Bankruptcy and Restructuring


With a sophisticated understanding of the restructuring landscape, our multidisciplinary Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice provides comprehensive services in all aspects of restructuring and insolvency proceedings from pre-workout phase through litigation, if necessary. Our team of more than 30 insolvency and restructuring practitioners, located in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles, has been at the forefront of some of the largest and most complex multinational restructurings and insolvencies of recent past.

We have developed longstanding relationships with the industry's key players and regularly represent a whole range of stakeholders, including corporate debtors, investors and asset purchasers, committees, bondholders, secured and unsecured creditors, parties dealing with distressed businesses, officers and directors, and other interested parties in corporate restructurings, bankruptcy proceedings, and related litigation throughout the United States.

Our bankruptcy lawyers are experienced litigators. We appear in trial and appellate courts throughout the United States and are often involved in precedent-setting cases. Our transactional experience is equally extensive. Our Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice has taken the lead in a number of sophisticated transactions in some of the country's largest bankruptcy cases. We have also negotiated and structured successful out-of-court restructurings, helped clients acquire distressed assets or businesses, and advised clients on their dealings with troubled companies.

In addition to the practice's substantive knowledge and experience regarding restructurings and insolvency proceedings, we frequently partner with Arnold & Porter's other practice groups—Litigation, Corporate and Finance, Securities Enforcement and Litigation, Tax, Environmental, Antitrust, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, and Government Contracts—to provide our clients with a full spectrum of legal services. As bankruptcy issues rarely arise in a vacuum, this multidisciplinary coordination is particularly valuable to our clients.

Our firm and its bankruptcy partners have been recognized by numerous publications as being among the leading bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers in the United States, including Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, BTI Client Service All-Stars, The Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500 US: Corporate and Finance, Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, and other publications. Our bankruptcy partners are frequent lecturers, published authors, and widely recognized professionals.


Quebecor World (USA) Inc. (now Quad/Graphics, Inc.) Chapter 11 reorganization

Represented Quebecor World (USA) Inc. and 52 affiliated debtors in their multi-billion dollar Chapter 11 reorganization pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Cortland Capital and Term Lenders Paragon Offshore LLC

Representation of term lenders and syndicate agent in Paragon Offshore, Inc. Chapter 11 proceeding involving total term, revolver and noteholder claims of approximately $2.4 billion. During the course of two separate multi-day trials, on behalf of Cortland Capital and the term loan lenders that are owed in excess of $642 million, successfully defeated confirmation of the debtors’ plan of reorganization which sought to reinstate the term loan debt. As per its press reports, the Debtor is now attempting to pursue a consensual plan of reorganization process with all stakeholders.

Ad Hoc Group of Term Lenders Arch Coal, Inc.

Representation of the ad hoc group of term lenders in the restructuring of a $1.9 billion credit facility extended to Arch Coal, Inc. Our attorneys devised a strategy to oppose an exchange offer proposed by Arch Coal with its senior noteholders that would have resulted in significant dilution of the term lenders’ position. The company and the term lenders subsequently entered into a plan support agreement and the company commenced a Chapter 11 proceeding. Arch successfully emerged from Chapter 11 as the term lenders received over 90% of the post-reorganization equity and achieved a more than par recovery following emergence.

US Airways Chapter 11 reorganization and merger

Acted as lead restructuring counsel in the company's second Chapter 11 reorganization and its merger with America West Airlines.

Cantor Fitzgerald RadioShack

Representation of Cantor Fitzgerald, as administrative agent for a $585 million senior secured asset-based uni-tranche loan facility extended to RadioShack and as DIP agent for a $285 million debtor-in-possession facility in connection with RadioShack’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Obtained dismissal of lawsuit commenced by junior creditors seeking disgorgement of over $125 million in payments made to the agent and the lenders.



Great Debates: Resolved: A Trademark Licensee Retains the Right to Use a Debtor’s Trademark Post-rejection
Bankruptcy 2018: Views from the Bench, American Bankruptcy Institute, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
Presenter, 15th Annual New Deal for Consumer Bankruptcy, Historic Hyde Park, NY
Breaking Down the DIP Budget
Presenter, 14th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop, Hershey, PA
Ninth Circuit Upholds Lender's Defensive Purchase of Blocking Position in Junior Debt to Protect Existing Claim
Annual Bankruptcy Case Law Update
Presenter, The Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association, Fairfax, VA


Chambers USA
Our Bankruptcy and Restructuring group has been recognized annually by Chambers USA as having a leading bankruptcy practice and leading individuals in the restructuring field.

In its 2018 edition, Chambers USA quoted our clients, noting that "All the lawyers are incredibly smart, creative and very calm under pressure." Previous editions of Chambers have praised the group, stating "The team's knowledge is unparalleled; they're the best lawyers in their practice area, and with that comes not only timeliness, but also pragmatism and business-friendly solutions."

The Legal 500 US
Arnold & Porter has been recognized annually by The Legal 500 US for Bankruptcy and Restructuring.
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers
Arnold & Porter has been recognized nationally as a "Top Tier" firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization.

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