Luc A. Despins
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
Park Avenue Tower
75 East 55th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10022
212-319-4090 (firm fax)
Luc Despins is Chairman of the Financial Restructuring Group, and is resident in the firm's New York office. Mr. Despins has extensive experience in representing debtors and creditors in significant international bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings. His experience also includes representation of acquirers of assets from chapter 11 debtors. Mr. Despins' recent engagements include the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Refco, Inc.; the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Enron Corp.; the agent for secured lenders in Adelphia Communications; Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V., L&H Holdings USA, Inc. and Dictaphone Corporation (counsel to chapter 11 debtors); Fruit of the Loom, Inc. (counsel to chapter 11 debtor); the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Safety-Kleen Corporation; the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of ICO Global Communications Services, Inc.; the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Semi-Tech Corporation, et al.; the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of ATC Group Services, Inc.; the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Dyersburg Corporation; and many others.
Mr. Despins has been recognized on several occasions by trade publications as one of the leading financial restructuring lawyers in the nation, including on the following instances: The American Lawyer’s "Top 45 Under 45" [for all practice areas] (January 2003); Turnarounds and Workouts' Special Report: [Top Ten] Outstanding Bankruptcy Lawyers 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005; the 2002-2003 edition of Chambers' "The World's Leading Lawyers"; and The Best Lawyers in America, among others. Mr. Despins is listed in the K&A Register of the Leading Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Lawyers and Financial Advisors in the United States and has been featured in numerous publications for his leading role in major bankruptcies. Mr. Despins is a graduate of Harvard Law School where he earned his LLM (Viscount Bennett Scholar).
EDITORIAL REVIEWLenders and other creditors tied to Enron, Refco, Adelphia and Safety-Kleen Corp. harkened to Despins' counsel
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