Leader of New York Office Restructuring

Joaquin M. C de Baca


"He’s very responsive, always very accessible and available, knowledgeable, patient and a great communicator in presenting potentially complex issues in easy to understand terms."
The Legal 500


Joaquin C de Baca is head of Restructuring in the New York office. Joaquin counsels clients in connection with workouts, restructurings, and all manner of distressed areas including bankruptcy proceedings, debtor-in-possession and exit financings, litigations and international insolvency proceedings. He has negotiated restructuring transactions in an extensive scope of distressed contexts. Joaquin regularly helps clients to assess all perspectives and execute strategies to maximize value.


Some of his recent representations include:

  • Wolverine Fuels, LLC, the nation’s largest bituminous coal producers, on the successful cross-border debt and off-take contracts restructurings resulting in more than $3 billion in projected increased revenue over the life of the various off-take.
  • A non-US broker in connection with plan enforcement issues with respect to Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. and its affiliated debtors.
  • An equipment finance lessor in connection with complex equipment lease assumption and claims resolution issues arising out of the Westinghouse chapter 11 proceedings.
  • A major international bank in connection with the administration of loans to a distressed hospital system.
  • A major international bank in connection with the workout and potential insolvency proceedings related to the financing of a Brazilian oil field business.


  • Rising Star in Bankruptcy - New York Super Lawyers
  • "Health Care Services Restructuring of the Year" - Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Awards
  • "Chapter 11 Reorg of the Year ($500MM to $1B)" - M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD
  • University of Denver, BM, magna cum laude


  • New York