Jones Day Grows National Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 14:36


Jones Day has announced that four attorneys have joined its Business Restructuring & Reorganization  (BRR) practice. in California. The group were all formerly practicing at Dewey & LeBoeuf. 

The group is led by Bruce Bennett, who was previously a partner in the Business Solutions & Governance Department at Dewey and the Managing Partner of the firm's Los Angeles office. Mr. Bennett is one of the leading bankruptcy attorneys in the U.S., having recently served as lead counsel to the Los Angeles Dodgers in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. In the mid-1990s, Mr. Bennett advised Orange County (CA) in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. 
Mr. Bennett will be a partner resident in the Firm's Los Angeles Office.

Also joining Jones Day in the firm's Los Angeles office are Sidney Levinson, who has handled a wide range of bankruptcy matters, including bankruptcy-related litigation, and Joshua Mester, who concentrates on corporate reorganization and bankruptcy matters, including both debtor and creditor representations, both joining as partners; and James Johnston, who also has deep experience in corporate reorganization and bankruptcy matters, representing both debtors and creditors, as of counsel. Other lawyers who practiced with these four at Dewey are expected to join Jones Day in the near future. 

Mr. Bennett has represented debtors, creditors, and buyers in many of the largest corporate reorganizations in the United States, including in the fields of retail, telecommunications, heavy industry, aviation, manufacturing, real estate, insurance, energy, banking, and computer technology. The National Law Journal named him runner-up for Lawyer of the Year in 1995.

Mr. Johnston regularly represents creditors, creditor groups, indenture trustees, and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. He also has an active appellate practice and has briefed and argued appeals before the Second, Third, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and numerous District Courts.

Mr. Levinson's clients include debtors, trustees, bondholders, secured lenders, and creditors' committees in a variety of large, complex proceedings. Previously, he was a trial attorney at the Department of Justice, Civil Division, where he focused on bankruptcy and commercial litigation, and he writes and speaks frequently on insolvency issues.

Mr. Mester has represented a number of debtors in Chapter 11 cases and also regularly represents creditors, creditor groups, indenture trustees and other parties in interest in both Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts.

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Dr. Karsten Müller-Eising will arrive in Jones Day’s Frankfurt office in the near future as a partner in the Capital Markets Practice. He comes to the Firm from Hogan Lovells and will be joined by Thomas Stoll and Daniela Schmitt. Together, they will enhance a team of more than 120 capital markets lawyers worldwide. 

Dr. Müller-Eising has more than 20 years of experience, most recently as a partner in Hogan Lovells' Frankfurt office, where he headed the Equity Capital Markets Practice. He has broad experience in primary and secondary offerings, IPOs, public takeovers, and refinancings. He represented Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA on its initial public offering of common stock. He advised the German Federal Ministry of Finance on the €18.2 billion recapitalization of Commerzbank AG and the investment bank M.M. Warburg & CO on the rights issue and debt equity swap of Conergy AG. He also was member of the team advising the German Financial Market Stabilization Fund (SoFFin) on the €11 billion capital raising of Commerzbank AG. 

Thomas Stoll joins Jones Day as European counsel. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Mr. Stoll was an in-house legal adviser at Deutsche Börse AG in the area of corporate governance. He has broad experience in public takeovers, corporate law, and capital markets. Daniela Schmitt worked as an associate in the Frankfurt office of Hogan Lovells and focuses in the areas of corporate and capital markets law. 

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Five of the "Top 100" Washington Super Lawyers for 2012 are partners of global law firm Jones Day, more than any other firm. In all, 20 Washington partners were named 2012 DC Super Lawyers. 

Included in the "Top 100" are Henry W. Asbill, Donald B. Ayer, Glen D. Nager, Andrew D. Ness, and Phillip A. Proger. Also, Washington partners Alison B. Marshall and Toby G. Singer were named "Top 50 Women."  The full list of Washington Super Lawyers, and the categories for which they were chosen, are Henry W. Asbill, Criminal Defense: White Collar; Donald B. Ayer, Appellate; Michael A. Carvin, Appellate; Gregory A. Castanias, Appellate; Giovanna M. Cinelli, Administrative Law; Thomas F. Cullen, Jr., Business Litigation; Andrew M. Eisenberg, Tax; Kathryn M. Fenton, Antitrust; Alison B. Marshall, Employment & Labor; Evan Miller, Employee Benefits/ERISA; Donald J. Munro, Employment & Labor Glen D. Nager, Appellate; Andrew D. Ness, Construction Litigation; Phillip A. Proger, Antitrust; Peter J. Romatowski, Securities Litigation; Steven J. Sacher, Employee Benefits/ERISA; Joe Sims, Antitrust/M&A; Toby G. Singer, Antitrust; Tom D. Smith, Antitrust/M&A; Raymond J. Wiacek, Tax.