Mrs. Maja Zerjal FinkArnold & Porter, New York, NY
MAJA is a partner and represents clients in distressed situations, corporate reorganizations, distressed investment litigation and insolvency proceedings in the U.S. and across the globe. She has been involved in some of the largest reorganization cases in the U.S., including the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s outstanding debt load of more than $74 billion. She has represented clients in a number of high-profile restructurings, including Caesars Entertainment Operating Corporation, MF Global Holdings, Penn Virginia Corporation, Rotech Healthcare, SIGA Technologies, Breitburn Energy Partners, Trident Microsystems and Phoenix Brands. She also represented B. Endeavour Shipping Co. in its chapter 15 case and has advised clients in several cross-border matters. Her experience includes the representations of private-equity sponsors, debtors, foreign debtors and representatives, statutory and ad hoc committees, lenders, bondholders, trade creditors, landlords and equity-holders in bankruptcy proceedings and in in-court and out-of-court restructurings.
In her Slovenian childhood and teenage years, Maja juggled school, sports, music, summer jobs and many other things, including playing pro tennis and being a ski instructor. She recently organized and moderated a panel with Harvard Law School (HLS) alumni in the business world on the upcoming wave of restructuring. In her professional career, she has led countless projects and assignments, and she participates in various committees in the firm, including the Pro Bono Committee and the Women’s Alliance Steering Committee.
Maja has been recognized by Law360 (2020), Super Lawyers (2020) and The Legal 500 (2019) as a “Rising Star,” as well as a member of the NextGen Leadership Program of the International Insolvency Institute. She maintains an active pro bono practice and has been awarded a Pro Bono Star award by Human Rights First for her work in asylum cases. She is also an active member of the Harvard Law School Association and serves on its Executive Committee and the Board of the New York City chapter. In addition, she has been involved in the host committee for the annual Citizens Committee for NYC’s Evening on the Lake event honoring a restructuring professional, and also recently joined its COVID-19 advisory board. She also became closely involved with the HLS alumni organization, both on its Executive Committee and the New York chapter board, where she led the organization of the first-ever multi-school annual 5K event.