Michael H. 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
- 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
- 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
- The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Dendreon Corporation
- America Online Latin America in its 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.
- Osgoode Hall Law School, 1997 J.D.
- University of Western Ontario, 1993 B.A.
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- Turnaround Management Association
Admissions : New York 1999
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