Michael J. Riela
Michael advises clients in complex corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, data privacy and cybersecurity matters. He is also an experienced general business attorney, advising clients in general corporate, finance and litigation matters, including negotiating and drafting complex commercial contracts. He has in-depth experience in advising clients in corporate and real estate Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings, M&A transactions involving distressed sellers, debtor-in-possession (DIP) and bankruptcy exit loan facilities, secondary market trading of distressed debt and trade claims, and insolvency-related litigation. He has particular experience defending complex preference and fraudulent transfer cases, and with handling professional retention and fee dispute matters in bankruptcy cases. He focuses on helping clients minimize cost, delay and risk by developing and implementing out-of-court strategies when possible. His restructuring and bankruptcy practice spans across industries, though much of his recent work has been focused on the staffing, real estate, construction, retail, technology, and cannabis industries. He is also a panel mediator in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York and the District of Delaware.