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Practice/Industry Group Overview

Financial restructuring is taking on a new and ever-larger role in today’s increasingly complex business environment. Faced with changes in the competitive global economy and within their own industries, clients are increasingly turning to financial restructuring as an option for reorganizing and/or acquiring core businesses, shedding excess assets or divisions, and reformulating long-term objectives. The widespread use of financial restructuring as a tool of financial planning has changed the face of corporate deal-making.

Greenberg Traurig’s Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice provides clients with the insight and knowledge that come with decades of advisory and litigation experience handling highly complex issues that arise in reorganizations, restructurings, workouts, liquidations and distressed acquisitions and sales as well as cross-border proceedings. We offer clients a broad multidisciplinary approach supported by a nationally recognized practice that has been engaged in many of the key complex restructurings and bankruptcies of our time.

Our Team

The attorneys in our Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice offer clients the resources and reach of one the country’s largest bankruptcy practices, with more than 60 bankruptcy attorneys, and supported by the firm’s international platform of approximately 1,750 attorneys in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

In 2013, U.S. News - Best Lawyers® named Greenberg Traurig "Law Firm of the Year" in the Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy categories.

GT’s restructuring team offers clients a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together the knowledge and capabilities of our team with those of attorneys in the firm’s strong complementary practices – including Corporate & Securities, Environmental, Financial Institutions, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate and Tax. Together, we help companies navigate challenging times and address the full range of issues that can arise when reorganizing their core businesses, shedding excess assets or divisions, reformulating long-term objectives or dealing with distressed companies.

GT’s practice brings together experienced restructuring attorneys based in commercial centers across the country. Our attorneys have strong working relationships and meaningful experience in our local business and legal communities – including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa, Tysons Corner, and Wilmington.

GT’s national platform enables us to offer swift, cost-efficient counsel to clients with headquarters and operations throughout the United States, ranging from major multinationals to significant regional companies. We promise our clients immediate access to experienced senior restructuring attorneys who will be attentive to their needs. We deliver innovative thinking and practical strategies to help resolve complicated situations and take advantage of the opportunities hidden in times of trouble.

Our business-focused approach to legal services means that we can help clients tap into opportunities that may arise, such as acquisitions or sales of distressed companies’ assets. We provide clients access to the GT platform – our strong working relationships within their local business community, as well as access to the business networks of our 1750 attorneys.

Industry Recognition

GT’s Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice has been recognized as one of the leading restructuring practices in the United States:

  • Named 2013 “Law Firm of the Year” in the Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy categories by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®
  • Chambers USA recognized 15 of our attorneys in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring category in its 2013 edition.
  • The Best Lawyers in America® recognized 15 of our attorneys in the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law category in its 2013 edition.
  • We were recognized for our role in the restructuring of Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V, which was honored with Latin Lawyer’s 2012 Restructuring of the Year award.
  • Global M&A Network has recognized our practice with the following Turnaround Atlas Awards:
    • 2013 Insolvency Deal of the Year – Middle Markets for the Chapter 11 restructuring of ShengdaTech, Inc.
    • Nancy Peterman was named the 2013 Restructuring Lawyer of the Year - Middle Markets
    • 2012 Turnaround of the Year - Upper Mid Markets for the pre-packaged Chapter 11 restructuring and recapitalization of Satélites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V.
    • 2012 Private Equity Turnaround Deal of the Year for Chapter 11 reorganization and acquisition of American Laser Skincare LLC
    • Keith Shapiro, Co-Chair of the Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice, was named the 2012 Restructuring Lawyer of the Year - Mid Markets
    • 2011 Middle Market Law Firm of the Year
    • 2011 Healthcare Turnaround of the Year for the sale of Chem Rx Corp. to PharMerica Corp.
    • 2010 Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year for deals above $1 billion for the restructuring of LandSource Communities Development LLC
  • Our team includes six attorneys who are Fellows in the American College of Bankruptcy.
  • Howard Steinberg, a Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Shareholder, was a member of a team that received the 2012 International Financial Law Review Deal of the Year Award for its representation of RIM in connection with a $4.5 billion patent portfolio purchase in the Nortel bankruptcy.
  • Bruce Zirinsky, Co-Chair of the Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice, was named a 2008 Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer for his work managing complicated cases and transactions.
  • Bankruptcy Law360 ranked our practice the 10th largest, based on number of bankruptcy attorneys worldwide, in its 2012 survey.
  • We are a member of INSOL International’s elite “Group of Thirty-Six” – a global group of 36 legal, accounting, financial and other professional firms and financial institutions engaged in cross-border and international insolvencies.

Practice Area Experience

We practice regularly in courts throughout the United States, as well as in other jurisdictions around the world. Our attorneys have played critical roles in many recent complex bankruptcies and restructurings, including those of AbitibiBowater Inc., American Airlines, Ashton Woods USA LLC, Atlantis Plastics, Inc., Bank United Financial Corporation, Calpine Corp., Chem Rx Corp., Chesapeake Corporation, Conseco Finance Company, DBSI, Inc., Extended Stay Hotels, Inc., Fontainebleau Las Vegas, General Growth Properties, General Motors Corp., Global Crossing, Indianapolis Downs, LLC, Lake Las Vegas, LandSource Communities Development LLC, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., MIG, Inc., Mirant Americas Generation, LLC, Northwest Airlines, Satélites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V., Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., Southeast Banking Corporation, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Inc., TH Agriculture and Nutrition L.L.C., TOUSA, Inc., TransContinental Airlines, Inc., Tropicana Entertainment, LLC, United Airlines, US Airways Group, Inc., and Werner Holding Co. (DE), Inc.

Our attorneys have broad and deep experience representing all of the parties to bankruptcies and restructurings, both in court and out of court, including:

  • Debtors
  • Official and ad hoc committees of creditors
  • Investors and purchasers of assets, debt instruments or equity of troubled companies
  • Secured and unsecured creditors and DIP lenders
  • Boards of directors and board committees
  • Trustees, receivers, examiners, indenture trustees and other fiduciaries
  • Post-confirmation fiduciaries in litigation and asset disposition

In addition, we offer unparalleled experience, knowledge and depth in a number of key industries, including:

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Gaming
  • Health care
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities

GT Restructuring Review (Blog)

Please visit Greenberg Traurig’s GT Restructuring Review – a space where we provide information and commentary on important topics and developments in the restructuring industry.


Services Available

Group Presentations
  ABI - Winter Leadership Conference 25th Annual, December 5, 2013
TMA - 2013 Executive Speaker Forum, November 18, 2013
ABI - Complex Financial Restructuring Program 10th Annual, November 7, 2013
NCBJ - Annual Conference 87th Annual, October 30, 2013
ABI - Mid-Level Professional Development Program 5th Annual, October 11, 2013