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Adam L. Shpeen


Deep experience on a wide variety of large and complex corporate restructuring and liability management matters, representing debtors, creditors and other parties.

Adam has substantial experience on many of the largest corporate restructurings and bankruptcies of the past decade. He has represented debtors, creditors and other strategic parties in bankruptcies, out-of-court workouts, liability management transactions, debt exchanges, direct lending transactions, DIP and exit financings, litigation, cross-border insolvencies and section 363 sales.

Petition named Adam a “Rising Star of 2023” and the American Bankruptcy Institute named him among “40 Under 40” emerging leaders in insolvency for 2022. The Turnaround Management Association recognized his work in the Murray Energy bankruptcy, which TMA named “Mega Company Turnaround/Transaction of the Year” in 2021.

Adam has published numerous articles on restructuring and is a member of the Bankruptcy Strategist editorial board and the New York City Bar’s bankruptcy committee. He serves on the Junior Advisory Board of Her Justice and is a leader of the UJA NextGen Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group. 

Experience highlights

  • Ad hoc group in-court representations include ConvergeOne, Air Methods, Diebold Nixdorf, Party City, Basic Energy Services, Cineworld, Superior Energy Services, Murray Energy, VIP Cinema, Fusion Connect, Dixie Electric (d/b/a Expanse Energy Solutions), Nine West, C&J Energy Services and Essar Steel Algoma
  • Ad hoc group representations in connection with liability management, amendment and exchange transactions includes Mold-Rite Plastics, NAI Entertainment, Lumen Technologies, Diebold Nixdorf, Peabody Energy, Save A Lot, Murray Energy, Key Energy Services, Denbury Resources, Synchronoss Technologies and multiple nonpublic situations
  • Debtor representations include TerraVia, Bonanza Creek Energy, James River Coal Company, Patriot Coal and Pinnacle Airlines
  • Counsel to senior bank agent (including pre-petition, DIP and exit facilities) in Bed Bath & Beyond, Pacific Gas & Electric and other matters
  • Counsel to Delta Air Lines in connection with the chapter 11 proceedings of LATAM Airlines and strategic investment in Wheels Up
  • Counsel to the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten and the foreign representative of ENNIA Caribe Holding N.V. in historic chapter 15 proceedings
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Petition – “Rising Star,” 2023

Turnarounds & Workouts – “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer,” 2023

UJA-Federation of New York – “James H. Fogelson Emerging Leadership Award,” 2023

American Bankruptcy Institute – “40 Under 40,” 2022


J.D., Columbia Law School
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Simon H. Rifkind Prize
  • Tony Patino Fellow
  • Editor in Chief, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
B.A., Government, Dartmouth College
  • magna cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2012
  • Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps, 2007-2009

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
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