William W. Kannel: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

William W. Kannel


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Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Commercial Law
  • Distressed Debt & Claims Trading
  • Bondholder & Trustee Representation / Distressed Debt
  • Foreclosures, Workouts & Restructurings
  • Mergers, Acquisitions & Other Transactions
  • Health Care
  • Energy & Clean Technology
  • Education
  • Nonprofits
  • Real Estate
  • Sports, Arts & Entertainment
  • Technology, Communications & Media
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.348.1665
Fax: 617-542-2241
Internet: Each Attorney's Internet Address takes the following form: first initial, last name @mintz.com (e.g., rmintz@mintz.com)

University Wesleyan University, B.A., 1981
Law SchoolBoston University, J.D., 1985
Admitted1985, Massachusetts; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; United States Supreme Court
Memberships Boston Bar Association (Member and past chair, Law Section); Massachusetts Bar Association; American Bar Association.


Bill's practice focuses primarily on commercial law, workouts, and corporate reorganization. He has represented various institutional lenders, indenture trustees, bondholders, and other creditors, debtors, and trustees in all manner of insolvency proceedings in courts throughout the United States.

His industry experience encompasses municipalities, airlines, hospitals and other health care facilities, retail, telecom, energy and clean tech, waste disposal, military housing, hotels, and educational institutions.

He has substantial experience in all phases of bankruptcy litigation, practice, and case management from both the debtor's and creditor's perspective, including relief from stay, adequate protection, valuation, preference, fraudulent transfer, subordination, competing plan, and appellate litigation. One of his specialty areas is in negotiating sales of troubled companies and assets, both in and out of bankruptcy. His practice also includes addressing bankruptcy and documentation issues in securitizations, receivable sales, bond transactions, and structured financings generally.

Bill is also experienced in the growing area of municipal bankruptcies, and recently was quoted in stories in the Wall Street Journal, The Deal, Bloomberg, Law360, and Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review.

He is active in the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association and frequently lectures and writes on insolvency issues in front of these groups and numerous other bar, trade, and industry groups, including the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Association of Insolvency Accountants. He served as an editor-in-chief of the American Bankruptcy Institute Health Care Insolvency Manual and served as co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Health Care Insolvency Section.

Recognitions & Awards

· Best Lawyers in America: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy (2006 - 2014)

· Chambers USA: Massachusetts - Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2005 - 2013)

· Recommended as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 United States for Finance: Municipal Bankruptcy (2013)

· The International Who's Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers

· Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2005 - 2012)

· Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Professional & Community Involvement

· American College of Bankruptcy (Fellow)

· Member, American Bar Association Banking and Commercial Law Section

· Member, Massachusetts Bar Association

· Member and past chair, Boston Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section

· Past co-chair, American Bankruptcy Institute Health Care Insolvency Section


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Puerto Rico and PREPA Seek Dismissal of Bondholder Challenge to Territory’s Bankruptcy Statute
William W. Kannel,Leonard Weiser-Varon, July 24, 2014
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) yesterday filed separate motions to dismiss the federal court complaint filed last month by some PREPA bondholders seeking to invalidate the recently-enacted Puerto Rico Public Corporation Debt Enforcement and...

Be PREPAred: PREPA Bondholders Greet Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy Legislation With Federal Lawsuit
William W. Kannel,Leonard Weiser-Varon, July 10, 2014
On Saturday, June 28, Puerto Rico’s Governor Padilla signed into effect Puerto Rico’s new bankruptcy law for certain revenue bond issuers. Within 24 hours of the statute’s enactment, two mutual fund complexes owning approximately $1.7 billion in bonds of the Puerto Rico Electric...

Puerto Rico Poised to Enact Bankruptcy-Like Legislation for Certain Revenue Bond Issuers
William W. Kannel,Leonard Weiser-Varon, July 10, 2014
Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla today introduced debt restructuring legislation which, upon enactment, would provide a judicial debt relief process in Puerto Rico’s courts for certain public corporations, including the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority...

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