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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

300 NORTH LASALLE, CHICAGO, IL 60654, USA
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Work +1 312 862 2000
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Fax +1 312 862 2200
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https://www.kirkland.com

James Sprayregen

Tel:
Work +1 312-862-2481
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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department

Restructuring

Position

Experience representing major U.S. and international debtors, creditors and boards of directors both in and out of court in complex restructuring and distressed situations. Clients include Energy Future Holdings, Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Avaya, SandRidge Energy, Toys “R” Us, iHeart Media, Seadrill, General Growth, Hawker Beechcraft, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, Visteon, Edison Mission Energy and Reader’s Digest.

Career

Kirkland & Ellis 1990-2006, 2008-present; Goldman Sachs 2006-08.

Member

Former President of the Board of Directors, INSOL International; ABI Bankruptcy Reform Commission; National Bankruptcy Conference.

Education

University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1985; University of Michigan, B.A., 1982.


United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

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James Sprayregen - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

As ‘one of the most pre-eminent law firms’ for US restructuring Kirkland & Ellis LLP has been viewed as ‘dominating the debtor side of the practice’ with representations in some of the largest bankruptcies of recent years. Notably, it is engaged as debtor counsel by Avaya, Seadrill and Payless ShoeSource in the companies’ Chapter 11 filings and negotiations. As well as being considered ‘at the very top of its practice nationally’, the team has cross-border abilities and advised fashion retailer BCBG Max Azria Global Holdings on the restructuring of operations across the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. In a further testament to its company-side expertise, the group, which includes Chicago-based ‘big picture strategistJames Sprayregen and the ‘tireless and superbrightJoshua Sussberg in New York, is acting for Toys"R"Us and several of its direct and indirect subsidiaries in Chapter 11 cases. The practice also handles lender-side engagements, with clients including an ad hoc committee of senior secured lenders to CGG and an ad hoc second lien committee of Breitburn Energy Partners in the companies’ restructurings. ‘As experienced and savvy as they come’ Sprayregen is sole head of the group following the departure of the previous head of the New York office Paul Basta to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Other key names to note are Nicole Greenblatt in New York and the ‘extraordinarily creative and fierce litigatorAdam Paul in Chicago.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP frequently utilises its strength in restructuring and bankruptcy in negotiating on behalf of governmental entities and holders of government debt obligations and fields particular expertise in municipal and public bond obligations, pension, and related restructurings. James Sprayregen heads the practice and splits his time between New York and Chicago.

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