Hugh Murtagh represents creditors and debtors both in and out of court in a broad array of disputes and transactions. 

Mr. Murtagh represents creditors, shareholders, purchasers, and distressed companies in all facets of the restructuring and reorganization process, with a particular focus on bankruptcy litigation.

He represents clients in:

  • Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Out-of-court financial and operational restructurings
  • Chapter 15 and cross-border restructurings
  • Bankruptcy-related litigation

Mr. Murtagh helps clients reach solutions in complex restructurings and related disputes, drawing on his ability to aggressively advocate for clients and to negotiate resolutions, including managing all aspects of litigated matters. 

Prior to his commercial practice, Mr. Murtagh served as a Law Clerk to Judge Kevin P. Castel, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York.

He regularly writes on bankruptcy-related issues, including in Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law, the New York Law Journal, and Law360.

Mr. Murtagh’s representative matters include advising:

Debtor Representations and Out-of-Court Company Restructurings

  • Hi-Crush in its chapter 11 reorganization
  • Emerge Energy Services in its chapter 11 reorganization
  • Mallinckrodt in its chapter 11 reorganization
  • Superior Energy Services in its chapter 11 reorganization
  • Nortel Networks in its chapter 11 reorganization*
  • Overseas Shipholding Group in its chapter 11 reorganization, named IFLR’s Restructuring of the Year 2013*
  • A US coal energy company in its out-of-court debt restructuring
  • A US infrastructure company in its out-of-court debt restructuring

Creditors and Noteholder Groups

  • Cobalt International Energy, representing the secured creditor and strategic purchaser of energy assets
  • Gulfport Energy Corporation, representing the first-lien agent and lender
  • Intelsat S.A., representing the substantial prepetition equity holder
  • Mattress Firm, representing the DIP-to-exit lenders as a component of cross-border restructuring of Steinhoff Group
  • Vanguard Natural Resources, representing the first-lien agent and lender


  • Bibby Offshore Services in its chapter 15 proceedings
  • Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico*
  • Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq in its dispute with the Kurdistan Region*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2011
    magna cum laude
  • BA, Yale University, 1999

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French