Business Restructuring & Reorganization

Leader in complex restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings around the globe

Why Cooley
  • Strong reputation for obtaining higher than expected returns in bankruptcy engagements where Cooley serves as lead counsel
  • Frequently recognized for helping distressed companies reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy and for representing companies in distressed mergers and acquisitions
  • Complex creditor committee work for some of the biggest brand names such as Mallinckrodt, Lord & Taylor, 24 Hour Fitness, J.C. Penney, Stage Stores and RadioShack
  • One of the most active corporate restructuring and bankruptcy practices in the country, handling hundreds of insolvency-related disputes, contested matters and adversary proceedings over the last five years
  • Played a significant role in some of the largest bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring cases for companies 
  • Having served as a mediator in over 100 preference, fraudulent transfer and other avoidance actions, Cooley has a distinct advantage over its competitors in preference defense work and has an in-depth understanding of the strategies that are most effective for minimizing a creditor’s liability to a bankruptcy estate
  • Cooley’s bankruptcy and restructuring expertise is often cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Crain’s, The Deal, Law360, and other leading media outlets 
Cooley remains squarely in #1 position as far as our choice of counsel in such otherwise unfortunate circumstances. The knowledge, skill, professionalism and relationships that your firm provides are priceless. [Cooley] certainly stands head and shoulders above the competition. – Co-Chair, Creditors Committee in Retail Bankruptcy


  • Consistently ranked Tier 1 nationally for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law by US News’ Best Lawyers, most recently in 2022
  • Consistently rank in the top tier of The Deal’s league tables for total number of active cases
  • Global M&A Network’s 14th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards: Consumer Restructuring of the Year for Le Tote
  • Global M&A Network’s 13th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards: Out of Court Restructuring: Pacific Ethanol Operational and Financial Restructuring
  • Global M&A Network’s 13th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards: Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year for 24 Hour Fitness

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Cullen Drescher Speckhart  Partner in Charge – Washington, DC Washington, DC, New York
John Clark  Partner London
Robert Eisenbach  Of Counsel San Francisco
Cathy Hershcopf  Partner New York
J. Michael Kelly  Senior Counsel San Francisco
Michael Klein  Partner New York
Erica Richards  Special Counsel New York
Eric Walker  Partner Chicago
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