Michael H. Torkin

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Michael H. Torkin

Michael H. Torkin

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Biography

Michael Torkin is a Partner in the Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Michael’s broad restructuring practice involves representing companies in out-of-court recapitalization and deleveraging transactions, debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, corporate acquirers of distressed businesses and hedge fund and private equity fund clients in connection with special situation investments. During his career, Michael has been involved in restructuring matters across the globe including Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Israel, Argentina, Brazil, The Netherlands and Australia.

Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, Michael’s practice included the representation of:

* Eastman Kodak Company in connection with its Chapter 11 reorganization, including the disposition of its intellectual property portfolio and the resolution of its legacy retiree obligations
* TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global in connection with SunEdison’s financial distress and ultimate Chapter 11 proceeding
* CPPIB in connection with the restructuring and recapitalization of RGL Reservoir Management Inc.
* AT&T in connection with its acquisition of Nextel Mexico in a Section 363 share sale transaction
* Gildan Activewear in connection with its acquisition of the American Apparel brand through a Section 363 asset sale transaction
* Ascribe Capital, Goldman Sachs and Brookfield Asset Management in connection with Emeco Group’s deleveraging, recapitalization and merger transactions with Orionstone and Andy’s Earthmovers implemented through an Australian scheme of arrangement and U.S. Chapter 15 proceeding
* Ascribe Capital and Ares Capital Management in connection with Boart Longyear’s deleveraging and recapitalization transaction implemented through two Australian schemes of arrangement and Chapter 15 proceeding
* Platinum Equity and an ad hoc group of noteholders, including Silverpoint, Whitebox, Goldman Sachs SSG and Contrarian Capital in connection with Key Energy’s prepackaged Chapter 11
* Macquarie Bank Limited, Centerbridge Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investments Board in connection with their acquisition and subsequent sale of Pocahontas Parkway, a Virginia toll road
* RBS in connection with the restructuring of GulfMark Offshore, Inc.
* The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Dendreon Corporation
* Remy International in its prepackaged Chapter 11 reorganization
* Smarte Carte in its prepackaged Chapter 11 reorganization
* America Online Latin America in its Chapter 11 reorganization
* Oneida Ltd. in its prenegotiated Chapter 11 reorganization
* Avenue Capital and DDJ Capital Management in connection with the 363 credit bid acquisition of Milacron Inc.

Michael has been ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States. He also has been recognized by The M&A Advisor as one of the top “40 under 40” M&A, financing and turnaround professionals in 2010 and by Turnarounds & Workouts as one of 12 “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” in 2009 and 2010. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and Turnaround Management Association.

Michael received his J.D. in 1997 from Osgoode Hall Law School and his B.A. in 1993 from the University of Western Ontario. He is admitted to practice in New York.

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Education
J.D.
Class of 1997

Osgoode Hall Law School is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the oldest law school in Ontario, and is one of the professional faculties at York University. Osgoode Hall Law School is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in Canada by Maclean's Magazine, ranking second among common-law schools in 2011 and 2012. Named after the first Chief Justice of Ontario, William Osgoode, the law school was established by The Law Society of Upper Canada in 1889. The school was at the centre of the debates over the principles of modern legal education in the 1950s. Osgoode Hall Law School provided many of the founding members of the bar in the prairie provinces. Today, the law school offers a professional degree in law that is accepted for bar admission in every province in Canada with the exception of Quebec, as well as the American States of Massachusetts and New York. Osgoode has three joint degree programs, as well as Canada's largest graduate program in law. Osgoode Hall Law School has adopted the Juris Doctor degree designation which has replaced their previous Bachelor of Laws designation. The law school is home to the Law Reform Commission of Ontario, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the German Law Journal, and the largest law library in the Commonwealth. Osgoode Hall Law School students may participate in a number of clinical and intensive programs, including the Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP), the Poverty Law Intensive at Parkdale Community Legal Services, the Criminal Law Intensive, the Innocence Project, and the Osgoode Business Clinic.[5] According to the Official Guide to Canadian Law Schools, Osgoode Hall Law School has the most extensive range of clinical programs in Canada. The primary student government at Osgoode is the Legal and Literary Society. Osgoode Hall Law School is particularly known for its leading role in the areas of constitutional law, the Charter and human rights, and international law. (Peter Hogg, Brian Slattery, Patrick J. Monahan, Jean-Gabriel Castel) Some of the world's most important legal scholars teach at Osgoode, including Leslie Green who holds the University of Oxford's statutory Chair in Philosophy of Law. Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former judge at the Supreme Court of Canada, Louise Arbour taught at, and later became the associate dean of, Osgoode Hall Law School.

B.A.
Class of 1993

The University of Western Ontario, which is commonly referred to among Canadian universities as Western, is a public research university located in London, Ontario, Canada. The university's main campus covers 455 hectares (1,120 acres) of land, with the Thames River running through the eastern portion. The university was founded on 7 March 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth of the Anglican Diocese of Huron as "The Western University of London Ontario." It incorporated Huron University College, which had been founded in 1863.

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ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes more 12,600 attorneys, auctioneers, bankers, judges, lenders, professors, turnaround specialists, accountants and other bankruptcy professionals providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information.

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Turnaround Management Association (TMA) is a non-profit association dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management. Established in 1988, TMA has more than 9,000 members in 48 chapters, including 31 in North America and one each in Australia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Romania, Southern Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, with a chapter in formation in Singapore.The TMA Certification Program recognizes professional excellence and provides an objective measure of expertise related to workouts, restructurings and corporate renewal. Applicants for certification must meet stringent standards of education, experience and professional conduct, pass a comprehensive examination and maintain the credential through continuing education credits.

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INSOL International is a world-wide federation of national associations of accountants and lawyers who specialise in turnaround and insolvency. There are currently over 44 Member Associations with over 9,000 professionals participating as members of INSOL International. Individuals who are not members of a member association join as individual members. INSOL also has ancillary groups that represent the judiciary, regulators, lenders and academics. These groups play an invaluable role within INSOL and provide valuable forums for discussions of mutual problems. INSOL was formed in 1982 and has grown in stature to become the leading insolvency association in the world. It is a valuable source of professional knowledge, which is being put to use around the world on diverse projects to the benefit of the business and financial communities.

Career History
Partner
Current

Sullivan & Cromwell provides legal advisory services to financial, healthcare, insurance, real estate, energy, other sectors.

Partner
Current

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

Partner
Prior

Shearman & Sterling LLP provides legal services. It is engaged in the mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, project development and finance, complex business litigation & international arbitration, asset management, and taxation areas. The company was founded by Thomas Shearman and John Sterling in 1873 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Member of Executive Committee, Bankruptcy & Reorganization Group
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UJA-Federation of New York cares for those in need, rescues those in harm's way, and renews and strengthens the Jewish people in New York, in Israel, and around the world. Funds raised by UJA-Federation sustain the activities of health, human-service, educational, and community agencies. Every day, these community-based organizations provide a multitude of services that improve and enhance people's lives.

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Enstar Group Ltd., Enstar Holdings (US) LLC purchase BorgWarner Morse TEC LLC from BorgWarner, Inc.

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Gildan Activewear, Inc. purchases American Apparel LLC /American Apparel Brand from American Apparel, Inc.

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SQBG, Inc., Global Brands Group Holding Ltd. purchase Joe's Jeans, Inc. /Retail Store Asset Ops from Centric Brands, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New York Bar
Events
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New York City, NY
17th Annual Distressed Investing Conference – Maximizing Profits in the Distressed Debt Market

The Year in Review  The Effects of Dodd-Frank on Restructuring  Strategies for Bondholders: Recent Trends & New Mistakes  Buying Opportunities in Distressed Banks  Successful Turnarounds in the New World Order  Investment Bankers’ Roundtable  Commercial Real Estate Update  Late Breaking News  Investors’ Roundtable

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