Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring TRANSACTIONAL

From billion-dollar fraudulent transfer litigation and appellate resolution of cutting-edge bankruptcy issues to multi-national Chapter 11 restructurings, WilmerHale has been at the forefront of complex financial restructuring and bankruptcy litigation and policy matters for decades.

Legal issues in bankruptcy are often complex and evolve at a fast pace. Addressing these issues requires the persistence, focus and dedication of counsel with sophisticated legal skills in order to turn difficult financial issues into opportunities. Our lawyers have decades of experience advising clients in virtually all aspects of financial restructuring matters—both in and out of court—and in complex bankruptcy litigation, regulation and policy matters across the globe. We collaborate regularly with lawyers in the firm’s corporate, debt finance, securities, derivatives, real estate, tax, international trade, intellectual property, venture capital, regulatory, and insurance groups to advise clients and achieve successful results for them. We have extensive experience where bankruptcy and financial institutions issues intersect, and on matters where bankruptcy and intellectual property issues overlap.


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Philip D. Anker

Co-Chair, Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group

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Goldman, Andrew N.

Andrew N. Goldman

Co-Chair, Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group

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Philip D. Anker


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Goldblatt, Craig

Craig Goldblatt


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Goldman, Andrew N.

Andrew N. Goldman


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Jenkins, Dennis L.

Dennis L. Jenkins


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Ochs, Justin L.

Justin L. Ochs


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Schnall, Matt

Matthew Schnall


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Sigel, John

John D. Sigel


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White, Thomas W.

Thomas W. White


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Class, Jamie N.

Jamie N. Class

Special Counsel

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Bankruptcy Litigation, Regulation and Policy

  • Defended a Fortune 20 company against a suit brought by a litigation trust on behalf of creditors of a former subsidiary in US District Court, related to the spinoff of the former subsidiary prior to its bankruptcy.
  • Tried and settled claims of the Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. estate against multi-national defendant Lukoil, related to Lukoil’s spinoff of Getty, following the assignment of those claims to a liquidating trust through Getty’s confirmed Chapter 11 plan.
  • Represented a leading national mortgage servicer in connection with a number of disputes in bankruptcy courts across the country relating to the treatment of home mortgages in Chapter 13, and in connection with its residential mortgage business generally, helping the bank to navigate the evolving policy and regulatory regimes in that area.
  • Represented financial institutions in their defense of claims arising from the Lyondell and Tribune Company bankruptcies, related to the leveraged buyouts that preceded those bankruptcy filings, as well as other financial institutions in their defense of claims relating to the bankruptcies of Refco and the SPhinX Funds.
  • Represented the Loan Syndication and Trading Association as amicus curiae in the US Supreme Court RadLAX case, regarding the right of a secured creditor to credit bid its claim in bankruptcy, and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association as amicus curiae in a Second Circuit Madoff appeal, regarding the Bankruptcy Code’s safe-harbor provisions relating to securities contracts.

Financial Restructuring

  • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of Getty Petroleum Marketing, Frontier Airlines, and Alamo/National Car Rental.
  • Represented lenders and bondholders in the restructurings and exchanges of Tribune, American Airlines, Bicent Power, RJ O’Brien, Inergy, ATA Holdings, Satmex and McLeod.
  • Represented the first-lien agents and DIP agents in the Chapter 11 cases of Digital Domain Media Group and Workflow Management.
  • Represented Constar, KB Toys, Kmart, and PSINet as debtors in their Chapter 11 restructurings, and the involuntary petitioners in the Chapter 11 filing for a Houston sports cable network.
  • Represented buyers and sellers in Section 363 sales in the bankruptcy cases of Kodak, Coach America, Nortel, BearingPoint and TLO, among others.

Publications & News


March 11, 2016

PAREXEL Closes $750M Unsecured Loan

WilmerHale represented PAREXEL International Corporation—a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization—in a $750 million unsecured term loan and revolving credit facility, which closed on March 11, 2016.

February 4, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Risks and Opportunities in Distressed Oil and Gas

Recent volatility in the energy markets has put increasing stress on the capital structures of companies operating in those markets. When commodity prices were higher between 2010 and 2014, many of those companies took on significant amounts of debt to pursue new opportunities.

November 3, 2015

The Trouble with Unneeded Bankruptcy Reform: The LSTA's Response to the ABI Chapter 11 Commission Report

The Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) released a report outlining the flaws and potential harmful effects of recommendations made by the American Bankruptcy Institute's Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. The WilmerHale team that drafted LSTA's response was led by Partners Craig Goldblatt and Danielle Spinelli and included Special Counsel Joel Millar, Counsel Allison Hester-Haddad, Senior Associate Danielle D’Onfro and Associate Jonathan Seymour.

November 2, 2015

WilmerHale Receives Top Rankings, Named “Law Firm of the Year” in Mutual Funds Law in 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” List

U.S. News - Best Lawyers® has named WilmerHale "Law Firm of the Year" in Mutual Funds Law and recognizes the firm as a first-tier law firm in 21 national and 58 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 30 second- and third-tier rankings.

May 28, 2015

The First Circuit may 'Actually' be the Best Choice of Bankruptcy Venue for Intellectual Property Licensees

An article co-authored by Benjamin Loveland, published in MBA's Complex Commercial Litigation Section Newsletter and the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

May 12, 2015

Former Co-Managing Partner William J. Perlstein to Join BNY Mellon as Senior Deputy General Counsel

WilmerHale Partner William J. Perlstein will be joining BNY Mellon as Senior Deputy General Counsel, effective June 15, 2015.

January 5, 2015

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and special counsel.

December 10, 2014

Limiting the Background Noise: Investor Motivation and Identity in Bankruptcy

An article by Allison Hester-Haddad and Danielle D’Onfro, published in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIII, No. 12, December 2014.

November 21, 2014

CFPB Calls for Changes to Mortgage Servicing with Proposed Rule

On November 20, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed changes to the rules governing mortgage servicing and foreclosures—Regulation X, which implements the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and Regulation Z, the implementing regulation for the Truth in Lending Act.


The excellence of WilmerHale’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice consistently receives wide recognition in the professional press and throughout the business sector.

  • Business Week – Named WilmerHale as one of the nation’s "top bankruptcy shops"
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Chambers named our Bankruptcy/Restructuring practices among the top in Massachusetts and Washington DC, with sources saying our attorneys are "...just terrific in this space...very responsive and thoughtful" and "truly brilliant." Phil Anker, Craig Goldblatt, Andrew Goldman, Dennis Jenkins and John Sigel were individually honored as leaders in the field.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Acknowledged our "increasingly prominent" bankruptcy/restructuring practices in 2010-2013 with band one rankings, quoting sources as saying our team is "...among the smartest people" and "a top notch group of lawyers with great depth and breadth.” In the most recent edition, Craig Goldblatt, Andrew Goldman, Dennis Jenkins and John Sigel were individually honored as leaders in the field. The department has received top rankings in Chambers USA every year since 2004.
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® – In the 2010-2015 "Best Law Firms" rankings, the firm was honored with first-tier national rankings in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, as well as first-tier metropolitan rankings in that same category in Boston and New York. The firm is also recognized with second-tier national rankings in Banking and Finance Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Recognized nearly 100 partners, naming nine "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015. In 2012 and 2013, Best Lawyers named six WilmerHale attorneys as "Lawyers of the Year" in their respective areas of practice.
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Ranked WilmerHale in 2010-2014 number one for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law in Boston and Massachusetts and also recognized Phil Anker and John Sigel for their bankruptcy practices.
  • The Legal 500 United States – In the 2009 edition, WilmerHale was recognized for bankruptcy in the Northeast and also identified John Sigel as a leader in this practice area.
  • Washington Business Journal – In 2008, WilmerHale Partner Craig Goldblatt was named a "Top Lawyer" for his outstanding knowledge and experience in the area of Bankruptcy
  • American College of Bankruptcy – Partner John Sigel is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy