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Sidley’s global Restructuring group is regularly involved in the largest restructurings throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The team consists of nearly 80 full-time restructuring lawyers, located principally in our Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, and New York offices. We represent companies facing in-court or out-of-court restructurings, official and ad hoc committees of creditors, agent lenders, and participants in distressed M&A processes. Priding ourselves on our ability to use innovative, bespoke approaches to obtain the best results in complex situations, we have the ability to leverage the firm’s complementary practices and industry knowledge to bring value to each and every engagement.

Consistently ranked as a leading restructuring practice in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and Chambers UK – 2012-2023



Companies place their trust in the Sidley Restructuring group when faced with their starkest challenges. The Sidley Restructuring group deploys a combination of decades of practical experience with Sidley’s premier legal industrial knowledge to achieve superlative outcomes. Truly global in nature, our award-winning group has led high-profile liability management and restructuring matters both in and out of court, including traditional, pre-packaged, and pre-arranged restructuring and insolvency proceedings, and cross-border restructurings, and capital structure optimization and deleveraging transactions. Our lawyers, strategically situated in vital financial and industry capitals around the world, leverage the firm’s global platform and vast cross-serving opportunities to support our clients.

Many of our company-side engagements are characterized by billions of dollars of funded debt, substantial alleged mass tort or other litigation claims, and complex capital structures with global, and wide-ranging, sophisticated legal issues. We also tailor our legal and commercial strategies to small and mid-sized companies. Our lawyers work tirelessly to find creative and commercial solutions with the paramount goal of preserving and maximizing value, protecting jobs, and driving consensus with stakeholders.

The service we receive from Sidley is more than just legal advice. We consider them a close business partner, who are not only experts in their field but have a strong understanding of our business.
Chambers USA 2022, Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Highly Regarded, New York


Sidley’s Restructuring group has wide-ranging experience representing virtually every type of major creditor constituency in both in-court and out-of-court reorganizations and insolvencies. Lawyers in Sidley’s Restructuring group have represented lenders, noteholders, agents, family offices, steering committees, ad hoc committees, official noteholder and unsecured creditors’ committees, and official equity holder committees. Our diverse array of clients includes banks, hedge funds, equity and preferred equity investors, and other financial institutions that operate across a broad spectrum of industries such as aviation, telecommunications, media, oil and gas, clean energy (ethanol and biofuels), coal, technology, internet gaming, retail and restaurants, healthcare, hospitality, real estate, and for-profit higher education.

Our lawyers have extensive experience with all aspects of the lending cycle, from negotiating capital structures and amendment and forbearance agreements to post-default enforcement, workout, and bankruptcy scenarios. In the bankruptcy/insolvency context, we represent clients in connection with rescue and bridge financing, debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing, use of cash collateral, adequate protection, asset sales, plans of reorganization, and other key issues. Whether we are pursuing resolution through negotiation or litigation, we are committed to maximizing recoveries, mitigating risks for our clients, and providing immediate and effective solutions to their recovery challenges.

Representing committees offers unique challenges which our lawyers are particularly adept at handling. In addition to possessing technical and strategic excellence, the lawyers in Sidley’s Restructuring group understand the value of consensus and work tirelessly with their committee clients to ensure that each opinion is heard while driving the group toward a unified approach to devising, deciding upon, and implementing a case-specific strategy.

“The whole team is very solid. They work well together, get things done and are efficient in handling matters.”
Chambers Global 2022, Bankruptcy/Restructuring: The Elite (USA)

Throughout our history, the firm has played a major role in some of the most high profile and complex restructurings. 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, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, 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 and Life Sciences 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.

“They’re our most trusted advisor and their client care is second to none.”
Chambers Global 2019, Restructuring/Insolvency