Nicholas Messana is a finance associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Restructuring & Special Situations Practice.

Mr. Messana advises clients on all aspects of domestic and international corporate bankruptcy and restructuring, crisis management and governance, and distressed financings and acquisitions.

Mr. Messana attended Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, receiving his JD in 2016. While in law school, he served as a notes editor for the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.

Mr. Messana’s experience includes advising:

  • JOANN, a leading national retailer of sewing, arts, and crafts, in its prepackaged chapter 11 restructuring of over US$1 billion of funded debt
  • Starry Group Holdings, an internet service provider network, in its chapter 11 restructuring
  • Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., a leading global provider of entertainment, connectivity, and data analytics to the airline, cruise, and other industries, in its chapter 11 proceedings and sale process
  • Imerys Talc America, Inc., a mining company with North American talc operations, in its chapter 11 proceedings seeking to manage talc-related personal injury litigation and pursue a section 524(g)/105(a) channeling injunction
  • Paddock Enterprises LLC, an affiliate of a public company, in its chapter 11 proceeding seeking to resolve legacy asbestos liabilities
  • syncreon Group Holdings B.V., a leading global logistics provider, in its groundbreaking, cross-border balance sheet restructuring involving approximately US$1.1 billion of funded debt, which was accomplished through an English scheme of arrangement and accompanying chapter 15 proceeding*
  • The NORDAM Group, Inc., a leading aerospace manufacturing and repair company, in its “postpackaged” chapter 11 proceedings, resulting in a successful reorganization of the company and a full recovery for unsecured creditors, and associated US$140 million exit investment by an affiliate of The Carlyle Group*
  • Takata Corporation, a Japan-based automotive parts supplier subject to significant mass tort liabilities and other creditor claims, in its global restructuring, including the chapter 11 proceedings of its US and Mexican subsidiaries, and ultimate US$1.6 billion sale to Key Safety Systems, Inc.*
  • A major alternative asset manager, as term loan administrative agent, in connection with the restructuring of a global seafood company*
  • The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc., a historic supermarket chain, in its chapter 11 proceedings commenced in 2015*
  • Central Grocers, Inc., which was the seventh largest grocery cooperative in the US before filing, in its chapter 11 proceedings and sale process*
  • Community Choice Financial, Inc., a national, neighborhood-based financial services company, in its out-of-court restructuring and refinancing*
  • An international renewable energy company in its out-of-court restructuring*
  • The Pearl Theatre Company, Inc., a historic theatre in New York City, pro bono in its chapter 7 proceeding and wind down of operations*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • New York


  • JD, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2016
  • BA in Biology, Boston University, 2012
    cum laude, with distinction, with honors