Matthew J. Williams is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group.
Since 2008, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has consistently ranked Mr. Williams as a top bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer, noting his “exemplary legal skills, superb intelligence and exceptional forward-thinking,” his “winning combination of business acumen and legal expertise,” and his ability “to give an opinion as opposed to just spotting issues” and his “detail-oriented approach.” He is praised by creditor and bondholder clients as a “fantastic young partner who gets the issues, is great at working with hedge funds, and understands the way we think about the world” and someone who “gives good commercial and practical advice” and is a “a strong but balanced negotiator who delivers results.” Mr. Williams was named a Law360 ”MVP” in Bankruptcy for 2015 – one of ten “elite attorneys” in the country – for his “successes in record-breaking deals and complex global matters.” In 2010, he was recognized as one of 12 “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” in the nation by Turnaround & Workouts Magazine. That same year, Law360 called him one of the “Rising Stars” in restructuring and “one of the 10 bankruptcy attorneys under 40 to watch.”
Mr. Williams has taken a lead role in numerous high-profile restructurings and cross-border proceedings. Recent notable matters led by him include Triangle USA Petroleum Corporation (representation of bondholder group and backstop new money providers through chapter 11 plan); iHeart Communications (representation of bondholder group and indenture trustee); Puerto Rico (representation of substantial bondholder in connection with successful Supreme Court of United States challenge related to Puerto Rico’s restructuring statute); The Sports Authority (representation of chapter 11 debtor in connection with DIP financing and sale of assets); Brookstone Holdings Corp. (representation of Chinese consortium of investors purchasing 100% of equity of reorganized company through chapter 11 auction process); Arcapita Bank (representation of chapter 11 debtor in connection with first ever Sharia compliant DIP financing); General Motors (representation of indenture trustee for $23 billion in bonds and of liquidating trustee charged with administering wind down of General Motors bankruptcy estate); Dynegy (representation of subordinated noteholders); Nortel (representation of bidder in chapter 11 auction); Trident Resources (representation of secured lender group and backstop new money providers); CIT Group (representation of indenture trustee for $2 billion in bonds); Ambassadors’ Cruise Group (representation of secured lenders and stalking horse purchaser in chapter 11); Loehmann’s Department Stores (representation of secured lender and plan sponsor); General Growth Properties (representation of DIP lender); Vitesse Semiconductor (representation of convertible bondholder group in out of court restructuring); Dana Corporation (representation of official creditors’ committee); Footstar Corporation (representation of official equity committee); and Leap Wireless (representation of official creditors’ committee). In addition, a significant component of his practice consists of his representation of numerous hedge funds in connection with their analyses of complex capital structures and their investments in distressed situations.
Mr. Williams received his Juris Doctor, with high honors, from Rutgers University School of Law. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of New Jersey, cum laude. Mr. Williams clerked for the Honorable Francis G. Conrad, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Vermont, following law school and is currently head coach of the Peninsula Wild Eagles, a competitive U-12 boys soccer team.
He is admitted to practice law in New York.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.
Rutgers University - 1998 Juris Doctor
College of New Jersey - 1994 Bachelor of Arts
New York Bar