Christopher Kochman is an associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Kochman advises public and private companies, as well as secured and unsecured lenders, in connection with in- and out-of-court restructurings. He has experience in Asia cross-border insolvencies from living and working in Hong Kong with another leading global law firm, where he worked on a number of cross-border special situation refinancing, restructurings, buyouts, and distressed corporate governance issues.

While in law school, he served as a member of the Hofstra Law Review. Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Kochman was a restructuring associate at another leading global law firm.

Additionally, Mr. Kochman, while at Latham, established a pro bono program that partnered Latham with the Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic, a nonprofit that works to meet the increasing needs of low-income and working families who are burdened with consumer debt.

Mr. Kochman’s experience includes advising:

  • Superior Energy Services, Inc. and its affiliates in their chapter 11 cases in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas and restructuring more than US$1.3 billion of their funded debt
  • PwC as liquidators of Shanghai Huaxin (Hong Kong) Limited, a key subsidiary of one of China’s largest publicly-held conglomerates CEFC Group (China Energy Company)
  • Libbey Glass, one of the world’s largest glass tableware manufacturers, as debtor in its high-profile chapter 11 restructuring in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
  • Pacific Drilling S.A., a major offshore drilling company in connection with its chapter 11 proceedings
  • TPS Holdings, an investment entity, in its stalking-horse bid to purchase substantially all of the assets of The Paper Store through a 363 sale in The Paper Store’s chapter 11 cases
  • Centric Brands, Inc., a company that designs, develops, and markets apparel products, in connection with a debtor-in-possession facility
  • Lakeland Tours (dba Worldstrides), a provider of educational student travel programs, in connection with a debtor-in-possession facility
  • Committee of senior secured creditors of Swissport International AG, a global aviation services group, in connection with its comprehensive cross-border financial restructuring
  • Mallinckrodt plc, a global manufacturer and distributor of specialty pharmaceutical products, in connection with its comprehensive chapter 11 restructuring
  • Paddock Enterprises, the successor by merger to Owens-Illinois, in connection with Paddock’s chapter 11 case and innovative modernization transaction, which isolated Paddock as a subsidiary of OI-Glass
  • Various companies in debtor-side chapter 11 proceedings, including Cenveo, 21st Century Oncology Holdings, Energy Future Holdings Corp., Answers Holdings, and Avaya*
  • Ad hoc lender committees in Breitburn Energy Partners and China Fishery Group Limited (Cayman) in connection with their chapter 11 proceedings*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • New York

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law
  • MBA, Finance, Hofstra University Zarb School of Business
  • BA in Communication, Pepperdine University
    magna cum laude