Roberto Kampfner | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Roberto Kampfner
Roberto Kampfner

Roberto Kampfner

Partner, Los Angeles

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Roberto Kampfner is a go-to lawyer who represents his clients with passion and tenacity.


Roberto Kampfner works with clients who need to hit the ground running, in all matters relating to financial restructuring and insolvency. He represents a broad array of debtors, creditors and other parties-in-interest in restructurings both in and out of court.

Roberto has worked on some of the largest insolvency cases in California and the US, representing his clients with passion and tenacity. He quickly develops a sound understanding of each client's circumstances, devises a strategy for achieving the client's goals, and then forces others to react to what he is doing for his clients.

He is part of the Firm's Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Group, ranked number one globally according to industry magazine The Deal.

Notable debtor clients who have benefited from his experience include Genon Energy Holdings, WCI Communities, Otero County Hospital Association, VCSP, LLC, Coda Automotive and Focus Investment Group. Notable creditor representations include the Houston Rockets, ILFC, Wells Fargo Bank, First Citizens Bank, Dexia Credit Local, McKesson Corporation, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and an ad hoc committee of bond holders in the Six Flags bankruptcy case.

He has appeared on a number of official committee representations and has been very active in cross-border restructurings that include Philippine Airlines, Corporación Durango and Mexicana Airlines.

He has been admitted to a number of US courts and prior to his work with White & Case he held a clerkship with Hon. Randall J. Newsome, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.

Bars and Courts

  • US District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • California State Bar
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • JD, Stanford Law School
  • BA, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


  • English
  • Spanish


Coda Automotive, 2013

Roberto represented Coda Automotive as special counsel in the sale of all of its assets to FCO MA Coda Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, in a 363 sale approved by the US Bankruptcy Court.

Otero County Hospital Association, Inc. (OCHA), 2012

Roberto represented Otero County Hospital Association, Inc. (OCHA), the operator of a regional medical center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in its chapter 11 proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Mexico. Before commencing its chapter 11 case, OCHA faced approximately 50 separately filed personal injury lawsuits and many more unasserted claims arising from a series of spinal procedures performed by two doctors at OCHA's medical center. Through the chapter 11 plan, OCHA consensually resolved the lawsuits and numerous additional related claims for US$7.5 million payable into a personal injury trust over three years. At the hearing to confirm OCHA's chapter 11 plan, the judge commented that the result "shows what chapter 11 can accomplish at its best" and commended the lawyering in the case as "exceptional."

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, 2011

Roberto represented Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, an unincorporated business enterprise of the Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, in connection with its offer to exchange its outstanding 12% senior notes due 2010 for (1) new 8.750% senior notes due 2020 (the "1st-Out Notes"), (2) new senior PIK notes due 2020 (the "2nd-Out Notes") and (3) a pro rata amount of US$21 million in cash. The Company accepted for exchange all US$198 million aggregate principal amount of old notes tendered in the exchange offer, representing 99.16% of the outstanding old notes, and issued (1) US$59 million aggregate principal amount of 1st-Out Notes, (2) US$134 million aggregate principal amount of 2nd-Out Notes and (3) paid the cash consideration.

Awards & Recognition

Ranked Individual: Restructuring/ Insolvency – California, Chambers USA