Alan Gover | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Alan Gover
Alan Gover

Alan Gover

Partner Of Counsel, New York

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Alan Gover has been recognized in “Best Lawyers in America” for the past 20 years.

Overview

Alan Gover's 40-year career has concentrated on providing thought-leading strategic advice, litigation and transactional representation to clients ranging from sovereigns and sovereign affiliates to major corporations and financial institutions to entrepreneurs and NGOs.

Having initially focused on antitrust, Alan was involved in some of the leading treble damage and merger litigation of the era, but for the past 30 years his law practice has concentrated on the reorganization of businesses, including in bankruptcy, both as company or owners' counsel, and acting for the key creditors and creditor groups. Particularly as debtor's (company) counsel, he has concentrated on reorganization businesses as independent, going concerns.

As lead attorney to PG&E Corporation during the protracted California Energy Crisis, he oversaw parallel bankruptcy proceedings that reorganized the largest utility in the US, and which disposed of the second largest independent power business in the US, thereby restoring over $10 billion in equity value to PG&E shareholders.

His reorganization work has covered a wide spectrum of industries and countries and is often based upon new legal strategies. As other examples of his diverse experience, he was purchaser's M&A counsel in the first, precedent-setting disaggregation of power generation assets from an investor-owned utility. He also served as counsel to a non US-based financial institution seeking sovereign assistance in resolving massive litigation. His representation of sovereigns and quasi-sovereign and/or sovereign-owned enterprises has included crisis counseling and the envisioning and execution of innovative global projects.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • US Supreme Court
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • US Southern, Northern and Eastern District Courts
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh and District of Columbia
  • US District Court for the Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas

Education

  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  • BA, Tufts University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Houston Rockets, 2013-ongoing

Lead counsel in connection with the successful reorganization in chapter 11 of its partly owned regional sports network, Comcast Houston Sports Network.

Chinese state parties, state-owned enterprises, 2012-ongoing

Lead counsel in connection with a major project in Israel and Palestine.

Chinese state funds and policy banks, 2009-ongoing

Special counsel in connection with strategic planning.

US-based global engineering, development and construction concern, 2000-ongoing

Special counsel in connection with strategic planning.

Metrofinanciera, 2012

Lead counsel in its chapter 15 proceedings to confirm the Company's 'concurso' under Mexican law in order to resolve all claims under United States laws and regulations and to implement the first exempt distribution of securities to United States holders pursuant to chapter 15.

Lead counsel to The Seattle Times and Affiliates, 2011-2012

Lead counsel in their out-of-court restructuring, which preserved sixth generation Blethen family ownership and refinanced debt facilities.

Arab Bank PLC, 2010-2012

Special counsel between 2010 and 2012, in connection with civil damages litigation and regulatory proceedings pending against the institution in the United States.

Maxxam Corporation, 2002-2004, 2009-2011

Lead counsel in the successive chapter 11 reorganizations of its principal subsidiaries, Kaiser Aluminum and Pacific Lumber, which protected the corporate parent from upstream claims.

PG&E Corporation, 2000-2006

Lead counsel during the California Energy Crisis, overseeing the chapter 11 reorganizations of its two principal subsidiaries, Pacific Gas & Electric and the National Energy Group, which recovered over $10 billion in equity value for PG&E shareholders.

Publications

  • Improving Governance of Chapter 11 Debtors, The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, October 14, 2010
  • In Re Yellowstone Mountain Club LLC—The Pitfalls of 'Equitable Subordination' for the Unwary Lender, White & Case Financial Markets Developments – Client Alert, June 4, 2009, (co-author with White & Case Bank Finance partners Eric Berg and Alan Rockwell)
  • Hitting the Brakes on Legislative Interference with the Property Rights of Automakers' Secured Creditors, White & Case Insolvency Notes, January 29, 2009, (co-author with White & Case associate Andrew Zatz)
  • Bankruptcy not a good option for the auto industry, Crain's Detroit Business, December 8, 2008

Awards & Recognition

Recognized in the "Best Lawyers in America" for the past 15 years.