ProfessionalsDouglas R. Davis
The Paul, Weiss Bankruptcy & Corporate Reorganization Department serves as a critical advisor in almost every major, complex restructuring matter, helping companies, creditors and investors facing rapid market transformation respond to business challenges with comprehensive and innovative strategies. Diversity of matters and clients, senior-level attention and seamless delivery of multidisciplinary services distinguish the practice.
Of counsel in the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department, Doug Davis is also a founding member of the firm’s Finance Group. His practice focuses on bankruptcies, specialized financings, securitizations, asset acquisitions, corporate restructurings and workouts.
For over 30 years, Doug has represented borrowers, commercial banks, equipment lessors, investment banks, insurance companies, bondholder groups and distressed debt investors in workout and bankruptcy matters. His work has encompassed out-of-court restructurings, "prepackaged" and contested bankruptcies, monoline rehabilitations and bankruptcy-related litigations. He has extensive experience with the acquisition of companies out of bankruptcy.
Matters with which he has had a significant involvement include Lehman Brothers, Ambac, Neways, Mervyn's, Enron, NRG Energy, GST Telecom, Rhythms Net Connections, Contifinancial Corporation, Western Pacific Airlines, El Paso Electric Company, Anacomp, Reading & Bates, Garden Way Incorporated and International Harvester.
Doug has also worked on the bankruptcy aspects of a significant number of securitizations. These deals have covered such assets as hotels, casinos, franchises, copyrights, trademarks and patents, as well as more traditional retail and trade receivables. He has led the firm's practice of issuing bankruptcy opinions to support these deals, and is also a member of the Opinion Committee of the firm's Corporate Department. Finally, he has also provided extensive consultations in the areas of loan documentation, deal structuring, indenture interpretation, secured transactions and general bankruptcy advice.
A member of the American Bar Association, where he served for several years as Chair of the Subcommittee on Developments in Business Financing-Lease Financings and Secured Transactions, Doug is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Since 2010, he has been a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee and the Law Firm Advisory Board of the Working Group on Legal Opinions.
In 2013, Doug was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in corporate restructuring.