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Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Ryan Blaine Bennett, Chicago, USA

Ryan Blaine Bennett

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Ryan Blaine Bennett is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis' Restructuring Group, and has played a principal role representing sophisticated corporate debtors, investors and other key parties in some of the most complex restructuring cases and transactions during the past two decades. Notably, earlier this year, on behalf of his chapter 11 debtor client, Sabine Oil & Gas, Ryan successfully argued for the rejection of his client's midstream gas gathering agreements under 11 U.S.C. 365 and obtained a ruling from the bankruptcy court that the covenants contained in those agreements do not "run with the land" under Texas law. See In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation et al., 547 B.R. 66 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2016). This ruling was one of the most important legal developments in restructuring in 2016. It has been cited in numerous press outlets, including Forbes, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal, and industry publications relevant to the oil and gas and legal industries. In addition to his company-side representations, Ryan regularly counsels a number of private equity and investment fund clients, both in and out of court, with respect to acquisitions of distressed assets and investments and corporate governance matters related to such clients' portfolio companies. Ryan's fund clients include, among others, Audax Group, Blue Point Capital Partners, Chicago Growth Partners, GTCR, GSO Capital Partners, Monomoy Capital Partners, Parthenon Capital, Summit Partners, and Sun Capital Partners. Ryan also represents large, multinational corporations with respect to distressed supply chain, acquisitions and other commercial matters involving distressed counter-parties. His clients in this regard include Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, The Boeing Company, Global Hyatt Corporation, McDonald’s Corporation, Motorola, Inc., The Tribune Company and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, among others.


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2000, Thomas White Scholar, Issue Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy; Michigan State University, B.A., Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy, 1996.

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