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Sidley’s Global Restructuring group consists of over 50 full-time restructuring lawyers, located principally in our New York, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, London, Los Angeles and Munich 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 United States and globally.


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

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, 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.

Our Global Restructuring group continues to be recognized as a market-leading practice:

  • Tier 1 National Ranking in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for Litigation – Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, a distinction awarded for the eleventh consecutive year. 
  • Tier 1 National Ranking in 2021 for the eleventh consecutive year for United States Bankruptcy, Benchmark Litigation.
  • Consistently ranked as one of the leading restructuring practices in Chambers Global, Chambers USA (Nationwide, New York, California, Illinois) and Chambers UK.
  • Named a Top Firm in Restructuring Two Years in a Row, Global Restructuring Review’s GRR 30 Rankings, 2018–2019.