Adam Shpeen

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Adam Shpeen

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, New York

ADAM is a partner in the Restructuring Group at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and has substantial experience in corporate restructurings and bankruptcies, representing debtors, creditors and other strategic parties in bankruptcies, out-of-court workouts, liability-management transactions, debt exchanges, direct-lending transactions, debtor-in-possession and exit financings, litigation, cross-border insolvencies and § 363 sales. In 2021, the Turnaround Management Association recognized him for his work representing an ad hoc group of lenders in the Murray Energy bankruptcy, which TMA named the “Mega Company Turnaround/Transaction of the Year.”

When Adam was a second-year associate, he volunteered on a pro bono basis with the New York City Bankruptcy Assistance Project (NYC BAP) to help individuals living near or below the poverty line file chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions; for his efforts, he was awarded the NYC BAP Champion Award. He also serves on the board of the NextGen Restructuring Committee of the UJA-Federation of NYC, and earlier this year was invited to join the editorial board of The Bankruptcy Strategist, in which he published an article in June on the treatment of preferred equity in bankruptcy.

Adam served as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps for two years after college, and today he volunteers as a junior advisory board member of Her Justice, an organization that provides free legal services to women in need. In law school, he was elected by more than 50 classmates to be the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review because of his vision for the journal and deep commitment to fostering strong scholarship. At his firm, he has been chosen by colleagues to lead deal teams, speak in court, mentor associates, lead pro bono efforts, headline recruiting events, lead associate lawyer training events, and speak on panels. This year, he led a team of attorneys on a six-month project to produce and publish a comprehensive treatise on the treatment of make-whole claims in bankruptcy. Most recently, he has been selected to join the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Business Reorganizations.



“Adam is truly a standout lawyer, going above and beyond to ensure his clients’ needs are met — and surpassed.”