White & Case lawyers Richard S. Kebrdle and Laura L. Femino (both Miami) have been named recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Legal Writing Award from The Burton Awards, which recognizes outstanding legal writing published in the prior year. White & Case has won a Burton Award every year since 2001, and remains the only firm to be recognized consistently for the past 16 years. Last year, Partner Ernest T. Patrikis (New York) was so honored.
The Burton Awards is funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. Nominations are submitted by law firms and include exemplary articles that have been published by their lawyers during the past year. Only 25 winning articles were selected.
Kebrdle and Femino were honored for their article "A Solution for Competing Foreign Insolvency Proceedings," published in Law360 on September 28, 2016. The article puts forth the COMI (center of main interests) clause as a contractual solution to help multinational debtors and their bondholders mitigate risks arising from uncertainty over a debtor’s home jurisdiction in a cross-border restructuring.
Kebrdle is a partner in White & Case's Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. Some of Kebrdle's recent representations include Brazilian telecom giant, Oi S.A., OAS S.A. in its Chapter 15 case, Major League Baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers Chapter 11 case and Russian Standard in its acquisition of Central European Distribution Corporation through a prepackaged Chapter 11 plan.
Femino is an associate in the Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Practice. Since joining the firm, her work has been focused on cross-border restructuring, particularly debtor representations in Latin America, including those of OAS S.A, Grupo Schahin, and presently Oi S.A.