Joe Celentino is an associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Celentino represents debtors, lenders, private equity sponsors, and investment funds in all facets of complex insolvency and restructuring matters, including:

  • Prepackaged, prearranged, and traditional chapter 11 proceedings
  • Liability management transactions
  • Acquisition of distressed assets in or out of bankruptcy
  • Insolvency-related litigation

Mr. Celentino also regularly advises companies on successful strategies to address mass tort and legacy liabilities, and he has represented clients in numerous mass tort bankruptcies.

Mr. Celentino regularly writes and speaks on restructuring-related issues, including:

  • “Distressed Mergers & Acquisitions—The Rules of the Road,” published by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance
  • “Are We Done Dancing? An Update on LTL Management, Purdue Pharma, and Other Mass Tort Bankruptcies,” 50th Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute 2024
  • “Injunctive Relief Post-Taggart,” 50th Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute 2024
  • “From Johns-Manville to LTL (and Beyond?) – Do Mass-Tort Bankruptcies Have a Future (and Should They)?” American Bankruptcy Institute Workshop 2023
  • “Resolving Mass Torts Through Bankruptcy: Are Non-Debtor Releases Lawful and Prudent,” American Bar Association 2023 Litigation Section Annual Conference

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Celentino was a restructuring and finance associate in the New York office of another leading law firm. He clerked for the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Prior to law school, Mr. Celentino was a reporter who published over 550 nationally syndicated articles regarding federal and state litigation.

Mr. Celentino’s experience includes advising:

  • Audacy Inc., the second largest U.S. radio broadcaster, and certain affiliates in their pre-negotiated chapter 11 proceedings
  • Vital Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Bang Energy beverage, and certain affiliates in chapter 11 proceedings and the sale of substantially all of Vital’s assets to an affiliate of Monster Beverage Corporation
  • DSM-Firmenich, a worldwide leader in life and materials sciences, as a secured lender, equity holder, and major trade counterparty of debtor Amyris, Inc. in its chapter 11 proceedings
  • BC Partners, as private equity sponsor, in connection with the chapter 11 proceedings of Cyxtera Corp.
  • Creditor and shareholder of Appgate, Inc. in its chapter 11 proceedings
  • Majority shareholder of Revlon, Inc. in connection with the company’s chapter 11 proceedings and related litigation*
  • Cyprus Amax Minerals Company in connection with its contribution to a victims trust in the chapter 11 proceedings of Imerys Talc America, Inc. and Cyprus Mines Corporation*
  • An ad hoc group of lenders to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority in connection with its proceedings under Title III of the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act*
  • An ad hoc group of secured noteholders in the chapter 11 proceedings of Pyxus International*
  • The Board of Directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation in connection of the company’s pre-filing strategy and chapter 11 proceedings*
  • JPMorgan Chase in litigation in connection with the chapter 11 proceedings of General Motors*
  • An ad hoc group of secured lenders to Toys R Us, Inc. and certain of its affiliates in connection with their chapter 11 cases*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham.

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois
  • New York

Education

  • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 2016
    magna cum laude
  • BA in Communication Studies & Legal Studies and Political Science, Northeastern University, 2013
    cum laude