Debtor Representations

Weil is prepared to represent debtors regardless of their size and complexity both in the United States and abroad because of Weil’s tremendous depth and experience. During the 2008 financial crisis, Weil served as chief debtors’ counsel in five of the six largest U.S. bankruptcy cases in history, including Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, and General Motors.

Weil invented much of what has become standard practice in chapter 11 cases.  It has represented debtors in virtually every type of industry in the United States and has represented clients in numerous complex international insolvencies.

Selected Representations

Groundbreaking Matters Since the 2008 Financial Crisis

AMR Corporation/American Airlines, Inc.

Lehman Brothers Holding Inc.

General Motors Corporation

MF Global UK Limited Joint Special Administrators

Washington Mutual, Inc.

General Growth Properties, Inc.

Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC)

Out-of-Court Restructurings/Prepackaged or Prearranged Chapter 11 Cases

Examples of Out-of-court Restructurings/Prepackaged or prearranged Chapter 11 Cases

Financial Sponsor Portfolio Companies

Examples of Financial Sponsor Portfolio Companies

Chapter 11 Cases and other rehabilitation proceedings: Megacases

AMR Corporation/American Airlines, Inc.

BearingPoint, Inc.

Blockbuster Inc.

Breitburn Energy Partners

CHC Group

Crescent Resources, LLC

Enron Corporation

Essar Steel Algoma, Inc.

Extended Stay Inc.

Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC)

General Growth Properties, Inc.

General Motors Corporation

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P)

LandSource Communities Development LLC

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

MF Global UK Limited Joint Special Administrators

Paragon Offshore plc

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

SemGroup L.P.

Trump Entertainment Resorts

Washington Mutual, Inc.


Chapter 11 Cases and other rehabilitation proceedings: Middle Market Cases


Advanta Corp.

AES Eastern Energy, L.P.

Daffy’s Inc.

Deb Shops, Inc.

Finlay Enterprises, Inc.


Lexington Precision Corporation

Magna Entertainment Corp.

The New York Racing Association Inc.

Sharper Image Corporation

Stone Barn Manhattan, LLC f/k/a Steve & Barry’s Manhattan LLC

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s longstanding reputation as a market-leading debtor counsel is supported by its involvement in some of the largest bankruptcies in US history - Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual and General Motors.”

Legal 500 US

Chambers & Partners has noted that Weil is “one of the few teams to undertake insolvency and restructuring work for both creditors and debtors.”

Ranked Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

U.S. News – Best Lawyers* “Best Law Firms” 2018

* Best Lawyers (in America) is by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

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