The team at Bracewell is excellent to deal with. They’re knowledgeable, capable and focused on getting to the right solution for the client.

Chambers USA, 2024

A Leading Firm for Restructuring

Bracewell is a nationally recognized firm for restructuring and bankruptcy matters. For decades, we have represented the interests of domestic and global clients in significant restructurings and bankruptcies across multiple industries. This experience is especially critical in today’s economic climate, given the proliferation of fraudulent transfer, fiduciary duty, lender liability, valuation disputes and other complex litigation issues. For this work, we have received various awards, as well as top rankings in Chambers USA, IFLR1000 and Legal 500 US.

The strength of our restructuring practice steams from the breadth and depth of our experience. We are particularly known for our experience in the energy and maritime sectors, including on behalf of oil and gas companies, international shipping groups, retail companies and power generation projects.

We also advise corporate borrowers and debtors, private investment funds, financial institutions, commercial lenders and institutional investors in restructurings. We represented Wells Fargo in connection with Chapter 11 reorganization of Diamond Offshore Drilling and the related exit financings, as well as in connection with the Alta Mesa/Kingfisher Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and the J. C. Penney Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. We also represented GPIF Aspen Club in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases filed by The Aspen Club and Aspen Club Redevelopment Company and Venoco in Chapter 11 proceedings.

Bankruptcy Litigation

Our bankruptcy team has extensive experience handling large, complex bankruptcy litigation matters for debtors, creditors and trustees. Our litigators routinely serve as advocates in out-of-court restructuring disputes and in bankruptcy courts and appellate courts across the United States. We help create cost-effective strategies and utilize a full range of options to achieve the best results possible.

Debtor Representation

We have broad experience representing large and small Chapter 11 debtors in a variety of industries in bankruptcy courts across the United States. Our restructuring lawyers carefully tailor their expert services to each debtor’s unique needs and have successfully implemented restructuring pathways including balance sheet restructurings, litigation management and asset sales, among others. We work with debtors through every stage of their restructuring lifecycle to ensure an optimal outcome for every case.

Real Estate

We are a recognized leader in the real estate financial restructuring and bankruptcy arena. Our cross-disciplinary team of financial restructuring lawyers regularly advise on special situations, distressed investments and acquisitions, lending and financing activities in connection with both Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court transactions involving real estate assets. We have unique insight into distressed real estate transactions, including self-help foreclosure, judicial foreclosure, landlord claims in bankruptcy and bankruptcy sales and acquisitions.

Maritime Investment and Restructuring

Our maritime investment and restructuring practice is a unique blend of experience in US and international insolvency law, maritime finance, regulatory and corporate law. We have represented both maritime debtors and ad hoc groups in maritime bankruptcies, as well as buyers and sellers in out-of-court maritime transactions.

Agents, Ad Hoc Groups and Official Committees

We have significant experience representing agents, official creditors’ committees and ad hoc groups in bankruptcies and out-of-court restructuring. Our lawyers understand the wide-ranging interests and needs of diverse creditor constituencies and are skilled in navigating each unique set of interests to maximize leverage and recoveries.

Creditors and Contract Counterparties

We have significant experience representing creditors and contract counterparties in bankruptcies across a wide range of industries. Our lawyers understand there is no “one size fits all” approach to representing creditors and contract counterparties. Instead, we craft thorough customized strategies for each creditor or contract counterparty, designed to maximize impact based on the nature of each set of circumstances.

Trustees, Monitors and Examiners

We thrive on tackling chaotic cases head-on, making us the go-to choice for examiner and trustee roles. Our lawyers are known for their prowess in financial restructuring, handling everything from distressed investments to international insolvency litigation and US bankruptcy proceedings. Whether it’s navigating complex corporate transactions or resolving disputes, our transactional and litigation teams get the job done. From start to finish, we’re dedicated to providing the support and counsel needed to navigate turbulent waters and reach resolutions that serve the interests of all stakeholders.

Distressed Acquisitions and 363 Purchases

We routinely represent purchasers in distressed acquisitions, both out-of-court and in Section 363 sales. From the initial stages of interest to closing, our lawyers help interested parties conduct due diligence, handle all regulatory components and put together compelling bids and offers on an expedited timeline.