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Josh Sturm


Represents clients in restructurings, asset sales and bankruptcy litigation.

Josh represents creditors, debtors, purchasers and other strategic parties in restructurings, asset sales, and bankruptcy litigation.

He also advises on matters relating to investments in distressed businesses and has significant experience litigating bankruptcy appeals.

Experience highlights

  • Revlon
  • Invenergy (Ector)
  • Fieldwood Energy
  • California Resources
  • Murray Energy
  • Aeroméxico (chapter 11)
Asset Purchasers
  • KPS Capital Partners stalking horse bid for Garrett Motion

Before joining Davis Polk, Josh’s representations included:

  • PG&E - represented Baupost
  • Energy Future - represented Elliot Management
  • Global A&T Electronics - noteholder group
  • NewPage/Verso - represented term lender group 
  • Nortel Networks - represented unsecured creditors committee 
  • Gawker Media
  • Kaisa Group (chapter 15)
Asset Purchasers
  • Key Food Stores successful stalking horse bid for 23 A&P grocery stores
Bankruptcy Appellate Litigation
  • Tribune - SDNY and Second Circuit rulings establishing scope of Bankruptcy Code securities safe harbor and international fraudulent transfer standard
  • Momentive - Second Circuit ruling regarding cramdown interest rates and enforceability of make-whole provisions
Supreme Court Bankruptcy Cases
  • Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank 
  • Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison
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J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Economics and History, Yeshiva University
  • summa cum laude

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2020
  • Counsel, Ropes & Gray, 2017-2020
  • Associate, Ropes & Gray, 2013-2017
  • Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, 2008-2013
  • Associate, Cravath Swaine & Moore, 2006-2008

Qualifications and admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • State of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
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