Latham Adds Leading Bankruptcy and Restructuring Partner in New York

Andrew Parlen brings significant experience guiding creditor groups and companies through complex restructurings.

September 04, 2018

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce Andrew Parlen has joined the firm’s New York office in the Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practice within the Finance Department. He has an extensive track record advising creditor groups as well as public and private companies on some of the most complex restructurings in- and out-of-court.

Parlen has represented a broad array of clients as members of creditor groups in addition to representing market-leading companies in a range of industries including Power, E&P Services, Paper & Packaging, Retail, Mortgage Servicing, Healthcare, and Homebuilding. For this work, he has been recognized by numerous publications and organizations, including being called a “Rising Star” by both Law360 and The New York Law Journal, an “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts, among the “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” by the National LGBT Bar Association, and “very diligent and creative” by Legal 500.

With Parlen’s hire, Latham continues to expand its global Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practice. Jeffrey Bjork joined the firm in Los Angeles in February, George Davis joined the firm in New York in March, and Yen Sum and Jennifer Brennan joined the firm in London in July.

“Andrew is a respected restructuring and insolvency attorney,” said Michèle Penzer, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York. “Clients will be well-served by his deep knowledge of restructuring across a wide variety of industries.”

“We are thrilled to add someone with Andrew’s experience to our practice,” said Mitchell Seider, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practice. “His experience with creditors and companies and his reputation for offering thoughtful and well-tailored guidance will be welcomed by our clients.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Andrew in the past, and have always been impressed by his commitment to clients and the results he achieves for them,” said George Davis, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practice. “His experience implementing value-maximizing strategies for distressed investors and the companies they invest in adds further depth to our platform.”

Scott Gottdiener, Global Chair of Latham’s Finance Department noted: “We’re pleased that Andrew will be joining our growing national and global bankruptcy practice in New York. He will be an excellent addition to our team as we help our clients through their most challenging business decisions.”

“Latham’s integrated global platform provides an advantage to clients undergoing complex financial restructurings,” said Parlen. “I’m excited to join such a highly regarded and expanding team that’s known for its creative and business-minded approach to supporting clients during their most challenging times.”

Parlen joins Latham from O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He received his JD cum laude from Harvard Law school and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the Central District of California. Additionally, he graduated with the highest distinction from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Notes to Editors

1Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong and Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Michèle Penzer, New York Office Managing Partner, +1.212.906.1245
Mitchell Seider, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Restructure, Insolvency & Workouts Practice, +1.212.906.1637
George Davis, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Restructure, Insolvency & Workouts Practice, +1.212.906.1305
Scott Gottdiener, Global Chair of Latham’s Finance Department, +1.212.906.2960

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