Steven Z. Szanzer
  1. Counsel

Mr. Szanzer is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Restructuring Group. He represents debtors and creditors in connection with large chapter 11 cases, restructurings, workouts, ancillary/cross-border insolvency cases, foreign restructurings, chapter 7 cases, commercial transactions and lending arrangements. He also serves clients across a wide array of industries, including financial, grocery, energy, retail, shipping, space and telecommunications, manufacturing, recycling and waste handling equipment, automotive, airline, cable and broadcasting, gambling, resort, medical supplies, healthcare, senior care, pharmaceutical, chemical, and project finance.

In addition, Mr. Szanzer has acted as counsel to chapter 11 debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, official and ad hoc committees of creditors, investors, borrowers, agents for lender syndicates, indenture trustees, special servicers, large debt holders, acquirers of assets of distressed companies, plan sponsors, plan administrators, purchasers and sellers of claims against chapter 11 debtors, landlords, and financial and other consultants.


  • Turnaround Atlas Awards:
    • “Turnaround of the Year” (Tervita recapitalization and restructuring), 2017
    •  “Corporate Turnaround of the Year” (CJ Energy reorganization), 2017

Of Note

  • Co-Author, “Trading Places: Enron and Transferee Liability Under Section 502(d) and 510(c) of the Bankruptcy Code, Bloomberg Corporate Law Journal, Summer 2006

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2016
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, 2009-2016

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

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


  • B.A., Economics, University of Maryland, 1997
    • Golden Key National Economic Honor Society
    • Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economic Honor Society
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • summa cum laude
  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2000
    • Member, Fordham Urban Law Journal