Brian S. Hermann - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Brian S. Hermann

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Deputy Chair of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department, Brian Hermann focuses on a range of restructuring and bankruptcy matters for both borrower and lender clients. He has extensive experience representing clients in complex out-of-court restructurings and chapter 11 cases nationwide and across a variety of industries. Brian also routinely represents clients in complex litigation arising out of chapter 11.

Additional Information


Brian has represented a number of official and ad hoc committees, including:

  • the Ad Hoc Committee of Certain First Lien Senior Secured Creditors of Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company LLC in the company's chapter 11 case involving approximately $32 billion of secured and unsecured debt;
  • an Ad Hoc Group of Certain First Lien Debtholders of Arch Coal in connection with Arch Coal's restructuring through a pre-arranged chapter 11 case and certain related postpetition financing;
  • an Informal Committee of Holders of Notes Issued by Xinergy Corp. and Xinergy's postpetition lenders in connection with the company's prepetition restructuring efforts and subsequent chapter 11 case;
  • the Informal Committee of Certain Holders of Second and Third Lien Secured Notes of Altegrity, Inc., as well as the DIP lenders, in connection with Altegrity's restructuring through a pre-arranged chapter 11 case;
  • the Ad Hoc Group of Certain Bondholders of iPayment Inc. and iPayment Holdings, Inc. in connection with an out-of-court exchange of (i) approximately $375 million of senior notes issued by iPayment Inc. into equity and new second lien notes and (ii) approximately $134 million of senior PIK notes issued by iPayment Holdings, Inc. into new second lien notes, warrants and equity.
Pace UniversityBBA 1991UCLA School of LawJ.D. 1996

Client Comments

"Brian's greatest skill by far is his ability to build consensus among a diverse group of interested parties. He is not only a fantastic lawyer, but he is the kind of person who others instinctively trust and respect. Without him, our case would not have ended up nearly as successful as it did."

-James Rich
Senior Distressed Analyst

"Brian is one of the best insolvency professionals working in New York today. He's extremely intelligent, practical, and commercial. He could not be more responsive or a greater pleasure, even in highly tense situations."

"Brian is one of the best and most understanding lawyers I have ever worked with. He is as smart as any good New York City lawyer, but also very humble, approachable, and reachable - characteristics that many New York City lawyers lack. We have been trying hard to get Brian involved in some of our other cases."

Office Location

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
United States

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law