Matthew L. Warren

  • Partner
  • 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • USA
  • T +1.312.777.7031


Matthew Warren, a finance partner in the Chicago office, advises clients on transactional matters, with a particular emphasis on insolvency issues.

Mr. Warren represents debtors as well as creditors, including agents and lenders. Specifically, he helps clients navigate:

  • Chapter 11 proceedings, including prepackaged, prearranged, and free-fall bankruptcies
  • Debtor-in-possession financings
  • Cross-border bankruptcies
  • Out-of-court restructurings, including debt-to-equity conversions and rescue financing

Mr. Warren helps distressed companies navigate through difficult circumstances and advises creditors in maximizing recoverable value on distressed credits based on a sophisticated sense of market practice.

The publication Turnarounds & Workouts named him a 2018 Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer.

Mr. Warren is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and teaches as an adjunct professor of Bankruptcy Law at the DePaul College of Law. He regularly speaks and writes on bankruptcy topics and is a member of Latham’s Ethics Committee.

  • Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, Chapter 13 in Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Business Bankruptcy Practice (2018) (contributing author)
  • Bankruptcy Needs To Get Its Priorities Straight: A Proposal For Limiting The Leverage Of Unsecured Creditors' Committees When Unsecured Creditors Are “Out-Of-The-Money,” 26 ABI Law Review 93 (2018).
  • Preventing Economic Harm from the Miscalculation of Risk in Equipment Leases, 87 Am. Bankr. L.J. 405 (2013)
  • The Continuing Lack of Guidance on Professional Retention in Bankruptcy and its Potential Impact on Corporate Debtors’ Retention of Adequate Legal Counsel, 53 Ariz. L. Rev. 533 (2011)
  • Seventh Circuit Disagrees With Philadelphia Newspapers and Finds That Credit Bidding Required for Assets Sales in Bankruptcy Plans, The Secured Lender (2011)


Mr. Warren’s representative work includes advising:

Distressed Companies
  • A123 Systems, Inc.
  • Graceway Pharmaceuticals
  • Greenfield Energy Services
  • Illinois Power Generation Company
  • National Envelope Corporation
  • Regent Communications
  • Stone Energy
Creditors / Other Stakeholders
  • Ad hoc group of second lien lenders in the bankruptcy proceedings of Transtar Holdings
  • Caesars Acquisition Corp. in the Caesars bankruptcy
  • Senior secured agent in the bankruptcy proceedings of Taylor Wharton
  • GE in connection with the Abengoa bankruptcy proceedings in the US and Spain
  • RKA Film Finance in connection with the Relativity Media bankruptcy
  • Secured lender in the Cardiac Science bankruptcy
  • Senior secured agent in the bankruptcy proceedings of Real Mex Restaurants, Inc.
  • Ad hoc group of majority term lenders in the prepackaged bankruptcy of UniTek Global Services, Inc. resulting in debt-for-equity exchange
  • Second lien administrative agent in the Quicksilver Resources bankruptcy

Thought Leadership

  • No Premium Recovery Guarantees For 5th Circ. Lenders -  11 February 2019
  • Fifth Circuit: Make-Whole Premiums Should Be Disallowed as Unmatured Interest -  29 January 2019
  • Ever-Expanding Safe Harbor Leaves Creditors’ Claims Stranded at Sea -  12 April 2016
  • Delaware Bankruptcy Court Confirms Lock-Up Agreements Are Not a Violation of the Bankruptcy Code -  13 February 2013
  • Indy Downs: Lock-Up Agreements Are A Valuable Tool  -  12 February 2013
  • Seventh Circuit Disagrees With Philadelphia Newspapers And Finds That Credit Bidding Required For Asset Sales In Bankruptcy Plans -  July 22, 2011
  • Seventh Circuit Disagrees With Philadelphia Newspapers and Finds That Credit Bidding Required for Asset Sales in Bankruptcy Plans -  July 18, 2011
Bar Qualification
  • Illinois
  • JD, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2008
    summa cum laude
  • BS, Southern Illinois University, 2005
    summa cum laude
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts