Thomas MacWright

Partner, New York



Mr. MacWright regularly represents debtors, bondholders, banks and strategic and financial investors in connection with corporate bankruptcy matters and workouts.

Mr. MacWright has extensive experience representing large companies and creditors in cross-border restructurings. Mr. MacWright is currently counsel to several large Brazilian companies, including the Schahin Group, a conglomerate focused mainly on oil & gas exploration with over $4.5 billion in debt , the OAS Group, a group focusing on construction operations and infrastructure investments with over $3 billion of debt, and Aralco S.A., a sugar and ethanol producer, in their cross-border restructuring and chapter 15 bankruptcy cases. Mr. MacWright was also counsel to Rede Engeria S.A., a Brazilian energy conglomerate with over $3 billion in debt, in its heavily contested chapter 15 proceeding in New York, which resulted in a landmark 54-page decision granting comity to Brazilian restructuring laws and Brazilian judicial restructuring proceedings. Mr. MacWright also represented Alliance Bank JSC, a large Kazakhstan bank, in its chapter 15 case in New York, as well as New World Resources NV, a large mining company with operations in Poland and the Czech Republic and over $1 billion of debt, in its chapter 15 case recognizing and enforcing a UK scheme of arrangement. Mr. MacWright was also counsel to an ad hoc group of noteholders of Elpida Memory Inc., a large Japanese micro-chip manufacturer, in Elpida's heavily contested chapter 15 case in Delaware.

Mr. MacWright also has extensive experience in chapter 11 cases in the United States, across many different sectors. For instance, he represented Dynegy Inc., one of the largest generators of electricity in the United States with over $6 billion of debt, and Revel Casino Resort, a $2.4 billion casino project in Atlantic City, in their respective chapter 11 cases. He has also represented large ad hoc groups of noteholders in the chapter 11 cases of American Airlines Inc., Washington Mutual Inc., Charter Communications Inc. and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and represented secured lenders in the chapter 11 cases of ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, ERG Resources Inc. and Nautilus Holdings Limited.

In the chapter 11 case of Zais Investment Grade Limited VII (a Cayman Islands-based cashflow CDO), Mr. MacWright represented a large hedge fund in commencing the first involuntary pre-packaged bankruptcy case in the United States. After significant litigation, the pre-packaged chapter 11 plan was successfully confirmed and consummated. The case was the first use of chapter 11 to unwind a CDO and demonstrated the ability to restructure structured products that were considered to be "bankruptcy proof."

Mr. MacWright also has extensive experience in municipal restructurings and chapter 9 bankruptcy cases. Among other representations, he represented a potential purchaser of/investor in the City of Detroit's water and sewage systems in the City of Detroit's chapter 9 bankruptcy case, as well as the largest creditor, Yonkers Raceway, in New York City Off-Track Betting Corporations' chapter 9 bankruptcy case.

Mr. MacWright has done significant pro bono work. He represented the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund ("AALDEF") in filing amicus briefs with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in support of a lawsuit seeking to enjoin Pennsylvania's voter identification law prior to the 2012 elections. Mr. MacWright has also advised several human trafficking victims regarding potential civil claims against their traffickers.

While in law school, Mr. MacWright served as a judicial intern for Justice Fred Lewis of the Florida Supreme Court and for Judge Jose Martinez of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Florida State Bar
University of Miami School of Law
College of William & Mary