Sidley’s Global Restructuring group consists of over 60 full-time restructuring lawyers, located principally in our Chicago, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich and New York offices. Our role is typically one of the primary roles in a restructuring (e.g., lead debtor’s counsel, committee counsel or lead counsel to the senior debt syndicate) and our matters generally involve the restructuring of large and mid-size companies throughout North America, Europe and Asia. We have extensive experience in navigating our clients through some of the largest and most challenging restructurings in the U.S. and globally.


  • Received a first-tier national ranking in the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. A distinction awarded for the eighth consecutive year, and each year since the survey's inception.
  • The Asian Lawyer awarded us with the 2015 “Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency and Restructuring” for our debt restructuring representation of LDK Solar.
  • Chambers USA 2017: “Their experience shines through, so people understand what they're talking about. They're very strong on the legal issues, but they're also very pragmatic and commercial; they're able to translate legal strategies into business strategies.”
  • Bankruptcy Team of the Year 2012 for the United States by Chambers & Partners

Our capabilities extend to virtually every aspect of the reorganization practice, but we have practical experience in guiding our clients through comprehensive consensual restructurings and recapitalizations, both in and out of court.

Throughout our history, the firm has played a major role in some of the most high profile and complex chapter 11 cases. One of the many reasons Sidley’s restructuring clients are able to take advantage of opportunities and overcome the challenges they face, is the breadth of the experience of Sidley’s restructuring lawyers. Because we have represented a broad variety of stakeholders, we understand the central strategic and tactical issues and interests of various constituencies and how to manage those diverse interests to our clients’ benefit. 

In serving our clients, we often team up with many Sidley lawyers in our other practice areas to support our strategic objectives, including Capital Markets, Commercial Litigation and Disputes, Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation, Employee Benefits, Energy, Environmental, Global Finance, Insurance Disputes, Intellectual Property Litigation, Labor, Employment and Immigration, M&A, Private Equity, Products Liability, Real Estate, Securities and Shareholder Litigation, Supreme Court and Appellate, Tax, Technology & IP Transactions and Telecom and Internet Competition. The extensive experience of the firm’s other practice areas enables us to marshal a team of professionals to address the wide range of problems which frequently arise in bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

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