Business Finance & Restructuring

Weil is one of the leading business finance and restructuring firms in the world, consistently at the forefront of innovative restructurings.  The reason is simple. Weil invented much of what has become standard practice in the restructuring field.  For more than 45 years, Weil has played a pivotal role in defining this field by offering creative, practical, and thoughtful solutions for its clients. 

Notable Representations, Key Contacts

A Go-to Firm for Global Distressed Situations

Weil's global restructuring group comprises more than 100 dedicated lawyers, including a significant number recognized as leaders in their field.

The largest, most complex, and most important restructuring matters in history require a truly international firm that can handle all aspects of the restructuring process in the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Weil's global restructuring practice has been described as the “gold standard” of bankruptcy practices and as a “restructuring powerhouse.”

  • Weil’s U.S. Restructuring practice has been involved in countless international and U.S. restructurings over many decades, with representations ranging from top global corporations in mega-restructurings to middle-market debtors. Weil has served as chief debtors’ counsel in five of the six largest U.S. bankruptcy filings in history and has represented clients in numerous complicated cross-border insolvency and restructuring matters. Today, Weil continues to build upon this legacy with ongoing representations in the oil and gas industry, as well as in the retail and consumer goods sector. The practice was recognized as “Bankruptcy Team of the Year” at the 2018 Chambers USA Awards for, among numerous achievements, having a key role in 10 of the largest bankruptcies of 2017.

“By far the most prominent debtor firm in the USA.” — Chambers USA

  • Weil’s European Restructuring practice comprises offices in the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Poland, with its hub in the United Kingdom. Weil’s work on restructurings, such as advising the Ad Hoc Creditors’ Committee in the Ukrainian sovereign debt restructuring, representing KPMG on the historic administration of MF Global, the multilayered insolvency proceedings for Petroplus, the €2 billion debt restructuring of Mediannuaire, and the financial restructuring of Pfleiderer Group, in addition to numerous others, places Weil at the forefront of the largest restructuring matters in the European market.

“They have an appreciation of what's current in the restructuring market and are very switched-on.” — Chambers Global

  • Weil’s highly regarded Asia Restructuring practice includes lawyers in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, with local on-the-ground expertise of matters across the Asian Pacific region. The team includes PRC-, Hong Kong-, U.S.-, and U.K.-qualified lawyers, providing clients with premier Asian and international experience.

“Weil’s clients have praise for the technical ability and business sense that the partners bring to transactions.” — IFLR1000

While many firms may claim to offer an international service, Weil’s fully integrated global platform allows Weil to marshal resources very quickly to provide sound, strategic, commercial, and legal solutions to clients in time-sensitive situations. Weil’s work on some of the most historic restructurings – including General Motors, Parmalat SpA, Lehman Brothers, Kaupthing Bank, American Airlines and MF Global –  demonstrates Weil’s ability to coordinate a diverse team of lawyers across the United States, Europe, and Asia to provide clients with innovative, bespoke solutions to complex cross-border restructurings. Today, Weil continues to play an integral role in high-profile restructurings. In the U.S. alone, Weil has been involved in more than 10 of the largest bankruptcies filed in the U.S. in 2017. These include acting as debtors’ counsel to Takata Corp., Westinghouse Electric, Tidewater, Inc., Memorial Production Partners, GulfMark Offshore, Azure Midstream Partners and Angelica Corporation. The Firm also has significant roles in the chapter 11 cases of The Gymboree Corporation and Vanguard Natural Resources.

Broad-Based Experience Advising a Range of Clients

Unlike most other large firms, Weil’s broad-based experience also includes numerous creditor representations, representations of purchasers and sellers of distressed assets, and substantial litigation.

Weil’s strengths also lie in Weil’s ability to innovate. Weil works collaboratively with clients to develop and implement novel restructuring solutions and products that are tailor-made for the different groups Weil works with: banks, private equity funds, hedge funds, corporations, boards of directors, and insolvency practitioners.

Comprehensive Scope of Experience

Weil’s experience across multiple industries is extensive and spans every critical area of finance and restructuring, including exchange offers, debt for equity swaps, prepackaged and prearranged chapter 11 cases, “conventional” chapter 11 cases, and international insolvencies.

Weil does not believe in a one-size fits all approach. Weil's advice ensures that clients address the complex issues associated with restructuring in the most strategic and beneficial manner possible.  Major restructurings transcend almost all legal disciplines (including bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, tax, financing, securities laws, antitrust, and other regulatory approvals). Weil seamlessly coordinates with lawyers in other practice areas across the Firm to provide clients with comprehensive solutions to complex transactions.

The Weil Bankruptcy Blog contains developments on the restructuring world from our Business Finance & Restructuring team. The European Restructuring Watch presents views from Weil's European teams.

 

Key Contacts

Matt Barr

Matt Barr

Partner

New York


Gary Holtzer

Gary T. Holtzer

Partner

New York


Ray Schrock

Ray C. Schrock, P.C.

Partner

New York

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Weil earned “Standout” recognition from the Financial Times in 2018 for advising Fieldwood Energy in its successful restructuring.

Weil was “Commended” by the Financial Times in 2018 for successfully advising Takata in its chapter 11, including addressing simultaneous bankruptcy proceedings in the United States and Japan.

Weil Wins Bankruptcy Team of the Year at the 2018 Chambers USA Awards

Weil wins two awards for Turnaround of the Year at 2018 M&A Advisor Awards

Weil's Business Finance & Restructuring Department has won Law360’s “Bankruptcy Group of the Year” for eight straight years (2010-2018), being honored every year since the inception of the awards.

Weil Ranked Among Standout Firms for Restructuring and Insolvency by Global Restructuring Review in 2018

Weil recognized for 2017 restructuring successes by Turnarounds & Workouts

Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department received “Standout” recognition from the Financial Times for its work advising J. Crew in its ground-breaking restructuring in 2017.

Weil named 2017 “Turnaround of the Year Award: Mega Company” by the Turnaround Management Association for the restructuring of Aéropostale, Inc.

Weil named 2016 “Law Firm of the Year” at the Texas Oil & Gas Awards.

Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department’s Co-Chairs Matt Barr, Gary Holtzer, and Ray Schrock were all named Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers by Turnaround & Workouts. (2016-2017)

Matt Barr Named a 2017 Bankruptcy MVP

Law360 2017

Restructuring Team of the Year

Legal Business Awards 2016

Weil has been ranked Tier 1 in “Restructuring and Insolvency” in the U.S. for the past eight consecutive years.

IFLR1000 2011-2018

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