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Insolvency and Restructuring


Shaya Rochester has extensive experience in a broad range of in-court and out-of-court restructurings, as well as bankruptcy litigation. The Legal 500 notes that clients praise Shaya as a "diligent" advisor who can "always be relied on to provide considered and sensible advice."

Shaya focuses his practice in distressed lending and regularly represents DIP lenders, prepetition lenders and exit financing providers. He also regularly represents distressed investors, purchasers of assets in Chapter 11 sales, ad hoc bondholder groups, as well as corporate debtors, independent directors, equity sponsors and post-bankruptcy litigation and liquidation trustees. Shaya has advised clients in multiple industries, including retail, commodities, energy, oil and gas, entertainment and media, manufacturing, aviation, telecommunications and tobacco.


JD, Washington University,2002; BA, Yale University,1997

United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Katten is experienced in representing financial institutions and lender groups in restructuring and bankruptcy-related financings, including DIP financing. The firm is also known for its work with indenture trustees relating to credit default administration and subsequent litigation, as well as for acquiring and selling assets of companies in distress. Chicago-based John Sieger leads a national practice with offices in Illinois, California and New York. The New York office was recently boosted by the arrival of a team from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, including the 'exceedingly sophisticated' Steven Reisman (now head of insolvency and restructuring in New York), Theresa Foudy, Cindi Giglio, Shaya Rochester and corporate specialist Evan Borenstein. Also notable in the 'strong team' is Craig Barbarosh, who splits his time between Orange County and New York, and was lead counsel to Wilmington Trust, the indenture trustee with respect to $200m of notes issued by Canadian company Nortel Networks; the complex, cross-border matter relates to an allocation dispute involving more than $7bn of the company’s sale proceeds that was litigated in joint trial proceedings in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. In another highlight, the team is representing a joint venture comprising Gordon Brothers Retail Partners and Hilco Merchant Resources in the Chapter 11 of retailers Brookstone Holdings and Samuels Jewelers pending in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; the team successfully resolved the various objections filed against store closing sales, as well as litigating the application of Section 327 of the Bankruptcy Code to the joint venture.

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