George Davis, Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Restructuring & Special Situations Practice, helps leading public and private companies, sponsors, and investors navigate their highest-stakes restructurings, including some of the most complex and contentious matters of the past three decades.

Widely recognized as one of the top restructuring lawyers in the United States, Mr. Davis combines shrewd tactical and negotiating skills and creative problem solving to achieve the outcomes sought by clients. Mr. Davis offers particular experience in large-scale restructuring matters involving prominent multinational and domestic companies across diverse industries, including the energy, chemicals, metals, manufacturing, real estate, gaming, financial services, retail, telecommunications, airline, and healthcare sectors.

Accolades and Recognition

Mr. Davis has earned broad recognition for his distinctive practice work from industry publications, clients, and peers. Chambers quotes sources that describe Mr. Davis as a “master strategist, a super negotiator and a very astute counselor to clients” who is “capable of running the biggest cases.” He has “strong expertise and clout with the relevant parties” and is “very strong at seeing the big picture and communicating that effectively with clients.” Chambers also touts him as “a real leader in the bankruptcy space” with a “highly competent, constructive, deal-making approach.” IFLR 1000 notes “his success in building consensus among groups with extremely different viewpoints.” Likewise, The Legal 500 US says that Mr. Davis is “excellent, very professional and a pleasure to work with,” and Corporate Counsel praises his “outstanding knowledge, timely delivery of work and quick response time.”

Mr. Davis’ broad experience includes advising:

Company-Side Restructurings

  • Lumileds Holding B.V. and its affiliates in their chapter 11 cases in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and restructuring more than US$1.7 billion of their funded debt
  • Weatherford, one of the largest multinational oilfield services companies, in its US$5.8 billion deleveraging through prearranged restructuring proceedings in the US, Ireland, and Bermuda
  • Hexion, a leading global chemical company, in its more than US$2 billion deleveraging pre-arranged chapter 11 case
  • Libbey Glass Inc., a glass tableware maker in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, in regard to its chapter 11 filing
  • Alta Mesa Resources, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with reserves in the Anadarko Basin, in its chapter 11 restructuring
  • Sable Permian Resources, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with reserves in the Permian Basin of West Texas, in its successful out-of-court restructuring
  • Subsidiaries of Imerys, a French multinational company that produces and processes talc, in connection with their chapter 11 case
  • Savers Thrift Superstores, a thrift superstore, in connection with its successful out-of-court restructuring
  • Verso and New Page, leading North American producers of printing papers, specialty papers, and pulp, in all aspects of their chapter 11 cases*
  • LyondellBasell Industries, one of the world’s largest polymers, petrochemicals, and fuels companies, in all aspects of its chapter 11 proceedings and discharge of US$40 billion of funded debt and contingent liabilities*
    • M&A Advisor Turnaround Award of the Year
    • Investment Dealers’ Digest Restructuring Deal of the Year Award
    • IFLR Europe Restructuring Deal of the Year Award
  • Cal Dive International, a market-leading oil and gas infrastructure company, in all aspects of its chapter 11 cases*
    • M&A Advisor Turnaround Award of the Year
  • Entegra Power Holdings, an independent power company with ownership interests in two of the largest gas-fueled power plants in the US, in effecting a substantial deleveraging through a quick and efficient prepackaged chapter 11 case
    • Turnarounds & Workouts Restructuring of the Year
  • Ocwen Financial, a leading non-bank mortgage servicer, in developing and executing its successful liability management strategy involving more than US$10 billion of funded debt*
  • Caribbean Petroleum, a Puerto Rico-based company involved in the import, offloading, storage, distribution, and retailing of petroleum products, in all aspects of its chapter 11 case*
    • IFLR Americas Restructuring Deal of the Year Award Finalist
  • Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, the largest Catholic hospital system in New York State, in all aspects of its chapter 11 proceedings, including the sale of three non-core hospitals*

Creditor and Investor-Side Restructurings

  • GSO as fulcrum second-lien lender and successful plan sponsor in Legacy Reserves’ highly litigious chapter 11 cases
  • An ad hoc group of creditors in connection with the restructuring of First Energy Solutions and its subsidiary debtors
  • An ad hoc group of first-lien creditors in connection with the chapter 11 restructuring of Appvion and affiliated debtors
  • An ad hoc group of first-lien creditors in connection with the chapter 11 restructuring of Fieldwood Energy and affiliated debtors
  • Bank of America, as administrative agent under the revolving credit facility, in connection with the restructuring of Stone Energy Corporation*
  • Wilmington Trust, as successor second-lien term loan agent, in connection with the restructuring of Bennu Oil & Gas*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Recognition Highlights

“A master strategist, a super negotiator and a very astute counselor to clients”
“Capable of running the biggest cases”
“Incredible work ethic and depth of knowledge”
Chambers USA 2022

Ranked – Bankruptcy/Restructuring Nationwide & New York
Chambers USA 2021-2022

Named a Leading Lawyer in Restructuring and Bankruptcy
The Legal 500 US 2017-2021

Recognized for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy. Named Lawyer of the Year in 2021.
Best Lawyers in America 2023

Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy

Recognized as a Restructuring Thought Leader
Who’s Who Legal and Global Restructuring Review 2021

Leading Global Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyer
Lawdragon 500 2020

Recognized as a National Litigation Practice Area Star and Local Litigation Star
Benchmark Litigation 2021-2022

Named to BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All-Star List
BTI Consulting Group 2018

Bar Qualification

  • New York

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law
    with distinction
  • BS, Binghamton University
    magna cum laude