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Financial Restructuring & Insolvency

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We represent a broad range of clients, including financial institutions, hedge funds, corporate debtors in various industries, ad hoc committees and buyers and sellers of distressed assets, on US and international restructurings, recapitalizations and bankruptcies.   Our lawyers advise on all aspects of financial restructurings, including distressed company advice, creditor representations, special situation financings, distressed M&A, chapter 15 and dual proceedings, counterparty risk and other derivatives matters, and distressed debt trading.

Our global network of lawyers based in the United States and Europe deliver integrated service on complex cross-border financial restructuring matters.  The practice also provides local restructuring advice on matters specific to the jurisdictions in which our lawyers practice.

For example:

We represented Coldwater Creek Inc., a specialty retailer of women's apparel, jewelry and accessories, in its chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.


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“What I’ve always liked about the Financial Restructuring & Insolvency practice is how much it intersects with many of the firm’s other practices.  Restructurings and bankruptcies almost always involve some sort of capital markets, private finance or M&A solution, exposing associates to a wide variety of practice areas.  Also, because the issues confronting a business in distress are unique, there’s rarely a cookie-cutter solution, which allows us to bring our own creativity to problem-solving.  The practice here is especially exciting because of the number of cross-border matters we work on. These matters further enhance the experience of those who want to expand their horizons. ”
Fredric Sosnick
Financial Restructuring & Insolvency