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Lisa Schweitzer

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Lisa M. Schweitzer is a partner based in the New York office. Ms. Schweitzer’s practice specializes in complex bankruptcy and insolvency matters, including representation of debtors, creditors, investors and acquirers. Significant experience with distressed M&A transactions, IP issues and complex cross-border restructurings in the Americas, Europe and Asia. As a recognized leader in the field, Ms. Schweitzer speaks on a variety of bankruptcy and restructuring topics at conferences, including those organized by INSOL International, the American Bankruptcy Institute and Practising Law Institute. She also frequently writes articles on bankruptcy issues for publications, including The Journal of Bankruptcy Law, BankruptcyLaw 360, The Wall Street Lawyer, The M&A Lawyer and The New York Law Journal, and she is co-author of a bankruptcy blog published by Westlaw News & Insight, covering trends and developments in the bankruptcy arena.


Ms. Schweitzer joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2006.


Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy

Director, Mobilization for Justice (formerly MFY Legal Services, Inc.)

Member, International Insolvency Institute


Ms. Schweitzer received a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from New York University School of Law in 1996, where she was an editor of the Law Review, and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Schweitzer served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

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Lisa Schweitzer - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

The ‘deeply knowledgeableCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has ‘a hands-on and practical approach to restructuring matters’. The practice is ‘particularly strong in cross-border cases’, with a deep understanding of ‘the legal nuances of each jurisdiction’ and is recommended as ‘the premiere law firm on Latin America restructurings’. The firm is acting as counsel to an ad hoc group of over 70 bondholder institutions in relation to the landmark restructuring of Brazilian telecoms provider Oi, which involves over $20bn in debt issued or guaranteed by the company. In a domestic matter, the department is representing ESL Investments and its affiliates as the largest creditor and equity holder in Sears Holdings Corporation’s ongoing Chapter 11 proceedings. The firm’s involvement includes advice relating to ESL’s pre-petition financings, a potential debtor-in-possession loan and acquisitions via court-approved sale. From New York, the ‘technically gifted and pragmaticLisa Schweitzer leads the practice with ‘standout practitioner’ Richard Cooper. Also notable in the team is the ‘practical, cordial and even-handed’ Sean O’Neal; and the ‘extremely responsive’ Luke Barefoot, who is ‘sharp in his legal analysis and sets the right tone in communication’.

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