Keith Simon guides debtors, secured lenders, and new money investors through their most intricate and highest-stakes restructurings and special situations, including bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court workouts.

Drawing on his extensive experience across the full range of insolvency matters, Mr. Simon helps leading companies, private equity firms, and financial institutions navigate the myriad legal and business challenges that arise in a restructuring. A pragmatic and collected dealmaker, Mr. Simon anticipates and resolves potential obstacles to achieve clients’ objectives.

Mr. Simon has a broad range of restructuring experience across a number of industries including energy, retail, airlines, healthcare, manufacturing, and real estate.

Mr. Simon’s vast and varied practice spans domestic and multi-jurisdictional and cross-border representations, with a particular focus on debtor-side restructurings, both in-court and out-of-court. He also represents creditors in bankruptcy cases, comprehensive restructuring transactions, and Article 9 foreclosures. Additionally, Mr. Simon regularly advises sellers and buyers on distressed acquisitions.

Mr. Simon provides pro bono counsel to various nonprofit organizations, including in connection with contracts and other corporate law issues.

Mr. Simon serves on Latham & Watkins’ Bankruptcy Advisory and Mentoring Committees.

Mr. Simon’s company-side 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
  • Weatherford International, one of the world’s largest oil and natural gas service companies with more than 25,000 employees, in its prepackaged chapter 11 case in Houston (along with foreign proceedings in Bermuda and Ireland) involving a restructuring of more than US$8.6 billion in debt
  • Emerge Energy, a frac sand producer with approximately 300 employees, in its prearranged chapter 11 case in Delaware involving approximately US$900 million in debt
  • Imerys Talc America, a talc miner and supplier with approximately 250 employees, in its mass tort chapter 11 case in Delaware and related recognition proceedings in Canada
  • Wastequip, a leader in recycling equipment and waste handling equipment, in its consensual out-of-court restructuring in the United States and Canada involving approximately US$800 million in debt
  • Arrow Storage Products, a leading producer and supplier of home storage sheds, in its consensual out-of-court restructuring involving approximately US$200 million in debt
  • Bally Total Fitness, a leading American fitness club chain, in its prepackaged chapter 11 case involving approximately US$950 million in debt
  • OnCure Medical, a national network of cancer treatment centers, in its prearranged chapter 11 case involving approximately US$400 million in debt
  • Dayton Superior, a leading provider of concrete construction supplies and services, in its chapter 11 case involving approximately US$700 million in debt
  • RHI Entertainment, an American entertainment company specializing in television miniseries and movies, in its prepackaged chapter 11 case involving approximately US$500 million in debt
  • Chaparral Energy, a leading pure-play STACK oil and natural gas producer, in its chapter 11 case involving approximately US$1.7 billion in debt

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois
  • New York

Education

  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 1999
  • BS, University of Illinois, 1996