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David Crichlow

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David A. Crichlow represents large companies in some of their most important litigation in federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals throughout the country. David counsels clients in contract, commercial fraud, securities, banking, government contracts and class action litigation, as well as internal corporate investigations.

David focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, class action defense, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation. His experience is wide ranging, and includes representing the equity committee in the Solutia bankruptcy in its $2 billion lawsuit against Solutia’s former partner asserting undercapitalization of Solutia at spin-off; defending a Cayman Island hedge fund against a $324 million preference action brought by the creditors’ committee in the Refco bankruptcy; and defending an indenture trustee against a “bet-the-company” putative class action related to a $40 million bond offering that was alleged to be part of a Ponzi scheme by the issuer. His clients include some of the largest banks in the United States and in Europe, as well as major oil companies and one of the largest pension funds in the United States.

In more than 27 years of practice, David has held the first chair position in litigation across the country. He manages his cases from discovery through verdict. His track record of successfully defending clients includes resolving cases before trial, through mediation and arbitration, as well as zealous representation in the courtroom.


JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1989; BA, Hofstra University, 1985

United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

The insolvency and restructuring team at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is recommended for the ‘strength of its skill set’ and has been involved in a number of bankruptcy cases noted for novel law issues and complexities. Practice head John Sieger represents several shareholders of the Tribune Company in fraudulent transfer litigation arising out of the company’s bankruptcy, which has implications for whether investors can avoid returning money from leveraged buyouts and other securities deals when companies later go into bankruptcy. The firm argued for the dismissal in the Tribune creditors’ $8.3bn clawback suit against the former shareholders - a question that may be a candidate for review by the US Supreme Court. The firm has also acted as lead counsel to Wilmington Trust, as indenture trustee regarding $200m of notes issued by Nortel Networks Limited (Canada), in an ongoing dispute over sale proceeds after the decision to opt for a ‘modified pro rata allocation’. In the defense of fraudulent transfer litigation relating to the Thornburg Mortgage bankruptcy, the firm is defending UBS against accusations by the trustee for the debtor that UBS and other defendants made ‘unjustified’ margin calls in a case that reflects changes to trustees’ rights under the US Bankruptcy Code. Sieger leads the team, which includes Paige Barr and Peter Siddiqui in Chicago, and Karen Dine, Craig Barbarosh and litigator David Crichlow in New York.

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