Christopher (Chris) Kiplok is Chairman of our Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy department. His practice includes judicial and out-of-court insolvency matters and financial litigation, with particular experience in the liquidation of brokerage firms. He 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.
Chris was named among the Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers of 2017 by Turnarounds & Workouts, and he is recognized by Chambers and Legal 500 as one of the country's leading lawyers, who comment that he is a “real talent that combines a rare combination of legal, commercial and political instincts” and has a “notable reputation for work on cross-border bankruptcies and out-of-court restructuring assignments.” He is a co-author of the treatise "Collier on Bankruptcy," and chairs leading insolvency bar associations.
Chairman, City Bar Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Committee
Past Chairman, Federal Bar Council Bankruptcy Committee
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Village Community School
Director, Greenwich House Inc.
Director, Barrow Street Nursery School
Her Justice Commitment to Justice Award, 2005
Recognized in Chambers USA and Legal 500
Named an “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts, 2017
Highlighted Publications and Lectures
"Testifying Expert on Treatment of Financial Products in Bankruptcy," United States Commission on the Reform of Chapter 11, May 15, 2013
"Leading Practitioner Q&A," Law360 (May 3, 2013)
Featured speaker, "Restructuring of Financial Firms," with Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman and Commissioner of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Scott O'Malia, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association/American Institute of Certified Public Accountants National Conference, Nov. 29, 2012
Keynote speaker, Deloitte Worldwide Insolvency Conference, May 16, 2012
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
MF Global Inc.: Chris served as principal deputy and chief of staff in the liquidation of MF Global Inc., the largest futures commission merchant ever to fail and among the 10 largest bankruptcies in history. Among other things, Chris coordinated the trustee's staff of several hundred professionals, advised the trustee on all strategic and legal matters, oversaw the processing and litigation of more than 30,000 claims, and directed cross-border insolvency strategy. All customers and secured and priority creditors received 100 percent distributions, and general creditors received distributions of 95 cents on the dollar
Lehman Brothers Inc.: Chris currently serves in the same role in the $120 billion Lehman liquidation, the largest stockbroker ever to fail and part of the largest bankruptcy in history. In addition to coordinating the trustee's staff and advising on all strategic and legal decisions, Chris' 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 Gulfmark Offshore Inc.: Counsel to DNB Bank as secured creditor and DIP Lender
In re Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Ltd.: Debtor’s counsel in the Chapter 11 restructuring of international shipping and service company that operates in seven jurisdictions globally
In re Republic Airways Holdings Inc.: Debtor's counsel in connection with its $3.5 billion Chapter 11 restructuring
In re Worldwide Transportation Services Inc.: Representation of a secured lender, a debtor-in-possession (DIP) lender, and an acquirer of substantial assets pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code
In re Doral Financial Corp.: Representation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in its capacity as receiver for Doral Bank and as interested party in the Chapter 11 proceeding of its parent holding corporation
In re Mosaic Management Corp.: Advising the debtor’s largest creditor, Caja Paraguaya De Jubilaciones Y Pensiones Del Personal De La Itaipu Binacional (CAJUBI) in connection with its various claims and the Chapter 11 restructuring
In re Dendreon Corp.: Representation of the chair of the Creditors Committee in the $640 million Chapter 11 restructuring of Dendreon Corp.
In re NSB Advisors LLC: Representation of the largest creditor in the Chapter 11 restructuring of investment adviser NSB Advisors LLC
In re Eagle Picher: Representation of the trustees of a billion-dollar trust established to resolve hundreds of thousands of asbestos personal injury claims
In re Longview Power LLC: MUFG Union Bank NA: Representation of the 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 Excel Maritime: 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 Spectrawatt: Advised a UK company in the recovery of 100 percent of its advance payments following the failure of a US solar producer
In re Lillian Vernon Inc.: Representation of the largest secured creditor and equity holder
In re Mirant Corp.: Victory for a party to a swap contract following a trial under Bankruptcy Code safe harbor provisions
In re Refco Capital Markets Ltd.: Representation of the largest individual creditor, a Latin American resident, through a month-long trial and conversion to stockbroker liquidation of this Bermuda entity
In re Enron Corp.: Defense of Aetna Inc. and affiliates in a billion-dollar commercial paper litigation
In re Verestar Inc.: Representation of a Bankruptcy Code Section 363 acquirer through post-closing litigation
In re Beacon Hill: Dismissal of a Big Four consulting firm in federal and state court litigation concerning the Cayman Islands insolvency of the Beacon Hill hedge funds
Counsel to the trustee in the liquidations of AR Baron & Co. and New Times Securities Services Inc.
Representation of Big Four accounting firms in cases concerning In re Cendant Corp. 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 US Securities and Exchange Commission, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Department of Justice and independent counsel investigations
Pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence, and of Chapter 7, 11 and 13 individual debtors