According to clients:

“A no-nonsense lawyer”

“Cuts to the chase”

“Very commercial and responsive”

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021

Josef S. Athanas


Joe Athanas retired from the partnership on October 31, 2021. He is an experienced restructuring lawyer who has advised clients on all aspects of workouts, special situations, and bankruptcy.

Mr. Athanas has decades of experience representing debtors, secured creditors, bondholders, and other parties in interest in international restructurings.

He has expertise in a wide range of distressed situations, including cross-border restructurings, multinational insolvencies and workouts, and strategies for distressed investors to obtain control of troubled companies, as well as Chapter 11 proceedings. Mr. Athanas also has experience representing lenders in secured and unsecured lending transactions.

  • Education
    • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1991
    • BS, Indiana University, 1988
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