Joseph Smolinsky is a partner in Weil’s Business Finance and Restructuring Department. His practice focuses on providing restructuring advice and strategy to borrowers, lenders, investors and creditors. He regularly represents corporations seeking to reorganize under chapter 11, including General Motors in its historic chapter 11 case, Reader’s Digest Association, AES Eastern Energy LLC, UNO Restaurants Corp., Harvard Industries, Inc., Jazztel plc, Magnesium Corporation of America, Grupo Acerero del Norte, S.A. de C.V., Canfibre of Riverside, Inc., Custom Shops Corporation, Capital Gaming, Inc., General Rental, Inc., Orange County, California, Qualis Care LP, Days Inns of America, Inc. and Orion Pictures Corporation. Mr. Smolinsky also maintains a robust lender practice representing agents and lenders in such matters as Patriot Coal Corporation, Northeast Parkway, Nautilus Shipping, Excel Shipping, TBS Shipping, CIT Group, Inc., FGIC, Tousa, Inc., Calpine Corporation, New Century Mortgage Corp., MoneyGram, Tyco, Ciena Capital, Mirant Corporation, Environmental Systems Products and Androscoggin Energy.
Recently, Mr. Smolinsky has been very involved in the oil & gas and mining sectors, representing debtors in out-of-court workouts and ad hoc groups of lenders in situations such as Halcón Resources, SandRidge Energy, Vanguard Natural Resources, Ultra Petroleum, Emerald Oil, Energy & Exploration Partners and Magnum Hunter Resources, among others.
Mr. Smolinsky is highly ranked in the field of Bankruptcy/Restructuring by Chambers USA, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers in America. He is a widely published author and frequent speaker on a myriad of restructuring topics. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association and a Director of the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association.