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Christopher K. Kiplok

Partner

Christopher K. Kiplok is a partner in the firm’s corporate reorganization and litigation departments.  He is a member of our Executive Committee and serves as administrative partner for the firm’s corporate reorganization group.  His practice includes judicial and out of court insolvency matters and financial litigation, with a particular expertise in the liquidation of brokerage firms.  Mr. Kiplok routinely briefs congressional committees, domestic and foreign regulators, self regulatory organizations, and industry groups, and is a regular panelist and lecturer on topics including “too big to fail” insolvencies, cross border bankruptcies, and complex financial litigation.  Mr. Kiplok is a co-author of the treatise Collier on Bankruptcy, and he is recognized by Chambers and Legal 500 as one of the country’s leading lawyers.

Professional Activities

  • Director, Greenwich House, Inc.
  • Director, Barrow Street Nursery School
  • 2005 inMotion Commitment to Justice Award​
  • Member, Bankruptcy & Corporate Reorganization Committee, New York City Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York​

Practice Groups and Other Information

Education Information

  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
    Moot Court Board
    Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S.
    magna cum laude
    John Carroll Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Highlighted Matters

  • MF Global, Inc.: Mr. Kiplok serves as chief of staff and principal deputy to our partner James Giddens, Trustee for the liquidation of MF Global, Inc., the largest futures commission merchant ever to fail and among the ten largest bankruptcies in history. Among other things Mr. Kiplok coordinates the Trustee’s staff of several hundred professionals, advises the Trustee on all strategic and legal matters, oversees the processing of more than 30,000 claims, and directs cross border insolvency strategy.
  • Lehman Brothers Inc.: Mr. Kiplok serves in the same role in the $120 billion Lehman liquidation, the largest stock broker ever to fail and part of the largest bankruptcy in history. In coordinating the Trustee’s staff and advising on all strategic and legal decisions Mr. Kiplok’s recent experience has included negotiating the resolution of more than $100 billion in claims among Lehman affiliates, integrating cross border insolvency strategy across more than 76 proceedings in 16 jurisdictions around the world, and overseeing dozens of litigations regarding customer and other claims totaling well into the tens of billions of dollars.
  • In re Eagle Picher: Representation of trustees of a billion dollar trust established to resolve hundreds of thousands of asbestos personal injury.
  • Union Bank, N.A.: Representation of bank as collateral agent and issuer of synthetic letters of credit in the chapter 11 restructuring of a multibillion dollar coal power facility, In re Longview Power LLC.
  • Credit Suisse AG: Navigated the bank as secured creditor, DIP lender, and section 363 purchaser through the billion dollar restructuring of an international shipping conglomerate, In re Excel Maritime.
  • In re Spectrawatt: Advised UK company in recovery of 100% of its advance payments following the failure of a US solar producer.
  • In re Lillian Vernon, Inc.: Representation of largest secured creditor and equity holder.
  • In re Mirant Corp.: Victory for party to a swap contract following trial under bankruptcy code safe harbor provisions.
  • In re Refco Capital Markets, Ltd.: Representation of largest individual creditor, a Latin American resident, through month long trial and conversion to stock broker liquidation of this Bermuda entity.
  • In re Enron Corp.: Defense of Aetna Inc. and affiliates in billion dollar commercial paper litigation.
  • In re Verestar, Inc.: Representation of bankruptcy code section 363 acquirer through post-closing litigation.
  • In re Beacon Hill: Dismissal of big four consulting firm in federal and state court litigation concerning the Cayman Islands insolvency of the Beacon Hill hedge funds.
  • Representation of big four accounting firms in cases concerning In re Cendant Corporation Securities Litigation, In re Dictaphone Corp., In re Metlife Securities Litigation, In re Solutia Corp., In re Vivendi Securities Litigation, Stotler Group, Inc., National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc., and other matters.
  • Defense of witnesses in SEC, PCAOB, DOJ, and independent counsel investigations.
  • Pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence and of Chapter 7, 11, and 13 individual debtors.

Highlighted Publications

  • Testifying Expert on Treatment of Financial Products in Bankruptcy, United States Commission on the Reform of Chapter 11, May 15, 2013
  • Law360 Leading Practitioner Q&A, May 3, 2013
  • Feature Speaker, with Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman and CFTC Commissioner Scott O’Malia, SIFMA / AICPA National Conference, “Restructuring of Financial Firms”, November 29, 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, Deloitte Worldwide Insolvency Conference, May 16, 2012

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