“Chris has a ‘great ability to quickly synthesize and argue a client’s point of view in very technical situations.’”
Chris represents clients in high-stakes litigation in complex business disputes, largely arising from debtor/creditor relations.
He offers our clients extensive litigation experience, gained from more than 25 years practicing before bankruptcy courts throughout the US, as well as federal district and state trial courts, arbitral bodies and appellate courts. Acting as lead litigation and trial counsel, Chris is adept at steering our clients through the legal intricacies of accelerated trial proceedings in multi-faceted restructurings.
His ability to provide effective representation in these situations has been enhanced by his involvement in some of the most complex and contentious bankruptcy proceedings in recent US history. These include Energy Future Holdings, Residential Capital, Dynegy, Lehman Brothers, Delphi, Dana, Six Flags, Mirant Corporation, Adelphia Communications, Enron Corporation, Caesars Entertainment, Maxus Energy, Samson Resources, SunEdison, Nine West, and Claire's. Chris has also been instrumental in many of the largest cross-border cases filed in the US, including those of UPC, Vitro Packaging, Elpida Memory and Rede Energia.
Chris has represented a diverse array of clients in these disputes, including debtors, foreign representatives, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, litigation trustees and ad hoc groups of secured and unsecured creditors. He has conducted dozens of bench and jury trials, and has been actively involved in many of the landmark judicial decisions in recent restructuring jurisprudence.
Representative matters include acting as lead litigation and trial counsel for:
The Ad Hoc Group of Junior Secured Noteholders in the chapter 11 proceedings of Residential Capital LLC and affiliates pending in New York.
The Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders in the chapter 15 proceedings of Elpida Memory, Inc. pending in Delaware.
Dynegy, Inc, in connection with all aspects of its chapter 11 proceedings pending in New York.
Certain secured creditors of the GSC Group in connection with state and federal court disputes arising out of a defaulted secured credit facility.
Anchorage Capital, as plan sponsor, in the first-ever successful reorganization of a CDO.
Ad hoc groups of creditors in the chapter 11 proceedings of Six Flags Inc., Visteon Corp., Vitro Packaging, Lehman Brothers Holdings, Dana Corp., Solutia, ION Media Networks, Enron Corp., Adelphia Communications and Delta Airlines, often involving significant contested motions, plan confirmation disputes, valuation litigations and appeals.
Several CDOs and managers in connection with the chapter 11 proceedings of Dreier LLP and related regulatory proceedings.
First Republic Bank, in connection with the chapter 11 proceedings of Salander O'Reilly Galleries and related regulatory and state court proceedings.
Appaloosa Management, in connection with disputes over a US$2.6 billion equity purchase commitment in the chapter 11 proceedings of Delphi Corp.
Mirant Corporation in connection with all aspects of its chapter 11 proceedings concluded in Fort Worth, Texas.
The litigation recovery trust created in the bankruptcy proceedings of Werner Ladder.
Rising Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation 2011, 2012
Leading Lawyer: Bankruptcy/Restructuring – New York, Chambers USA 2017 - 2020