Willkie Further Broadens Global Business Reorganization & Restructuring Practice with the Addition of Prominent Three-Partner Team in New York

May 3, 2021

Brett Miller joins as Global Head of Creditor Rights; Dennis Jenkins and Todd Goren join as partners.

New York, NY (May 3, 2021) --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that three leading bankruptcy lawyers, Brett Miller, Dennis Jenkins and Todd Goren, have joined the firm’s Business Reorganization & Restructuring Department in New York as partners. The group joins from Morrison & Foerster, where Mr. Miller served as Managing Partner of the New York office and co-chair of the Distressed Real Estate Group, and Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Goren were partners.

Mr. Miller will serve as Global Head of Creditor Rights at Willkie. A top-ranked bankruptcy practitioner, he is widely recognized for his work acting on behalf of official committees of unsecured creditors and ad hoc groups in chapter 11 cases as well as his work on bankruptcy-related transactions. His recent experience crosses the energy, transportation, real estate, retail and manufacturing sectors. Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Goren are both shining lights in their own right, representing a broad cross-section of creditors and other key players in restructurings.

“Brett, Dennis and Todd are prominent additions to our leading restructuring practice, which has been exceptionally busy handling several high-profile restructuring matters this past year in the U.S., UK and Europe. Their arrival, along with other recent lateral additions outside of the U.S., strengthens our integrated platform across the firm to serve the expanding needs of our clients,” said Rachel Strickland, partner and Co-Chair of the Business Reorganization & Restructuring Department.

“Willkie’s market-leading reputation, strong growth, and integrated approach across the U.S. and internationally are a major draw for us,” said Mr. Miller. “The firm is highly regarded for its broad restructuring capabilities and interdisciplinary collaboration and we look forward to working with our new colleagues to further expand and strengthen its offering.”

Mr. Jenkins has extensive experience in debt finance, counterparty risk, distressed corporate transactions, derivatives, securities transactions, and other domestic and international financial transactions. His practice is focused on major domestic and international corporate and debt restructurings, exchanges, distressed mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy cases, where he represents debtors, creditors’ committees, ad hoc bondholder groups, individual creditors, and other interested parties.

Mr. Goren advises clients on all facets of chapter 11 reorganizations, representing official committees, debtor-in-possession lenders, and debtors in a number of prominent insolvency matters. His restructuring experience spans a broad range of industries, with particular experience in the representation of creditors’ committees in the energy and aviation sectors. He also has significant experience representing both borrowers and lenders in complex financing transactions, and regularly counsels parties concerning bankruptcy matters involving Section 363 sales and cross-border insolvencies, including proceedings under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Mr. Miller advises on chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy-related acquisitions, cross–border insolvency matters, bankruptcy-related litigation, and insolvency-sensitive transactions. His clients include official and ad hoc creditors’ committees, bank groups, individual lenders, court-appointed fiduciaries, debtors, and investors that focus on distressed situations, and he has represented parties in restructurings across various industries including energy, real estate, transportation, retail, manufacturing, food service, oil and gas, and media. Mr. Miller is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an invitation-only organization that includes leading practitioners in the field.

The group’s arrival follows other recent additions outside of the U.S. to the firm’s growing Business Reorganization & Restructuring Department, including Wolfram Prusko in Frankfurt and Edward Downer in the UK.

Willkie’s Business Reorganization & Restructuring Department is a global practice with market-leading capabilities in all aspects of business and financial restructurings and insolvency matters. The team represents a broad spectrum of clients (both in and out of court) in the U.S., UK, France, Germany and other key European jurisdictions.

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