Olya Antle

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I am an ardent advocate for my clients focused on developing lasting partnerships built on trust, collaboration and a steadfast commitment to excellence.

About Olya

Olya represents a broad range of actors in complex restructuring proceedings, bankruptcy litigation, and cross-border insolvency matters across a variety of industries, including energy, retail, healthcare and technology. Olya works closely with her clients to develop new and creative solutions for overcoming challenges that frequently arise in the restructuring arena. Olya additionally has significant experience in the sales of distressed assets, investigation and pursuit of fraudulent conveyance causes of action for the benefit of bankruptcy estates, and post-confirmation wind-downs.

Olya’s representative matters include serving as:

  • Counsel to the plan administrator of Mahwah Bergen Retail Group, Inc. (formerly Ascena Retail Group, Inc.) and its 63 affiliated debtors in connection with the wind-down of their bankruptcy estates
  • Counsel to Ascena Retail Group, Inc. and its 63 debtor affiliates in their Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Mallinckrodt plc in connection with its Irish insolvency proceedings
  • Counsel to the official committee of mesothelioma claimants in the Chapter 11 case of Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, LTL Management LLC
  • Counsel to the official committees of unsecured creditors of 24 Hour Fitness, Toys R Us, White Stallion Energy, Avenue Stores and True Health Diagnostics
  • Counsel to creditors, members of the official committees of unsecured creditors, and other actors in the bankruptcy cases of Peabody Energy, Westmoreland Coal Company, Alpha Natural Resources, Armstrong Energy, Cloud Peak Energy, Cambrian Holding Company and Blackjewel
  • Counsel to Zealand Pharma in its $23 million acquisition of Valeritas, for which Cooley was awarded the Mid-Markets Cross-Border Turnaround of the Year award by Global M&A Network at the 13th annual Turnaround Atlas Awards
  • Counsel to the liquidating trustee of Health Diagnostic Laboratory (HDL) in his prosecution of the directors and officers (D&O) litigation against 150+ defendants and 1,200+ adversary proceedings against other actors that brought a total recovery of more than $19.4 million to HDL’s bankruptcy estate

Olya’s recent publications, projects and speaking engagements include:

  • Co-author of “UNCITRAL Judgements Model Law: Five Years On”, International Corporate Rescue, Volume 20, Issue 4, August 2023
  • Participant in the 2022 Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes (ICR) Task Force, The World Bank Group, May 2022
  • IWIRC Delegate at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Working Group V (Insolvency Law), 60th session, April 2022
  • Speaker for “Asset Sales Under 11 U.S.C. § 363: Issues and Practical Applications,” The World Bank Group, November 2021
  • Speaker for “Protection of Rights and Enforcement of Remedies During Economic Downturn,” American Bar Association, Federal Procurement Institute Conference, June 2020
  • Co-author of “Covid-19: A Catalyst of Modernization Across Jurisdictions,” ABI Journal, Vol. XXXVIX, July 2020
  • Project editor and author of “Global Responses to Limit the Economic Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic,” Global Insolvency


New England School of Law
JD, 2011, Dean’s List

Randolph-Macon Woman's College
BA, 2008, Economics, Music Performance (Piano), summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions & credentials

District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Rankings & accolades

Super Lawyers – Rising Stars

Virginia Business Magazine, Legal Elite – Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, 2024

Memberships & affiliations

International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (VA Network) – UNCITRAL Committee

American Bankruptcy Institute, Litigation and International Committees

International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL)