Christopher J. Updike

Special Counsel
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212 504 6402

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Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Debt & Claims Trading
  • Special Situations
  • Distressed Finance
  • Financial Restructuring
University Villanova University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003
Law SchoolBoston College Law School, J.D., 2006
Admitted2007, New Jersey, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 2009, U.S. Court Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Christopher Updike represents debtors, creditors, lenders, acquirers, and other interested parties in all aspects of complex corporate restructurings, including traditional, pre-negotiated, and pre-packaged chapter 11 cases, out-of-court workouts, and cross-border insolvency proceedings. He has significant experience across a wide variety of industries, including airline, chemical, healthcare, financial services, petroleum, retail, textile, communications, mining, and gaming businesses. He has served as an elected representative on Cadwalader's Firm Committee since 2010, and is active in many of the firm's marketing, recruiting, and training initiatives.

Chris also contributes to Cadwalader's pro bono efforts and serves as Co-Chair of the Junior Advisory Board for Her Justice, a nonprofit organization in New York City that provides free legal services to low-income women and their children. Chris has been frequently recognized as Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association for his pro bono contributions.

Chris has been published in various periodicals, including the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor, The Bankruptcy Strategist, and the New York Law Journal.

Chris received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, and a B.A., in Economics, summa cum laude, from Villanova University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and selected as a Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholar to study international trade and finance at the University of Oxford. He has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015.

Chris is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, as well as in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the New York City Bar Association.

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Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized in 2015 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists Sep 17, 2015

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Bankrupt Vertis Gets Go-Ahead For 259M Dollar Sale To Quad Dec 06, 2012


Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized in 2015 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists Sep 17, 2015


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Supreme Court Holds That Orders Denying Plan Confirmation Are Not Final for Appellate Purposes May 21, 2015


Bankruptcy Court Holds That Venue Of Houghton Mifflin Case is Improper, But Delays Transfer Oct 01, 2012


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Trade Alert - March 2015, Issue 15 Mar 31, 2015


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Supreme Court Holds That Orders Denying Plan Confirmation Are Not Final for Appellate Purposes
Ingrid Bagby,Mark C. Ellenberg,Casey John Servais,Christopher J. Updike, June 16, 2015
On May 4, 2015, a unanimous United States Supreme Court in Bullard v. Blue Hills, 135 S. Ct. 1686 (2015), resolved a long-standing circuit court split by holding that a bankruptcy court’s order denying confirmation of a debtor’s proposed bankruptcy plan is not a “final”...
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Christopher J. Updike

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