In this edition, WWL we recognise over 600 restructuring and insolvency lawyers as leading lights in the field. They have been carefully selected for their outstanding experience and expertise advising a wide variety of domestic and international clients on insolvency proceedings, corporate restructurings, liquidations and distressed transactions.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Colette Wilkins sits among the world’s top restructuring and insolvency minds, with peers across the globe recommending her as “an exceptional lawyer” and “a wonderful advocate with a dedicated client following”.
Shelley White is “an immensely hard-working and knowledgeable practitioner” with deep expertise in insolvency litigation proceedings.
Rupert Bell “works relentlessly for his client and always gets the job done right” note sources, who distinguish him as “the genuine article of an insolvency and restructuring lawyer”.
Matthew Goucke is “a star in the market” who “has pin-point accuracy in identifying issues and the value drivers behind them”. He is “always focused on getting the work done for his clients and does so with tremendous skill and efficiency”.
Neil Lupton is “a clever practitioner who “is well liked by clients and peers” and is sought after for his impressive cross-border restructuring experience.
Jay Carfagnini is a distinguished restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer whose practice is geared towards banking and finance matters, as well as briefs involving US Chapter 11 and UK administration proceedings.
Robert Chadwick has built an impressive practice which focuses on cross-border corporate financing and restructuring matters involving large multinationals.
Brendan O’Neill is highlighted by market commentators as a go-to in the Canadian market for domestic and transnational corporate restructuring and refinancing matters.
Chris Armstrong is well versed in advising clients in the technology, retail, construction and pharmaceutical sectors on a range of cross-border restructuring issues.
Joe Latham gains recognition from sources as a sterling lawyer, sought by clients for his work advising on bankruptcies, receiverships and corporate restructurings.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Alan Kornberg is highlighted by peers as a first-class lawyer for Chapter 11 briefs, out-of-court restructurings and insolvency-related transactions.
Andrew Rosenberg is “a top-drawer practitioner” whose practice focuses on the representation of lenders in their financing operations to highly-leverages entities.
Kelley Cornish is considered “a really excellent lawyer” by respondents who note she is well versed in bankruptcy litigation proceedings in the US.
Paul Basta ranks highly among peers thanks to his impressive work representing debtors, creditors and investors in highly complex Chapter 11 proceedings.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon
Peter Rubin is a top-notch restructuring and insolvency lawyer with over 20 years of experience advising debtors, creditors and lenders on insolvency proceedings in Canada.
Pamela Huff is singled out among peers for her over 30 years of experience in all areas of commercial insolvency issues and litigation proceedings.
Linc Rogers is known for his adept handling of restructuring and insolvency matters in both the US and Canada and is a key name for cross-border cases.
Kelly Bourassa earns acclaim for her work in the litigation of restructuring cases, as well as the structuring of commercial reorganisations and receiverships.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Michael Stamer is highly respected for his extensive experience advising creditor committees, secured lenders, debtors and company boards on complex Chapter 11 matters.
Lisa Beckerman is singled out as a sterling insolvency and restructuring specialist with sweeping knowledge of corporate restructuring and creditors’ rights.
Ira Dizengoff is well versed at representing committees, creditors, institutional investors and lenders in multi-jurisdictional briefs.
Philip Dublin is appreciated by respondents for his stellar work representing a range of clients including debtors and creditors throughout Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings.
Cassels Brock & Blackwell
Mary Buttery QC is renowned for her top-tier practice, which spans commercial insolvency briefs and representing financial institutions, debtors and creditors in multi-party litigation proceedings.
Shayne Kukulowicz chairs the firm’s restructuring and insolvency group and is recommended for his impressive practice advising on corporate reorganisations, restructurings and cross-border liquidations.
Jane Dietrich is a favourite among sources, who happily endorse her skill with domestic and international restructurings, insolvency and litigation proceedings.
Elizabeth Pillon is singled out by respondents as a prominent name in the Canadian market for cross-border insolvencies and matters pertaining to Canada’s CCAA legislation.
Jean Fontaine is a commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency specialist who wins notable recommendations for his practice advising financial institutions, trustees and public companies.
David Byers is admired by commentators for his practice which spans over 20 years representing clients at the appellate court level regarding insolvency and insurance issues.
Ashley Taylor is a respected disputes expert, with extensive experience representing debtors, secured lenders and purchasers in insolvency proceedings.
John Grieve QC enjoys a strong reputation in the Canadian market for representing clients through their domestic and international insolvency and restructuring cases.
Kibben Jackson is recommended by respondents as a talented litigator, who focuses on insolvency matters pertaining to large financial institutions and trustee firms.
Aubrey Kauffman is a keystone of the Canadian market, with a wealth of experience and expertise in domestic and cross-border insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring issues.
Other leading individuals
British Virgin Islands
Appleby’s Andrew Willins is described by market commentators as “a very clever and extremely quick practitioner” who is also “strongly diplomatic in approach”.
Robert Thornton at Thornton Grout Finnigan is recognised as one of the foremost insolvency practitioners in the Canadian market, with experience representing major corporations in their insolvency and restructuring matters.
John Sandrelli of Dentons is a preeminent name in Canada, with one client effusing that he is “a long-time choice” for restructuring and insolvency briefs.
Peers say Harvey Chaiton at Chaitons has built up an enviable practice specialising in receiverships, corporate restructurings and insolvency litigation.
At Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Marc Wasserman receives numerous endorsements from sources for his stellar work on corporate recapitalisations and restructurings.
Carey Olsen’s Sam Dawson earns a spot among the Cayman Island’s foremost restructuring and insolvency practitioners, with sources describing him as “an excellent lawyer” and “a clever practitioner that is very user friendly”.
Jan Golaszewski is a standout practitioner in the Cayman Islands, with commentators stating that he is “an experienced and good lawyer” who is “very smart and robust”.
At Maples Group, Caroline Moran is considered “one of the best lawyers in the Maples team” and “a smart and hard-working practitioner who is great on her feet”.
Aristos Galatopoulos is lauded as “an excellent lawyer” who focuses on complex international insolvency and restructuring matters as well as security enforcement briefs.
Guy Manning at Campbells is praised for being “a very thoughtful practitioner” who is “knowledgeable in this area of law”. He acts for creditors, shareholders and liquidators in restructuring and liquidation matters in the Cayman Islands.
Mark Goodman secures recommendations from market commentators as “a strong and innovative advocate” who is “very commercial and extremely bright”.
Ogier’s Marc Kish earns acclaim from peers for being “a good lawyer in the field” who is “great with clients”. His practice is geared towards contentious restructuring and insolvency matters.
Corinne Ball at Jones Day is counted among the US market’s finest restructuring and insolvency lawyers and is described as “a top-rate lawyer”. She has over 40 years of experience with corporate reorganisations and distressed acquisitions.
Richard Levin of Jenner & Block is lauded by peers as “one of the best lawyers in the market”. He is sought after for his work on structuring litigation strategies and settlements in Chapter 11 proceedings.
At Kirkland & Ellis, Jonathan Henes is recognised as a “first-rate lawyer in the restructuring space” and represents clients in the media, chemicals, energy and telecommunication sectors.
James Sprayregen, P.C. enjoys a strong reputation representing major US and international companies on both out-of-court and in- court restructurings.
At KTBS, Kenneth Klee is described by sources as “a real scholar of the bankruptcy and restructuring field”. He has over 40 years of experience with briefs involving Chapter 9 and Chapter 11 proceedings before the US’ highest courts.
Thomas Patterson comes highly recommended by commentators for his skill representing debtors and creditors in major Chapter 11 proceedings and insolvency briefs.
Richard Mason at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz enjoys a standout reputation for his work representing banks and distressed investors in domestic and international briefs.
Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Donald Bernstein is highlighted by market commentators as “a dean of the bar” and a “strong scholar” in the restructuring and insolvency field.
Marshall Huebner is an established player in the US restructuring and insolvency space, with strong experience advising debtors, creditors liquidators and receivers on large-scale corporate restructurings.
Damian Schaible is respected for his impressive representation of clients in bankruptcy proceedings, exit financings and out-of-court work outs.
Milbank’s Dennis Dunne wins praise for his excellent work representing companies and creditors in reorganisation and out-of-court work outs.
At Latham & Watkins, George Davis is an established name for public and private companies, sponsors and investors to turn to for contentious and non-contentious restructuring matters.
Peter Gilhuly is a stalwart of the US’ restructuring and insolvency market, with over 20 years of experience advising debtors, buyers and hedge funds.
Proskauer Rose’s Martin Bienenstock has impressive experience advising on the restructuring of distressed companies and the protection of corporate officers and directors.
James Bromley at Sullivan & Cromwell is acknowledged by respondents as “a first-rate bankruptcy specialist” with over 30 years of experience representing clients in the automobile, aviation, energy and financial service sectors in Chapter 11 proceedings.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Stefan Sax is looked upon with enormous favour by sources who consider him a top-notch cross-border restructuring and insolvency specialist.
Iñigo Villoria is known among market commentators as “a highly experienced barrister involved in the big deals” who is “very good from a technical point of view”.
Iain White is held in high regard for his impressive work assisting banks, funds, borrowers and issuers in a range of formal insolvency and cross-border restructuring matters.
Philip Hertz is a seasoned hand in advising senior lenders in restructuring efforts and bondholders on pre-insolvency filings.
David Towers achieves widespread recognition for his strong work representing banks, debtors and trustees in a variety of cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters.
Jelle Hofland is a go-to for borrowers in the private equity and technology sectors, regarding leveraged finance transactions and restructurings.
Bartosz Krużewski is described by respondents as “a star in the arbitration and litigation world” and “a very renowned lawyer with top-drawer advocacy skills”.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Richard Tett is a revered name in the European market with over 20 years of experience with contentious and out-of-court restructuring and insolvency matters.
Lars Westpfahl is one of the most respected names in the domestic market and is a master of corporate restructuring matters.
Adam Gallagher applies more than 20 years of experience in his representation of borrowers, directors and shareholders in cross-border restructurings and creditor disputes.
Ken Baird heads the firm’s global restructuring and insolvency practice and excels in difficult cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters, in which he represents both debtors and creditors.
Allen & Overy
Peter Hoegen distinguishes himself with his expert handling of domestic and international restructuring and insolvency proceedings involving major corporations.
Javier Castresana is known among market commentators for his “good technical skills” when handling complex insolvency proceedings.
Jennifer Marshall is well thought of among sources for her work on securities enforcement and cross-border restructuring transactions.
Sigrid Jansen frequently represents private equity investors and financial institutions on cross-border restructurings, as well as secured lending and distressed-debt trading issues.
Tom Smith QC is praised by respondents as “a brilliant and very client-friendly” barrister who possesses “a superb demeanour in court”.
Mark Phillips QC is singled out by peers as a formidable insolvency silk, with over 30 years of experience representing high-profile clients such as the Bank of England and Lehman US.
Felicity Toube QC is appreciated by sources as a practitioner who is “wonderful to work with and one of the most effective barristers practising at the moment in the space”.
Daniel Bayfield QC wins endorsements for his expertise in high-profile contentious restructuring and insolvency proceedings.
David Allison QC inspires admiration in peers at the bar thanks to his skill with corporate restructuring, sovereign debt restructuring and a host of commercial litigation proceedings.
Robin Dicker QC has carved out a prominent practice representing some of the world’s largest financial institutions in proceedings before the Supreme Court.
Michael Frege is recognised by respondents as “a true restructuring and insolvency professional”, experienced at advising on complex insolvency proceedings.
Alexandra Schluck-Amend is a standout restructuring and insolvency specialist whose practice encompasses restructuring plans, insolvency proceedings and distressed M&A transactions.
Glen Flannery earns recognition for his work advising debtors, creditors and investors regarding contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring matters.
Other leading individuals
Yushan Ng at Milbank gains considerable recommendations for his work advising lenders and borrowers on finance transactions, restructuring matters and loan structures.
Kon Asimacopoulos of Kirkland & Ellis stands out among peers for his stellar practice advising companies and investors, on cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters, as well as litigation proceedings.
Partha Kar has built a top-class restructuring and insolvency practice, with peers readily endorsing his work representing investors, creditors, and debtors in multi-jurisdictional proceedings.
Ian Wallace with White & Case is backed by over 15 years of experience representing debtors, financial sponsors, banks and funds on international restructurings.
At Linklaters, Rebecca Jarvis is the firm’s global co-head of restructuring and insolvency, and a distinguished name in the market for a variety of stressed financings, administration proceedings and workout efforts.
James Douglas is frequently engaged by clients in large debt restructurings, distressed acquisitions and insolvency proceedings across Europe, Asia and Africa.
Akin Gump’s Barry Russell is highly regarded for his over 20 years of experience representing bondholders and noteholders in cross-border financial restructurings.
At Latham & Watkins, Yen Sum hailed for her work clients on financings, buyouts and restructuring matters.
Eversheds Sutherland’s Jari Salminen is lauded by peers as a “very experienced and skilful practitioner in the field”. He has over 25 years of experience acting as administrator in restructuring proceedings, as well as advising on insolvency transactions.
Mikko Tiilikka at Krogerus enjoys a stellar reputation as one of Finland’s leading lawyers and has a broad practice that spans the full range of restructuring, insolvency and dispute resolution matters.
Hannu Ylönen comes with resounding endorsements for his work on complex bankruptcy proceedings and corporate restructurings.
Frank Kebekus of Kebekus et Zimmermann is celebrated by market commentators as “one of the leading insolvency administrators in the market” where he has over 20 years of experience.
Sidley Austin’s Kolja von Bismarck earns acclaim as “one of the undisputed leaders in advising on restructuring cases based on Anglo-Saxon financial structures”.
At Gleiss Lutz, Andreas Spahlinger distinguishes himself as one of Germany’s foremost restructuring and insolvency lawyers, with peers across Europe recommending his practice.
Andreas Ziegenhagen at Dentons is selected by peers as “one of the top-players in the market” with vast experience and skill with corporate recovery and insolvency law.
David Baxter of A&L Goodbody possesses a strong reputation for his work advising companies and creditors on restructuring and insolvency matters as well as related litigation.
William Day with Arthur Cox is a distinguished name in the Irish market for high-profile formal and informal restructuring and insolvency issues.
NautaDutilh’s Robert van Galen secures glowing recommendations from peers, with one respondent effusing that “he is one the best currently in practice” for cross-border insolvency.
At Resor, Nicolaes Tollenaar is recognised as “a very strong leader” in the field by commentators, and a go-to for cross-border matters in the European market.
Fedra Valencia at Cuatrecasas ranks among Europe’s preeminent restructuring and insolvency lawyers, with peers describing her as “one of the best-known insolvency lawyers in Spain” and “a highly experienced practitioner”.
At Uría Menéndez, Javier Yáñez Evangelista ranks highly among peers who consider him a “highly experienced restructuring and insolvency lawyer”.
Brigitte Umbach-Spahn of Wenger Plattner is recognised by commentators as a market leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer in Switzerland, with sources describing her as “a good choice” for a wide range of briefs.
Karl Wüthrich is recommended by sources as “one to go to if you need a liquidator, as he is a senior statesman in that field”. He also has over 30 years of experience with restructuring issues.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Drew & Napier
Sushil Nair sits among Singapore’s leading names in restructuring and insolvency practice, with sources describing him as “a strong choice of lawyer” and “an expert in this field”.
Blossom Hing is a celebrated name in the market and is appreciated by peers as “an extremely capable practitioner”. She has over 20 years of experience with contentious insolvency and restructuring proceedings.
Julian Kwek co-heads the firm’s restructuring and workouts group at the firm and is a well-regarded specialist in cross-border debt workouts and corporate restructuring.
Tanner De Witt Solicitors
Robin Darton is identified by sources as a stalwart of the Hong Kong market, with over 20 years of experience with wind-up proceedings and security enforcement issues.
Ian De Witt is a preeminent name in Hong Kong when it comes to debt-recovery, asset tracing and insolvency-related litigation.
Rajah & Tann Singapore
Eng Beng Lee SC is lauded by respondents as “one of the top insolvency practitioners around”. He is well versed in insolvency litigation, as well as debt enforcement and restructuring matters.
One source effuses that Patrick Ang is “the first name on my list” for restructuring and insolvency issues. He is a first-class debt restructuring and insolvency specialist with over 30 years of experience.
Sim Kwan Kiat impresses with his “responsiveness and ability to provide sound legal advice to support decisions”. He is also “technically very sound while taking a commercial approach when providing legal advice”.
Other leading individuals
Leon Zwier of Arnold Bloch Leibler enjoys a stellar international reputation for his work leading administration and restructuring efforts across the Asia-Pacific market.
Dominic Emmett at Gilbert + Tobin has over 30 years of experience with domestic and international insolvencies, refinancing arrangements and liquidations.
James Marshall with Ashurst displays consummate skill with restructuring and insolvency briefs, where he acts for both lenders and creditors.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Steven Palmer is described as “a very smart, commercial, and creative lawyer focussed on results” when handling cross-border insolvency and corporate restructurings.
Scott Atkins is commended for his over 25 years of experience with both domestic and international insolvencies.
At Kirkland & Ellis, Neil McDonald secures a place alongside Hong Kong’s foremost restructuring and insolvency lawyers, with peers readily endorsing him for his expertise representing global entities in distressed situations.
Mayer Brown’s John Marsden is recognised by respondents as “an excellent lawyer”, highly sought after for his work on non-performing loan disposals and large-scale corporate restructurings.
Mark Fairbairn at DLA Piper is looked upon with enormous favour by commentators for his “vast knowledge of insolvency theory and practice”.
At Harney Westwood & Riegels, Ian Mann takes a spot among Hong Kong’s key names in restructuring and insolvency matters, as well as litigation proceedings and shareholder disputes.
Andrew Chan of Allen & Gledhill is singled out by peers as a top-notch practitioner, with comprehensive experience and expertise with insolvency disputes.
Edward Tiong “strives to find solutions to problems” and is “creative and constructive when taking into account different stakeholders’ concerns and needs”. He is “cool and collected even under the most trying situations”.
Shook Lin & Bok’s Sarjit Singh Gill SC is “a statesman of the field”, renowned for his considerable experience with domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency proceedings.
At BlackOak, Ashok Kumar has an enviable restructuring and insolvency practice and possesses 20 years of experience handling contentious and non-contentious matters.
Thomas Benes Felsberg at Felsberg Advogados ranks as one of Brazil’s leading minds in restructuring and insolvency practice, with sources recommending him as “a seasoned and trustworthy lawyer”.
Giuliano Colombo of Pinheiro Neto Advogados secures recognition from peers as a leading practitioner in the market and focuses on bankruptcy proceedings and corporate restructuring.
Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva is praised by sources for being “always available” and having “a very good corporate and strategic view, while being sensitive to clients’ needs and goals”.
Fábio Rosas at Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados is a stellar lawyer known for representing domestic and international clients in debt restructurings and company recovery matters.