The current financial landscape presents legal challenges unrivaled in scope and complexity to businesses in every industry. Our Bankruptcy & Corporate Reorganization Department helps companies, creditors and investors facing rapid market and regulatory transformation respond to these challenges with comprehensive and innovative bankruptcy and reorganization strategies. Our practice has been a critical advisor in almost every major headline grabbing restructuring over the past several years.

Recognition

Our practice is frequently recognized for its work in bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Recent honors include:

  • Paul, Weiss was named one of the most innovative law firms in the U.S. in a Financial Times  competition that included 60 percent of the AmLaw 50, and 40 percent of the AmLaw 100 firms. The award specifically acknowledged our ability to consistently craft creative solutions to meet our clients' strategic objectives in this challenging environment, and the impact of our work on shaping the law so that our clients can effectively grow their businesses.
    • In 2015, recognition of our role in the complex out-of-court restructuring of Preferred Sands as Commended.
    • In 2014, recognition of our role helping creditors recapitalize CEVA Group via a complex U.S., U.K. and Cayman Islands process to keep the company from bankruptcy as Highly Commended.
    • In 2012, recognition of our representation of Ericsson in its structuring of a consortium to purchase Nortel's patent portfolio as Highly Commended and our representation of a committee of senior bondholders in the chapter 11 case of Dynegy Holdings as
      Highly Commended.
    • In 2011, recognition of our representation of the joint venture owners in the out-of-court restructuring for Miami's Fontainebleau Hotel as Stand-out (top tier) and our representation of Abitibibowater in developing its exit financing strategy related to its restructuring as Commended.
    • In 2010, recognition of our representation of the junior bondholders of Charter Communications in its prearranged chapter 11 case as Stand-out (top tier) and our representation of bondholders in CIT Group's prepackaged bankruptcy as Highly Commended.
  • The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards
    • Global Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency and Restructuring (U.K.) for the firm's work as U.S. counsel to EnQuest plc in connection with a restructuring of the company's approximately $1.8 billion of debt obligations through proceedings in the U.K and the U.S. (2017)
    • Global Finance Deal of the Year: Private Restructuring for the firm's work as U.S. counsel to the Winding-up Board of Glitnir Bank hf, in the former Icelandic bank's chapter 15 case. (2016)
  • The Turnaround Management Association:
    • Selected the restructuring of Chassix Holdings Inc. through a pre-arranged chapter 11 case for its 2016 Turnaround of the Year: Mega Company award; and
    • Selected the restructuring of Trico Marine Group (now known as Deep Ocean Group) for its 2012 "Turnaround of the Year: International Company.
  • The M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards
    • Restructuring of the Year ($500MM - $1B)” in 2018 for our involvement in the restructuring of BPS US Holdings, Inc. and Performance Sports Group, and its debtor affiliates; 
    • Information Technology Deal of the Year (Over $250MM)” in 2016 for our involvement in the restructuring of Aspect Software;
    • Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (Over $1B)” and “SEC.363 Sale of the Year (Over $1B)” in 2016 for our role in the Chapter 11 and asset sale of Walter Energy;
    • Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $250MM to $500MM)” and “SEC.363 Sale of the Year (Over $100MM to $250MM)” in 2016 for our role in the restructuring and subsequent sale of Aéropostale;
    • Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $1B to $5B)” in 2016 for our work in the Chapter 11 reorganization of Quicksilver Resources Inc.;
    • Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $5B to $10B)” in 2016 for our role in the restructuring of Arch Coal; 
    • “Technology Deal of the Year" in 2015 for our involvement in the restructuring of Allen Systems Group, Inc.;
    • Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Over $500MM)” in 2015 for our work in the restructuring and Chapter 11 reorganization of Chassix Holdings, Inc.;
    • Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $1B) in 2015 for our role in the restructuring of Nextel International Holdings; and
    • M&A Deal of the Year in 2012 for its role in the Rockstar Bidco Consortium $4.5 billion acquisition of Nortel Networks. Our team was lead adviser for the consortium that was comprised of Apple, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion, Sony and EMC Corporation. During the four-day bankruptcy auction held in June 2011, the Rockstar Bidco Consortium outbid all other bidders, including Google and Intel.
  • The Deal Magazine selected the restructuring of CIT Group and the Charter Communications bankruptcy as two of its Deals of the Year for 2009, recognizing our role in each matter.
  • Chambers USA (2018)
    • Band 1 - Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Nationwide and NY) 
    • Band 1 Practitioners - Alan W. Kornberg and Paul M. Basta - Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Nationwide and NY)
    • Six additional Top-Ranked Practitioners - Bankruptcy/Restructuring (NY)
  • The Legal 500 US (2018)
    • Tier 1 - Corporate Restructuring (including bankruptcy)
    • Three Leading Lawyers and three additional Top-Ranked Practitioners - Corporate Restructuring (including bankruptcy)
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms” (2018)
    • Best Law Firms
      • Tier 1 Firm - Litigation - Bankruptcy (NYC)
      • Tier 1 Firm - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (NYC)
      • Tier 2 Firm - Litigation - Bankruptcy (National) 
      • Tier 2 Firm - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (National)
    • The Best Lawyers in America
      • Eight Paul, Weiss lawyers are listed for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law in NYC
      • Five lawyers are listed for Litigation - Bankruptcy in NYC
  • Benchmark Litigation (2018)
    • Tier 1 Firm - Bankruptcy (USA)
    • Alan Kornberg and Andrew Rosenberg are Litigation Stars - Bankruptcy (NY)
  • Chambers Global (2018)
    • Band 1 - Bankruptcy/Restructuring (USA)  
    • Two Band 1 Ranked Practitioners and Two Top-Ranked Practitioners - Bankruptcy (USA)
  • International Financial Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000) 2018
    • Ranked Tier 2 for Restructuring and Insolvency 2011 - 2018
    • Six Leading Lawyers listed for Restructuring and Insolvency in 2018
    • Awarded M&A Deal of the Year for its role in the Rockstar Bidco Consortium $4.5 billion acquisition of Nortel Networks. Our team was lead adviser for the consortium that was comprised of Apple, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion, Sony and EMC Corporation. During the four-day bankruptcy auction held in June 2011, the Rockstar Bidco Consortium outbid all other bidders, including Google and Intel.
    • Selected the CIFG Holding, Ltd. restructuring as its Restructuring Deal of the Year at its 2009 IFLR Americas Awards. We represented equity owners Banque Populaire Group and Caisse d'Epargne Group in the restructuring of bond insurer CIFG Holding, Ltd.
  • BTI Consulting Group, Inc.'s Client Service All-Stars
    • Stephen J. Shimshak (2015) 
    • Kelley A. Cornish (2011, 2012)

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