Sean O’Neal

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Liberty Street 1
New York 10006 NY US

Sean A. O’Neal is partner of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Sean O’Neal’s practice focuses on corporate restructuring, insolvency, bankruptcy, and related litigation matters. Sean O’Neal joined the firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2009.

He regularly assists corporate debtors, creditors, investors, financial counterparties, and other interested parties in bankruptcy-related transactions, out-of-court workouts, and liability management transactions. Sean also works with investors in purchasing assets from, or making investments in, distressed companies. He frequently advises clients on creditors’ rights, debt instruments, prepackaged bankruptcies, loan-to-own strategies, debtor-in-possession financing, exit financing, Chapter 11 rights offerings, forbearance arrangements, and other matters.

In addition, Sean represents tenants and tenant associations on a pro bono basis in landlord bankruptcy cases, serves on the board of directors of Brooklyn Community and Housing Services, and is the chair of the board of trustees of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.


  • ESL Investments Inc., as largest creditor and shareholder of Sears Holdings Corp., in its Chapter 11 proceedings and related matters.
  • Lion Point Capital, as DIP lender, in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Suniva Inc. and related litigation.
  • Punjab National Bank (PNB), India’s second-largest government-owned bank, in the Firestar Diamond Jewelry and Samuels Jewelry Chapter 11 cases relating to a $2 billion fraud in which PNB was the primary victim.
  • Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority in a restructuring involving $9 billion in debt and litigation challenging Puerto Rico’s Public Corporation Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act.
  • A group of bondholders in a liability management transaction involving 2017 and 2018 notes issued by Toys “R” Us.


  • Tulane Law School, J.D., 2000
  • Centenary College of Louisiana, B.A., 1991


  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court


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