Arnold & Porter announced today that Matthew Micheli has joined the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice as a partner, resident in Chicago.Micheli’s arrival builds upon the Chicago office’s continued growth. In the last five years, the Chicago office has added 16 new partners and counsel, including the promotion of three partners, and now consists of over 50 attorneys.

In welcoming Micheli, Michael Messersmith, chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice, said: “Matt’s background in complex restructurings and debt financing will be an asset to our Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice. His representation of debtors and creditors, as well as his experience in ad hoc lender group and company representation will greatly benefit our clients.”

A former counsel at the firm, Micheli has broad experience across a range of complex restructurings, debt financing, and distressed M&A matters. He also has first-chair experience on both lender-side and company-side engagements at various levels in the capital structure through out-of-court restructurings and in chapter 11 restructurings across the U.S. In addition, he spent several years as a corporate executive and draws on those years of business and operational experience to advise his clients.

In joining the firm, Micheli said, “It’s a privilege to rejoin Arnold & Porter, a firm that shaped my professional journey. I look forward to working with my new colleagues in the firm’s sophisticated Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice, which has represented stakeholders in some of the largest and most complex multinational restructurings and insolvencies in recent years.”

Micheli earned his J.D. from DePaul College of Law and his B.A. from Indiana University.


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