Daniel S. Shamah


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Daniel S. Shamah advises financial institutions, private equity sponsors, hedge funds and public and private companies in a wide array of restructuring, bankruptcy, and insolvency cases, focusing his practice on contested bankruptcy proceedings, lender liability, fraudulent conveyances, complex commercial litigation, and other distressed debt investment situations. Daniel regularly represents private equity firms and other financial institutions in claims brought by litigation trustees arising out of their former portfolio companies and other investments. He also has deep experience advising companies and financial institutions in cross-border insolvency and chapter 15 cases.

Daniel is an effective litigator who is comfortable handling disputes surrounding the most complex commercial and financial instruments across a broad range of industries and practice areas. Drawing on his broad base of skill sets—from core litigation to core restructuring—he crafts cutting-edge financial solutions and helps his clients address the legal fallout when transactions and deals go awry.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyer Business Litigation & Bankruptcy, Law & Politics Media Inc. (2018)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500, Finance - Corporate Restructuring (including bankruptcy) (2018)
  • Rising Star for Business Litigation & Bankruptcy, Law & Politics Media Inc. (2014-2017)
  • Mentioned Lawyer, Finance: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): Corporate, Legal500 (2016)


Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • US District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


  • Georgetown University, J.D.: cum laude; Lead Articles Editor, The Tax Lawyer
  • Columbia University, A.B., English Literature: cum laude; with distinction 

Professional Activities


  • Honorable Martin Glenn, US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York


  • “The How, What and Why of a Potential PG&E Bankruptcy,” New York Law Journal (January 2019)
  • “Password Theft: Rethinking an Old Crime in a New Era,” 12 Mich. Telecomm. Tech. L. Rev. 335 (2006)
  • “Better Watch Your Assets in Bankruptcy Sales,” Financier Worldwide, co-author (March 2014)


  • “Securities Law Issues Affecting Chapter 11 Reorganization," Collier Guide to Chapter 11: Key Topics and Selected Industries, Spring 2013 Colliers on Bankruptcy, 15th Edition


  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Debtor Experience

  • Represents Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority in its historic restructuring of over $9 billion in debt. One of lead lawyers opposing efforts by certain creditors to lift the automatic stay to get a receiver appointed.
  • Represents Verso Corporation in its chapter 11 cases, successfully leading negotiations over a litigation protocol to avoid protracted and complex litigation at the outset of the bankruptcy cases over intercompany agreement.
  • Represents Cal Dive Corporation in its chapter 11 cases, successfully litigating several disputes, including overcoming an objection to DIP financing and defeating a motion to appoint an official committee of maritime class lienholders.
  • Acted as one of the lead lawyers representing joint provisional liquidators in obtaining recognition under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code of a Cayman provisional liquidation proceeding. Led the strategy in defeating an objection to recognition and a motion to transfer venue. Took the lead on coordinating and preparing discovery, briefing, trial, and post-trial briefing. In re Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., 520 B.R. 399 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2014).
  • Represented a large fashion house in a section 363 sale and subsequent wind-down.