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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Jonathan Henes has led some of the most complex restructurings in the United States and abroad in a variety of industries, including the record-setting fastest Chapter 11 case ever, Full Beauty (plan confirmed in less than 24 hours). He represents debtors in Chapter 11 cases, including Avaya, Cengage, Cenveo, Rue 21, Sabine Oil & Gas, Cengage Learning, Tronox, Solutia, ION Media, Citadel Broadcasting, Masonite Corporation and Wellman Corporation. He also advises private equity funds, hedge funds and ad hoc committees in Chapter 11 cases and acquisitions.


Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, J.D., 1996; Union College, B.A., 1991.

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United States > Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

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Jonathan HenesKirkland & Ellis LLP

The ‘go-to firm for complex and high-profile Chapter 11 and restructuring mandates’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP ‘provides extraordinary service at a time of maximum stress for a company’. The firm specializes in complex cross-border restructurings and insolvency matters, representing debtors and distressed creditors in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings across various industries. The large, multi-jurisdictional practice is led by Chicago and New York-based James Sprayregen, who ‘has unparalleled experience and credibility’ and ‘ is very well connected and able to steer the deal in the right direction’. He has ‘enormous resources’ to draw on, including ‘reassuring and good strategist’ Anup Sathy in Chicago, who is ‘very calm, always available to provide wise counsel and has enormous credibility with all key stakeholders’. He led for American Tire Distributors, one of the largest independent suppliers of replacement tires, in its prearranged Chapter 11 cases. Also notable in the ‘universally exceptionally skilled’ team is Chicago-based Ross Kwasteniet, who is ‘very bright, creative and always available to provide measured advice’, and Jonathan Henes in the New York office, who represents global provider of print and related resources Cenveo and its domestic subsidiaries in their prearranged Chapter 11 restructuring in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Agreements provided $290m in debtor-in-possession financing, giving the company $100m in incremental liquidity to support it in completing its reorganization. Also notable in the New York team is experienced restructuring practitioner Joshua Sussberg. Other key clients include Avaya, Exco Resources and Nine West Holdings.