Restructuring & Special Situations

Our team — one of the world’s largest restructuring and special situations practices — advises the full array of stakeholders involved with financially distressed businesses, including debtors and issuers of both public and private securities, all types of creditors, equity holders, new investors, boards of directors, and senior management teams.

Why Latham

Combining practical commercial insight and a nuanced understanding of today’s most innovative financial structures, we drive consensus and lay out a clear and confident vision for the best path forward. 

A significant part of our work focuses on developing creative and value-maximizing strategies in complex, and often contentious, restructuring and insolvency matters with multi-layered capital structures — including some of the largest restructurings in the past decade. Our greatest strength is cross-collaboration with other market-leading practices in all of the major financial centers across the world, including the firm’s tax, M&A, private equity, capital markets, employment and benefits, and debt finance groups. We also collaborate closely with leading practitioners across Latham’s industry teams to deliver innovative and bespoke solutions for our clients. 

Our breadth of experience spans financial and operational restructurings, often with a cross-jurisdictional dynamic. We are equally adept at pursuing solutions in and out of court, including creditor compromise procedures, security enforcements, debt rescheduling, liability management transactions, exchange and tender offers, refinancings, new money and distressed financings, debt to-equity swap transactions, equity capital raises, and strategic and distressed M&A transactions. And because corporate governance is a key consideration in any stressed or distressed situation, we work closely with companies and their boards to identify and manage risk effectively, minimize fiduciary liability, and navigate stakeholder negotiations. 

Regardless of the challenge at hand, our team responds with strategic and comprehensive counsel — allowing clients to surmount the varied legal, financial, operational, and corporate governance obstacles that may arise in troubled situations, and achieve their business or investment goals.

Awards & Rankings

  • Two London Partners Recognized in Rising Stars: The UK's Best Up and Coming Female Lawyers - March 07, 2021
  • James E. Brandt Honored with Prestigious Judge Joseph M. Proskauer Award - February 18, 2021
  • Latham Restructuring Partner Recognized by the American Bankruptcy Institute - February 15, 2021
  • Three Partners Named Top Women in Dealmaking - January 26, 2021
  • Three London Partners Named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2021 - January 24, 2021

Latham is recognized for its “prominent restructuring teams” that “act on behalf of creditors and distressed companies” with “seamless cooperation on cross-border mandates” and “broad global coverage.”

Chambers USA 2021

Media Coverage

Restructuring Partner Recognized by the American Bankruptcy InstituteBest Restructuring – Overall: Latham & WatkinsLatham's Reckler Reins in Complex Restructurings


Leading Restructuring Partner to Join Latham & Watkins in SpainTwo London Partners Recognized in Rising Stars: The UK's Best Up and Coming Female LawyersLatham Adds Prominent Partner to its Highly Regarded Restructuring & Special Situations Practice in London

Thought Leadership

2020 Bankruptcy Trends And Sectors To Watch In 2021German Bundestag Passes Comprehensive Reform in Restructuring and Insolvency LawGermany Outlines Path to Reform in Restructuring and Insolvency Law

Webcasts & Podcasts

Michael Haas on the Debtwired! PodcastPodcast – Insolvency Reform: Spotting and Mitigating Future Risk in Supply RelationshipsPodcast – Restructuring in Asia: How Will Chinese Bond Defaults Resolve?