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Kirpalani, Susheel

Susheel Kirpalani

Partner

  Biography

Susheel Kirpalani is a partner and Chairperson of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group. Susheel’s notable representations include: serving as the Court-appointed Examiner and Mediator in Dynegy, representing the statutory creditors’ committees in RadioShack, SemGroup and Sentinel, serving as conflicts counsel to estate fiduciaries in Lehman Brothers, NII International, NewPage, Idearc, Washington Mutual, and Solutia, representing boards of directors, such as that of Lukoil Americas Corp., and representing the equity sponsors in Sabine Oil & Gas, LyondellBasell, and Sbarro. Susheel also has broad experience in international insolvencies, leading the firm’s engagements for the Hong Kong-based private equity owner of Fisker Automotive in connection with an auction and litigation relating to competitive bid for the debtors’ assets by U.S.-based affiliate of Chinese company Wanxiang, for OGX, OSXand OAS in U.S. aspects of their Brazil judicial recovery proceedings, for Dubai World in drafting Dubai’s bankruptcy legislation for public decree companies, and for the Joint Liquidators of the Kingate Global and Euro Funds in the SIPC proceeding against Bernard L. Madoff ‘s defunct firm. In municipal restructurings, Susheel represented Syncora Guarantee in Jefferson County’s Chapter 9 case and currently leads the firm’s engagement for an ad hoc group of COFINA Bondholders stemming from Puerto Rico’s financial crisis. In connection with the Puerto Rico matter, Susheel testified before Congress regarding the fairness of the restructuring title of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which was ultimately enacted into law. Susheel’s established reputation for creativity and advocacy in creditors’ rights against companies tainted by fraud include such historic cases as Enron Corp. and Refco Group Ltd.

In 2013, The American Lawyer honored Susheel as “Dealmaker of the Year” for his work as Examiner and Mediator in Dynegy. He has been recognized by The Deal as one of eight attorneys “poised to become significant figures in the bars of cities ranging from Houston to Paris,” and also by Law360 as one of the ten most admired bankruptcy attorneys in the country. Chambers USA ranks Susheel in Band One, describing him as “very creative, aggressive and hard-working” and “a tremendous courtroom advocate.” Expert Guides named Susheel one of the “Top 30 most pre-eminent Insolvency Lawyers in America in 2012.” He is a recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of New York’s esteemed Litigation Achievement Award and is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Susheel is a frequent lecturer and panelist across the country on topics relating to financial crisis litigation, distressed investing, and bankruptcy. He is a regular guest speaker at NYU School of Law’s seminar in advanced bankruptcy taught by former bankruptcy chief judge, Arthur Gonzalez. Susheel is a member of the Dean’s Planning Council of Fordham University School of Law, where he has created a full-tuition scholarship for public service, and is involved in various charitable endeavors.

Susheel received his J.D. in 1994 from Fordham University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Queens College. He is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of New York as well as several federal circuit courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

  Education

  • Fordham University School of Law
    (J.D., 1994)
    • Dean's List (all years)
    • Fordham Law Review:
      • Associate Editor 1993-1994

  • Queens College
    (B.A., Economics 1991)
    • Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society)

  Admissions

The State Bar of New York; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals: Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Sixth Circuit; United States District Court: Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York

  Prior Associations

  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, New York:
    • Partner, 2001-2006
    • Associate, 1998-2001

  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP
    • Associate, 1994-1998

  Awards

  • Ranked in Band 1 for New York and Nationwide Bankruptcy/Restructuring Litigation, Chambers USA
  • Named a 2006-2018 "Super Lawyer" for Bankruptcy, Creditor Debtor Rights, Business Litigation by SuperLawyers Magazine. 
  • Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, 2nd Circuit - Class XXVI (2015)
  • Recognized by The American Lawyer as a 2013 “Dealmaker of the Year.”
  • Recognized by Law360 as a “Bankruptcy MVP” in 2018 and 2012.
  • Named one of the “Top 30 most pre-eminent Insolvency Lawyers in America in 2012” by Expert Guides, the Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers.
  • Named two years in a row by Turnarounds & Workouts as among the “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” (nationally, from all bankruptcy practitioners under 40).
  • Recognized in Chambers USA’s “America’s Leading Lawyers For Business.”
  • Listed in the K&A Register Of The Leading Bankruptcy And Financial Restructuring Lawyers And Financial Advisors In The United States.
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in 2012.
  • Listed by The Deal Magazine in 2009 as one of the future leaders of the bankruptcy bar “from Houston to Paris.”