O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

New York
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What the team is known for Eminent presence in the bankruptcy and restructuring space, well known for its involvement on significant Chapter 11 restructurings. Has a strong debtor-side practice in addition to representing major lenders. Also possesses strength in advising a broad range of creditors, as well as potential buyers and sellers of distressed assets, and enjoys a fine reputation for its work in the energy sector.

Strengths Sources state: "The team works extremely well together and are solid all around. There is also effective handover among the different lawyers making it easy for the client to carry on conversations. I have not found this in any other firm I have worked with."

New developments Lateral hires have strengthened the firm's New York office at partner level. Of particular note is the arrival of Nancy Mitchell from Greenberg Traurig.

Work highlights O'Melveny has been heavily involved in the Puerto Rico restructuring, acting on key mandates for the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority, the Puerto Rico Aqueduct & Sewer Authority and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

Notable practitioners

John Rapisardi is experienced in complex corporate and municipal bankruptcies, offering noted sector-specific experience pertaining to the automotive, chemical, healthcare and retail sectors, among others. One impressed recent client states: "John is brilliant and extremely knowledgeable of the law and has a deep understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the Bankruptcy Code." Rapisardi chairs his firm's global restructuring practice.

Sources report that Nancy Mitchell is "extremely knowledgeable and has the best ability to present complex legal issues in a comprehensible way to non-lawyers." She is noted for her handling of complex debt restructurings, investment liquidations and Chapter 11 processes.

Suzzanne Uhland is noted by sources as "very smart" and "a very brilliant and technical lawyer." She offers a respected bankruptcy practice covering Chapter 11 reorganizations, out-of-court workouts and distressed M&A, among other matters. Uhland divides her time between the firm's New York and San Francisco offices.