapter 7 and complex workout matters. Impressed clients remark: "He is superb: he makes this arcane area of the law comprehensible and gives good advice."

Head of the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring group, James Wallack maintains a strong reputation in the market for his expert capabilities in workouts and complex Chapter 11 reorganizations. He is also noted for his experience handling distressed asset transactions. Market sources remark: "He has such a professional warmth that everybody in the entire community trusts and respects him."

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Ropes & Gray LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Adept representation of official committees of creditors, ad hoc committees, lenders and bondholders. Substantial experience in distressed M&A, exit financing and derivatives transactions as well as insolvency litigation. Notable for its prowess in counseling private equity firms in restructurings throughout the USA.

Strengths Market sources note: "The team has outstanding quality; they produce excellent client service and results."

Clients report: "It's a great full-service group; they always seems to have the cream of the crop, and the partners are top-notch professionals."

Work highlights Acted for Amgen in regards to the Chapter 11 cases of Unilife Corporation and certain affiliates. The client is a customer, licensee and secured lender.

Advised Gawker Media LLC in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in connection with the disposition of its assets portfolio.

Notable practitioners

Jim Wilton "is extremely bright and he gets to the heart of the issues," comments an impressed source, with another adding: "He is very experienced and practical in providing advice in difficult adversarial situations." He has considerable expertise handling out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 proceedings, with notable expertise in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

Ross Martin regularly acts for hedge funds, investment advisers and mutual funds in a range of bankruptcy matters, including out-of-court workouts and Chapter 11 litigation.

About the Team (content provided by Ropes & Gray LLP)

For decades, our business restructuring lawyers have represented clients throughout the world, in virtually every form of restructuring, insolvency and workout. The members of Ropes & Gray’s business restructuring department are among the top bankruptcy lawyers in the world. Our partners are widely recognized in publications such as Chambers USA, Chambers UK and The Legal 500 and have received multiple listings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” and U.S. and U.K. Super Lawyers. The business restructuring practice has been recognized nationally as a “sophisticated, high-quality” practice by Chambers USA.

To learn more about our practice, please visit: https://www.ropesgray.com/practices/business-restructuring.aspx

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Casner & Edwards, LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Focused advice to distressed midmarket companies and other debtor-side clients. Sector experience in retail, healthcare, biotechnology and nonprofit organizations. Skilled at the representation of commercial real estate clients in a wide array of insolvency transactions.

Strengths "We have found that Casner has attracted a stable of truly excellent attorneys who are masters of their profession," reports one commentator.

Work highlights Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of ABC Disposal Service in its $28million Chapter 11 case.

Acted for Oasis Development Enterprises in the $100 million Chapter 15 cross-boarder insolvency of its principal.

Notable practitioners

Michael Goldberg has significant experience representing a broad roster of clients in insolvency matters and restructuring proceedings. He has specialist expertise in matters pertaining to business bankruptcy and distressed asset transactions.

John Morrier is highly experienced across the full spectrum of commercial and bankruptcy matters. Clients report: "He is highly organized, efficient and knowledgeable. His communication is always direct, thorough, clear, and meticulously researched and laid out."

Lynne Riley is recognized for her experience across consumer bankruptcy trustee issues. She also offers skill at handling reorganization and Chapter 11 proceedings.

Davis Whitesell is a seasoned attorney highly experienced in an array of bankruptcy litigation, with particular skill handling Chapter 11 matters. He is also noted for strength in out-of-court restructuring and distressed asset transactions.

About the Team (content provided by Casner & Edwards, LLP)

The attorneys in Casner & Edwards’ Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice represent all parties in the debtor/creditor relationship, including debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, trustees, receivers, official committees and secured and unsecured creditors. Attributes of our practice include:


•    Focus on middle-market, debtor-side clients.


•    Represent buyers and sellers of distressed assets.


•    Represent commercial real estate owners, operators, developers and investors in financings, dispositions and other insolvency transactions.


•    Experts in workouts, restructurings, transactions and cases for nonprofit organizations.


•    Represent receivers, assignees and creditor trustees, as well as creditors and debtors, in out-of-court situations.


•    Litigation and appeals.


•    Partner Lynne Riley is on the Boston Chapter 7 trustee panel, experienced in operating and liquidating businesses, and is the standing Chapter 12 (family farmer / fisherman) Trustee.


•    Leaders in national and state-level insolvency organizations.



Industry sector specialties:
•    Nonprofits
•    Real estate
•    Healthcare
•    Biotechnology
•    Retail / Restaurants
•    Professional Services
•    Business Owners / Executives / Directors
•    Construction

Casner & Edwards has developed a national reputation for excellence in bankruptcy and restructuring, and its attorneys have been recognized by the American College of Bankruptcy, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, among others.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advice on all manner of distressed finance situations, typically representing financial institutions acting as lenders or agents. Recommended for creditors' rights litigation. Provides expert counsel to stakeholders throughout the insurance industry on matters, including contested receiverships, restructurings and mass tort bankruptcies. Also offers expertise in advising US-based investors in domestic and cross-border distressed asset transactions.

Strengths Clients comment: "They are a very much a client-oriented group and are very savvy in terms of their business approach."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Bank of America in its capacity as administrative agent in regards to a $125 million senior-secured revolving DIP facility.

Represented Stewart Lender Services in adversary proceedings arising from Allonhill's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The client faced allegations of breach of contract and fraudulent transfer in relation to their purchase of key technology assets.

Notable practitioners

Edwin Smith is held in high regard for his significant expertise in handling complex insolvency matters and bankruptcy litigation. He is also skilled across financing, workouts and distressed asset transactions.

The "outstanding litigator" Sabin Willett is skilled handling a broad range of commercial insolvency issues. He is noted for his considerable expertise in complex Chapter 11 cases.

About the Team (content provided by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP)

Our bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers advise stakeholders in all aspects of financially troubled situations, including bankruptcy and workouts in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Latin America, Australia, and elsewhere. We assist clients in realizing maximum returns, and our experience includes representations of ad hoc groups, creditors’ committees, acquirers, boards of directors, and shareholders. Our clients include insurance companies, institutional investors, and hedge funds in all levels of the capital structure. We have experience in all bankruptcy processes.


Global Bankruptcy & Restructuring Proficiency: We have long-standing proficiency on non-US and cross-border workouts and insolvencies, and we helped found the cross-border workout/insolvency advisory industry and have made this work a strategic focus for more than 25 years.

 
Sovereign Debt Experience: We are a global leading adviser to creditors of financially distressed sovereigns and do leading work in high-profile sovereign debt matters in emerging markets.

 
Premier Bankruptcy Litigation Team: We are nationally known as first-chair trial lawyers in the bankruptcy and restructuring space.


Insurance Industry Experience: We represent receivers, policyholders, and investors in insurance receivership proceedings.


Industry Sector Experience:  We work most frequently with these industries: Energy (Oil, Gas, Coal); Retail; Insurance; and Financial Institutions.

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WilmerHale - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for depth of expertise in complex financial restructuring and bankruptcy litigation matters. Clients include creditors' committees, debtors and indenture trustees. Recent work includes advising on oil and gas company bankruptcies.

Notable practitioners

John Sigel is an experienced practitioner noted for his considerable skill across bankruptcy, restructuring and debt financing matters. Market sources laud: "He is genius smart," with others adding: "In terms of raw brain power and understanding he is really good, really smart and executes very well."

About the Team (content provided by WilmerHale)

From billion-dollar fraudulent transfer litigation and appellate resolution of cutting-edge bankruptcy issues to multi-national Chapter 11 restructurings, WilmerHale has been at the forefront of complex financial restructuring and bankruptcy litigation and policy matters for decades.

Legal issues in bankruptcy are often complex and evolve at a fast pace. Addressing these issues requires the persistence, focus and dedication of counsel with sophisticated legal skills in order to turn difficult financial issues into opportunities. Our lawyers have decades of experience advising clients in virtually all aspects of financial restructuring matters—both in and out of court—and in complex bankruptcy litigation, regulation and policy matters across the globe. We collaborate regularly with lawyers in the firm’s corporate, debt finance, securities, derivatives, real estate, tax, international trade, intellectual property, venture capital, regulatory, and insurance groups to advise clients and achieve successful results for them. We have extensive experience where bankruptcy and financial institutions issues intersect, and on matters where bankruptcy and intellectual property issues overlap.

To learn more, visit us at: https://www.wilmerhale.com/bankruptcy/

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Duane Morris LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advice to creditors, distressed businesses and trustees across the range of bankruptcy matters. Noted for expertise in creditors' rights enforcement, cross-border insolvency matters and out-of-court restructurings. Particularly praised for the firm's impressive handling of the recent New England Compounding Pharmacy case.

Work highlights Continued to represent CrossHarbor in complex litigation and appeals in connection to Chapter 11 acquisition of The Yellowstone Club, a private ski and golf club.

Advised Aecon Group, a Canadian construction company in Chapter 11 proceedings filed by Westinghouse Electric Company and its affiliates. The client is a major construction supplier for two of Westinghouse’s nuclear power plant projects.

Notable practitioners

Paul Moore is a highly regarded bankruptcy practitioner skilled across a broad range of reorganizations, workouts and Chapter 11 matters. Market sources report: "He is very well respected and very responsive," with another adding: "He is very diligent, very smart and knows how to make a transaction happen."

About the Team (content provided by Duane Morris LLP)

At Duane Morris, we work with each client to determine the best strategy for deriving maximum value from a troubled company aimed at accomplishing a result that meets or exceeds the client's goals.

The lawyers in Duane Morris' Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring group have earned a reputation for thoroughly understanding the rights and obligations of the various constituencies involved with a financially distressed company, developing a plan of action designed to achieve the client's goals, and executing the plan under what are often very difficult and rapidly changing circumstances. Regardless of whether the plan of action involves bankruptcy, the enforcement of creditors' rights, an out-of-court financial restructuring transaction, or an insurance company or cross-border insolvency, Duane Morris lawyers are fully prepared to protect and advance the client's interests.

Duane Morris has bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors' rights lawyers in many major business and financial centers. This broad geographic reach includes a presence in our offices in New York, Singapore, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Pittsburgh, Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, the U.S. corporate law capital. While we are positioned in close proximity to the majority of our clients, no matter where they are based, our clients benefit from the seamless delivery of our legal services.

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Holland & Knight LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Expertise in midmarket-level bankruptcy and distressed finance on both a national and global scale. Represents clients across a range of industries including transportation, energy, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. Clients include creditors, contract counterparties, acquirers of distressed assets and debtors.

Work highlights Acted for Emergent Capital in an out-of-court restructuring where $2.2 billion in assets was under management.

Notable practitioners

John Monaghan is a highly respected practitioner experienced across an array of bankruptcy issues. He has significant expertise handling complex restructuring and commercial insolvency matters. "He is very business-savvy, very practical and always very responsive," comments one interviewee.

Lynne Xerras "is an excellent lawyer: she is very practical, thorough and effective," says one source. She is skilled across a broad range of bankruptcy matters including restructuring, Chapter 11 and distressed asset transactions.

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K&L Gates - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regularly handles matters for distressed businesses, creditors, and buyers in insolvency sales. Possesses expertise across a broad range of sectors, including energy, technology, healthcare and manufacturing. Frequently called upon to advise receivers, directors and trustees. Also noted for its expertise advising financial institutions in bankruptcy matters.

Strengths Market commentators note: "The firm has a great bunch of pragmatic practitioners who really want to serve their clients and help solve issues."

Work highlights Represented Clark Cutler McDermott Company in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. A plan was negotiated and confirmed with GM and the creditors' commitee.

Acted on behalf of Speyside Equity Fund in its attempted acquisition of Constellation Enterprises' subsidiaries in a Chapter 11 case.

Notable practitioners

Charles Dale is "an incredibly accomplished attorney with great presence," say market sources. He offers extensive experience handling debt restructurings, reorganizations and distressed asset transactions.

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Murtha Cullina LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Equally adept at handling contentious and noncontentious matters for businesses, lenders and trustees. Experienced in insolvency and distressed finance situations affecting companies in all major economic sectors. Noted for its work on sophisticated Chapter 7 cases.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Cohn is well regarded for his expertise representing distressed businesses. He has experience across an array of bankruptcy matters including out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 reorganizations.

Mark DeGiacomo is recognized for his significant expertise across Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters. He is also skilled handling appellate proceedings.

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Sullivan & Worcester LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Skilled handling of contentious and out-of-court bankruptcy and restructuring matters across the USA. Highly recommended for advice on Chapter 11 filings, with niche expertise in aviation. Adept at assisting creditor clients with insolvency proceedings in the USA and abroad.

Work highlights Represented Bank of Utah, as indenture trustee, with respect to investment into various nuclear power facilities, oil platform supply vessels, and power generating stations, some of which were in default.

Notable practitioners

Jeanne Darcey is a highly regarded bankruptcy and restructuring attorney noted for her skill representing a range of clients including bondholders, indentures trustees and creditors. She has particular expertise across Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court workouts.

Patrick Dinardo has significant experience representing an array of clients in commercial insolvency matters and bankruptcy litigation. Clients praise "his ability to analyze the situation and come up with strategy."

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With one of the largest and most experienced bankruptcy groups in the region, Sullivan & Worcester LLP offers legal services in all aspects of bankruptcy, restructuring, creditors’ rights and commercial law. Our lawyers have represented clients in matters involving billions of dollars, including out-of-court workouts and restructurings, as well as contested matters in federal bankruptcy courts in New York, Delaware, Massachusetts and other jurisdictions across the country.

Our creditor practice has a special focus on the issues faced by financial institutions and investors in financial transactions involving one or more distressed entities, including advice concerning the enforcement of remedial rights; restructuring of investments in defaulted public, private, and secured and unsecured bonds; workout of investments in CDOs and other structured investment vehicles; and enforcement of termination of swaps and other derivative instruments on account of bankruptcy or reorganization.

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Senior Statesmen

Daniel M Glosband

Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Glosband of Goodwin is highly regarded in the market for his extensive experience across insolvency and reorganization matters.

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Star Individuals

Murphy & King, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources regard Harold Murphy as "arguably one of the best debtors' lawyers in the state of Massachusetts." He is a highly seasoned and well-respected attorney with experience across the full spectrum of bankruptcy and insolvency matters, including complex restructurings and litigation matters. Another interviewee remarks: "He is certainly the colossus of bankruptcy lawyers."

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William R Baldiga

Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Baldiga is well regarded for his experience across a range of bankruptcy litigation. He offers particular skill at handling Chapter 11 and reorganization proceedings. Clients report: "He is a very focused and strong advocate who is willing to go the extra mile."

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Charles A Dale III

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Dale is "an incredibly accomplished attorney with great presence," say market sources. He offers extensive experience handling debt restructurings, reorganizations and distressed asset transactions.

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Douglas R Gooding

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Gooding has significant experience across bankruptcy, corporate finance and restructuring litigation matters. He regularly advises troubled companies, financial institutions and boards of directors in out-of-court workouts and insolvency issues.

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Monaghan is a highly respected practitioner experienced across an array of bankruptcy issues. He has significant expertise handling complex restructuring and commercial insolvency matters. "He is very business-savvy, very practical and always very responsive," comments one interviewee.

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Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Moore is a highly regarded bankruptcy practitioner skilled across a broad range of reorganizations, workouts and Chapter 11 matters. Market sources report: "He is very well respected and very responsive," with another adding: "He is very diligent, very smart and knows how to make a transaction happen."

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Goulston & Storrs

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Rosner advises an array of clients on Chapter 11, Chapter 7 and complex workout matters. Impressed clients remark: "He is superb: he makes this arcane area of the law comprehensible and gives good advice."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edwin Smith is held in high regard for his significant expertise in handling complex insolvency matters and bankruptcy litigation. He is also skilled across financing, workouts and distressed asset transactions.

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Band 1

Goulston & Storrs

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring group, James Wallack maintains a strong reputation in the market for his expert capabilities in workouts and complex Chapter 11 reorganizations. He is also noted for his experience handling distressed asset transactions. Market sources remark: "He has such a professional warmth that everybody in the entire community trusts and respects him."

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Band 1

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jim Wilton "is extremely bright and he gets to the heart of the issues," comments an impressed source, with another adding: "He is very experienced and practical in providing advice in difficult adversarial situations." He has considerable expertise handling out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 proceedings, with notable expertise in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

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Band 2

Charles R Bennett Jr

Murphy & King, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Bennett is "a fabulous litigator with a great reputation," say market commentators. He offers considerable skill handling complex commercial litigation, including financing and insolvency disputes.

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Band 2

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Bleck is "extremely knowledgeable and highly experienced," say market sources. He is highlighted for his experience in a range of insolvency, workouts and creditors' rights issues. He is also noted for his skill at handling Continuing Care Retirement Community bankruptcy matters.

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Band 2

Murtha Cullina LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Cohn is well regarded for his expertise representing distressed businesses. He has experience across an array of bankruptcy matters including out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 reorganizations.

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Band 2

Casner & Edwards, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Goldberg has significant experience representing a broad roster of clients in insolvency matters and restructuring proceedings. He has specialist expertise in matters pertaining to business bankruptcy and distressed asset transactions.

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Band 2

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department William Kannel is held in high regard for his experience across a wide range of bankruptcy matters. He is particularly noted for his expertise in bondholder and Chapter 9 issues. Sources report: "He is very knowledgeable, very responsive, provides good client service and is willing to talk through complex legal issues."

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Band 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ross Martin regularly acts for hedge funds, investment advisers and mutual funds in a range of bankruptcy matters, including out-of-court workouts and Chapter 11 litigation.

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Band 2

Casner & Edwards, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Morrier is highly experienced across the full spectrum of commercial and bankruptcy matters. Clients report: "He is highly organized, efficient and knowledgeable. His communication is always direct, thorough, clear, and meticulously researched and laid out."

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Band 2

WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

John Sigel is an experienced practitioner noted for his considerable skill across bankruptcy, restructuring and debt financing matters. Market sources laud: "He is genius smart," with others adding: "In terms of raw brain power and understanding he is really good, really smart and executes very well."

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Band 2

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Ventola cochairs the firm's finance & restructuring group and has extensive experience handling a range of bankruptcy litigation. He is noted for his particular expertise in advising financial sector clients on loan workouts, restructuring and reorganization. Clients report: "He is a great attorney: he is very smart, very responsive and understands the business implications."

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Band 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding litigator" Sabin Willett is skilled handling a broad range of commercial insolvency issues. He is noted for his considerable expertise in complex Chapter 11 cases.

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Band 3

Janet E Bostwick PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Janet Bostwick is a sole practitioner noted for her considerable experience handling complex bankruptcy and workout matters. Sources report: "She is very good and highly respected."

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Band 3

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeanne Darcey is a highly regarded bankruptcy and restructuring attorney noted for her skill representing a range of clients including bondholders, indentures trustees and creditors. She has particular expertise across Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court workouts.

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Band 3

Murtha Cullina LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark DeGiacomo is recognized for his significant expertise across Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters. He is also skilled handling appellate proceedings.

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Band 3

Patrick P Dinardo

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick Dinardo has significant experience representing an array of clients in commercial insolvency matters and bankruptcy litigation. Clients praise "his ability to analyze the situation and come up with strategy."

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Band 3

Murphy & King, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Ethan Jeffery acts for a broad range of clients, often including trustees, debtors and creditors in bankruptcy matters. His areas of expertise encompass workout, Chapter 11 and restructuring disputes. Market sources report: "He is a great lawyer and a critical component of the Murphy & King practice."

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Band 3

Foley Hoag LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Leonetti of Foley Hoag LLP is "very bright and very effective," say sources. He has considerable experience handling a broad range of bankruptcy issues, including corporate reorganization, workouts and restructurings.

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Band 3

Murphy & King, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Lizotte has considerable skill handling a broad range of insolvency, Chapter 11 and workout matters. He is experienced acting for debtors, creditors' committees and trustees. One client remarks: "He is a top-flight attorney whom I can't recommend highly enough."

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Band 3

Nixon Peabody LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Victor Milione of Nixon Peabody LLP has a broad and in-depth experience in bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Clients say: "He is clearly very knowledgeable and practical," adding: "He's been delightful to work with."

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Band 3

William R Moorman Jr

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Moorman of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP frequently advises local and national businesses on insolvency issues including workouts, reorganization and bankruptcy disputes. His client bases include healthcare, technology and public sector companies.

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Band 3

Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Pohl is noted for his experience advising on corporate reorganizations, loan restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings. His clients include trustees, debtors and creditors' committees.

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Band 3

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Ricotta "is an extremely engaging and very good lawyer," report market sources. He offers experience across a broad spectrum of bankruptcy issues, including workouts, Chapter 11 and commercial finance transactions. He is particularly skilled acting for bondholders and indenture trustees.

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Band 3

Casner & Edwards, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lynne Riley is recognized for her experience across consumer bankruptcy trustee issues. She also offers skill at handling reorganization and Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Band 3

Foley Hoag LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Schwartz of Foley Hoag LLP offers broad expertise across the full gamut of bankruptcy and restructuring matters. He regularly represents clients in commercial litigation, bankruptcy and other insolvency disputes.

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Band 3

Jeffrey Sternklar

Jeffrey Sternklar LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Sternklar is a well-regarded sole practitioner experienced in handling bankruptcy issues. His client base includes debtors, creditors' committees and bondholders.

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Band 3

Adrienne K Walker

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Adrienne Walker "is very bright, very detail-oriented and gives great service," reports an impressed source. She has considerable experience handling complex restructuring, workouts and bankruptcy matters. Clients comment: "She is diligent, tactful and creative in her approach to strategy," adding: "She is very good at explaining complex issues in a way that is comprehensible."

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Band 3

A. Davis Whitesell

Casner & Edwards, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Davis Whitesell is a seasoned attorney highly experienced in an array of bankruptcy litigation, with particular skill handling Chapter 11 matters. He is also noted for strength in out-of-court restructuring and distressed asset transactions.

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Band 3

Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Young of Locke Lord LLP has considerable experience handling an array of commercial and bankruptcy litigation. He regularly advises private equity sponsors, investors and lenders in insolvency issues.

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Up and Coming

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lynne Xerras "is an excellent lawyer: she is very practical, thorough and effective," says one source. She is skilled across a broad range of bankruptcy matters including restructuring, Chapter 11 and distressed asset transactions.

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