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!

Robert J. Feinstein

Robert is widely considered to be one of the world's preeminent cross-border bankruptcy practitioners in the world for his work with extremely high-profile restructurings and related litigation. He has consistently been at the forefront of the decade's most complex cross-border restructuring cases, including those of Cineworld and Highland Capital Management. Mr. Feinstein -- an ACB Fellow, member of III, and Co-Chair of the IBA Insolvency Section Reorganization & Workouts Subcommittee -- is perennially ranked by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers and was listed by Lawdragon as one of its "500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers" and "500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers."

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... Undoubtedly, the factor that most led to my success was my decision a little over 20 years ago to leave the comfort of a full-service law firm and open the New York office of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, the only national firm specializing in bankruptcy and restructuring.

What do you most enjoy about your career... I take great satisfaction in contributing to saving troubled companies, getting creditors repaid, saving the jobs of employees impacted by chapter 11, and helping to advance bankruptcy law; particularly serving as committee counsel in the Jevic Transportation case which culminated in an important U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Denis Ferland

Denis specializes in bankruptcy, insolvency, financial restructuring and related litigation, as well as general commercial litigation. An experienced and dynamic lawyer, Denis offers practical, proactive advice based on his extensive legal knowledge and business sense. His clients include large multinationals, banks and financial services institutions, creditors, debtors and court officers (including trustees, monitors and receivers). Over his 30-year career, he has developed creative solutions in many of Québec’s most significant restructuring and insolvency matters – his knowledge, creativity and innovation paving the way for countless reorganizations and transactions.

Robert D. Gordon

Robert represents and provides strategic counsel to distressed companies, significant creditor constituencies and related parties in complex and high-stakes corporate and public-sector restructurings. He has led private-sector restructurings arising out of a broad range of industries, including energy, telecommunications, automotive/manufacturing, real estate, gaming and hospitality, retail and aviation. Among his clients are distressed companies, independent directors, creditors and retirees’ committees, pension systems, secured and unsecured creditors, distressed-asset investors, lessors, trustees and liquidating agents. Most recently, Robert and the team advised the Official Committee of Retirees in the restructuring proceedings for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Timothy Graulich

Tim has vast experience in U.S. and international restructurings, including in Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Curacao, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Mexico and Mongolia. He has represented public and private companies, agent banks and lenders, acquirers and hedge funds in connection with prepackaged and traditional bankruptcies, out-of-court workouts, DIP and exit financings, bankruptcy litigation and Section 363 sales. Most recently, Tim represented Aeroméxico, S.A.B. de C.V., a Turnaround Atlas Award winning transaction.

Lynn P. Harrison III

Lynn is regarded as a leading lawyer on international cross-border insolvencies, with more than 35 years of experience in workouts, reorganizations and liquidations on behalf of debtors, creditors, liquidators and trustees. Clients call him a “hardworking star individual” and describe him as “a very safe pair of hands.” The Legal 500 noted that he “combines keen intelligence and high technical knowledge with warm client-handling skills.” Lynn primarily advises clients on Chapter 11 reorganizations, Chapter 15, and other ancillary proceedings, structured financings, distressed trades and acquisitions. Most recently, Lynn represented two Turnaround Atlas Awards winning transactions – the eight-year saga of China Fishery Group, and Alto Maipo Chapter 11 restructurings.

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... I have a passion for what I do. The cross-border restructuring practice area has interested me since my early years of practicing law, and I have been fortunate to have worked on very high profile cases during my career. Most recently, I represented a German Foreign Representative who was a significant creditor in the Chapter 11 cases of China Fishery Group Limited (Cayman), et al., a restructuring which was recently highlighted by the 15th Turnaround Atlas Awards for Cross-Border Turnaround of the Year. Past examples include counseling the Italian Extraordinary Administrator of Parmalat S.p.A., a multinational dairy and food corporation, and its affiliates, in restructuring some of the company’s subsidiaries in the United States and Latin America. I also advised the foreign representative of Gruppo Covarra S.A. de C.V., in the first successful ancillary proceeding initiated by a “sindico” (a Mexican liquidator) in the United States since the enactment of Mexico's insolvency law, the Ley de Concurso Mercantiles. These examples are just some of the cases that have played a crucial role in igniting my passion for cross-border restructuring.

What do you most enjoy about your career... I enjoy meeting people in my practice area and exchanging innovative ideas to tackle the complex challenges faced by cross-border insolvency professionals in today's ever-evolving landscape.

Rebecca Jarvis

Rebecca advises creditors, (including banks and other financial investors and steering committees) insolvency office holders, and corporate debtors and their directors in all aspects of non-contentious restructuring and insolvency work. With a remarkable breadth of practice and extensive experience, Rebecca has acted on a wide range of workouts, business recoveries, stressed financings and administrations and liquidations.

Shanti Mulpuru Katona

Shanti works with debtors, creditors, purchasers and sellers in all capacities and stages within complex bankruptcy and restructuring transactions. She also has experience representing financial institutions and other creditors in the enforcement and workout of commercial and real estate loans. Her litigation experience includes investigating and litigating insider causes of action, fraudulent transfers and preferences before bankruptcy courts nationwide, to litigating complex cases in Delaware’s state and federal courts. Shanti is an appointed board member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, where she also serves as the Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop Program Co-Chair.

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... My curiosity. The nature of restructuring requires me to be reactive and agile since the issues are constantly changing. By remaining curious, I am continuously learning new strategies and approaches to address ever-changing client concerns.

What do you most enjoy about your career... Getting to work with talented and collaborative colleagues, whose support from the beginning, enabled me to observe and absorb complex yet practical strategies and solutions to guide clients.

Robert A. Klyman

Robert represents companies, lenders, ad hoc groups of secured and unsecured creditors, acquirers and boards of directors in all phases of restructurings and workouts. His experience includes representing lenders and bondholders in complex workouts; advising debtors in connection with traditional, prepackaged and ‘pre-negotiated’ bankruptcies; counseling strategic and financial players who acquire debt or provide financing as a path to take control of companies in bankruptcy; and structuring and implementing numerous asset sales through Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. Robert was a partner at the firm of Latham & Watkins for more than 17 years.

David B. Kurzweil

David has over 35 years of experience providing innovative strategies to clients across a wide range of industries, including energy, retail, health care, technology, manufacturing, media, communications, real estate, transportation, professional corporations, and more. With comprehensive experience in distressed financial situations, both in and out of bankruptcy court, David represents a wide variety of clients including financial institutions, private equity firms, debtors, creditors’ committees, boards of directors and trustees. David also represents numerous clients in the origination of financings, including asset-based loans and debtor-in-possession financing transactions. David is very active in his community and numerous philanthropic organizations.

Most recently, he worked on Aztec/Shaffer LLC restructuring and sale to a consortium of bidders led by Arena Events Groups, winner of the “Distressed M&A Deal” award.

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... It is crucial to use a collaborative approach when assembling creative strategies. A strong sense of teamwork, along with an attentive ear, have enhanced my career and long-term relationships. To understand the needs of colleagues and clients, it is best to listen to them and understand their definition of success.

What do you most enjoy about your career... It is an honor to work alongside my colleagues and have a collaborative approach to delivering high quality legal services. I enjoy a wide variety of relationships with individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and thought patterns. Ultimately, my relationships serve as a source of inspiration, education, and support.

Jonathan Leitch

Jonathan specialises in restructuring and special situations with wide-ranging experience in Asia-Pacific acting for all types of stakeholders in the restructuring of financially challenged companies. For more than 20 years, he has acted for a range of financial institutions, credit investors, insolvency office holders, turnaround specialists, hedge funds, private equity firms and corporations, advising them on all aspects of financial restructuring, debt rescheduling, rescue finance and loan-to-own investment strategies. He has a reputation as being “trusted adviser” and for bringing creative and pragmatic solutions to complex situations.

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... Never giving up, persistence, common sense and a mentality of trying to find consensual solutions.

What do you most enjoy about your career... Each situation is unique so there is a great deal of variety. I enjoy most when working with other colleagues and professionals in cross-border situations where solution requires the skills and input of many people to achieve the right outcome.