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!

Jorge Bofill

Jorge is focused on the resolution of complex and cross border business disputes, before local and foreign courts, governmental authorities and arbitral tribunals; covering almost all industries and markets, including retail, food and drink producers, education, energy, natural resources and mining, construction, public works, banking and securities. Jorge has represented clients before Chilean and foreign courts including World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington D.C. and the International Chamber of Commerce. His experience includes advising on out-of-court dispute resolution and conducting internal corporate investigations at the behest of the owners or boards of corporations. Most recently Jorge and the firm won the “Cross-Border Turnaround of the Year” award for their role in the LATAM Airlines Chapter 11 Reorganization.

Jason L. Boland

Jason has a diverse and nationwide practice centering on business bankruptcy matters and complex commercial disputes. Since joining the Firm in 2003, Jason has represented a broad range of clients, including debtors, committees, lenders, litigation trustees, indenture trustees, and secured and unsecured creditors, in both transactional and litigation-related engagements, and he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation matters pending in federal courts across the country. Most recently, he won the prestigious Turnaround Atlas Award for representing Chapter 11 restructuring of Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

William A. Brandt, Jr (in remembrance)

Bill has been in the business of workout, turnaround and insolvency consulting for more than 48 years and is widely recognized as one of the foremost practitioners in the field. A talented business strategist and political counselor, he is the founder and Executive Chairman of Development Specialists, Inc., better known worldwide as DSI and widely recognized as one of the foremost firms in the corporate restructuring industry. He served as the Chapter 11 Trustee in the largest cross-national insolvency in the United States, the China Fishery Group.

In 2017, Bill was awarded the “Lifetime Leadership” accolade at the Turnaround Atlas Awards. Bill was a generous friend of Global M&A Network. We will all miss him, much.

Allan S. Brilliant

Allan represents bank groups, unsecured creditors’ and bondholder committees, acquirers, and debtors in large-scale restructurings and reorganizations and in non-judicial workouts throughout the United States. He also has significant experience advising bondholders on cross-border restructurings and reorganizations around the world, with an especially strong track record in Latin America. Allan He also has significant experience in bankruptcy litigation, particularly in fraudulent transfer and preference litigation, contested confirmation hearings, and bankruptcy appeals.

Katrina Buckley

Katrina acts for financial institutions, funds, corporates, and insolvency practitioners. She has advised on some of the most significant insolvencies and restructurings in the market over the last twenty years. Recent cases include ongoing advice to the administrators of Greensill Capital UK in relation to one of the most high profile insolvencies in 2021, advising the RCF lenders to soft commodity trader, E D & F Man, in relation to its latest restructuring implemented using cross-class cram down under a UK restructuring plan, advising one of the energy companies challenging the acquisition, pursuant to an energy transfer scheme, of Bulb Energy by Octopus.

Jifree Cader

Jifree has a wealth of experience in advising clients on all facets of European insolvencies and restructurings. He works closely with private equity firms, hedge funds, investment banks and other distressed debt and par investors, providing advice on their investment portfolios. He has also advised insolvency practitioners. He joined Sidley in 2016 from another international law firm.

Mark E. Chesen

Mark is a prominent leader in the restructuring industry with over 35 years of experience advising businesses facing operational or financial challenges including bankruptcy proceedings. He has completed over 200 investment banking transactions involving the sale, private placement or financial restructuring of middle-market companies in North America and Europe. Prior to founding SSG, he held senior leadership positions including co-head of the investment banking group, head of the Special Situations Group and member of the management committee at Berwind Financial.

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... Our team approach has greatly contributed to my success. It is not one individual that is able to successfully close a transaction, it’s a team of three or four investment banking professionals on every transaction. We each bring different experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives, which enables us to develop creative solutions efficiently while facing time constraints and challenging issues. We trust each other and hold each other accountable. From retaining an assignment to closing the deal, we take our responsibilities very seriously – the status quo isn’t an option. We work 24/7, seven days a week, to get a deal done.

What do you most enjoy about your career... Playing a role in enabling a company to survive gives me great satisfaction. For SSG Capital Advisors, we close a deal and move on, but for the client, there are jobs and careers at stake, and we never forget that. We fight to the bitter end to get it done, whether raising capital or selling the company. While we know that not all jobs may be saved, we work hard to ensure that the entity will live on in some form to fight another day, livelihoods will be saved, and customers can continue to buy from the business or use their services. It is also very satisfying to be a part of developing creative solutions when everyone else says, “No, it can’t be done,” or when buyers or financial sources walk away initially. We keep pushing for a yes, realizing we must devise a solution. As entrepreneurs and business owners, we understand what is at stake, and the challenges our clients face.

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.

Jacob Czarnick

Jacob has 20 years of experience advising companies and creditors. Representative engagements have included T.D. Williamson, Bonanza Creek Energy, Novelion Pharmaceuticals, Blackhawk Mining, Calfrac and James River Coal. He has represented creditors in large restructurings including PG&E, Global Eagle Entertainment, Vanguard Natural Resources, Admiral Permian Resources, American Tire Distributors, VER Technology, Eastman Kodak and Lehman Brothers. Jacob received his undergraduate education at Cornell University and received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He most recently spent 11 years in the restructuring group of Perella Weinberg Partners before joining Raymond James in 2021.

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... Mentorship. The investment banking business is an apprenticeship business and I have had some outstanding mentors among my former colleagues, as well as among the senior lawyers and turnaround professionals with which I’ve been in the deal trenches.

What do you most enjoy about your career... I get a lot of satisfaction from the fact that my clients have most often never been through a restructuring before and really rely on my advice and guidance.