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Michael D. Messersmith

Michael D. Messersmith

Bankruptcy & Restructuring Department

T: +1 312 583 2374
F: +1 312 583 2360

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  • DePaul University College of Law
    JD, with honors, 1999, Order of the Coif
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
    BA, magna cum laude, 1996

Bar Admission(s)

  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Michael Messersmith is a Partner in the Chicago office of Kaye Scholer. He represents lenders, bondholders, agents, indenture trustees, hedge funds and other financial institutions, as well as borrowers, in distressed situations, workouts and bankruptcy proceedings throughout the United States. A primary focus of Michael’s practice is advising ad hoc groups of lenders and bondholders in restructuring situations. Michael has been continuously recognized as a leading attorney in Bankruptcy & Restructuring by Chambers USA. In Chambers USA 2016, he is noted by clients as someone who “goes out of his way to understand the business structure and rationale, providing practical and sound advice that's understandable to everyone, not just lawyers."

Representative Matters

  • Steering committee and, later, successor agent in out-of court restructuring of radio station group.
  • Successor agent in debt-for-equity restructuring of media enterprise.
  • Group of lenders in large hotel workout.
  • Bondholders and trustees in real estate and medical center restructurings.
  • Trustee in numerous bank holding company insolvency proceedings.
  • Hedge fund in purchase of large condo development in Orlando, Florida out of a pending bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Television enterprise in its bankruptcy proceeding in Delaware bankruptcy court.
  • Real estate development company in insolvency proceedings involving joint venture partners.
  • Lenders in several out-of-court restructurings of a promotional products concern.
  • Lenders in the restructuring and eventual bankruptcy of a leading bus manufacturer.
  • More than 50 hedge funds and institutional lenders in a number of pending merger transactions.
  • SEC-appointed receiver of a failed group of hedge funds.
  • Corporate debtors in pending bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Providing Funds with general restructuring advice in connection with a multitude of investments in distressed companies.
  • Significant aircraft lessor in several airline bankruptcies.
  • Trustee of a failed aluminum producer.

Michael has written and lectured on a number of restructuring and distressed credit topics. Recent contributions include: “Debt Management Best Practices for CEOs of VC-Funded Companies,” ExecSense Webinars (July 22, 2011); “Distress in the Middle Markets – Liquidity, Logistics and Special Considerations,” Distressed Debt Forum (September 2010); “Redemptions From Failed Hedge Funds: How Should They Be Treated by Courts?” Securities Regulation & Law (December 17, 2007); “Lender Liability Claims in the Big Apple – If They Can Make It There, They’ll Make It Anywhere,” The Secured Lender (May/June 2006).