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Bankruptcy/Restructuring — Nationwide


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Dallas and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Impressive performer in key jurisdictions across the USA and around the globe, with distinguished attorneys handling the full array of bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Extensive strength in acting for creditors, as well as increasing debtor-side capabilities. Well reputed for its representation of key parties in energy sector insolvencies.

Strengths Clients report being "tremendously impressed with their skills, knowledge and professionalism," adding that "their accessibility and client responsiveness have also been outstanding."

Clients highlight the firm's "very deep bench" and ability to "bring the full resources of the firm to bear" in both contentious and noncontentious matters.

Work highlights Represented an ad hoc group of secured noteholders in Constellation Enterprises' Chapter 11 filing, where the group holds approximately $130 million in outstanding secured notes.

Represented an ad hoc group of senior secured noteholders to CHC Helicopter in connection with the company's Chapter 11 proceedings.

Significant clients Unsecured Noteholders of Atlas Resource Partners, Ad Hoc Group of Unsecured Noteholders of Energy Future Intermediate Holdings, Hercules Offshore, International Shipholding Corporation, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of SandRidge Energy.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Golden is held in high regard for his representation of creditors' and bondholder committees, garnering praise from interviewees who dub him "one of the best of the best." He handles the full spectrum of out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 cases, offering notable expertise in matters involving distressed energy sector assets.

Impressed sources describe Ira Dizengoff as "a deal-maker" who "knows how to negotiate, avoid litigation and get deals done." He counts several leading hedge funds and institutional investors among his varied client list, regularly acting for these clients in complex cross-border restructurings.

Interviewees praise Michael Stamer's "fantastic client skills," describing him as "very well thought of, always available and really easy to work with." His broad practice includes representing unsecured creditors' committees and secured lenders in distressed situations, recently taking the lead on the firm's work for an ad hoc group of noteholders of CHC Helicopter in its Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Exceptional strength exhibited by its preeminent bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys. Prominent on a wide range of insolvency cases, with considerable experience advising on DIP and exit financings as well as the facilitation of distressed M&A. Broad client list includes financial institutions, ad hoc creditor groups, municipalities and both US-based and international corporations.

Strengths Clients note the "quality and the caliber of the people" as the firm's biggest strength, reporting that "they're best in class and they put their client's needs first; they're continually thinking about the situation at a global level, not just thinking about the legal issues."

Work highlights Advised the ad hoc group of bondholders of Governmental Development Bank for Puerto Rico in connection with the restructuring of approximately $3.7 billion of outstanding bonds issued by the bank.

Represented a leading financial institution as the administrative agent and collateral agent for Alpha Natural Resources' prepetition secured credit facilities through its $7.1 billion Chapter 11 proceedings.

Significant clients Delta Air Lines, Bonanza Creek Energy, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan.

Notable practitioners

Donald Bernstein is considered an expert in financial firm insolvency concerns, regularly counseling financial institutions on resolution planning and managing credit risks. His experience also extends to bondholder representations, including leading the firm's recent work for the ad hoc group of bondholders of Governmental Development Bank for Puerto Rico.

Clients praise Marshall Huebner as a "brilliant technician," noting that he is "brilliant at strategically reading the situation, determining direction and then executing that strength." He is particularly well regarded for his work in complex energy sector Chapter 11 cases, acting as debtor counsel to several distressed companies.

"Terrific lawyer" Damian Schaible is described by his clients as "very commercial and definitely an up-and-coming star in the industry." A recent focus of his restructuring practice is the representation of lenders and administrative agents in complex energy sector insolvencies, which includes recently acting for the agent in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Alpha Natural Resources.

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Jones Day - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas and Cleveland.

What the team is known for Maintains an excellent reputation as a global powerhouse with formidable capabilities in reorganizations, workouts and creditor claims. Offers a deep bench of experts experienced in handling both debtor- and creditor-side mandates, advising across areas such as distressed M&A, mass tort-related restructurings and CDO issues. Counts leading hedge funds and multinational companies among its regular client roster.

Strengths The team is praised by interviewees for its breadth of expertise and diverse skill set: "They have very good litigators and finance attorneys so they have a lot of strength throughout the practice. The firm has a very good reputation and it's well deserved."

One impressed client simply states: "It's one of the best experiences with counsel I've had."

Work highlights Represented Alpha Natural Resources in its $7.1 billion Chapter 11 filing, assisting the company with the sale of its natural gas business and coal mining assets.

Acted for the official committee of second priority noteholders in Chapter 11 proceedings involving Caesars Entertainment Operating Company and some of its affiliates, in which the committee holds over $5.4 billion of the debtor's funded debt.

Significant clients Peabody Energy, Molycorp, Lenders and Noteholders of iHeartCommunications, Relativity Media, Swift Energy.

Notable practitioners

Corinne Ball is well regarded for her deep experience and "outstanding" practice, regularly handling complex restructurings, distressed M&A and out-of-court workouts across an array of industries. She gains further recognition for her expertise in cross-border matters. One source describes her as "the best, period."

According to impressed sources, Bruce Bennett is "one of the smartest attorneys out there." He regularly acts on both debtor- and creditor-side representations in corporate reorganizations, Chapter 11 proceedings and municipal bankruptcies.

Heather Lennox focuses on representing debtors in complex Chapter 11 and 9 restructurings. She frequently advises clients on bankruptcy-related issues involving mass torts, fiduciary duty and fraudulent conveyance. Clients hold her in high regard as an "outstanding" bankruptcy expert.

The "fantastic" Richard Wynne represents both company and creditor-side clients in in-court and out-of-court bankruptcy proceedings, with noted strength in insolvency-related valuation litigation. His experience extends to counseling distressed companies on transactions.

David Heiman is noted by interviewees for his "wealth of experience" in the field, which includes representing clients in both municipal and corporate insolvencies. His recent work includes leading the firm's representation of distressed energy company Alpha Natural Resources.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Chicago.

What the team is known for Outstanding practice with a deep bench that remains a popular choice for distressed companies seeking top-quality representation on high-profile bankruptcy and restructuring cases. Also regularly engaged by major creditors, including private equity and hedge funds. Regarded as a dominant presence in Chapter 11 cases involving distressed energy sector clients.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "excellent," reporting that "they're very commercial and understand deal structures. They don't need to spend a lot of time going through rationale and are very pragmatic."

Another source labels them "the number one bankruptcy firm," adding: "When you look at large, complex cases with challenging structures and multiple claimants, they are the best firm to deal with matters of that complexity and size."

Work highlights Represented SandRidge Energy in its prearranged Chapter 11 plan, reaching a global settlement with the official committee of unsecured creditors and overruling an objection raised by an ad hoc group of common stockholders.

Represented Midstates Petroleum Company in its prepackaged Chapter 11 restructuring, which involved $2 billion in funded debt.

Significant clients Energy Future Holdings, Sabine Oil & Gas, Samson Resources, LINN Energy, Magnum Hunter Resources.

Notable practitioners

Marc Kieselstein is known for his strong corporate restructuring practice, acting for both debtor- and creditor-side clients in matters such as Section 363 sales, Chapter 11 reorganizations and distressed debt transactions. He formed part of the team advising Energy Future Holdings through its landmark Chapter 11 case.

Jonathan Henes offers extensive experience in representing clients such as hedge funds, creditors' committees and distressed companies in domestic and cross-border matters. He is also skilled in advising clients on bankruptcy-related environmental and mass tort issues.

Market sources appreciate Patrick Nash's "very direct and practical approach," describing him as "a problem solver, not a problem creator." He regularly represents clients in complex reorganizations and debt restructurings, in addition to advising on distressed M&A.

James Sprayregen garners market-wide recognition for his bankruptcy and restructuring practice, drawing praise from clients who highlight his "good base of judgment" and the "deep experience he can draw upon." He represents leading national and international companies in complex Chapter 11 restructurings, offering notable prowess in energy sector insolvencies.

Anup Sathy maintains a broad-based restructuring practice, advising a range of parties on complex restructurings and Chapter 11 proceedings. He regularly acts on multijurisdictional matters and draws praise for his "incredibly strategic" approach and "ability to coordinate lawyers across the globe."

Clients comment that Edward Sassower "demonstrates incredible creativity," adding: "His ability to build consensus and to coalesce the group around important issues was stunning." He counts high-profile debtors, creditors and distressed investors among his varied client list.

Department profile by Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis' Restructuring Group utilizes its offices in the United States, Europe and Asia to provide integrated services to clients worldwide. Kirkland's Restructuring lawyers have advised on some of the most complex, multijurisdictional restructurings in recent history and have a broad range of business advisory and crisis management skills to navigate clients through situations involving financially troubled companies. Our lawyers have handled matters across multiple industries, including media, entertainment, transportation, manufacturing, energy, retail, and real estate.

With more than 100 lawyers in our U.S., London, Munich, and Hong Kong offices, the Restructuring Group has earned a distinguished international reputation by achieving positive results for a wide range of global clients. Furthermore, we regularly draw upon and benefit from the experience of Kirkland's internationally recognized lawyers in securities, corporate, tax, real estate, litigation and intellectual property to provide the full-service capabilities our clients need for the various legal matters they retain Kirkland to handle.







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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Standout team of dedicated bankruptcy and restructuring experts commended for its handling of creditor and debtor-side engagements as well as representations of private equity sponsors and distressed companies. Draws on firm-wide expertise in areas such as M&A, commercial litigation and tax to provide an impressive full-service practice in domestic and cross-border work.

Strengths One happy client reports: "The thing that strikes you the most about Paul, Weiss is the depth of the practice. They just have a large number of senior partners, all of whom are of an outstanding quality."

Work highlights Represented the second lien agent of Sabine Oil & Gas in its Chapter 11 filing, including obtaining the successful dismissal of related fraudulent transfer claims.

Acted as debtor's counsel to Walter Energy throughout its $4 billion Chapter 11 filing and the subsequent sale of its core mining operation to senior lenders.

Significant clients Angelo, Gordon & Co, Apollo Global Management, Capital Research and Management, Citi, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Notable practitioners

Market sources hail Alan Kornberg as an "awesome" practitioner, stating: "He is the one that makes magic." He frequently acts on headline nationwide and cross-border insolvency matters, which include recently serving as Chapter 11 debtor's counsel to several US-based energy companies.

Andrew Rosenberg is held in high esteem for his experience in creditor-side work, regularly representing high-profile bondholders and creditors' committees in US-based and international restructurings. Clients describe him as "really approachable" and note his skill in "managing a lot of diverse personalities in a creditor group."

Stephen Shimshak is experienced in handling a range of distressed situations, fielding particular expertise in Chapter 11 restructurings and distressed investments. Interviewees commend his ability to "see all the solutions, whether they are in multiple steps or right in front of you."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Widely recognized for its expert work on behalf of significant creditors, debtors and government agencies. Regularly called upon for its formidable expertise on complex insolvencies and Chapter 9 cases, with additional experience in cross-border restructurings. Demonstrates significant strength in bankruptcy litigation and sovereign debt restructurings, particularly those involving Latin American parties.

Strengths Clients hold the team in high regard, reporting that "they are one of the more thoughtful and creative firms that we use; they tend to hire very, very bright people and train them very well."

Work highlights Served as counsel to the ad hoc committee of cross-holders of unsecured bonds and unsecured term loans of Key Energy Services in its prepackaged Chapter 11 case and reduction of approximately $725 million of debt.

Represented the United Auto Workers in its capacity as official Section 1114 representative for 80% of retirees of the Budd Company in connection with Budd's Chapter 11 proceedings.

Significant clients PREPA, Puerto Rico, Nortel Networks, J. Aron and Company, Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders of Oro Negro.

Notable practitioners

James Bromley lends his vast experience to acting for high-profile debtors, creditors, investors and government bodies in domestic and international proceedings. He is particularly well regarded for his strength in bankruptcy-related litigation, while also attracting praise as a "very experienced leader of complex, multiparty restructuring transactions."

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Excellent reputation for its representation of creditors and debtors in complex Chapter 9 and 11 engagements. Widely praised for its strong bankruptcy litigation offering and ability to draw on additional strength in real estate and energy. Boasts an enviable client list of national and multinational corporates, hedge funds and distressed municipalities.

Strengths One client views Kramer Levin as "one of the top-tier firms," reporting that "in terms of the work product, the people and the understanding of their craft, there is nobody smarter than them out there."

Work highlights Represented several funds managed by Elliott Management, Aurelius Capital, Davidson Kempner and Bracebridge Capital as the holders of $5.8 billion of defaulted Argentine bonds in settlement negotiations with the Republic of Argentina.

Represented the indenture trustee and an ad hoc group of second lien noteholders for Energy Future Intermediate Holdings, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings, in litigation concerning $2.2 billion of second lien notes.

Significant clients Franklin Advisors and Oppenheimer Funds, Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Bondholder of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Arch Coal, Independent Directors of Southcross Holdings, Li & Fung.

Notable practitioners

"Very good deal lawyer" Kenneth Eckstein handles complex Chapter 11 reorganizations on behalf of a range of parties, counting debtors, creditors' committees and trustees among his clients. His recent work includes leading the firm's representation of a group of funds in a long-running dispute with the Republic of Argentina.

One interviewee describes Thomas Moers Mayer as "one of the most brilliant lawyers I've ever met," labeling him "very novel and practical." He is vastly experienced in handling both corporate and municipal restructurings, in addition to acting for investors in the acquisition of distressed assets.

Department profile by Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

With 30 attorneys who focus exclusively on bankruptcy and creditors' rights, Kramer Levin has been involved in many of the largest and most complex U.S. bankruptcies of the past 30 years, representing creditors' committees, bondholders and companies. We also advise clients in the areas of complex bankruptcy litigation and investigations, distressed investments, mergers and acquisitions, and mass tort and class action bankruptcies. Other areas of focus include distressed and special situations lending as well as claims trading.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Strong bench of bankruptcy attorneys advising stakeholders in restructurings on both the creditor and company side. Notable expertise in cross-border assignments spanning sectors such as retail and energy. Enviable nationwide presence complemented by particular strength in acting for foreign debtors in Chapter 15 proceedings.

Strengths The team's client service is highly praised by interviewees, who describe the group as "very, very constructive and easy to work with," adding: "They respect the client they're representing and have respect for you when you're on the other side, even when you don't agree."

Sources also commend the team's bench of "pragmatic and knowledgeable" attorneys, noting that they are "very responsive and timely."

Work highlights Represented Caesars Acquisition Company in multiple fraudulent transfer claims arising from its purchase of assets from distressed company, Caesars Entertainment Operating Company.

Acted for GE on the Chapter 15 filing of Spanish company Abengoa, advising the client on its multibillion-dollar trade contracts with the debtor's international operations.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Mattel, Centerbridge Partners, JPMorgan Chase, Citi.

Notable practitioners

Jan Baker comes recommended for his "unflappable, calm and collected" approach and ability to "skillfully orchestrate the pulling together of resources" to provide "seamless and proactive support." He is respected for his expert representation of debtors in complex restructurings, which include a recent focus on airline insolvencies.

David Heller is "highly experienced and very responsive," according to impressed clients. He frequently acts for high-profile debtors in restructurings arising from the energy and media sectors, among others. Clients highlight the "depth of perspective" he brings to bankruptcy proceedings.

Peter Gilhuly frequently handles insolvency-related issues in the airline, media and biotechnology fields, acting for clients such as debtors, creditors' committees and hedge funds. Clients describe him as "very practical and not afraid to get in the trenches."

"Spectacular lawyer" Richard Levy is held in high regard for his extensive work in proceedings involving distressed energy companies. He focuses on representing financial institutions and investment funds as lenders in major domestic and cross-border restructurings.

Sources draw attention to Mitchell Seider's "great ability to explain complicated matters and drive outcomes for those he is representing." He offers deep expertise in handling distressed situations in the oil and gas space, frequently representing individual creditors and creditors' committees.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Esteemed coast-to-coast practice with a comprehensive offering in insolvency and workout transactions. Frequently engaged by creditors, debtors and boards of directors to provide guidance on a range of complex matters. Demonstrates expertise in domestic and international Chapter 11 cases, including recent matters involving Canadian and Brazilian parties.

Strengths Clients draw attention to the firm's impressive bench strength: "The quality of the people is just as good as it gets; in every department there is someone who is a superstar."

Market sources describe Milbank as an "excellent firm," highlighting its "very strong finance practice."

Work highlights Represented Oaktree Capital Management as prepetition secured lender and debtor-in-possession lender to Molycorp in its Chapter 11 reorganization, securing a 92.5% equity stake in the restructured company.

Acted as international counsel to an ad hoc committee of credit agencies and lenders to the Oi Group in relation to Oi's restructuring under Brazilian law.

Significant clients Centerbridge Partners, CarVal Investors, KKR, Goldman Sachs, Strategic Value Partners.

Notable practitioners

Dennis Dunne is lauded by his clients as "incredibly accessible," in addition to garnering recognition as a "very good strategic thinker." He acts across the full gamut of debtor- and creditor-side representations, including out-of-court workouts and high-stakes litigation.

Paul Aronzon fields significant experience in restructurings, out-of-court workouts and distressed M&A, offering expertise in both company and creditor-side representations. His recent work includes major restructurings within the gaming, hospitality, retail and energy sectors.

Clients draw attention to Gerard Uzzi's "great experience and ability to drive things to a conclusion," labeling him "a go-to person in a complex bankruptcy." He is well regarded for his handling of headline Chapter 11 cases spanning an impressive range of industries.

Department profile by Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Consistently ranked as leaders in Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR1000, Turnarounds & Workouts, and Benchmark Litigation, our Financial Restructuring group is known globally for prominent corporate restructurings and groundbreaking chapter 11 cases. We are at the forefront of most of the largest, most complex corporate restructuring matters in the world, and our representations have earned us numerous industry awards. The key to our long-standing success: our unique ability to advise companies, creditors’ committees, financial institutions, funds and trustees in domestic and cross-border restructurings, providing perspective from all aspects of a case. We work hand-in-hand with Milbank’s other market-leading practice groups, helping our clients develop commercial solutions that create and preserve and value.

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Armed with deep experience in diverse practice areas and industries, our lawyers in the US, Europe and Asia collaborate on creative, nuanced solutions and locally based approaches to restructuring issues around the world.

Our extensive experience representing stakeholders in the financial distress of non-US entities extends to troubled US companies with businesses in other jurisdictions around the world.


Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Wilmington, DE.

What the team is known for Highly sought-after outfit regularly acting on engagements covering multiple jurisdictions. Well equipped to undertake complex bankruptcy litigation on behalf of high-profile clients, with an impressive track record in debtor-side representations. Provides expert counsel to distressed companies on prebankruptcy concerns, including planning for market illiquidity, as well as appearing in high-profile Chapter 11 cases.

Strengths Clients draw attention to the team's business-focused approach, describing the attorneys as "very commercial but also able to understand the technical side of things."

Interviewees draw attention to the firm's "great client service and commercial sensibility," adding that "the work required quick reactions and strategic thinking, which the team excelled at."

Work highlights Served as debtor's counsel to Quiksilver and its subsidiary, Boardriders, in its reorganization of over $500 million of debt as part of a preplanned Chapter 11 filing.

Represented Atlas Resource Partners in its prepackaged restructuring, which resulted in the company's successful emergence from bankruptcy as Titan Energy.

Notable practitioners

Jay Goffman is revered by market sources for his representation of leading debtors in out-of-court and prepackaged restructurings. He is also noted for his strength in handling both domestic and international insolvency matters, garnering praise from clients who describe him as "a good person and an outstanding practitioner."

Paul Leake is known for his broad restructuring practice, fielding experience in areas such as out-of-court reorganizations and Chapter 11 cases. One source describes him as "extremely smart and very practical," praising his ability to "talk to different sides with warring views and get them to a middle ground."

George Panagakis is a "very creative debtors' lawyer," according to impressed sources. He acts for companies across an array of sectors in complex Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings, offering recent experience in the telecommunication and technology fields.

Eric Ivester "does an outstanding job for his client and handles himself very well in the courtroom" according to market sources. He handles both debtor- and creditor-side mandates and regularly undertakes complex restructurings, out-of-court workouts and distressed M&A.

Department profile by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

The Corporate Restructuring Group at Skadden provides innovative solutions to clients involved in distressed company situations, which allow clients to minimize costs, enhance value and properly position themselves for the future.

We represent troubled companies, their boards, management, owners, creditors, lenders, investors and acquirors handling restructurings in and out of court, financial recapitalizations, business reorganizations, acquisitions and liquidations. Our lawyers also advise on insolvency issues in corporate and financing transactions and on all aspects of distressed debt trading and securities issues. A substantial aspect of our practice focuses on avoiding or mitigating the adverse effects of liquidity or other crises through contingency planning and helping companies overcome the inertia of a downward spiral while they still have alternatives to bankruptcy. In addition, our presence in Europe, Asia and South America allows us to address clients’ needs in the context of insolvency and bankruptcy regimes around the world.

Our Corporate Restructuring Group consistently has been recognized by peers and restructuring professionals as one of the top practices in the world. Skadden was named Corporate Restructuring Team of the Year by The American Lawyer and Legal Week at the 2017 Transatlantic Legal Awards, as well as U.S. News — Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year for its Corporate Restructuring Group as part of the publication’s 2017 “Best Law Firms” survey.

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Houses significant transactional capabilities, acting on distressed M&A and leveraged deals for an impressive range of acquirers and creditors, including financial institutions and private equity funds. Frequently advises on out-of-court restructurings while bringing its litigation strength to bear on contentious cases.

Strengths Interviewees point to the firm's high-caliber bench, stating: "They have spectacular lawyers who do great work."

Notable practitioners

Market-leading bankruptcy practitioner Harold Novikoff focuses on representing banking clients in complex Chapter 11 cases and distressed M&A. Commentators highlight the "brainpower" he brings to complex matters, while also highlighting his practical approach.

Richard Mason is an expert in creditor-side representations, acting on matters such as out-of-court restructurings and court proceedings for a broad client base. He is frequently involved in distressed matters arising from the energy sector, offering particular expertise in cross-border mandates.

Scott Charles is highly experienced in handling distressed transactions, frequently acting on behalf of institutional lenders and creditors' committees. He demonstrates significant strength in retail sector insolvencies, including major Chapter 11 cases.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Dallas.

What the team is known for Versatile team with significant expertise on major debtor workouts as well as the representation of creditors and asset purchasers. Regularly handles complex restructurings with a contentious component. Strong cross-border capabilities see it attract a broad client base, including hedge funds, financial institutions and blue-chip multinationals.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "very knowledgeable, responsive and user-friendly" attorneys.

Work highlights Represented Paragon Offshore in its Chapter 11 proceedings, leading negotiations with creditors concerning the reorganization of approximately $2.5 billion in debt.

Counseled the official committee of unsecured creditors in SunEdison's recent Chapter 11 case, which involved $8.74 billion of debt.

Significant clients Aéropostale, DVB Bank, Health Republic, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Vantage Drilling.

Notable practitioners

Marcia Goldstein is held in high regard for her extensive experience in handling high-value debt restructurings on a domestic and international scale. Her enviable client list includes secured and unsecured creditors, as well as US-based and foreign debtors across a range of sectors.

Stephen Karotkin frequently represents financially distressed companies in complex Chapter 11 proceedings, fielding notable experience in handling asbestos-related cases. He is also noted for his handling of financing transactions. Interviewees commend the "good judgment" he brings to complex matters.

Matthew Barr comes recommended for wide-ranging restructuring practice, which includes acting for debtors and creditor-side parties in out-of-court workouts and major Chapter 11 filings. He led the firm's recent representation of the official unsecured creditors' committee in SunEdison's Chapter 11 case.

Gary Holtzer is well regarded for his broad-based practice, which includes handling distressed acquisitions, financings and restructurings on a national and international scale. He offers notable sector expertise in insurance, where he is frequently retained as debtor's counsel.

Alfredo Perez regularly works on nationwide and cross-border Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings. He formed part of the team acting for Paragon Offshore in its Chapter 11 restructuring, which involved $2.5 billion in debt. Interviewees highlight his "knowledge of the subject matter" as a key strength.

Market sources describe Ray Schrock as "very practical," noting that "he sees the big picture and he's very business-oriented." He focuses on debtor-side work, with recent experience including high-stakes restructurings within the oil and gas, mining and retail fields.

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Brown Rudnick LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Boston.

What the team is known for Premier players in the area of bankruptcy litigation, frequently engaged by creditors and debtors on complex Chapter 11 cases. Often called upon by distressed investors to provide guidance in bankruptcy filings. Active across a range of sectors, including energy, hospitality, real estate and professional sports.

Strengths Impressed clients state: "They're great lawyers and an awesome firm to deal with."

Notable practitioners

Edward Weisfelner is "beyond renowned," according to one impressed client, who describes him as a "tremendous lawyer." He is highly regarded for his expertise in bankruptcy litigation, in addition to offering experience in acting for clients in out-of-court restructurings.

Robert Stark frequently acts on contentious corporate restructurings, drawing praise from clients who describe him as "a brilliant litigator and brilliant technician." His broad client roster includes both debtor- and creditor-side parties.

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Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Agile West Coast firm focusing on corporate restructurings, workouts and distressed asset acquisitions. Regularly brings its bankruptcy litigation strength to bear on headline matters, in addition to advising on complex Chapter 9 cases. Demonstrates significant strength in retail sector insolvencies.

Strengths One happy client attests that "Klee Tuchin is a step above other firms I've worked with," commenting that "they really understand the issues and they're very good at providing legal advice and options so other parties can make the appropriate decisions."

Another source highlights the "extremely insightful and accurate" attorneys at the firm, noting that "because they understand all sides of the issues, they are very effective in getting us across the finish line."

Work highlights Served as debtor's counsel to Wet Seal in all aspects of its Chapter 11 restructuring, including negotiations concerning post-petition financing facilities and the successful sale of the business.

Advised Vestis Retail Group on its Chapter 11 proceedings, which involved securing $125 million in debtor-in-possession financing and handling the Section 363 sale of two of the company's lines.

Significant clients Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Lenders of AOG Entertainment, First Lien Agent of Garden Fresh, Jefferson County, South Coast Air Quality Management District, USA Discounters.

Notable practitioners

Lee Bogdanoff is highly regarded for his broad restructuring practice, which includes handling major Chapter 11 filings, distressed litigation and municipal bankruptcies. Sources describe him as "truly an excellent lawyer."

Clients appreciate Michael Tuchin's "great understanding of the overall picture and the end game," noting that he is "a great problem solver from a legal perspective." He regularly acts for California-based and national debtors in high-value Chapter 11 proceedings.

Kenneth Klee offers deep experience in Chapter 9 restructurings, having played a lead role in several of the country's leading cases. He also regularly counsel clients on corporate insolvency concerns, offering particular expertise in the gaming and entertainment space. Clients appreciate his "experience and knowledge of the Bankruptcy Code."

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Morrison & Foerster LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Highly commended practice that assists a wide range of clients on the lender and company sides. Maintains a sterling reputation in US-based and multijurisdictional Chapter 11 proceedings. Brings to bear extensive firm-wide strength in tax, litigation and employee benefits when handling complex restructuring mandates.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's commercial approach, describing the team as "very deal-oriented and very pragmatic."

Work highlights Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of Peabody Energy in its Chapter 11 filing and restructuring of $8.8 billion in debt obligations.

Served as special renewables counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors in SunEdison's recent Chapter 11 proceedings, including participating in negotiations concerning the sale of the debtor's assets.

Significant clients Maxus Energy, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of UCI International, HOVENSA, LBI Winding-Up Board, Navajo Nation.

Notable practitioners

The "extremely knowledgeable" Brett Miller is known for his work with creditor clients, including official and ad hoc committees and financial institutions. He handles insolvency-related transactions and litigation, in addition to offering strength in cross-border restructurings.

Gary Lee is recognized for his cross-border restructuring expertise, frequently counseling clients on matters involving mainland Europe and the UK. His "very well-respected" practice also includes advising hedge funds on US-based restructuring proceedings.

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Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and Wilmington, DE.

What the team is known for Comprehensive bankruptcy and restructuring team with a broad clientele encompassing debtors, creditors, trustees and asset purchasers. Notable strength in complex cross-border insolvencies, offering experience in handling Chapter 15 proceedings and multijurisdictional Chapter 11 filings.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very responsive and easy to work with in terms of being able to facilitate transactions," adding that "they maximize value, not just for their clients, but for the overall estate."

Notable practitioners

Richard Pachulski comes highly recommended for his strength in corporate restructurings, acting in Chapter 11 cases arising from a broad range of sectors as well as handling distressed M&A. One interviewee labels him "one of the smartest attorneys out there."

Impressed interviewees describe Laura Davis Jones as "one of the best lawyers you'll ever see in the courtroom." She serves as managing partner of the firm's Wilmington office and focuses on representing distressed companies in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts.

"Very strong bankruptcy lawyer" Richard Mikels is hugely experienced in representing clients in Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court workouts, primarily acting on the side of the debtor. He is also noted for his work with acquirers in distressed M&A transactions.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Key offices include New York and Chicago.

What the team is known for Advises across the full spectrum of bankruptcy and restructuring law for creditors, debtors and senior lenders, as well as private equity funds. Impressive bench of bankruptcy litigation experts, complemented by notable corporate governance capabilities. Additional strength in handling liquidations for entities such as offshore and onshore hedge funds and boards of directors.

Strengths Impressed clients state: "What they do well is to drive the business negotiations as much as possible by using the legal leverage they have, but also by focusing on practical solutions; they have a real focus on that end game."

Sources also highlight the group's cohesive approach: "The team worked in concert with each other and their skills complemented each other nicely."

Work highlights Represented the Budd Company in its Chapter 11 filing, including advising on corporate governance, complex tax and legacy retiree benefits disputes.

Acted for the trustee responsible for the liquidation of ITT Technical Institute, which included responding to SEC and CFPB regulatory actions.

Significant clients Energy Future Holdings, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico, KPS Capital Partners, Monomoy Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners

"Very talented attorney" Martin Bienenstock is highly valued for his "encyclopedic knowledge of bankruptcy law." He offers extensive expertise in corporate reorganizations, handling both domestic and cross-border Chapter 11 proceedings.

Mark Thomas represents public and private debtors, private equity sponsors, creditors' committees and ad hoc groups in a range of domestic and cross-border restructurings. He is also noted for his strong transactional practice, which sees him act for the buyers and sellers of distressed assets.

Market sources praise Jeff Marwil's "excellent courtroom presence," describing him as "responsive, informative, transparent and cooperative." He provides strategic advice to blue-chip distressed companies, offering expertise in areas such as fiduciary duty and the restructuring of complex capital structures.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for High-caliber bankruptcy litigation team often sought after by stakeholders in precedent-setting Chapter 11 filings. Experts in the area of DIP financing and asset acquisition in contentious cases. Popular choice for foreign debtors seeking Chapter 15 representation, drawing on notable cross-border experience.

Strengths Clients report that the team does "a superb job," commenting that "they're very knowledgeable, very intelligent individuals who are extremely competent."

Work highlights Represented Solus Alternative Asset Management and PointState Capital in relation to their position as senior noteholders to distressed company, Nortel Networks.

Successfully defended Sabine Oil & Gas's private equity sponsor, First Reserve, against several claims brought by the official creditors' committee and two indenture trustees during Sabine's Chapter 11 proceedings.

Significant clients Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Ad Hoc Committee of Berry Noteholders, US Bank, Ad Hoc Group of Senior Bondholders of COFINA, PointState Capital.

Notable practitioners

Susheel Kirpalani holds a leading reputation for his handling of high-stakes municipal restructurings. He fields additional expertise in acting for private equity clients in complex Chapter 11 proceedings. Impressive sources describe him as "very thoughtful and aggressive when necessary."

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Sidley Austin LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and Chicago.

What the team is known for Undertakes representations on behalf of stakeholders on both the creditor and debtor sides across a broad range of complex reorganization and insolvency matters. Demonstrates particular strength in oil and gas, financial services and mining matters. Also noted for its expert handling of cross-border mandates.

Strengths One impressed source states: "Their experience shines through, so people understand what they're talking about. They're very strong on the legal issues, but they're also very pragmatic and commercial; they're able to translate legal strategies into business strategies."

Another interviewee notes: "Their lawyers are smart, quick and have a nice global reach."

Work highlights Represented Key Energy Services and its domestic affiliates in their Chapter 11 proceedings, in which the debtors are seeking confirmation of a plan to reduce Key's $1 billion debt by 70%.

Served as debtor's counsel in Tribune Media Company's Chapter 11 filing, successfully defending the company's $7.5 billion reorganization plan against an appeal from an objecting noteholder.

Significant clients Assured Guaranty, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Delphi Automotive, Dynergy.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe James Conlan as "very bright, very nimble and very strategic," drawing attention to his ability to "deal with both the big picture and the granular details." He is considered an expert in cross-border restructurings, counting several US-based and international companies among his regular clients.

The "very talented" Lawrence Nyhan receives widespread praise from interviewees, who describe him as "knowledgeable, with good business sense, and very responsive." He acts on a range of insolvency-related matters, including leading the firm's representation of Key Energy Services in its cross-border restructuring.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Talented group of restructuring attorneys with extensive experience in handling debtor-side engagements. Undertakes a broad range of Chapter 11 representations, and is a popular choice for parties to distressed investments. Also noted for its creditor-side expertise, acting for financial institutions and private equity funds in courtroom and out-of-court proceedings.

Strengths Interviewees state: "The thing that sets them apart is that they're very commercial in how they think about the cases they're involved in. They're really able to relay the issues and how they will impact the business from a strategy perspective."

Sources also highlight the firm's "great strategic thinkers," noting that "they look at the situation from a results-oriented perspective."

Work highlights Represented an ad hoc group of bondholders in UCI International's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, in which the group is owed over $400 million and is the principle creditor to the debtor.

Represented Nortel Networks UK Pension Trust and the Board of the Pension Protection Fund as representatives of over $3 billion in underfunded pension claims during the asset sale of distressed company Nortel Networks.

Significant clients CORE Entertainment, Altos Hornos de México, Implant Sciences, Monarch Alternative Capital, BlackRock Financial.

Notable practitioners

Clients hold Matthew Feldman in high regard, noting that he is "highly experienced" and "one of the most commercial lawyers you will deal with." He comes recommended for his representation of debtors in complex Chapter 11 cases, in addition to offering expertise in distressed acquisitions.

Marc Abrams offers impressive experience in creditor-side mandates, counting committees, ad hoc groups, hedge funds and investors among his clients. He has an established strength in cross-border work, and recently took a lead role in litigation arising from the bankruptcy of multinational company Nortel Networks.

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Willkie’s Business Reorganization & Restructuring Department is a global practice comprised of 35 attorneys with market-leading capabilities in all aspects of business and financial restructurings and insolvency matters.  Our integrated U.S. and European restructuring professionals offer the hands-on, results-driven experience that today’s distressed situations demand.  We are held in high regard for our responsiveness and proven experience in complex multi-lateral cross-border restructurings (both in and out of court).  We represent a broad spectrum of clients in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and other key European jurisdictions.

Our team is known for its ability to evaluate quickly the restructuring challenges facing distressed companies and their creditors. We employ creativity, practical legal judgment and an interdisciplinary approach to obtain our clients’ desired results efficiently.  Through our decades of shared experience and by leveraging the knowledge of Willkie’s complementary practice groups, we provide our clients with real-time, realistic assessments of the likely range of obtainable outcomes and the most effective path forward.  We wield our firmly established credibility in court and with other restructuring professionals to forge consensus in highly contentious situations. In circumstances where consensus among stakeholders is not possible, we are well prepared to litigate to best serve our clients’ interests.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Miami, Atlanta and Chicago.

What the team is known for Leverages strength across the USA to advise on restructurings arising from the energy, healthcare and real estate sectors, among others. Notable cross-border capabilities, showcasing particular expertise in cases involving Latin America. Broad practice includes advising debtors, sponsors and creditors' committees on Chapter 11 proceedings, insolvency-related litigation and distressed M&A.

Strengths One interviewee praises the firm's "really good cross-functional capabilities," adding: "They're very commercial and business-friendly, and clients like them."

Value for money Interviewees confirm that Greenberg is "a big firm that doesn't charge big firm fees," noting that it offers "good decisions made quickly and with the right number of people involved, so it's cost-effective."

Work highlights Represented SFX Entertainment in its $500 million Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Represented AmeriCo Group, Yamaha Corporation and the Massachusetts Port Authority in connection with Hanjin Shipping Co's Chapter 15 filing and Korea-based bankruptcy proceedings.

Significant clients Apartments Investment Management, Gordon Brothers Finance, Invesco, Last Call Guarantor, Mississippi Development Authority.

Notable practitioners

Nancy Mitchell is primarily focused on debtor-side mandates, regularly working with distressed midmarket portfolio companies across a range of restructurings. She is also noted for her handling of distressed corporate transactions and is described as "an excellent lawyer and very strong deal-maker."

Mark Bloom is well known for his experience in cross-border bankruptcy and restructuring matters, offering notable expertise in handling insolvency-related litigation. Sources praise him as "the equal of any bankruptcy lawyer in Florida and a true national player," citing the "utmost respect" they hold for him.

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Thriving bankruptcy and restructuring shop handling a broad range of matters, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings and complex debt recapitalizations. Draws on extensive tax, finance and commercial litigation expertise when advising its strong debtor- and creditor-side client base.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "very talented" restructuring group, stating that "they know the space very well and are really easy to work with; you get a lot of lawyers with a lot of ego, but these guys are really team-oriented."

Another source draws attention to the firm's deep bench, reporting that "they are all stars in my book."

Work highlights Advised an ad hoc group of first lien lenders in the out-of-court restructuring of Foresight Energy, which included representing the group in negotiations concerning more than $1.4 billion of debt.

Represented the largest secured term lender of Peabody Energy in matters arising from the company's Chapter 11 filing, including negotiating DIP financing and handling related litigation.

Significant clients Cal Dive International, Ad Hoc Group of Second Lien Noteholders to LINN Energy, Hancock Fabrics, Apollo Global Management, Targus Group International.

Notable practitioners

George Davis's broad practice includes handling restructurings for a wide range of high-profile domestic and international companies, in addition to advising boards of directors on issues such as bankruptcy planning. Clients describe him as "very intelligent" and note that "he is respected by all stakeholders."

The "extraordinarily experienced" John Rapisardi is well regarded for his cross-border restructuring practice, and frequently acts on matters arising from the energy, telecom and real estate sectors. His recent highlights include leading the firm's representation of lenders in Peabody Energy's Chapter 11 filing.

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Ropes & Gray LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Boston.

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its handling of distressed M&A transactions and complex bankruptcy litigation. Noteworthy expertise in lender-side engagements, and regularly receives mandates from indenture trustees and hedge funds. Increasingly active in cross-border restructurings involving Asian entities, in addition to its expertise in handling domestic energy sector insolvencies.

Strengths Market sources commend the firm's collegiate approach, stating: "They have a culture of treating people courteously and professionally, and that makes them both easy to work with and against."

Interviewees also confirm that Ropes & Gray has a "fabulous national practice."

Work highlights Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of Magnum Hunter Resources in its $1 billion Chapter 11 proceedings, including negotiating with the debtor on behalf of all unsecured creditors.

Counseled the ad hoc group of lenders under NewPage's first lien term loan credit agreement on the restructuring of the company and its corporate parent, in which the group held over half of the outstanding $734 million of debt.

Significant clients Gawker Media, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of LINN Energy, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Sabine Oil & Gas, Doral Financial Corporation, Wilmington Trust.

Notable practitioners

Gregg Galardi represents debtors in complex Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court reorganizations, as well as advising private equity sponsors and portfolio companies on distressed M&A. Clients label him "one of the best in the business," describing him as "an excellent advocate."

Impressed sources describe Mark Bane as a "tremendous lawyer." He maintains a broad corporate restructuring practice, advising debtors, distressed investors and lenders on matters such as Chapter 11 filings and distressed M&A.

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White & Case LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Miami.

What the team is known for Strong offering in bankruptcy and restructuring law, particularly in relation to significant Chapter 11 and 15 filings. Diverse client base spanning creditor-side parties and debtors involved in both domestic and international proceedings. Established contentious practice includes frequent appearance in high-stakes bankruptcy litigation.

Strengths Interviewees draw attention to the firm's "exceptional lawyers" in this space.

Notable practitioners

Experienced litigator Thomas Lauria maintains a strong reputation for his representation of leading investors and creditors in contentious restructurings. Sources hold him in regard as "someone who will professionally and intellectually go after value for his clients, and do so with an absolute level of integrity."

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York.

What the team is known for Respected bench exhibiting capabilities across the full spectrum of creditor and debtor representations. A popular choice for clients seeking bankruptcy litigation counsel, particularly in multijurisdictional cases. Impressive breadth of expertise also includes out-of-court restructurings and advisory work for distressed companies.

Strengths One source states: "They're very responsive to us and they provide thoughtful insight and depth. They have a commercial sensitivity about them that allows them to deliver practical and useful advice; they're grounded in reality and provide practical solutions."

Notable practitioners

Richard Hahn and Natasha Labovitz co-head the practice.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Dallas and Houston.

What the team is known for Frequently undertakes significant Chapter 11 filings, particularly in the energy sector, where it is best known for its oil and gas work. Demonstrates significant expertise in advising debtors, creditors and landlords in distressed real estate matters. Increasingly active in lender-side representations.

Strengths One client draws attention to "the personal touch and quick responses we get," noting that "the attentiveness to the company and our personal needs" is a key strength.

Another source states: "Haynes and Boone is very practical and very linked into the Texas bankruptcy Bar and Bench."

Work highlights Served as Texas counsel to Wilmington Trust in its capacity as administrative agent to the second lien lenders of Sabine Oil & Gas, in proceedings involving $700 million in second lien debt.

Represented NextEra in multiple matters, including its role as creditor in American Eagle Energy's Chapter 11 filing.

Significant clients AMR, Rabobank, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Comerica Bank, Dune Energy.

Notable practitioners

Robert Albergotti is a "very well-respected" restructuring expert who frequently acts for debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, as well as handling distressed M&A. His recent work includes advising TPP Acquisition on its Chapter 11 filing.

Charles Beckham receives praise for his expertise in handling oil and gas sector insolvencies, acting for creditors' committees, secured lenders and other parties. Sources label him "a great practitioner" and appreciate his "ability to bring people together."

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Our team excels in complex out-of-court financial restructurings and Chapter 11 reorganization cases, using the knowledge and experience gained during decades of advising clients facing troubled situations.

From representing a variety of parties-in-interest — debtors, creditors, lenders, agent banks and equity security holders — in multi-faceted, multibillion-dollar corporate reorganizations, our lawyers can anticipate developments that can lead to a mutually beneficial outcome for both the debtor and creditors. Our diversity of perspective and experience also means it is unlikely that our lawyers will encounter unfamiliar complications.

Our firm’s clients come from virtually every industry and include more than 100 Fortune 500 companies, major foreign companies and large financial institutions. While our restructuring team has served clients in a broad range of industries, we have developed extensive experience in the aviation, healthcare, retail, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

Haynes and Boone also is recognized as a leader in the field of distressed energy, oil and gas, oilfield services and petrochemical companies, understanding both the day-to-day operational and financial issues involved and the larger economic and political trends that have led to varying business cycles.

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Reed Smith LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Pittsburgh and Wilmington, DE.

What the team is known for Significant player in the restructuring sphere, covering reorganizations, workouts and insolvencies. Demonstrates particular strength on the creditor side, focusing on cases involving the use of complex financial instruments. Broad client list includes creditors' committees, distressed companies and financial institutions across the USA, Europe and Asia.

Strengths Clients praise the uniformity of the firm's strength, stating: "Every team member understands the level of professionalism required to be a Reed Smith team member and fulfils their individual level of contribution to achieving the client's goals."

Work highlights Served as debtor's counsel to LDR Industries in its $70 million Chapter 11 proceedings, assisting with the sale of the business and handling related litigation.

Represented Geoff Varga in his role as Cayman Islands liquidator of Lancelot Investors Fund, an investor in the Minnesota-based Petters investment fraud.

Significant clients Wells Fargo Bank, The Bank of New York Mellon, General Electric Capital, PNC Bank, M&T Bank.

Notable practitioners

Peter Clark serves as global head of the firm's commercial restructuring and bankruptcy group.

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Reputable bankruptcy and restructuring team noted for its expertise in private equity and hedge fund representations. Adept in handling both courtroom and out-of-court restructuring proceedings, in addition to demonstrating significant cross-border capabilities.

Strengths One impressed client states: "They have great depth, they know what they're doing and they have a very fine success rate."

Work highlights Represented Cerberus Capital Management as a co-lender with Salus Capital Partners in connection with RadioShack's multibillion-dollar Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Counseled TPG Specialty Lending as prepetition agent and lender under a $140 million first lien lending credit facility in Milagro Oil & Gas's prenegotiated Chapter 11 reorganization, allowing TPG to recover 100% of its loan.

Significant clients Axar Capital Management, GLG Partners, Patriarch Partners, Albertsons, Davidson Kempner Capital Management.

Notable practitioners

Market sources hold Adam Harris in high regard, describing him as a "wonderful strategist." He regularly represents investment funds and financial institutions in distressed acquisitions, Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. His practice also includes handling creditors' rights litigation.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Dallas.

What the team is known for Substantive restructuring outfit capitalizing upon the firm's strength in the area of energy and power. Acts on domestic and international matters for debtor and creditor clients, including Chapter 11 filings and complex insolvencies. Also noted for its handling of bankruptcy litigation, drawing on significant trial and appellate expertise.

Strengths Impressed sources report that "their bankruptcy and restructuring practice is very commercial from top to bottom; they take a business approach to restructurings."

Market sources also draw attention to the firm's "significant energy expertise."

Work highlights Represented JPMorgan Chase in connection with Chaparral Energy's Chapter 11 proceedings, advising on its role as administrative agent and senior lender under a secured credit facility with an outstanding value of $550 million.

Significant clients Amni International Petroleum Development Company, Energy XXI, Gasfrac Energy Services, Goodrich Petroleum.

Notable practitioners

Experienced restructuring attorney William Wallander attracts praise for his expertise in the energy sector and is described as "one of the top distressed oil and gas lawyers in the country." His broad practice includes distressed M&A, corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy litigation.

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·         V&E is a go-to firm for bankruptcy and restructuring work in Texas and nationally with dominant expertise in the energy sector. V&E has received key, high-profile engagements in most of the significant Chapter 11 cases filed in Texas over the past decade. The depth, experience and longevity of V&E’s insolvency team have been distinguishing factors from its competition, as has our firm’s extensive experience and capabilities in bankruptcy litigation.

·         During the past few years, V&E’s insolvency lawyers have been involved in Chapter 11 cases and out-of court restructurings in Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, South Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and, of course, Texas. In addition, V&E continues to handle insolvency matters on an international basis.

·         V&E is recognized as the #1 distinguished global energy firm, and this focus is a known factor in our bankruptcy and restructuring practice. Moreover, our practice has significant experience in virtually every industry, including recent engagements involving the energy, retail, telecom, real estate and shipping industries. Approximately half of V&E’s insolvency practice is comprised of debtor or company-side engagements, with the balance split among: (a) secured lender work; (b) representation of financial and strategic buyers of assets in Chapter 11 cases; and (c) representation of Chapter 11 trustees and other significant parties with an interest in major Chapter 11 cases.

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Senior Statesmen

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jan Baker comes recommended for his "unflappable, calm and collected" approach and ability to "skillfully orchestrate the pulling together of resources" to provide "seamless and proactive support." He is respected for his expert representation of debtors in complex restructurings, which include a recent focus on airline insolvencies.

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Senior Statesmen

Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Klee offers deep experience in Chapter 9 restructurings, having played a lead role in several of the country's leading cases. He also regularly counsel clients on corporate insolvency concerns, offering particular expertise in the gaming and entertainment space. Clients appreciate his "experience and knowledge of the Bankruptcy Code."

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Eminent Practitioner

Robin Phelan Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Dallas-based Robin Phelan maintains a strong reputation for his nationwide bankruptcy and insolvency practice. He is particularly noted for his expertise in litigation, and frequently appears before federal courts on behalf of debtors and creditors. He is the founder of Robin Phelan Law.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Corinne Ball is well regarded for her deep experience and "outstanding" practice, regularly handling complex restructurings, distressed M&A and out-of-court workouts across an array of industries. She gains further recognition for her expertise in cross-border matters. One source describes her as "the best, period."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

According to impressed sources, Bruce Bennett is "one of the smartest attorneys out there." He regularly acts on both debtor- and creditor-side representations in corporate reorganizations, Chapter 11 proceedings and municipal bankruptcies.

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Donald S Bernstein

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Bernstein is considered an expert in financial firm insolvency concerns, regularly counseling financial institutions on resolution planning and managing credit risks. His experience also extends to bondholder representations, including leading the firm's recent work for the ad hoc group of bondholders of Governmental Development Bank for Puerto Rico.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dennis Dunne is lauded by his clients as "incredibly accessible," in addition to garnering recognition as a "very good strategic thinker." He acts across the full gamut of debtor- and creditor-side representations, including out-of-court workouts and high-stakes litigation.

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Kenneth H Eckstein

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very good deal lawyer" Kenneth Eckstein handles complex Chapter 11 reorganizations on behalf of a range of parties, counting debtors, creditors' committees and trustees among his clients. His recent work includes leading the firm's representation of a group of funds in a long-running dispute with the Republic of Argentina.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Jay Goffman is revered by market sources for his representation of leading debtors in out-of-court and prepackaged restructurings. He is also noted for his strength in handling both domestic and international insolvency matters, garnering praise from clients who describe him as "a good person and an outstanding practitioner."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Golden is held in high regard for his representation of creditors' and bondholder committees, garnering praise from interviewees who dub him "one of the best of the best." He handles the full spectrum of out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 cases, offering notable expertise in matters involving distressed energy sector assets.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marcia Goldstein is held in high regard for her extensive experience in handling high-value debt restructurings on a domestic and international scale. Her enviable client list includes secured and unsecured creditors, as well as US-based and foreign debtors across a range of sectors.

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Marshall S Huebner

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients praise Marshall Huebner as a "brilliant technician," noting that he is "brilliant at strategically reading the situation, determining direction and then executing that strength." He is particularly well regarded for his work in complex energy sector Chapter 11 cases, acting as debtor counsel to several distressed companies.

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Susheel Kirpalani

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Susheel Kirpalani holds a leading reputation for his handling of high-stakes municipal restructurings. He fields additional expertise in acting for private equity clients in complex Chapter 11 proceedings. Impressive sources describe him as "very thoughtful and aggressive when necessary."

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Market sources hail Alan Kornberg as an "awesome" practitioner, stating: "He is the one that makes magic." He frequently acts on headline nationwide and cross-border insolvency matters, which include recently serving as Chapter 11 debtor's counsel to several US-based energy companies.

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Thomas Moers Mayer

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One interviewee describes Thomas Moers Mayer as "one of the most brilliant lawyers I've ever met," labeling him "very novel and practical." He is vastly experienced in handling both corporate and municipal restructurings, in addition to acting for investors in the acquisition of distressed assets.

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Harold S Novikoff

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

Market-leading bankruptcy practitioner Harold Novikoff focuses on representing banking clients in complex Chapter 11 cases and distressed M&A. Commentators highlight the "brainpower" he brings to complex matters, while also highlighting his practical approach.

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James HM Sprayregen

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Sprayregen garners market-wide recognition for his bankruptcy and restructuring practice, drawing praise from clients who highlight his "good base of judgment" and the "deep experience he can draw upon." He represents leading national and international companies in complex Chapter 11 restructurings, offering notable prowess in energy sector insolvencies.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Abrams offers impressive experience in creditor-side mandates, counting committees, ad hoc groups, hedge funds and investors among his clients. He has an established strength in cross-border work, and recently took a lead role in litigation arising from the bankruptcy of multinational company Nortel Networks.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Aronzon fields significant experience in restructurings, out-of-court workouts and distressed M&A, offering expertise in both company and creditor-side representations. His recent work includes major restructurings within the gaming, hospitality, retail and energy sectors.

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Martin J Bienenstock

Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very talented attorney" Martin Bienenstock is highly valued for his "encyclopedic knowledge of bankruptcy law." He offers extensive expertise in corporate reorganizations, handling both domestic and cross-border Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lee Bogdanoff is highly regarded for his broad restructuring practice, which includes handling major Chapter 11 filings, distressed litigation and municipal bankruptcies. Sources describe him as "truly an excellent lawyer."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Bromley lends his vast experience to acting for high-profile debtors, creditors, investors and government bodies in domestic and international proceedings. He is particularly well regarded for his strength in bankruptcy-related litigation, while also attracting praise as a "very experienced leader of complex, multiparty restructuring transactions."

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Charles is highly experienced in handling distressed transactions, frequently acting on behalf of institutional lenders and creditors' committees. He demonstrates significant strength in retail sector insolvencies, including major Chapter 11 cases.

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe James Conlan as "very bright, very nimble and very strategic," drawing attention to his ability to "deal with both the big picture and the granular details." He is considered an expert in cross-border restructurings, counting several US-based and international companies among his regular clients.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Impressed sources describe Ira Dizengoff as "a deal-maker" who "knows how to negotiate, avoid litigation and get deals done." He counts several leading hedge funds and institutional investors among his varied client list, regularly acting for these clients in complex cross-border restructurings.

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Matthew A Feldman

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients hold Matthew Feldman in high regard, noting that he is "highly experienced" and "one of the most commercial lawyers you will deal with." He comes recommended for his representation of debtors in complex Chapter 11 cases, in addition to offering expertise in distressed acquisitions.

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Kristopher M Hansen

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kristopher Hansen chairs the nationwide financial restructuring group at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Clients describe him as a "top-notch legal counsel from a high-level strategy perspective," adding that "this is where he really distinguishes himself." He regularly acts for clients in bankruptcy litigation, as well as handling out-of-court proceedings.

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Market sources hold Adam Harris in high regard, describing him as a "wonderful strategist." He regularly represents investment funds and financial institutions in distressed acquisitions, Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. His practice also includes handling creditors' rights litigation.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Heller is "highly experienced and very responsive," according to impressed clients. He frequently acts for high-profile debtors in restructurings arising from the energy and media sectors, among others. Clients highlight the "depth of perspective" he brings to bankruptcy proceedings.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Karotkin frequently represents financially distressed companies in complex Chapter 11 proceedings, fielding notable experience in handling asbestos-related cases. He is also noted for his handling of financing transactions. Interviewees commend the "good judgment" he brings to complex matters.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Experienced litigator Thomas Lauria maintains a strong reputation for his representation of leading investors and creditors in contentious restructurings. Sources hold him in regard as "someone who will professionally and intellectually go after value for his clients, and do so with an absolute level of integrity."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Leake is known for his broad restructuring practice, fielding experience in areas such as out-of-court reorganizations and Chapter 11 cases. One source describes him as "extremely smart and very practical," praising his ability to "talk to different sides with warring views and get them to a middle ground." 

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Heather Lennox focuses on representing debtors in complex Chapter 11 and 9 restructurings. She frequently advises clients on bankruptcy-related issues involving mass torts, fiduciary duty and fraudulent conveyance. Clients hold her in high regard as an "outstanding" bankruptcy expert.

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Levin of Jenner & Block LLP is "incredibly conscientious and responsive," according to interviewees. His wide-ranging practice includes cross-border restructurings, distressed transactions and litigation, representing clients from such as financial services, retail and telecom entities.

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Mason is an expert in creditor-side representations, acting on matters such as out-of-court restructurings and court proceedings for a broad client base. He is frequently involved in distressed matters arising from the energy sector, offering particular expertise in cross-border mandates.

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very talented" Lawrence Nyhan receives widespread praise from interviewees, who describe him as "knowledgeable, with good business sense, and very responsive." He acts on a range of insolvency-related matters, including leading the firm's representation of Key Energy Services in its cross-border restructuring.

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Richard M Pachulski

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Pachulski comes highly recommended for his strength in corporate restructurings, acting in Chapter 11 cases arising from a broad range of sectors as well as handling distressed M&A. One interviewee labels him "one of the smartest attorneys out there."

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Andrew N Rosenberg

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Rosenberg is held in high esteem for his experience in creditor-side work, regularly representing high-profile bondholders and creditors' committees in US-based and international restructurings. Clients describe him as "really approachable" and note his skill in "managing a lot of diverse personalities in a creditor group."

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Butler Snow LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Sosland of Butler Snow LLP comes recommended by interviewees as an "excellent lawyer." He represents clients such as public and private debtors, financial institutions and creditors' committees across the full spectrum of distressed situations.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees praise Michael Stamer's "fantastic client skills," describing him as "very well thought of, always available and really easy to work with." His broad practice includes representing unsecured creditors' committees and secured lenders in distressed situations, recently taking the lead on the firm's work for an ad hoc group of noteholders of CHC Helicopter in its Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients appreciate Michael Tuchin's "great understanding of the overall picture and the end game," noting that he is "a great problem solver from a legal perspective." He regularly acts for California-based and national debtors in high-value Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Edward S Weisfelner

Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Weisfelner is "beyond renowned," according to one impressed client, who describes him as a "tremendous lawyer." He is highly regarded for his expertise in bankruptcy litigation, in addition to offering experience in acting for clients in out-of-court restructurings.

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Robert Albergotti

Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Albergotti is a "very well-respected" restructuring expert who frequently acts for debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, as well as handling distressed M&A. His recent work includes advising TPP Acquisition on its Chapter 11 filing.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Barr comes recommended for wide-ranging restructuring practice, which includes acting for debtors and creditor-side parties in out-of-court workouts and major Chapter 11 filings. He led the firm's recent representation of the official unsecured creditors' committee in SunEdison's Chapter 11 case.

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

George Davis's broad practice includes handling restructurings for a wide range of high-profile domestic and international companies, in addition to advising boards of directors on issues such as bankruptcy planning. Clients describe him as "very intelligent" and note that "he is respected by all stakeholders."

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Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Dobbs of Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP is held in high regard for his depth of knowledge and experience in the field, as one source confirms: "His integrity, legal knowledge and sense of fairness are so apparent that when he speaks, people listen." He acts for financial institutions across a range of distressed situations.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregg Galardi represents debtors in complex Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court reorganizations, as well as advising private equity sponsors and portfolio companies on distressed M&A. Clients label him "one of the best in the business," describing him as "an excellent advocate."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Gilhuly frequently handles insolvency-related issues in the airline, media and biotechnology fields, acting for clients such as debtors, creditors' committees and hedge funds. Clients describe him as "very practical and not afraid to get in the trenches."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

David Heiman is noted by interviewees for his "wealth of experience" in the field, which includes representing clients in both municipal and corporate insolvencies. His recent work includes leading the firm's representation of distressed energy company Alpha Natural Resources.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Henes offers extensive experience in representing clients such as hedge funds, creditors' committees and distressed companies in domestic and cross-border matters. He is also skilled in advising clients on bankruptcy-related environmental and mass tort issues.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Holtzer is well regarded for his broad-based practice, which includes handling distressed acquisitions, financings and restructurings on a national and international scale. He offers notable sector expertise in insurance, where he is frequently retained as debtor's counsel.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Kieselstein is known for his strong corporate restructuring practice, acting for both debtor- and creditor-side clients in matters such as Section 363 sales, Chapter 11 reorganizations and distressed debt transactions. He formed part of the team advising Energy Future Holdings through its landmark Chapter 11 case.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extremely knowledgeable" Brett Miller is known for his work with creditor clients, including official and ad hoc committees and financial institutions. He handles insolvency-related transactions and litigation, in addition to offering strength in cross-border restructurings.

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extraordinarily experienced" John Rapisardi is well regarded for his cross-border restructuring practice, and frequently acts on matters arising from the energy, telecom and real estate sectors. His recent highlights include leading the firm's representation of lenders in Peabody Energy's Chapter 11 filing.

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Edward O Sassower

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients comment that Edward Sassower "demonstrates incredible creativity," adding: "His ability to build consensus and to coalesce the group around important issues was stunning." He counts high-profile debtors, creditors and distressed investors among his varied client list.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anup Sathy maintains a broad-based restructuring practice, advising a range of parties on complex restructurings and Chapter 11 proceedings. He regularly acts on multijurisdictional matters and draws praise for his "incredibly strategic" approach and "ability to coordinate lawyers across the globe."

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Damian S Schaible

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Terrific lawyer" Damian Schaible is described by his clients as "very commercial and definitely an up-and-coming star in the industry." A recent focus of his restructuring practice is the representation of lenders and administrative agents in complex energy sector insolvencies, which includes recently acting for the agent in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Alpha Natural Resources.

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Margot Schonholtz

Linklaters

From the Chambers USA guide

Margot Schonholtz draws on a wealth of experience in lender representations in complex distressed situations, with expertise in handling both courtroom and out-of-court proceedings. She heads the US restructuring and insolvency group at Linklaters and is hailed by clients as "an excellent negotiator."

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Paul Steven Singerman

Berger Singerman

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Steven Singerman of Berger Singerman is known for his broad-based practice, which includes handling both contentious and noncontentious insolvency-related matters. Interviewees praise his ability to "be aggressive when he needs to be, but also be able to cut a deal that makes sense."

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Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Stark frequently acts on contentious corporate restructurings, drawing praise from clients who describe him as "a brilliant litigator and brilliant technician." His broad client roster includes both debtor- and creditor-side parties.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Lou Strubeck is the global head of financial restructuring and insolvency at Norton Rose Fulbright. He demonstrates notable skill in representing banks, hedge funds and institutional lenders in complex restructurings and bankruptcy-related litigation. He is particularly well versed in energy sector insolvencies.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Thomas represents public and private debtors, private equity sponsors, creditors' committees and ad hoc groups in a range of domestic and cross-border restructurings. He is also noted for his strong transactional practice, which sees him act for the buyers and sellers of distressed assets.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients draw attention to Gerard Uzzi's "great experience and ability to drive things to a conclusion," labeling him "a go-to person in a complex bankruptcy." He is well regarded for his handling of headline Chapter 11 cases spanning an impressive range of industries.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Impressed sources describe Mark Bane as a "tremendous lawyer." He maintains a broad corporate restructuring practice, advising debtors, distressed investors and lenders on matters such as Chapter 11 filings and distressed M&A.

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Charles Beckham Jr

Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Beckham receives praise for his expertise in handling oil and gas sector insolvencies, acting for creditors' committees, secured lenders and other parties. Sources label him "a great practitioner" and appreciate his "ability to bring people together."

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Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Bloom is well known for his experience in cross-border bankruptcy and restructuring matters, offering notable expertise in handling insolvency-related litigation. Sources praise him as "the equal of any bankruptcy lawyer in Florida and a true national player," citing the "utmost respect" they hold for him.

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Laura Davis Jones

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Impressed interviewees describe Laura Davis Jones as "one of the best lawyers you'll ever see in the courtroom." She serves as managing partner of the firm's Wilmington office and focuses on representing distressed companies in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts.

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Andrew G Dietderich

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Dietderich heads Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's restructuring and bankruptcy group, representing clients across the full spectrum of distressed transactions and litigation. Clients describe him as "incredibly smart, strategic and responsive."

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FrankelWyron LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Roger Frankel of FrankelWyron LLP counts companies, trusts, families and court-appointed fiduciaries among his regular clients, in addition to frequently acting for Native American tribes in high-value workouts. He also advises clients on asbestos-related issues.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Giddens of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP regularly represents financial institutions in complex reorganizations. He frequently serves as a trustee in complex brokerage firm liquidations, and recently performed this role in relation to the $123 billion liquidation of Lehman Brothers.

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William Greendyke

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

William Greendyke of Norton Rose Fulbright is recommended by market commentators for his work with financial institutions, creditors' committees and debtors in complex bankruptcy matters, offering particular expertise in handling insolvency-related litigation. Sources praise his "judicial experience and business acumen."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Ivester "does an outstanding job for his client and handles himself very well in the courtroom" according to market sources. He handles both debtor- and creditor-side mandates and regularly undertakes complex restructurings, out-of-court workouts and distressed M&A.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Lee is recognized for his cross-border restructuring expertise, frequently counseling clients on matters involving mainland Europe and the UK. His "very well-respected" practice also includes advising hedge funds on US-based restructuring proceedings.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sharon Levine of Saul Ewing LLP is well regarded for the "exceptional job" she does in large-scale creditors' committee representations. She served as lead counsel to the United Mine Workers of America in all recent coal bankruptcy cases.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Spectacular lawyer" Richard Levy is held in high regard for his extensive work in proceedings involving distressed energy companies. He focuses on representing financial institutions and investment funds as lenders in major domestic and cross-border restructurings.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Market sources praise Jeff Marwil's "excellent courtroom presence," describing him as "responsive, informative, transparent and cooperative." He provides strategic advice to blue-chip distressed companies, offering expertise in areas such as fiduciary duty and the restructuring of complex capital structures.

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Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very strong bankruptcy lawyer" Richard Mikels is hugely experienced in representing clients in Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court workouts, primarily acting on the side of the debtor. He is also noted for his work with acquirers in distressed M&A transactions.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Mitchell is primarily focused on debtor-side mandates, regularly working with distressed midmarket portfolio companies across a range of restructurings. She is also noted for her handling of distressed corporate transactions and is described as "an excellent lawyer and very strong deal-maker." 

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Patrick J Nash, Jr

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Market sources appreciate Patrick Nash's "very direct and practical approach," describing him as "a problem solver, not a problem creator." He regularly represents clients in complex reorganizations and debt restructurings, in addition to advising on distressed M&A.

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George N Panagakis

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

George Panagakis is a "very creative debtors' lawyer," according to impressed sources. He acts for companies across an array of sectors in complex Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings, offering recent experience in the telecommunication and technology fields. 

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alfredo Perez regularly works on nationwide and cross-border Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings. He formed part of the team acting for Paragon Offshore in its Chapter 11 restructuring, which involved $2.5 billion in debt. Interviewees highlight his "knowledge of the subject matter" as a key strength.

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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very impressive" Steven Reisman of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is recognized for his handling of both domestic and international bankruptcy and restructuring matters. His broad cross-border experience includes acting on insolvencies involving Canada, Mexico and Argentina.

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Venable LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Sabin of Venable LLP fields considerable expertise in Chapter 11 restructurings, acting for a wide range of clients. He is also frequently retained by foreign entities to advise on Chapter 15 proceedings and distressed transactions. Interviewees highlight his "very business-oriented" approach.

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Sagerman serves as the managing partner of Winston & Strawn LLP's Los Angeles office. He regularly handles restructurings and workouts for both company and creditor-side clients, offering additional expertise in fiduciary litigation. His clients span several sectors, including financial services, natural resources and telecom.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Market sources describe Ray Schrock as "very practical," noting that "he sees the big picture and he's very business-oriented." He focuses on debtor-side work, with recent experience including high-stakes restructurings within the oil and gas, mining and retail fields.

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Mitchell A Seider

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources draw attention to Mitchell Seider's "great ability to explain complicated matters and drive outcomes for those he is representing." He offers deep expertise in handling distressed situations in the oil and gas space, frequently representing individual creditors and creditors' committees.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Seife is the global head of Norton Rose Fulbright's bankruptcy and restructuring practice. He frequently acts on distressed matters arising from the energy, retail and manufacturing sectors, including cross-border proceedings. Sources describe him as a "very good bankruptcy litigator."

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Stephen J Shimshak

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Shimshak is experienced in handling a range of distressed situations, fielding particular expertise in Chapter 11 restructurings and distressed investments. Interviewees commend his ability to "see all the solutions, whether they are in multiple steps or right in front of you."

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Trust of Mayer Brown LLP advises major institutional creditors such as financial institutions and insurance companies on a range of matters, including Chapter 11 reorganizations and distressed M&A. He is also noted for his strength in handling cross-border insolvencies.

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William Wallander

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Experienced restructuring attorney William Wallander attracts praise for his expertise in the energy sector and is described as "one of the top distressed oil and gas lawyers in the country." His broad practice includes distressed M&A, corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy litigation.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Richard Wynne represents both company and creditor-side clients in in-court and out-of-court bankruptcy proceedings, with noted strength in insolvency-related valuation litigation. His experience extends to counseling distressed companies on transactions.

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