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Michael H. Torkin
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-3752
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
Ranked as a leading restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer, Michael Torkin is a Partner in the Firm’s New York office. Michael’s practice includes representing public and private companies in out-of-court corporate and financial restructurings as well as Chapter 11 proceedings, and he is called upon by boards of directors of financially distressed companies to advise on related fiduciary matters. Michael also regularly represents private equity and hedge fund clients in connection with domestic and international special situation investments and “distress-for-control" transactions as well as corporate clients in connection with distressed M&A assignments. 

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Work Highlights
  • Michael’s practice (including prior to joining the Firm) has included the representation of :
    • Eastman Kodak Company in connection with its Chapter 11 reorganization, including the disposition of its intellectual property portfolio and the resolution of its legacy retiree obligations
    • Ascent Resources Marcellus in connection with the structuring of its prepackaged Chapter 11 and restructuring support agreement
    • Sungard Availability Services in connection with the 2018 extension of its credit facilities  
    • Macquarie Bank Limited, Centerbridge Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investments Board in connection with their acquisition and subsequent sale of Pocahontas Parkway, a Virginia toll road
    • AT&T in connection with its acquisition of Nextel Mexico in a Section 363 share sale transaction
    • Ascribe Capital, Goldman Sachs and Brookfield Asset Management in connection with Emeco Group’s deleveraging, recapitalization and merger transactions with Orionstone and Andy’s Earthmovers implemented through an Australian scheme of arrangement and U.S. Chapter 15 proceeding
    • Ascribe Capital and Ares Capital Management in connection with Boart Longyear’s deleveraging and recapitalization transaction implemented through two Australian schemes of arrangement and Chapter 15 proceeding
    • Platinum Equity and an ad hoc group of noteholders including, Silverpoint, Whitebox, Goldman Sachs SSG and Contrarian Capital in connection with Key Energy’s prepackaged Chapter 11
Accolades
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Legal 500 United States
  • M&A Advisor, “Top 40 under 40” M&A, Financing and Turnaround Professionals (2010)
  • Turnarounds and Workouts, One of 2 “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” (2009, 2010)
Education
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, 1997 J.D.
  • University of Western Ontario, 1993 B.A.
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
Admissions
  • New York 1999

Michael Torkin is a Partner in the Private Capital and Special Situations Investment Group (PSIG) and Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Michael’s broad restructuring practice involves representing corporate acquirers of distressed businesses, hedge fund and private equity fund clients in connection with special situation investments and companies in out-of-court recapitalization and deleveraging transactions and debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings. During his career, Michael has been involved in restructuring matters across the globe including Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Israel, Argentina, Brazil, The Netherlands and Australia.

Michael’s practice (including prior to joining the Firm) has included the representation of :

  • Eastman Kodak Company in connection with its Chapter 11 reorganization, including the disposition of its intellectual property portfolio and the resolution of its legacy retiree obligations
  • Ascent Resources Marcellus in connection with the structuring of its prepackaged Chapter 11 and restructuring support agreement
  • TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global in connection with SunEdison’s financial distress and ultimate Chapter 11 proceeding
  • Sungard Availability Services in connection with the 2018 extension of its credit facilities 
  • CPPIB in connection with the restructuring and recapitalization of RGL Reservoir Management Inc.
  • AT&T in connection with its acquisition of Nextel Mexico in a Section 363 share sale transaction
  • Gildan Activewear in connection with its acquisition of the American Apparel brand through a Section 363 asset sale transaction
  • Ascribe Capital, Goldman Sachs and Brookfield Asset Management in connection with Emeco Group’s deleveraging, recapitalization and merger transactions with Orionstone and Andy’s Earthmovers implemented through an Australian scheme of arrangement and U.S. Chapter 15 proceeding
  • Ascribe Capital and Ares Capital Management in connection with Boart Longyear’s deleveraging and recapitalization transaction implemented through two Australian schemes of arrangement and Chapter 15 proceeding
  • Platinum Equity and an ad hoc group of noteholders, including Silverpoint, Whitebox, Goldman Sachs SSG and Contrarian Capital in connection with Key Energy’s prepackaged Chapter 11
  • Macquarie Bank Limited, Centerbridge Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investments Board in connection with their acquisition and subsequent sale of Pocahontas Parkway, a Virginia toll road
  • RBS in connection with the restructuring of GulfMark Offshore, Inc.
  • The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Dendreon Corporation
  • Remy International in its prepackaged Chapter 11 reorganization
  • Smarte Carte in its prepackaged Chapter 11 reorganization
  • America Online Latin America in its Chapter 11 reorganization
  • Oneida Ltd. in its prenegotiated Chapter 11 reorganization
  • Avenue Capital and DDJ Capital Management in connection with the 363 credit bid acquisition of  Milacron Inc.

Michael is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States. Chambers USA most recently noted that “Michael is ‘brilliant, very smart and has a great ability to find solutions.’ Clients also appreciate that he is ‘forward-looking and thoughtful.’ He is a respected practitioner who frequently advises on complex restructuring mandates.” He has also been ranked by Chambers Global and was recognized by The M&A Advisor as one of the top “40 under 40” M&A, financing and turnaround professionals in 2010 and by Turnarounds & Workouts as one of 12 “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” in 2009 and 2010. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and Turnaround Management Association.

Michael received his J.D. in 1997 from Osgoode Hall Law School and his B.A. in 1993 from the University of Western Ontario. He is admitted to practice in New York. 

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