February 16, 2011
Addition of senior restructuring partner with significant company-side experience further strengthens Latham’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice
New York ... Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Paul E. Harner has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Finance Department. Harner is a leading restructuring practitioner specializing in representing public and private companies in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings.
Harner also has extensive experience in the representation of private equity investors, bank groups, institutional investors, secured lenders and other parties in bankruptcy cases, out-of-court workouts, related litigation, and distressed mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions. Harner has served as lead counsel in a number of landmark national and international matters across numerous industries, including the financial services, entertainment, manufacturing, aviation, building and construction, and retail sectors.
Jimmy Brandt, Latham & Watkins’ Office Managing Partner in New York, said: “Paul is widely respected and held in the highest esteem among insolvency professionals. Our insolvency and restructuring practice group in New York and around the globe has evolved into one of the premier teams. Paul adds even more lustre to our already elite group.”
“Paul is a superb addition to our global insolvency and restructuring practice,” said Mitch Seider, Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Restructuring, Insolvency and Workouts Practice Group. “He is one of the smartest, hardest-working and commercially astute restructuring practitioners, and his work on some of the largest public company restructurings and reorganizations in recent years is a testament to his skill and judgment handling ‘bet-the-company’ matters. He’ll play a major role in supporting the growth of Latham’s premier practice.”
“Latham & Watkins’ strength in New York and globally in restructuring matters, its broad platform and strong culture make it a uniquely exciting place to practice,” said Harner. “Latham’s reputation and capabilities provide a tremendous opportunity, and I look forward to helping bolster the firm’s efforts to build a leading debtor-side practice.”
Harner received his BA, magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1985, and his JD, with highest honors, from Duke University School of Law in 1988. At Duke, he was an Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholar, an Anna Pierce Stafford Scholar, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also was elected to the Order of the Coif. He clerked for Judge J. Dickson Phillips, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, from 1988 to 1989.
About Latham & Watkins
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Notes to Editor
1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Mohammed Al-Sheikh.
James E. Brandt, Office Managing Partner, New York, +1.212.906.3003
Mitchell Seider, Global Co-Chair of the Restructuring, Insolvency and Workouts Practice Group, +1.212.906.1637