Nancy Mitchell


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Nancy A. Mitchell advises debtors, acquirers, and creditors on complex restructurings, workouts, and Chapter 11 proceedings, drawing on more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer and an investment banker. 

Nancy has counseled clients on some of the largest and most complex bankruptcies and restructurings, including ad hoc bondholders in General Motors and AbitibiBowater, and Satélites Mexicanos in its chapter 11 reorganization, as well as her ongoing representation of Puerto Rico government agencies in the largest in-court restructuring in US history.


Corporate & Government Experience

  • Executive Director, CIBC World Market Corp.

Honors & Awards

  • Global M&A Network, “USA: Top Women Dealmakers,” 2020
  • Turnarounds & Workouts, “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers,” 2020
  • Law360, Bankruptcy MVP, 2019
  • Recommended in Restructuring & Insolvency by Who's Who Legal , 2019
  • Crain’s New York Business, Leading Women Lawyers in New York City, 2018
  • New York Law Journal, “Distinguished Leaders,” 2018
  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2007-2018
  • Chambers USA and Chambers Global, 2005-2008 and 2019-2020, 2011-2020
  • The Legal 500 United States, 2012-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2007-2020
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards, “Best in Insolvency & Restructuring,” (Shortlisted) 2016-2018
  • Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • Euromoney’s Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, “Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law,” 2014 and 2017
  • Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Awards, “Top 100: Restructuring & Turnaround Professionals,” 2014, 2016


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central, Southern, and Northern Districts of California, New York, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern District of Michigan, and District of Colorado
  • US Court of Appeals, First, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits


  • University of Michigan, J.D., 1987: cum laude; Contributing Editor, The Michigan Law Review
  • Indiana University, B.A., English and History, 1984

Professional Activities


  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute


Debtor-Side Representations

  • Aviation
    • Aerospace Holdings, Inc. in the restructuring of its debt and the company’s recapitalization.
  • Franchise & Distribution
    • Midas, Inc. in a $172.5 million out-of-court refinancing.
    • Syntax-Brillian as a debtor in its Chapter 11 case.
    • Backyard Burgers in its Chapter 11 case.
  • Health Care 
    • Liberty Healthcare Group as a debtor in its Chapter 11 case.
    • Chem Rx Corp. as a debtor in its Chapter 11 case.
    • TestAmerica Corporation in its restructuring.
  • Hospitality  
    • Ultimate Escapes, Inc. in its Chapter 11 case.
    • Last Call Guarantor, LLC and several affiliates, the owners of Fox & Hound and Champps Kitchen & Bar restaurant chains, in its Chapter 11 case
    • D + W Fine Pack in its out-of-court restructuring, which involved the sales of divisions, corporate governance issues, and the restructuring of the bank debt. The matter resulted in an out-of-court restructuring of the company’s balance sheet.
  • Manufacturing, Retail, and Agriculture
    • Allens, Inc. as a debtor in its Chapter 11 filing and subsequent sale of the company.
    • Nature Sweet/Zona Acquisition Company, LLC in its purchase of Eurofresh assets out of Chapter 11.
    • Atlantis Plastics as a debtor in its Chapter 11 case.
    • Stant Corporation as a debtor in its Chapter 11 case.
    • Goldman Industrial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries as debtors in connection with a Chapter 11 filing and subsequent sales of assets.
    • Optima Specialty Steel as a debtor in its Chapter 11 case.
  • Municipal 
    • Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority in debt restructuring under PROMESA.
    • City of Hartford, Connecticut, as restructuring counsel.
  • Sports and Entertainment
    • Indiana Downs, LLC as a debtor in its Chapter 11 case
    • GameTech International, Inc. and its affiliates as debtors in their Chapter 11 cases.
    • SFX Entertainment Inc. and several affiliates, an electronic dance music festival promoter, in its Chapter 11 cases
  • Technology
    • Satélites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. in its restructuring and prepackaged plan 
    • MIG, Inc. as a debtor in its Chapter 11 case.
    • FriendFinder Networks Inc. as a debtor in its Chapter 11 case

Creditor-Side Representations

  • Energy  
    • Gordon Brothers Finance Company in its pre-petition revolver and equipment term loan to JW Resources, Inc. and its affiliates, a coal company located in Kentucky and Tennessee.
  • Finance  
    • Elliott Management Corp. as a member of the creditors committee in the Lehman Brothers’ Chapter 11 case.
    • Unsecured Creditors Committee in the Chapter 11 case of Conseco Finance Company.
  • Hospitality  
    • Textron Financial in connection with its investment in Westgate Resorts, LLC.
  • Manufacturing, Retail and Agriculture
    • Certain bondholders in the Chapter 11 filing of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation.
    • Certain bondholders in the Chapter 11 filing of AbitibiBowater.
    • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Werner Ladder Corp.’s Chapter 11 case.
    • SportsDirect in the restructuring of Eastern Outfitters LLC
  • Real Estate
    • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a creditor in General Growth Properties’ Chapter 11 filing.
  • Shipping  
    • Wells Fargo in a US$120 million DIP commitment for The Holt Group, Inc.
  • Technology  
    • Bayside Capital in the Protocol Communications, Inc. Chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Transportation 
    • Certain bondholders in the General Motors Corp. Chapter 11 filing.

Investor Representations

  • Manufacturing, Retail and Agriculture 
    • Bayside Capital in its investment in Aluminum Shapes.
    • Allied Capital Corporation in restructuring its investment in Jakel, Inc.
    • Allied Capital Corporation in its investment in Ace Products.
    • Goldman Industrial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries as debtors in a Chapter 11 filing and subsequent sales of assets.
    • Gibson Guitar in its purchase of the assets of Baldwin Piano & Organ out of a Chapter 11.
    • H.I.G. Capital in its investment in Personal Optics and its investment in Rennhack Marketing Services.
    • Salus Capital Partners in the restructuring of its loan to Frederick’s of Hollywood
    • Salus Capital Partners in its pre-petition and debtor-in-possession financing to Anna’s Linens.
  • Hospitality  
    • Ultimate Resorts in its acquisition of the Tanner & Haley assets out of Chapter 11.
  • Transportation  
    • Equity owner in the Venture Industries Chapter 11 case.

Public Finance

  • Energy  
    • Bondholders as both a legal and financial advisor in the restructuring of municipal bonds in several paper recycling facilities including the American Fiber Resources facility.
  • Transportation
    • City of Chicago in the United Airlines Chapter 11 case.
    • City of Chicago in the American Airlines Chapter 11 case. 

In the News

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December 4, 2019

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February 1, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle: Newsom Asks PG&E Bankruptcy Judge to Include Customers, Employees

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Crain’s New York Business: Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Law

December 31, 2018

Law360: MVP: O’Melveny’s John Rapisardi

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New York Law Journal: Distinguished Leader: Nancy Mitchell

October 4, 2018

The Bankruptcy Strategist: ON THE MOVE

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