Top 100 Restructuring Professionals

“Distinction in Dealmaking”

Exclusive published by Global M&A Network, the 9th annual list features highly respected, successful and innovative group of 25 consultants, 25 investment bankers and 50 lawyers from the restructuring and turnaround communities this year.

Highly competitive process begins with evaluating firms and best performing or “Turnaround Atlas Awards” winning transactions closed during the 2021. Selection is then narrowed to a single professional from the firm based on their experience, differentiated expertise, and transactions completed among additional attributes. Only one professional is selected from the practice group at the firm per year.

Join us in congratulating top performing professionals and the firm’s they represent!

Derek C. Abbott

Derek represents Fortune 1000, local, international, and other organizations as lead or Delaware counsel in bankruptcy proceedings and litigation on behalf of debtors, creditors, official and ad hoc committees and transactional case constituents. Derek regularly works with debtors-in-possession (DIP), DIP and exit financing lenders, as well as outside and inside counsel, turnaround professionals, independent and special committees of directors, crisis management firms, and investment and non-investment bank professionals. He frequently serves as a mediator in matters related to insolvency and distressed businesses, including both adversary proceedings and case-dispositive matters. In addition, Derek has served as an expert witness in matters involving restructuring and bankruptcy matters both domestically and internationally. Derek is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point. In 2016, he was invited to join the 28th Class of Fellows of the American College of Bankruptcy.

What Derek enjoys about his career... I enjoy the working with my friends in the industry, I love learning about new businesses with each new case and I really enjoy the variety of work that a bankruptcy/insolvency lawyer gets to handle. You can be a litigator, negotiator, drafter, and social worker all in one day.

Omar J. Alaniz

Omar’s primary practice is representing distressed companies in workouts and chapter 11 restructurings. He regularly advises boards of directors in considering liability management alternatives. Omar also advises key stakeholders in chapter 11 cases. He has appeared in bankruptcy and appellate courts throughout the country, including the Texas and United States Supreme Courts. Omar is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, and a Conferee in the prestigious sixty-member National Bankruptcy Conference, whose primary purpose is to advise Congress on bankruptcy law. He is described in Chambers USA as "an excellent lawyer - incredibly intellectual and charismatic” and “a problem solver who is very practical."

What Omar enjoys about his career... I enjoy developing creative solutions to address clients’ objectives. Every situation is different, often with unique challenges that require tailored strategies. Building consensus among stakeholders is often the key to unlocking value. I have invested substantial time developing a personal brand that centers around trust and integrity.

George A. Angelich

George represents debtors, committees of unsecured creditors, estate fiduciaries, unsecured creditors, secured creditors, and lenders in bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation proceedings. George led the team that advised subchapter V debtors CoverFX, Desigual and G-Star. In addition, he represented, Diesel, and successfully confirmed a fully consensual Chapter 11 plan of reorganization in 38 days, for which the team was recognized with the M&A Advisor’s 2019 “Restructuring Deal of the Year” award. George has represented other clients and constituencies in retail bankruptcies such as Fortunoff’s and Rock & Republic Enterprises Inc. He has represented retailers (luxury brands, cosmetics and crafts) in out-of-court restructurings.

What George most enjoys about his career... I love helping clients find solutions to complex legal and business problems alongside smart colleagues. Every day is challenging, interesting and I get to learn new things. Very grateful for my career in the restructuring field. Would not trade it for any other job.

Justin Bernbrock

Justin concentrates his practice on all aspects of corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and financial distress. He represents clients across a wide range of matters, including debtor and creditor representations. He has substantial experience in out-of-court and in-court restructurings. Prior to private practice, Bernbrock served with distinction as an Aviation Warfare Systems Operator in Patrol Squadron FIVE and as a Weapons Tactics Instructor in Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN. During his nearly 10 years of active duty in the United States Navy, Bernbrock was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal twice, including once for meritorious service during combat operations in Iraq. He also received the Global War on Terrorism Medal for his service in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Mr. Bernbrock earned his J.D., University of Illinois, and B.S., from Southern Illinois University.

Patrick M. Birney

Patrick has an incredibly diverse practice that includes complex transactional, litigation, and advisory work primarily in corporate restructuring, He has extensive experience representing trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, official and ad hoc creditors' committees, debtors, and other parties in state and federal court proceedings and out-of-court workouts. Recently, Patrick and the team from Robinson+Cole served as legal advisor to Tribe 9, LLC, a certified B Corp., in the Carla’s Pasta, LLC Chapter 11 case; Carla’s sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2020 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut to effectuate a sale of assets. Tribe 9 was identified as the stalking horse bidder and ultimately deemed the prevailing bidder after a competitive auction, enabling Tribe 9 to expand its gluten-free, grain-free and vegan pasta offerings. The deal was awarded the “Food & Beverage Restructuring Deal of the Year” at the 14th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards.

What Patrick values about his career... The diversity of experiences that accompany a practice in corporate restructuring and bankruptcy, including mentoring and assisting in the development of young lawyers. Also, central to my practice and career are giving back to the community, both through pro bono work and governmental and not profit board service.

James Carr

Jim serves as Chair of Kelley Drye and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to being elected as Chair of Kelley Drye, he was the Chair of the Bankruptcy Department. Over the past three decades, Jim has built the firm’s Bankruptcy Department into one of the premier creditors’ rights group in the country. His practice focuses on creditor representations in corporate bankruptcy cases, representing official committees of unsecured creditors, indenture trustees, owners and developers of shopping centers and individual creditors. Jim’s commitment to providing expert client service and achieving successful outcomes for his clients is unmatched. One of Law360’s “10 Most Admired Bankruptcy Attorneys,” Jim’s many achievements and contributions to the bankruptcy community have been recognized such by prestigious publications, including Chambers USA and Chambers Global, Law360, The M&A Advisor, The Best Lawyers in America©, The Deal Pipeline, Super Lawyers, Turnaround Atlas Awards, and others.

What Jim most enjoys about his career... I enjoy collaborating with my clients and supporting them while addressing the complexities of chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. My experiences have helped me become a savvy business advisor and expert negotiator, who can think strategically to accomplish my clients’ business objectives.

William E. Chipman, Jr.

Bill is a bankruptcy and restructuring practitioner with significant experience representing debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors, asset purchasers, debtor-in-possession lenders, secured and unsecured creditors, and plaintiffs and defendants in a broad spectrum of bankruptcy related litigation in large Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases pending in various jurisdictions throughout the United States. Prior to founding Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole, LLP, Bill helped establish the Delaware office of Greenberg Traurig LLP and was a partner in Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP’s Delaware office. Bill is also a Certified Public Accountant who has extensive business-related accounting experience.

What Bill most enjoys and values about his career... I enjoy and value the other professionals we have the privilege of working with daily. It is also rewarding to be able to help restructure a trouble company that provides jobs for many people.

Charles A. Dale

Chad has 30 years of experience in corporate reorganizations and debt restructurings. As a member of the Private Credit Restructuring Group, Chad focuses on direct lenders and ad hoc groups of direct lenders, hedge funds and BDC’s. He also represents troubled companies, equity sponsors, creditors’ committees, trustees and receivers in complex out-of-court debt restructurings and formal insolvency proceedings. He has also served as a court-appointed chapter 11 trustee and frequently represents purchasers of financially distressed businesses. Mr. Dale is received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and B.S. from the University of Dayton.

George A. Davis

George helps leading public and private companies, sponsors, and investors navigate their highest-stakes restructurings, including some of the most complex and contentious matters of the past three decades. Widely recognized as one of the top restructuring lawyers in the United States, Mr. Davis combines shrewd tactical and negotiating skills and creative problem solving to achieve the outcomes sought by clients. He is experienced in large-scale restructuring matters involving prominent multinational and domestic companies across diverse industries, including the energy, chemicals, metals, manufacturing, real estate, gaming, financial services, retail, telecommunications, airline, and healthcare sectors. Mr. Davis received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and B.S. from Binghamton University.

Ira S. Dizengoff

Ira focuses on large, complex corporate restructurings, both out of court and in Chapter 11. He represents official committees and ad hoc groups of unsecured creditors, ad hoc groups of secured creditors, debtor in possession lenders, institutional investors, hedge funds and acquirers of businesses and assets. His restructuring matters encompass a variety of industries and involve multijurisdictional and cross-border matters. Ira received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his B.A. in history from Brandeis University.