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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for

Experienced in all manner of distressed finance situations, typically representing financial institutions acting as lenders or agents. Recommended for bankruptcy-related disputes including creditors' rights litigation. Also offers expertise in advising investors on distressed asset transactions. Advises on major municipal bankruptcies and often oversees cases involving prominent energy and retail-sector organizations.

Strengths

A client appreciates the firm's "really motivated and hard-working people" and "very well-integrated" nature.

"They are available, practical and thoughtful," comments an interviewee, adding: "They reach out when they see issues that may be of concern to our operations or business."

"They particularly adept at representing clients' interests," reports a source, adding that "they reach creative solutions with other members of the capital structure."

Work highlights

Represented a group of investors regarding over $1.6 billion in bonds issued by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Notable practitioners

Edwin Smith has a wealth of experience in the bankruptcy space, including high-profile work on Chapter 9 bankruptcies. He is noted for his secured transaction expertise in relation to municipal bankruptcies,
"He is a true scholar who really reflects the highest ideals of the Bar."

Julia Frost-Davies steers clients through complex bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters, as well as advising on distressed M&A, DIP financing and out-of-court restructurings.
"She is very forceful and persuasive, both in and out of court.""She is the one you want standing up and talking to the judge."

Sabin Willett has broad expertise in the bankruptcy field, including Chapter 11 cases. He represents former equity owners, noteholders and lenders.
"He is a strong courtroom advocate who develops a strong rapport with the judge."

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Overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Members

Frost-Davies, Julia

Gallo, Andrew

Goodchild III, John C.

Smith, Edwin E

Vrejan, Sandra

Willett, P Sabin

Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Location

One Federal St.,

Boston

Massachusetts

USA

MA 02110-1726

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Massachusetts

Bankruptcy/Restructuring


Edwin E Smith
Senior Statespeople
Julia Frost-Davies
Band 2
P Sabin Willett
Band 2