Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

New York
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What the team is known for Highly distinguished litigation practice advising on an array of contentious bankruptcy matters, demonstrating particular skill on major Chapter 11 cases. Frequently engaged by significant bondholder, investor and hedge fund clients to handle bet-the-company bankruptcy and restructuring disputes. Offers wide-reaching industry sector expertise in areas including energy and natural resources, and municipal insolvency.

Strengths"They are some of the very best litigators in the country," notes one client. "They are extremely cost-effective, very smart and user-friendly."

Work highlights Acted for GLAS Trust Company in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings of Nine West Holdings and its affiliated debtors. The firm's client was the agent for the unsecured term loan incurred in connection with the controversial LBO by which private equity firm Sycamore Partners came to own Nine West.

Notable practitioners

Ben Finestone continues to consolidate his presence in the New York market, impressing observers with his representation of debtors, creditors' groups and trustees in connection with high stakes bankruptcy litigation. A number of industry insiders attest to Finestone's burgeoning reputation, with one interviewee naming him "one of the smartest bankruptcy litigators in the business," and noting: "Word is getting around: he's phenomenal. Everyone is taken aback at how good he is."

James Tecce acts for both creditor and debtor-side clients in connection with complex Chapter 11 proceedings and other contentious bankruptcy matters, including confirmation contests and debtor in possession financing disputes. Impressed clients consider him to be "a strong leader and a tough negotiator."

Susheel Kirpalani is one of New York's recognized frontrunners in the bankruptcy arena, winning unanimous praise from the market for his astute handling of complex bankruptcy-related disputes. Sources name him "a tremendous litigation strategist" and "a strong oral advocate." Kirpalani chairs the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring group.