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Thomas is widely recognized as one of the leading bankruptcy attorneys in the United States.
As Global Head of White & Case’s Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice, he has played a pivotal role in the restructuring of more than US$100 billion of debt, in some of the largest and most complex restructurings in history.
This significant track record has made Thomas a go-to lawyer for clients involved in the toughest and most challenging of bankruptcies. He combines a deep understanding, based on more than 30 years’ experience, of the underlying legal principles, with a willingness to develop new and creative solutions and then to take on the difficult litigation challenges that often come into play in the insolvency arena.
Thomas’ reputation, as a legal innovator, a thoughtful strategist and a tenacious champion of his clients’ interests, has attracted a host of respected and well-known strategic and financial investors as regular clients on complex insolvency matters.
Undaunted by scale or complexity, Thomas’ robust representation is based both on his strengths as a strategist and negotiator and his acclaimed leadership skills. Noted by Chambers Global for his reputation as a “strong commander”, Thomas is adept at coordinating advice across multiple offices, to provide clients with clear yet creative solutions to technically intricate, multijurisdictional problems.
Among his numerous high-profile and award-winning deals, Thomas advised the investment group that bought the Texas Rangers baseball team from bankruptcy, acted as lead counsel to the creditors who won ownership of Six Flags Inc. following the company’s bankruptcy, and represented a group of creditors who opposed the US government’s section 363 sale of Chrysler. Thomas was singled out by the Financial Times in its 2010 list of ‘US Innovative Lawyers’ for his work on these matters.
Thomas also led the restructuring of the Central European Distribution Corporation, a deal that won “Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (over US$1 billion)” award at the 2014 M&A Advisor Distressed Investing Summit, where he also won the “M&A Advisor’s 2014 Leadership Award.”
A respected authority on restructuring matters, Thomas is a prolific speaker and author on related topics such as comparative insolvency law systems, enterprise valuation, cross-border restructuring, liquidating plans and alternative dispute resolution procedures. Leading publications seek his opinion regarding restructuring issues of national and international interest and the rehabilitation strategies of distressed companies.
Last upadated October 2018