Brian Pfeiffer

Partner, Miami



Brian D. Pfeiffer's practice extends to all aspects of in-court and out-of-court restructurings of financially distressed businesses, including representations of corporate debtors, official and unofficial creditors' and equity committees, bondholder committees, lenders, and purchasers and sellers of distressed assets and businesses. Brian has represented creditors' committees, significant creditors, lenders, purchasers and equity committees in connection with the restructuring, sale, liquidation or financing of distressed businesses in a wide array of industries. Brian's representations of official and ad hoc committees of creditors include Doral Financial, Ambac Financial Group, Petroplus Finance Limited, Downey Financial Corporation, Washington Mutual Inc., Colonial BancGroup Inc., FBOP Corporation, Reliant Energy Channelview LP, Dana Corp., and Pope & Talbot Inc.; and he represents or has represented significant creditors in the bankruptcy/insolvency cases of NII Holdings, Texas Competitive Energy Holdings, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, General Motors, Nova Scotia Finance Company, and Inland Fiber Group LLC.* His company-side representations in connection with in-court and out-of-court restructurings and sale transactions include Saad Investments Finance Company (No.5) Limited, ACA Financial Corp., Drive America Holdings Inc., Broadway Partners, Impsat Fiber Networks Inc. and ANC Rental Corp.*

Known for his ability to combine legal analysis with practical business solutions, Brian is recognized in The Legal 500 United States and was named "Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer" in 2008 by Turnarounds & Workouts. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association. Brian has addressed topics including "Interlender Arrangements: Current Structures and Risks" and "Bankruptcies in Financial Services and Bank Holding Company Defaults" at industry conferences. Brian received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1999 and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1996.

Bars and Courts
New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
Hofstra University School of Law
State University of New York at Albany


Counsel to an ad hoc group of creditors of Ambac Financial Group, Inc.*

Counsel to creditors of Petroplus Finance Limited*

Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Doral Financial Corporation*

Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Colonial BancGroup, Inc.*

Counsel to Wilmington Trust Company, as indenture trustee for the bondholders, in connection with the Downey Financial Corp. bankruptcy case.*

Counsel to Owl Creek Asset Management in connection with the Chapter 11 cases of Washington Mutual Inc. and WMI Investment Corp.*

Counsel to Centerbridge Partners in connection with the SIPC liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.*

Counsel to Tenor Capital, as DIP lender and secured creditor in the EPV Solar, Inc. Chapter 11 case. U.S. Counsel to Kinetic Partners, as Cayman liquidator of Saad Investments Finance Company (No. 5) Limited, in connection with the debtor's Chapter 15 bankruptcy case.*

Counsel to Appaloosa Management in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of General Motors of Canada Ltd. and General Motors Nova Scotia Finance Co.*

Counsel to various bankruptcy and restructuring, real estate and corporate clients in connection with the Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. insolvency proceedings.*

*Experience prior to joining White & Case.

Speaking Engagements

"Hedge Funds: Tough Times Ahead?," 100 Women in Hedge Funds, Grand Cayman, June 2016

"Interlender Arrangements: Current Structures and Risks," SRZ 4th Annual Distressed Investing Conference, New York, November 2015

"Bankruptcies in Financial Services and Bank Holding Company Defaults," ABI VALCON, Las Vegas, February 2015

"Insider Trading and Chapter 11," SRZ Distressed Investing Conference: Reflections on 2012 and the Road Ahead, New York, December 2012

Restructuring, Liquidation and Litigation Issues," Cayman Fund Focus 2010, October 2010

Awards and Recognition

The Legal 500 United States

Selected by Turnaround & Workouts as an "Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer" in 2008.