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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

300 NORTH LASALLE, CHICAGO, IL 60654, USA
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Work +1 312 862 2000
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Ross Kwasteniet

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Work +1 312-862-2069
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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Position

Ross Kwasteniet’s practice is focused on the representation of distressed companies in all aspects of Chapter 11 reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings. Ross also has considerable experience representing both buyers and sellers of distressed assets. Representative clients include Armstrong Energy, Inc., Seadrill Limited, Samson Resources and Patriot Coal Corporation.

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2001; Calvin College, B.A., World History, 1999.


United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

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.

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