Cadwalader Names John Rapisardi Co-Head of Restructuring Dep’t

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP has named John Rapisardi as co-chairman of the firm’s financial restructuring department.



Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the world’s leading law firms, announced that John J. Rapisardi has been named Co-Chairman of the firm’s Financial Restructuring Department, joining colleague Deryck A. Palmer in managing the 65-member team of lawyers.

“We are very pleased that John is assuming a prominent management role at the firm. We rely on our department leaders to integrate their department with others in the firm and to capitalize upon growth opportunities. John has all of the qualities we look for in a leader and, on behalf of our management committee, we look forward to working with him and Deryck to continue to enhance the restructuring platform in all of our offices,” said Chris White, the Chairman of Cadwalader and the Co-Chairman of the firm’s Corporate Department.

“I have worked closely with John for many years. Not only do I respect his legal expertise and enjoy working with him, but I know that he will bring to bear tremendous skills in practice development, client management, and associate development,” said Mr. Palmer. “We make a great team.”

Mr. Rapisardi noted: “I am honored at the trust that Cadwalader and my colleague Deryck Palmer have placed in me. I look forward to working with Deryck and all of our partners as we chart a shared strategic vision for our financial restructuring team in the U.S., the U.K., and Asia.”

Mr. Rapisardi has more than 25 years of domestic and international restructuring experience across a variety of industries, including telecommunications, satellite, retail, healthcare, casinos, sports franchises, real estate, and manufacturing companies. He has advised investors and financial institutions and written extensively on the subject of lender rights and remedies under the new Chinese Bankruptcy Code. He is co-author (with Mr. Palmer) of The PRC Enterprise Bankruptcy Law: The People’s Work in Progress (Beard Group, Inc., 2008). For the past ten years, Mr. Rapisardi has been a regular bankruptcy columnist for the New York Law Journal. He is a member of INSOL and is chair of its planning committee for INSOL’s Quadrennial Conference 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Mr. Rapisardi has been named as a highly recommended international restructuring counsel in PLC Cross-border Restructuring and Insolvency Handbook, has been recognized as one of the leading restructuring lawyers in the U.S. by Chambers USA, and was included in Best Lawyers in America.

A Beta Gamma Sigma graduate from the College of Business Administration at Fordham University, Mr. Rapisardi received his LL.M. from New York University and J.D. from Pace University and served on the Pace Law Review. Mr. Rapisardi clerked for two years for the then Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Southern District of New York.

About Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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