Mr Edward Sassower > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

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Serves on Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee and represents debtors, creditors and distressed or special situation investors in bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings and acquisitions. Company-side representations include PetSmart, Acosta, Barneys, Toys “R” Us, Westmoreland, Energy Future Holdings, PES Holdings, Ameriforge Group, Sequa Corporation, Midstates Petroleum, Magnum Hunter Resources, Penn Virginia, MSR Resorts, Sbarro, Horizon Lines, Majestic Star, Calpine, NRG Energy, Muzak and Leiner. Represented ad hoc committees in restructurings of Bonanza Creek, Ocean Rig UDW, Capmark, Lyondell, AbitibiBowater and Mirant. Regularly represents private equity and hedge funds in acquisitions of distressed companies.


Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1998; Duke University, B.A., 1995.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading lawyers)

Edward SassowerKirkland & Ellis LLP

With one of the largest restructuring groups worldwide, Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains the go-to practice for both distressed companies and creditors. Its global reach comes on the back of a consolidated domestic presence (with main offices in New York and Chicago) and major international practices in London, Munich, and Hong Kong. The team shows widespread experience not only in different types of Chapter 11 (in the retail, energy, media, apparel and mining sectors), but also debt finance, tax, real estate, and litigation. Edward Sassower and James Sprayregen coordinate the substantial team, which includes Jonathan Henes (who has strengths in advising on legacy, environment, and pension liabilities of distressed companies), Anup Sathy (who worked for companies and investors in relation to some of the most relevant cases of the year), and consumer and retail expert Joshua Sussberg.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s municipal restructuring team is led by Edward Sassower (based New York) and James Sprayregen (in both New York and Chicago). Their involvement in the space included representation in a series of Chapter 15 proceedings – including those of Japan Airlines Corporation and MEGA Brands, whose recapitalization was the first transaction to be fulfilled under the Canadian Business Corporations Act and then recognized under Chapter 15.