December 13, 2017
Matt Barr, co-chair of Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department, has been named an MVP for Bankruptcy by Law360 for his role advising on some of 2017’s largest and most high-profile bankruptcies.
Law360’s profile highlighted Mr. Barr’s role in advancing Weil’s efforts to broaden its mix of both debtor and creditor clients. “I’ve always been a believer that the best restructuring practices not only represent creditors but companies on deals,” Mr. Barr noted. The article also included numerous examples of high-profile representations handled by Mr. Barr during 2017, including advising the official committee of unsecured creditors in SunEdison’s chapter 11, and advising China Fishery Group on its $2 billion debt restructuring.
When asked about what motivates him, Mr. Barr explained how bankruptcy combines his interests for both for law and business, and that is why he was drawn to it. “I always knew what law was. It was always around me, and I was always fascinated with business. When I got to law school, I realized bankruptcy combines law and code, which I liked very much, and business.”
With regard to advice he would provide to young lawyers, Mr. Barr stressed the importance of building and maintaining relationships, and always treating others with respect. “Your name and your integrity in business are some of your most important assets. You can’t compromise those. It’s very difficult to do what we do for a living if you don’t trust the other person across the table.”
Law360's MVPs are attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers over the past year through high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters. A team of Law360 editors selected the 2017 MVP winners after reviewing more than 1,000 submissions.