Marc Abrams - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Marc Abrams

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 212-728-8200

Marc Abrams is a partner and Co-Chair of the Business Reorganization and Restructuring Department. He has served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and is a member of its European Committee, in which capacity he is currently co-directing the firm’s London based restructuring practice. Marc has been instrumental, principally on behalf of debtors, in several complex chapter 11 cases and non-judicial restructurings. He also has extensive experience representing creditors’ committees and groups, opportunistic investors, and lenders. Marc has also maintained a substantial cross-border practice involving foreign insolvency regimes and related cases under the Bankruptcy Code, including chapter 15 cases.

Company Side
Throughout his career, Marc has regularly produced superior results on behalf of company-side clients in numerous complex chapter 11 cases and in several out-of-court restructurings, including seminal cases such as Adelphia Communications Corp., Angiotech Pharmaceuticals (chapter 15) and Teksid, Inc. In addition, Marc is a recognized leader and key advisor in cross-border representations. Marc frequently represents clients in the automotive, cable, construction, entertainment/recreation, financial products, health care, high-tech, hospitality, manufacturing, media, mining, retail, telecommunications and transportation industries.

Transactional Side
Marc also regularly represents key stakeholders in both chapter 11 and out-of-court restructurings, including official and unofficial committees, strategic investors, purchasers and major creditors. As an industry leader, Marc is regularly called upon for his guidance and expertise. Marc has regularly counseled many institutional clients, including: AlixPartners, LLC;  Barclays Bank PLC; Brookfield Asset Management Inc.; and Monarch Alternative Capital LP.

Villanova UniversityBA 1975Widener University School of LawJ.D. 1978
American College of BankruptcyInternational Insolvency InstituteLitigation Counsel Of AmericaABI

Client Comments

"Marc Abrams is a top-flight lawyer. His years of experience inside and outside the courtroom make him a fierce advocate for a client. He takes the time to understand the clients' needs and goals, and then delivers. Importantly, he knows when to fight and when to compromise."

"Marc Abrams is a brilliant strategist. His analysis, advice, and low-key execution on what was a complicated cross border scenario are the reason our business not only made it through the restructuring, but made it through to be alive and going strong today."

"Marc Abrams is one of the deans in this practice area. I have worked with him for more than 25 years and his consistent command of the situation, his depth of knowledge and, maybe most important, his ability to turn an adversarial environment into a civil and productive one is unsurpassed. His disarming personality, combined with his knowledge and command of the facts, has the effect of making cooler heads prevail, a skill that has become critical to the successful outcome of most restructurings."

-Robert P. Conway
Chairman & CEO
Conway Del Genio Gries & Co., LLC

"Marc Abrams did a great job leading the restructuring of the Journal Register Company. The restructuring allowed the company to position itself to make the transition from a print media company to a successful digital company."

-John Strek
Managing Director
Conway DelGenio Gries & Co., LLC

"Marc Abrams demonstrates and exudes the skill, knowledge, and determination that provide the client with a calming confidence that he/you will achieve the best possible conclusion."

-Jon Smith

"Marc Abrams is an outstanding strategic and tactical thinker, and was very responsive to us during one of the largest and most complicated bankruptcies in the U.S."

"Marc Abrams is a very experienced, thoughtful lawyer. He looks for solutions to issues rather than focus on explaining the legal fine points. He gets the job done."

"Marc Abrams is incredibly intelligent and thoughtful. He is very fair and balanced in his thinking and his advice."

"Marc Abrams embodies what a client needs in a lawyer. He is smart, tenacious, experienced, responsive, and practical all rolled up into one. He is one of the best orators around and unflappable in the courtroom."

-Michael J. Kelly
Chief Legal Officer
Monarch Alternative Capital LP

Office Location

787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
United States

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Global)