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Ronald J. Silverman


As of November 24, 2014 practicing with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Ronald J. Silverman is recognized by Best Lawyers in America (2006–2014), and he is included in the Expert Guides to the World’s Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers (2007–2014). Ron is also recognized by Chambers USA (2010–2011) as a leading lawyer in bankruptcy/restructuring and by Chambers Global (2012) as a leading lawyer in bankruptcy/restructuring. He represents financial institutions and commercial enterprises in complex financial and commercial transactions, creditors’ rights matters, and litigation throughout the United States and abroad. Ron has extensive experience in a wide range of transactions and creditors’ rights matters, including international restructurings, debtor-in-possession financing, aviation and energy restructurings, distressed mergers and acquisitions, out-of-court workouts, reorganization and liquidation proceedings, and related litigation.

Ron is the Vice President for International Affairs of the American Bankruptcy Institute and is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, having taught a seminar on international insolvency.


  • Counsel to bondholders in multinational restructuring proceedings of Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd., a multinational solar company
  • Counsel to bondholders in Euro 350 million Chapter 15 case restructuring of European telecom Invitel
  • Counsel to $850 million DIP Facility lenders and Credit Bid Sale acquisition company in Chapter 11 case of ATP Oil & Gas, a Gulf of Mexico, North Sea and Offshore Israel Deepwater E&P company
  • Counsel to Evergreen Solar as Chapter 11 Debtor in Chapter 11 case of multinational solar company
  • Counsel to bondholders in Euro1.2 billion Chapter 15 Case restructuring of European telecom Wind Hellas
  • Counsel to a prominent hedge fund in the 363 acquisition of Capmark Financial’s Japanese securitization servicer business
  • Counsel to the $1 billion Noteholder Group in the successful out-of-court restructuring of Allied Capital Corporation
  • Counsel to the Senior Lenders in the successful out-of-court restructuring of Alon Energy USA’s Krotz Springs refinery business
  • Counsel to the Second Lien Lenders in the successful out-of-court restructuring and sale of Beryl Oil and Gas, a Gulf of Mexico E&P company
  • Counsel to the Senior Lenders in the successful out-of-court restructuring of Dominion Petroleum Ltd., a U.K.-listed company engaged in African E&P
  • Counsel to the creditors’ committee in the Sea Containers U.S.-Bermudian cross-border restructuring
  • Counsel to $1.5 billion ETC, PTC and Private deal bondholders in Delta Airlines Chapter 11 restructuring
  • Counsel to bondholders in TermoEmcali U.S.-Colombian restructuring
  • Counsel to $1.5 billion leveraged lease bondholders in Mirant Chapter 11 power plant restructuring
  • Counsel to major creditors in connection with Enron Chapter 11 case
  • Counsel to Banks in Russell-Stanley dual U.S. Chapter 11 and Canadian CCAA proceedings
  • Counsel to DIP lenders and secured bondholders in Mosaic Group dual Canadian CCAA and U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings


  • Panelist, International Insolvency and Restructuring Symposium, American Bankruptcy Institute Conference, London, England (2014)
  • Panelist, International Insolvency & Restructuring Symposium, American Bankruptcy Institute Conference, Berlin, Germany (2013)
  • Panelist, Safe as Houses: Workouts and Real Estate, INSOL International Conference, Singapore (2011)
  • Program Co-chairman, Chapter 15: Coming Soon to a Court Near You, The American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference, Tuscon, Ariz. (2008)
  • Panelist, Bankruptcy Law: Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions and Appellate Developments, New York City Bar Association Program, New York (2007)
  • Panelist, Strategies for Success When Dealing With Multinational Insolvencies in North America, The Canadian Institute’s Advanced Insolvency Law & Practice Conference, Toronto, Canada (2007)
  • Panelist, Winning Bankruptcy Battles, American Conference Institute’s Second Lien and Intercreditor Arrangements Conference, New York (2006)
  • Panelist, Aviation Restructurings Panel, American Bankruptcy Institute’s International Insolvency Symposium, London, England (2006)
  • Program Co-chairman, Dueling International Courtrooms, The American Bankruptcy Institute 2006 Annual Spring Meeting Litigation, International and Young and New Members Committees’ Joint Program, Washington, D.C. (2006)
  • Panelist, Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights/Large Infrastructure Financing, International Bar Association Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (2004)
  • Panelist, Cross-Border Loans and Recovery, American Conference Institute Conference on Commercial Loan Workouts, New York (2003)
  • Panelist, Exnet 3rd Annual Power Investment Forum - Buying and Selling Power Assets, New York (2003)
  • Conference Chairman, American Bankruptcy Institute U.S.-Israel Cross-Border Program, Jerusalem, Israel (1999)


  • Co-author, “Consider COMI Early & Often: Demonstrating Location of a Foreign Main Proceeding,” Expert Guide: Bankruptcy & Restructuring 2014, Expert Guide - Corporate Livewire (March 2014)
  • “Chapter 15 Law and Practice,” Collier Guide to Chapter 11: Key Topics and Selected Industries (2010, 2012, 2013)
  • Co-author, “The Unexpected Guest: Domestic and Foreign Pension Claims Come to the U.S. Bankruptcy Table,” New York Law Journal (Dec. 13, 2010)
  • Co-author, “Insolvency Law in Japan,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (October 2009)
  • Co-author, “American Bankruptcy Institute Media Teleconference to Examine the Future of Automotive Sector Distress,” American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Vol. 17 (Spring 2009)
  • Co-author, “Cross-Border Insolvency in the United States,” American Bankruptcy Institute (2008)
  • Co-author, “Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy: Eurofood Fight,” New York Law Journal (October 2006)
  • Co-author, “The Surge in Private Equity Investment in Latin America,” Latin Lawyer (April 2006)
  • Co-author, “Defining True Character: Implications of the Bankruptcy Code Amendments of 2005 on Lease Recharacterization,” Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2006)
  • Co-author, “Recent Developments in Cross-Border Insolvency Cases: The Foreign Debtor Chapter 11 Case,” Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2005)
  • Co-author, “Recent Developments in the Law of Section 304 Ancillary Bankruptcy Proceedings,” Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2004)
  • Co-author, “Distressed Sovereign Debt: A Creditor's Perspective,” American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Vol. 11 (2003)
  • “Advances in Cross-Border Insolvency Cooperation: The Uncitral Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency,” ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, Vol. 6 (2000)
  • Co-author, “Cross-Border Insolvency Cooperation Protocols,” Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 33 (1998)


  • INSOL International
  • The World Bank Global Task Force on Effective Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights (2006–2015)
  • Best Lawyers, Insolvency and Reorganization (2014–2015)
  • Best Lawyers, Litigation, Bankruptcy (2014–2015)
  • Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, International M&A (New York) (2006–2014)
  • Expert Guides: Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Leading Expert, United States (2007–2014)
  • Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2010–2011)
  • Chambers Global, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2012)
  • Turnarounds & Workouts, National Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer (2006)
  • Chair, INSOL International Technical Research Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors and Vice President International Affairs, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Past Chair, International Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute

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