Top 100 Restructuring Professionals

“Distinction in Dealmaking”

Exclusive published by Global M&A Network, the 10th annual list features a respected, successful, and innovative group of 25 consultants, 25 investment bankers and 50 lawyers from the global restructuring and turnaround communities this year.

Highly competitive process begins with evaluating firms and any “Turnaround Atlas Awards” winning transactions closed during the 2022/23 year. Selection is then narrowed to a professional from the firm based on their experience, differentiated expertise, among additional attributes. Typically, only one professional is selected from the firm per year.

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

Richard J. Cooper

Rich is one of the preeminent cross-border bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers in the United States and is the recognized leader in cross-border and sovereign restructurings involving companies and countries in Latin America and other emerging markets. He is known for his innovative work on behalf of governments, state-owned entities, creditors, institutional investors, creditor committees, and other notable clients in connection with in and out-of-court insolvency proceedings and complex financings, including rescue financings. He has advised clients involved in some of the most prominent and noteworthy restructurings in the United States and Latin America over the last two decades.

Most recently Richard advised on LATAM Airlines and Alto Maipo, Turnaround Atlas Awards winning transactions.

John K. Cunningham

John brings insight and experience to challenging corporate bankruptcy matters. He has led the White & Case teams in some of the largest domestic and international restructurings. John has represented troubled businesses, creditor committees, bondholders, trade creditors, financial institutions, lenders and strategic investors in complex work-out arrangements spanning the US, Latin America and Europe. Companies to have benefited from his representation operate in a broad spectrum of business sectors, including paper, marketing, logistics, telecommunications, gambling and pharmaceuticals.

Raniero D’Aversa

Ron is a market-leading practitioner in bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings and creditors’ rights controversies and brings years of experience representing DIP lenders, secured lenders, bank groups and hedge funds in those capacities. He is the designated restructuring counsel to many leading financial institutions such as The Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America, Citibank, Commerzbank, Toronto-Dominion Bank and The Bank of Nova Scotia. He has represented clients in bankruptcies, workouts, DIP loans, distressed debt transactions, bankruptcy litigation, derivatives, and distressed acquisitions. Ron has represented interests of financial institutions and investors in such restructuring and bankruptcy cases as Ocean Rig, Seadrill, CHC Helicopter, Erickson, Indiana Toll Road, Pocahontas Parkway, Eagle Bulk, Spyglass Films, American Airlines, Republic Airlines, Chemtura Corporation, Quebecor, AbitibiBowater, North Las Vegas, Ritchie Risk-Linked Strategies, Star Diamond, Lehman, and Mesa Airlines.

Ryan Preston Dahl

Ryan has extensive experience representing publicly- and privately held debtors, investors, and financial sponsors in special situations, out-of-court restructurings and distressed acquisitions, and in-court chapter 11 processes through prepackaged, prearranged, and traditional restructurings. His practice also includes a broad range of transactional and litigation matters across a number of industries including automotive, technology, retail, media, gaming, manufacturing, professional services and financial services.

Luc A. Despins

Luc is a bankruptcy practitioner with over 30 years of experience representing debtors and creditors in some of the highest profile and complex restructuring matters. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading financial restructuring lawyers and has been cited on numerous occasions for his role in major bankruptcies.

Neil Devaney

Neil advises clients on all aspects of restructuring and insolvency law across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He is focused on providing practical, leading-edge advice to companies and their stakeholders on complex, high value debt restructurings. Neil works with credit funds, senior management, and private equity sponsors on stressed, distressed and special situations. He also advises on associated M&A and alternative investments.

Philip C. Dublin

Philip represents debtors, official and ad hoc creditors’ committees, secured lenders, debtor in possession lenders, institutional investors, hedge funds and acquirers of businesses and assets in chapter 11 cases of all sizes and complexity, as well as in connection with special situations and out-of-court restructurings. Phil has handled complex multibillion-dollar matters including multiple cross-border transactions across numerous industries.

Dennis Dunne

Dennis has extensive experience in representing companies and creditors in reorganization cases and out-of-court workouts, acquirors of financially distressed companies, providers of financing, and board of directors of public and private companies. He plays a leadership role in these matters, frequently as counsel to companies or official and unofficial committees representing key creditor constituencies, such as bondholders, agents for lender syndicates, and large debt or equity holders. He also regularly represents private equity funds, hedge funds and other financial institutions acquiring control positions in financially distressed companies, both in and out of court. Dennis was recognized by Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Awards as the Global Restructuring Lawyer of the Year.

Richard East

Richard was the founder and is now the senior partner of the London office of Quinn Emanuel. He previously co-managed the firm for 11 years. A highly rated and experienced solicitor advocate with a heavyweight litigation and arbitration practice spanning over two decades.

Kenneth H. Eckstein

Ken has played a prominent role in many of the headline-making Chapter 11 reorganizations of the past 35 years, including, most recently, three large, complex restructurings of the pharmaceutical companies at the heart of the opioid crisis, as well as the bankruptcies of household names in the consumer products, automotive, media and entertainment, financial services, telecommunications, energy, and airline industries. He represents creditors’ committees, bondholders, and other stakeholders in both in- and out-of-court restructurings as well as trustees, examiners and third parties seeking to acquire the assets or businesses of financially troubled companies. Ken was awarded the “Restructuring Leadership” top honors in 2019 at the Turnaround Atlas Awards.