Mr Allan S. Brilliant > Dechert LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas
NEW YORK, NY 10036-6797
United States
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Work Department

Financial Restructuring


Allan S. Brilliant, co-chair of the firm’s financial restructuring practice, represents bank groups, unsecured creditors’ and bondholder committees, acquirers, and debtors in large-scale restructurings and reorganizations and in non-judicial workouts throughout the United States. Mr. Brilliant also has significant experience advising bondholders on cross-border restructurings and reorganizations around the world, with an especially strong track record in Latin America.

He also has significant experience in bankruptcy litigation, particularly in fraudulent transfer and preference litigation, contested confirmation hearings, and bankruptcy appeals.


Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1986, with Honors, Order of the Coif; The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1982, cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Dechert LLP has achieved immense prominence in a series of major restructurings involving Brazilian corporates. Co -eader of the firm’s financial restructuring group Allan Brilliant has represented the bondholders in a number of headline restructurings in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Puerto Rico. He continued to lead the team that advised the international bondholder committee in the restructuring of Oi and its subsidiaries, the largest telecommunications company in Brazil. He also led the team that continued to advise the ad hoc noteholder group on the potential restructuring of Samarco Mineração, the Brazilian mining group. Additoinally, his team represented Aurelius Capital Management and Alden Global Capital, as the largest holders of bonds issued by OAS, in the Brazilian engineering and construction company’s Chapter 15 bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings in Brazil.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

Dechert LLP is primarily focused on Brazil, Chile and Mexico. The firm maintains a steady flow of capital markets offerings and bond restructuring engagements on behalf of clients including BTG Pactual, Compañía Perforadora de México (PEMSA), Grupo Cinemex, Itaú Unibanco, OAS, OI and PagSeguro. The practice advised Inversiones SMU Matriz, the holding company of one of Chile’s largest food retailers, on its $40m private placement of notes; and acted for the international bondholder committee on the restructuring of Oi, the largest telecommunications company in Brazil. Howard Kleinman is a recognised Latin America specialist with a versatile practice covering banking, capital markets and M&A. Bernardo Piereck is an emerging talent in the capital markets and M&A segments. Allan Brilliant is a leading figure in bondholder restructurings.

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

The ‘top-notchDechert LLP is known for its international expertise and ‘seasoned professionals with vast restructuring and bankruptcy experience’. The firm ‘excels particularly in contentious, litigation-driven matters, as well as cross-border restructurings’. The ‘highly effectiveAllan Brilliant is ‘a go-to for creditors in contentious corporate restructurings, particularly in Latin America’. He leads the practice from New York alongside Michael Sage, who is representing the ad hoc holders of first lien notes issued by Momentive Performance Materials and BOKF, as first lien trustee, in relation to the Chapter 11 of Momentive and certain of its affiliates. The team is also acting for the international bondholder committee in the restructuring of Brazilian telecoms giant Oi and its subsidiaries; the committee agreed to the terms of a Brazilian restructuring plan, under which it converted its debt to shares of the company and committed to backstop a R$3bn rights offering.