Ronit Berkovich is a partner in Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department and is based in New York. Ms. Berkovich represents debtors, creditors, lenders, investors, and acquirers of assets in all aspects of distressed situations. She has served as debtors’ counsel in several of the largest and most significant chapter 11 cases in history, including General Motors, Lehman Brothers, WorldCom/MCI, and Takata.
She also has extensive experience representing large and mid-market companies in prepackaged chapter 11 cases, out-of-court workouts, and international restructurings in a variety of industries and has provided advisory services to Fortune 500 companies and other companies on corporate structuring strategies.
Ms. Berkovich actively lectures on various topics relating to restructuring (including for organizations such as the Practising Law Institute, Bloomberg Law, the American Bar Association, the American Bar Institute, and Columbia Law School), taught legal research and writing at Harvard Law School for two years, and taught a seminar in economics at Harvard College.
She is the co-editor of the Weil Bankruptcy Blog and has also written extensively, including articles published in The Banking Law Journal, The American University Law Review, Real Estate Finance, and the Harvard Law School Bankruptcy Roundtable.
Ms. Berkovich serves as co-Chair of [email protected] in New York, on TOWER (Taskforce on Women’s Engagement and Retention) and on Weil’s Hiring Committee. She is also active in her community.
Among other things, she is a member of its Lawyers Executive Committee and Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group of the UJA Federation of New York and co-chaired its Next Generation Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group for several years.
In 2013 she received the James H. Fogelson Emerging Leadership Award from the UJA Federation of New York. She is also on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Harvard Association for Law and Business.
- Takata: represented Takata, a Japan-based automotive parts supplier subject to massive mass tort liabilities and other creditor claims, in its global restructuring, including the chapter 11 cases of its U.S. and Mexican entities and the ultimate $1.6 billion sale to Key Safety Systems
- GulfMark Offshore: represented GulfMark Offshore, a provider of offshore support vessels to oil and gas companies, in its prearranged chapter 11 restructuring of roughly $730 million in total debt
- Basic Energy: represented Basic Energy Services Inc., a Texas-based oilfield services company, in its prepackaged chapter 11 case to restructure $1.1 billion in debt
- Confidential Representations: several confidential representations of Fortune 500 and other large companies in connection with corporate restructuring and ring-fencing liabilities
- Foxwoods: represented Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the owner of Foxwoods Resort Casino, in the successful out-of-court restructuring of $2.3 billion in debt obligations
- General Motors Korea/General Motors: represented General Motors as the largest creditor and equity holder of General Motors Korea, a joint venture with the state-owned Korean Development Bank, in connection with the restructuring and potential bankruptcy of General Motors Korea
- University of Virginia (B.A., with distinction, 1997)
- Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2001)
- Eastern District New York
- New York State
- Southern District New York
- US Court of Appeals 3rd Cir.
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