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Thomas S. Kiriakos

Thomas S. Kiriakos

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"An exceptional lawyer who does top work"

Chambers USA 2008

Tom Kiriakos is a financial restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer. He represents commercial banks, corporate banks, non-regulated financial institutions, and insurance companies in bankruptcy cases involving debtors engaged in businesses such as real estate, construction, retail, manufacturing (including auto parts), hotels, restaurants, equipment leasing, meat packing, life settlement, personal services (consulting), distribution, transportation, for-profit education, oil field and agricultural chemicals, and oil and gas drilling, production and refining. He also represents corporate banks, commercial banks and other clients in appeals of bankruptcy-related lower court decisions. He represents corporations and other business entities in acquiring assets in bankruptcy sales, including acquisition in diverse areas such as mortgage loan servicing platforms, conductive polymers and inks used in organic electronic applications, specialty retail chains, and novelty ice cream cones.  He represents official unsecured creditors' committees.

Tom’s restructuring experience includes negotiating and documenting loan and corporate restructurings and other work-out related matters, primarily as counsel to senior lenders. His bankruptcy securitization experience includes representing commercial banks (including lender groups), other financial institutions, equipment lessors, and rating agencies in bankruptcy aspects of securitization transactions, including debtor-in-possession financing implemented through post-petition securitization transactions. His general creditors' rights and lender liability experience includes implementing public and private disposition of personal and real property collateral, including through sales of financially distressed businesses as going concerns, inside and outside of bankruptcy, as well as advising lenders regarding, and representing lenders in, litigation matters, including possible lender-liability claims, intercreditor disputes, and possible instances of borrower fraud. His experience with insurance company insolvency includes representing insurance and reinsurance companies in litigation with insurance regulators over insurance insolvency and rehabilitation issues.

Tom has been selected as a "Leading Lawyer in His Field" (Chambers USA 2004-2016). He has been described as: a “‘tremendous tactician’ possessing ‘street-smart common sense’” (Chambers USA 2004-2005); a “sagacious, pragmatic and highly knowledgeable” lawyer who “provides excellent advice and obtains great results” (Chambers USA 2007); "an exceptional lawyer who does top work" (Chambers USA 2008) and is “proficient in a wide body of work, from complicated matters to more midlevel cases” (Chambers USA 2009); a lawyer who can "handle the megacases with an understanding of how to balance the practical and legal considerations" (Chambers USA 2010); someone who is "'very experienced, responsive and knowledgeable of the field'" and who "handles cases that are frequently national in scale" (Chambers USA 2011); as doing “a great job in very large, complicated, contentious situations” (Chambers USA 2012); as a “very savvy, very smart attorney who knows bankruptcy law very well” and who is “able to adjust his style to the situation” (Chambers USA 2014); and as "a very skilled lender's lawyer who is thoughtful, rational and reasonable." (Chambers USA 2016).

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