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Daniel Golden

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Partner; Financial Restructuring


Daniel H. Golden is widely regarded as one of the leading lawyers of the restructuring bar.  In his more than forty years of practice, he has represented creditors and bondholders committees in some of the largest and most complex restructurings in U.S. history.  He focuses on Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed investments and asset acquisitions.  Select recent representations include the restructurings of Nine West Holdings, Inc., GM Motors Liquidation Trust, SandRidge Energy, Inc., Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation, NII Holdings, Inc., SunEdison and Jack Cooper Holdings.  He has also played a leading role in seminal bankruptcies including Lyondell Chemical Co., Tribune Co., Delta Air Lines, Inc., Residential Capital LLC, Loral Space & Communications, Ltd. and WorldCom, Inc., among others.

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Mr. Golden was the partner-in-charge of Akin Gump’s New York office for fourteen years.  He received the Professor Lawrence P. King Award by the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group of UJA-Federation of New York’s Lawyers Division, and has been consistently recognized by numerous legal and restructuring publications.


BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; JD, SUNY at Buffalo Law School.

United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Leading lawyers

Daniel Golden - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Traditionally, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is known as a creditors’ practice, where the team has deep experience, but the firm also has a strong offering on the debtor side. New York-based global head of financial restructuring Daniel Golden leads a national team with expertise in formal and out-of-court restructurings, as well as in financing and strategic transactions. A notable recent example of work has been representing the debtors in the FirstEnergy Solutions Chapter 11 case; the company, its subsidiaries and affiliates, which make up the debtors in the matter, are responsible for multiple fossil and nuclear power generating facilities throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania; the complex matter involves, among other things, negotiating with various creditor constituencies, preparing the first-day pleadings and working with the debtors’ regulators; the highly recommended Ira Dizengoff is leading with Abid Qureshi from New York and Scott Alberino in Washington DC. Also notable in the team is New York-based Philip Dublin, who is acting for the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 filing of iHeartMedia in negotiating the treatment for unsecured creditors under the the debtor's plan. The team is negotiating with the debtor's advisers with respect to, among other things, the debtor's key employee retention and incentive plans. In addition, the firm litigated the committee’s objection to the proposed retention of two investment bankers that could result in fees of $90m.

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