With over 35 years of experience in restructuring and insolvency matters, Andrew DeNatale has served as counsel to a wide range of clients, including institutional lenders, unsecured creditors committees, individual creditors (both secured and unsecured), and debtors. He advises on a variety of matters, including major Chapter 11 proceedings, multinational bankruptcy cases and the structure and restructuring of corporate and financial transactions to eliminate or reduce insolvency-related or lender liability risks. Mr. DeNatale is also Head of the Firm’s Special Situations Lending Group.
Honors and Awards
Mr. DeNatale’s accomplishments have been recognized by a number of publications, including ChambersUSA, TheInternationalWho’sWhoofBusinessLawyers, TheInternationalWho’sWhoofInsolvencyandRestructuringLawyers, BestLawyersin America, and NewYorkSuperLawyers. As noted by Chambers, Mr. DeNatale is “a smart and knowledgeable consensus builder” who “quickly recognizes the issues and goals of his clients and works hard to achieve them.”
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Business Bankruptcy Committee
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
Member, INSOL International
Former Chair, Technical Research Committee
Mr. DeNatale has lectured on bankruptcy law for a variety of groups, including the American Bar Association and the Practising Law Institute. He has published extensively in such journals as TheBusinessLawyer, AmericanBankruptcyLawJournal, TheSecuredLender, and ButterworthsJournalof International Banking and Financial Law, and such treatises as the CollierBankruptcyManual, the CollierBankruptcyPracticeGuideand BankruptcyPracticeandStrategy.
Admitted to Practice
New York, 1976; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1976; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1977; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1978; U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
Financial Restructuring: Special Situations
Real Estate: Distressed Real Estate
J.D., Fordham University, 1975
B.S., University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, 1972
“Sophisticatedrestructurings and business bankruptcies arelike a multidimensional chess game. Those who emergesuccessfully, know the players and the judges, and keep akeen eye on the endgame.”
FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy
In his representation of all constituents in business workouts and chapter 11 cases, Howard Weg leads clients in the value-driven resolution of the collective issues that arise in restructuring financially distressed businesses.
Mr. Weg’s experience includes prominent restructurings and chapter 11 cases, such as for the owners of “The Terminator” and other motion picture franchises and movie rights, restaurant franchises, the Los Angeles Bonaventure Hotel, hotels and casinos, office buildings, industrial properties, hospitals and power companies. He represents parties involved in workouts and chapter 11 cases including:
Debtors and creditors
Licensees and licensors
Buyers and sellers
Counter parties to financial contracts
His industry experience spans from middle-market companies to major corporations in such sectors as power and energy, entertainment, film and TV, real estate, hospitality and quick service franchised restaurant operations.
An active leader in the bankruptcy bar, Mr. Weg currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Bankruptcy and regularly leads programs at the Practising Law Institute in San Francisco and New York.
Mr. Weg’s professional leadership in the bankruptcy community includes serving as Regent for the Ninth Circuit for the American College of Bankruptcy prior to his election to its Board of Directors. He also served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Education Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, as well as serving on several committees of the American Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Weg is a past president and member of the board of governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference.
His numerous articles on bankruptcy, workouts and restructuring have appeared in the CommercialLawJournal, California Bankruptcy Court Reporter, Real EstateLaw Journal, and Business Law News. He has been the featured speaker and panelist on programs hosted by the American Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Practising Law Institute, State Bar of California and Financial Lawyers Conference.
A graduate of Yale Law School, from which he earned his LL.M., Mr. Weg was named “Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year” by the Century City Bar Association. His additional professional recognitions include being named a Southern California “Super Lawyer,” listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers USA:America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
State Bar of California, Member, Executive Committee, Business Law Section (1994-1997); Chair, Education Committee, Business Law Section (1993); Chair, 15th Annual Spring Program, Business Law Section (1993)
American Bar Association, Member, Business Bankruptcy Committee(1985-present)
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member (1985-present)
American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow (2001- present); Regent for the Ninth Circuit (2008-2012)
Financial Lawyers Conference, Member, Board of Governors (1998-present); President (2003-2004)
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/ LECTURES
Programs for the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, Practising Law Institute, Financial Lawyers Conference, the California Bankruptcy Forum, the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, the Century City Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and other organizations.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
Recognized as “Bankruptcy/Restructuring Leader” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers forBusiness(2003-present)
Named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers (2004-2014)
Named “Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year,” Century CityBar Association (2003-2004)
**Being named to the list or receiving the award is not intended and should not be viewed as comparative to other lawyers or to create an expectation about results that might be achieved in a future matter.
Yale Law School, LL.M. (1980)
Southwestern Law School, J.D., cum laude (1979)
University of California – Los Angeles, B.A. (1976)