Recognized for his “experience in matters involving any and all industries enables him to quickly assess and understand a situation, and to provide the legal advice that best positions his clients for maximum recovery and success.”Chambers USA 2019

Jeff Bjork

Los Angeles
  • 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA
 
 

Jeff Bjork, Global Vice Chair of the Restructuring and Special Situations Practice, represents public and private companies, creditors, and investors in all aspects of restructuring. 

With more than 20 years in practice, Mr. Bjork has represented clients in all aspects of restructuring, including debtors (public company and privately held), distressed investors, sellers, and purchasers of financially troubled companies, bond insurers, debt syndicates, and bondholder groups. He has substantial experience representing companies in resolving their mass tort liabilities as well as bond insurers and bond holders in municipal restructurings, including in Chapter 9.

Consistently recognized as a leading restructuring lawyer in the United States, Chambers USA recommends Mr. Bjork for Bankruptcy/Restructuring Nationwide and in California, noting that he excels “at representing debtors and creditors” and that “one of his outstanding attributes in his creativity.” Commentators have observed that he is “very creative and very helpful to have involved in negotiating a business deal, M&A transaction or settlement,” while others have noted that he is “thoroughly knowledgeable, detail-oriented, client-focused, practical and fearless in representation” (Chambers USA 2011-2019). Mr. Bjork has been named as a leading restructuring lawyer by other publications, including the ILFR1000 (“Highly Regarded,” Restructuring and Insolvency), The Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy/Insolvency), The International Who’s Who for Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers, and The Legal 500 (Municipal Bankruptcy). He was previously recognized by Law360 as a Rising Star and by Turnaround & Workouts as one of its top Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers in 2011.

Mr. Bjork is a frequent lecturer, speaker, and writer on restructuring, bankruptcy, and insolvency topics.

Mr. Bjork has experience in large scale, cross-border restructurings and insolvencies in the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, and South America. He has advised clients in distressed situations across industries including energy (power, E&P, and E&P services), hospitality/gaming, real estate, industrials and manufacturing, automotive, print and film media, and retail and consumer products. His representative (public) matters include:

Debtor Representation
  • Imerys Talc America (Chapter 11; client; Debtors)
  • American Energy Permian Basin (Chapter 11; client, Company; out-of-court exchange)
  • Key Energy Services, Inc. (Chapter 11; client, Debtors)*
  • Dynegy Holdings (Chapter 11; client, Debtors)*
  • R.H. Donnelly Corp. (Chapter 11; client, Debtors)*
  • Federal Mogul Corporation (Chapter 11 and UK Administrations; client, Debtors)*
  • Sea Containers LTD (Chapter 11; client; Debtors)*
  • Devon Convenience Stores, Inc. (Chapter 11; client, Debtors)*
  • Fortunoff Holdings, LLC (Chapter 11; client, Debtors)*
  • The Flintkote Company (Chapter 11; client, Debtors)*
Creditor Representations
  • Metropolitan Automotive Warehouse (Chapter 11; client, official creditors committee)*
  • Powerwave Technologies (Chapter 11; client, official creditors committee)*
  • Station Casinos, Inc. (Chapter 11; client, senior lenders)*
  • TI Automotive (Pre-Packaged UK Scheme of Arrangement; client, debt syndicate)*
  • ARG Holdings Inc. (Black Angus Steakhouse) (Chapter 11; client, secured lender and majority equity holder)*
  • St. Francis Medical Centers (out-of-court restructuring; client, bond insurer)*
  • ABFS Inc. (Chapter 11; client, bond insurer)*
Distressed Acquisitions
  • Olympic Sales, Inc. (Chapter 11; client, Brunswick Corporation, purchaser)*
  • Midway Games (Chapter 11; client, purchaser)*
  • Acclaim Inc. (Chapter 11; client, purchaser)*
  • Advanced Tissue Sciences Inc. (Chapter 11; client, purchaser)*
Municipal Debt Restructurings
  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Title III (PROMESA), client, Autonomy Capital)
  • City of Detroit (Chapter 9, client, National Public Finance Guarantee)*
  • City of Stockton, California (Chapter 9, client, Assured
    Guaranty)*
  • City of San Bernardino, California (Chapter 9, client, Assured Guaranty)*
  • Town of Mammoth Lakes, California (Chapter 9, client, creditor)*    

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist, “The Great Divide: Overview of Circuit Splits on Current Issues,” ABI Battleground West (2019) 
  • Panelist, “Negotiation Insights: Section 363 Sales and Financing the Case,” 44th Annual Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Rules, Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute (2018)
  • Panelist, “Does the Municipal Bond Market Need to Forget Everything it Thought it Knew About Chapter 9 Bankruptcy,” 32nd Annual Conference, National Federation of Municipal Analysts (2015)    
 
 
 
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