Debra A. Dandeneau is a partner in the Business Finance & Restructuring Department. Since joining the Firm in 1986, she has concentrated in the area of business reorganizations and debtor and creditors’ rights.
Ms. Dandeneau’s practice focuses on the restructuring and liquidation of companies in various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, power generation, healthcare, and the retail and service sectors, as well as the structuring of bankruptcy-remote entities in connection with complex securitization transactions. Ms. Dandeneau’s debtor representations include Daffy’s, Aleris International, LandSource Communities Development, Armstrong World Industries, Formica Corporation, Maidenform Corporation, Sun Healthcare Group, Okeelanta Power Corporation and Brothers Gourmet Coffee. She also has represented creditors and other parties in a number of high-profile chapter 11 cases, including the UK administrators in the MF Global cases, NPFG (subsidiary of MBIA) in the Stockton and San Bernardino chapter 9 cases, GECC in the Homer City prepackaged chapter 11 case, and Harbinger Capital Partners in the LightSquared chapter 11 case. On the pro bono front, Ms. Dandeneau led the team that completed the successful out-of-court restructuring of The Legal Aid Society, is a regular speaker at Weil’s annual Not for Profit Symposium, and is one of the leaders of the Firm’s Housing team (which seeks to prevent eviction and address other problems of low-income tenants in public and private housing).
Ms. Dandeneau is ranked by The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2015 in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation–Bankruptcy. She has also been recognized by Legal 500 US for Municipal Bankruptcy and Super Lawyers 2006-2015 for Bankruptcy. Super Lawyers has also named Ms. Dandeneau among the 2015 “Top Women” for Bankruptcy: Business in New York.
Ms. Dandeneau is a member of the New York and Florida Bars. As a member of the Bankruptcy/UCC Committee of the Florida Bar, Ms. Dandeneau participated on the committees reporting on proposed revisions to Article 8 of Florida’s Uniform Commercial Code and on proposed revisions to Article 5 of Florida’s Uniform Commercial Code. Ms. Dandeneau has published and lectured on a variety of bankruptcy-related topics and is the founding editor of Weil’s Bankruptcy Blog: http://business-finance-restructuring.weil.com/.
Ms. Dandeneau received her JD from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She received her AB from the University of Miami, magna cum laude, where Ms. Dandeneau was a Henry King Stanford Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.