Ryan Preston Dahl


Ryan Dahl
Ryan Preston Dahl is a partner in the Business Finance & Restructuring Department. Mr. Dahl has extensive experience representing publicly- and privately-held debtors, distressed investors, and financial sponsors in special situations, out-of-court restructurings and distressed acquisitions, and in-court chapter 11 processes through prepackaged, prearranged, and traditional restructurings. His practice also includes a broad range of transactional and litigation matters across a number of industries including automotive, technology, retail, media, gaming, manufacturing, professional services and financial services.

Mr. Dahl was named Turnarounds & Workouts’ “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” for 2018, as well as receiving the Rising Star award from Euromoney Legal Media Group and the Law360 40 Under 40 award, also in 2018. Ryan was previously recognized by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges for participation in its Next Generation Program at the NCBJ's 2017 annual conference.

Representative Experience

  • CEC Entertainment, Inc. and its debtor-affiliates, an American franchisee company with iconic brands Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza with locations across 47 states and 16 foreign countries and territories, in their chapter 11 cases.
  • 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide Inc. and its debtor-affiliates in their pending chapter 11 cases involving approximately $1.4 billion of funded debt. 24 Hour Fitness is a leading fitness club operator with locations across the United States and more than 3 million members.
  • J.Crew Group, Inc. and its debtor-affiliates, one of the nation’s premier clothing retailers with approximately $2 billion in funded debt and 13,000 employees, in their pre-arranged chapter 11 cases.
  • Doncasters Group, a leading international manufacturer of high-precision components for aero engines, industrial gas turbines, and other specialist high performance applications, in its restructuring of $1.6 billion of funded debt through an English scheme of arrangement and an ancillary chapter 15 proceeding (Dundee Pikco Limited) in the United States.
  • Blackboard Inc. and certain of its affiliates in connection with its successful refinancing of approximately $750 million of funded debt
  • An ad hoc group of first lien creditors in connection with a global business services company
  • An ad hoc group of first lien creditors of Jason Industries, the North American industrials company
  • A major creditor of EuropaCorp S.A. in conjunction with its pending reorganization; EuropaCorp has opened a procédure de sauvegarde and has also commenced ancillary chapter 15 proceedings with respect to the restructuring of in excess of $300 million of obligations.
  • syncreon Group Holdings B.V., and its affiliates, in its groundbreaking, cross-border balance sheet restructuring involving approximately $1.1 billion of funded debt, including the chapter 15 case of syncreon Automotive (UK) Ltd. syncreon, a leading global logistics services provider, operates across 120 facilities in 19 countries on 6 continents.  syncreon’s restructuring was completed through an English scheme of arrangement pursuant to the Companies Act 2006 and further involved ancillary processes in the United States and Canada.
  • The NORDAM Group, Inc., a leading aerospace manufacturing and repair company, in their successful chapter 11 cases.
  • Claire’s Inc., one of the nation’s largest retailers with more than 4,000 owned and franchised locations globally, in its prearranged restructuring efforts related to more than $2 billion in funded debt.
  • Avaya Inc. and certain of its affiliates in their chapter 11 cases. Avaya and its debtor-affiliates had more than $6 billion in funded debt obligations as of the commencement of their chapter 11 cases, with annual revenues in excess of $3 billion. Avaya’s restructuring was recognized as the 2018 Transaction of the Year (Mega Company) by the Turnaround Management Association.
  • Vine Alternative Investments in conjunction with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, a global entertainment company.
  • Horsehead Holding Corp. (n/k/a American Zinc Recycling), a U.S. producer of specialty zinc and zinc-based products and a leading recycler of metals-bearing waste, in its chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc., a majority owned subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, in its chapter 11 restructuring. CEOC and its debtor subsidiaries had more than $18.4 billion in funded debt obligations as of the commencement of their chapter 11 cases.
  • An ad hoc group of first lien creditors in the prearranged chapter 11 cases of Altegrity, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates, involving the restructuring of approximately $1.8 billion in funded debt.
  • Longview Power, LLC and certain of its affiliates, including Mepco Holdings, LLC and its affiliates, in connection with their chapter 11 cases involving the restructuring of approximately $1 billion in funded debt.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Managers of Revstone Industries, LLC, et al. in connection with their restructuring.
  • FA Liquidating Corp. (f/k/a Fisker Automotive) in their chapter 11 cases and in their successful sale of substantially all their assets to an affiliate of Wanxiang America Corp.
  • The chapter 11 trustee appointed in the chapter 11 cases of Qualteq, Inc. and its affiliated chapter 11 debtors.
  • The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) and its direct and indirect subsidiaries in their chapter 11 reorganization, which was completed in March 2012. A&P listed $2.5 billion in assets and $3.2 billion in debt as of the commencement of the cases.
  • Neff Corp., one of the leading equipment rental companies in the United States, in its prearranged chapter 11 restructuring involving approximately $600 million in indebtedness.
  • GGPLP L.L.C. and certain of its affiliates in their chapter 11 reorganization. GGP and its consolidated affiliates reported approximately $29.6 billion in total assets and $27.3 billion in total liabilities as of their chapter 11 filings.
  • Source Interlink, one of the leading publishers and wholesalers of magazines and home entertainment products in North America, in their prearranged chapter 11 cases, successfully restructuring approximately $1.6 billion in liabilities in approximately 30 days.
  • Hines Horticulture, Inc., one of the largest commercial nursery operations in North America, and its wholly-owned subsidiary in their chapter 11 cases.
  • SIRVA, Inc. and a number of its domestic subsidiaries and affiliated entities in their prepackaged chapter 11 cases.
  • Movie Gallery, the second largest North American home entertainment specialty retailer, in its prearranged restructuring of obligations totaling approximately $1.4 billion.

Mr. Dahl regularly speaks on a variety of restructuring, executive compensation, corporate governance, and ethics-related topics at institutions and organizations including the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, the Insolvency Institute of Canada, and the International Bar Association. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and the International Bar Association.

Mr. Dahl received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was elected Order of the Coif.

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