Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Adds Veteran Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy Team From Peitzman Weg LLP

May 14, 2014

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. is pleased to announce that Peitzman Weg LLP, a nationally known and leading corporate restructuring and bankruptcy boutique, will join the firm with four partners who will reside in the Los Angeles office of the firm.

Peitzman Weg LLP, a boutique firm with a stellar reputation founded in 1999 by veteran attorneys from elite, global firms, has been recognized in Chambers USA and U.S. News & World Report as among the top-ranked national firms for business restructuring and bankruptcy. Partners Howard J. Weg, Scott F. Gautier, James P. Menton, Jr., and David B. Shemano have a collective experience that spans decades of practice in high-profile corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation matters in California and nationwide. Several associates are also expected to join.

“These attorneys are an exceptionally talented group of legal minds with a deep capacity for the reality of modern business and how to help companies, creditors and equity holders navigate bankruptcies and restructurings,” said Roman Silberfeld, managing partner of the Los Angeles office. “There are a number of clear crossover areas including business litigation, intellectual property and insurance, where our existing clients and matters face a risk or a threat of insolvency or an effort by an adverse party to use the bankruptcy process or a restructuring play to avoid or diminish liability. This team greatly expands the broad-level financial services we offer our clients and provides a custom approach to facing their most serious business challenges. Complex restructuring and bankruptcy related litigation will continue to be a fertile area of work and we look forward to bringing our firm’s litigation talent to bear on restructuring and bankruptcy related issues.”

“The highly experienced national platform offered by Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. provides significantly greater depth to the litigation and corporate law capabilities and resources than we could provide in our boutique practice alone,” said Howard Weg, who will serve as chair of the firm’s new Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy practice and is a founding partner of Peitzman Weg LLP. “This is a great moment to join Robins, Kaplan and bring our expertise to the firm’s clients, while having direct access to the firm’s skilled national litigation practice for our restructuring and bankruptcy practice.”

Howard Weg’s experience includes prominent and complex restructurings, both in and out of 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 and other hotels and casinos, office buildings, industrial properties, hospitals and power companies. He serves on the board of directors of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Scott Gautier represents constituents in all facets of corporate insolvency, both in and out of court proceedings. His noteworthy debtor representations include such nationally recognized names as Bugle Boy, Sexy Hair, one of the largest KFC franchisees and the Terminator movie franchise. He has had significant roles in bankruptcy cases of national prominence and also represents mid-market companies and official committees in corporate Chapter 11 cases.

James Menton, Jr. is primarily focused on business litigation, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights. He draws upon his extensive professional network to provide clients with strategic resources and solutions in their cases. His experience includes matters involving commercial and contract disputes, bankruptcy related litigation, creditor and shareholder rights, director and officer liability, fraud and fraudulent transfers, lender liability and real estate.

David Shemano represents Chapter 11 debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, secured creditors and general unsecured creditors in all aspects of corporate bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation. He has in-depth experience handling bankruptcy, restructuring and bankruptcy litigation matters related to real estate, entertainment, franchising and manufacturing.

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