Jonathan Gordon is an associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins, a member of the Restructuring & Special Situations Practice, and a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy Advisory Committee.

Mr. Gordon advises companies, directors, secured and unsecured creditors, equity sponsors, and other parties in out-of-court and in-court restructurings, rescue financings, bankruptcy litigation, liability management, and other insolvency-related matters.

During law school, Mr. Gordon was named the Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student for the Seventh Circuit by the American College of Bankruptcy and interned at the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 

Following law school, he worked at Legal Aid Chicago as a Graduate Fellow, helping low-income individuals with consumer debt issues. He continues to help similar individuals on a pro bono basis, as a member of the Volunteer Attorney Panel at the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference, Service and More: The Importance of Notice and Ways to Avoid Pitfalls (April 20, 2022)
  • Panelist, Northwestern University, Restructuring and Bankruptcy Law Group Event (April 11, 2022)
  • Panelist, University of Michigan, Bankruptcy Law Society Event (November 3, 2021)

Mr. Gordon’s representative experience includes advising:

Company Representations

  • Mallinckrodt plc and affiliates, as chapter 11 debtors in the District of Delaware, addressing more than US$5.2 billion of funded debt obligations and billions in potential tort liability (debt-to-equity conversion; channeling injunction)
  • Nine Point Energy Holdings and affiliates, as chapter 11 debtors in the District of Delaware, addressing more than US$250 million in funded debt obligations (section 363 sale)
  • Sundance Energy and affiliates, as chapter 11 debtors in the Southern District of Texas, addressing approximately US$400 million in funded debt obligations (prepackaged debt-to-equity conversion)
  • Sable Permian Resources and affiliates, as chapter 11 debtors in the Southern District of Texas, addressing more than US$1.3 billion in funded debt obligations (debt-to-equity conversion)
  • GNC Holdings and affiliates, as chapter 11 debtors in the District of Delaware, addressing more than US$900 million in funded debt obligations (section 363 sale)
  • FTD Companies and affiliates, as chapter 11 debtors in the District of Delaware, addressing nearly US$150 million in funded debt obligations (three section 363 sales)*

Creditor & Equity Sponsor Representations

  • A global private equity firm, as lender and equity sponsor, with respect to a portfolio company’s rescue financing and subsequent chapter 11 bankruptcy in the District of Delaware
  • A private equity and alternative assets investment firm, as equity sponsor, with respect to a portfolio company’s rescue financing
  • A middle-market private credit institution, as administrative agent in contingency preparations and the sale of over US$85 million in secured debt obligations, immediately prior to the borrower’s chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Eastern District of Virginia
  • A global financial institution, as administrative agent for a US$677.5 million chapter 11 debtor-in-possession credit agreement in the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Various lenders in out-of-court workout scenarios, including loan amendments, refinancings, forbearances, and potential proxy exercises
  • Various real estate investment firms, as landlords to various chapter 11 debtors

Bankruptcy Litigation

  • An advisory firm and former chief restructuring officer, in litigation commenced by a chapter 7 trustee, alleging breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, negligence, and avoidance actions
  • Former directors and officers of a debtor, in litigation commenced after the debtor’s bankruptcy by a former shareholder, alleging breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, and conspiracy
  • A hedge fund, as equity holder of a debtor, in litigation commenced after the debtor’s bankruptcy by a former shareholder, alleging fraud
  • A company in litigation against the IRS regarding a tax deduction following a fraudulent conveyance settlement

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois

Education

  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 2018
    cum laude
  • BBA in Finance, University of Notre Dame, 2015
    cum laude