Allan S. Brilliant

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Allan S. Brilliant

Partner

New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3600 | +1 212 698 3599

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Allan S. Brilliant, co-chair of the firm’s financial restructuring practice, represents bank groups, unsecured creditors’ and bondholder committees, acquirers, and debtors in large-scale restructurings and reorganizations and in non-judicial workouts throughout the United States. Mr. Brilliant also has significant experience advising bondholders on cross-border restructurings and reorganizations around the world, with an especially strong track record in Latin America.

He also has significant experience in bankruptcy litigation, particularly in fraudulent transfer and preference litigation, contested confirmation hearings, and bankruptcy appeals.

Mr. Brilliant has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for bankruptcy/restructuring by Chambers USA, a legal referral guide based on the opinions of peers and clients. In the 2017 edition of Chambers USA, he was noted as having an "encyclopedic knowledge of bankruptcy law" and was described as "a brilliant strategic thinker." He was also named a “Bankruptcy: MVP” by Law360 in 2012 and is listed in The Legal 500 (US) and The Best Lawyers in America as a leading restructuring attorney. In addition, Mr. Brilliant is recognized as Highly Regarded for restructuring and insolvency in the 2018 edition of the IFLR1000.

Mr. Brilliant is a frequent author and lecturer on topics related to bankruptcy. He is the coordinating editor of a four-volume treatise on insolvency law, Fletcher Corporate Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Dissolution (Clark Boardman Callahan 1992).

Experience
  • The international bondholder committee in the restructuring of Oi S.A. and its subsidiaries, the largest telecommunications company in Brazil.
  • The ad hoc group of noteholders in connection with the potential restructuring of Samarco Mineração S.A., a Brazil-based mining company, and its indebtedness.
  • Peaje Investments LLC, a special purpose vehicle managed by a prominent hedge fund and the largest holder of “unwrapped” special revenue bonds issued by the Puerto Rico Highways & Transportation Authority (PRHTA), in connection with all aspects of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s debt restructuring.
  • The ad hoc group of noteholders in connection with the cross-border restructuring of a Chilean-based chain of automobile dealerships.
  • Major bondholders in the cross-border restructuring of OAS, S.A., a Brazilian construction company.
  • The ad hoc group of noteholders in connection with the cross-border restructuring of defaulted senior notes issued by Vitro S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican glass manufacturer. Dechert was counsel to the noteholders in connection with Vitro’s concurso filing in Mexico, related cases in Dallas, Texas, and litigation in New York Supreme Court.
  • The successful plan sponsors in the Chapter 11 case of Greektown Casino, the Detroit, Michigan-based gaming company.
  • The successful plan proponent in the Chapter 11 cases of Scotia Pacific and Pacific Lumber in the contested confirmation of the plan and in two subsequent appeals to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • The agent for the second lien lenders in the Chapter 11 case of Boston Generating LLC.
  • Certain senior secured noteholders in connection with the out of court financial restructuring of Cleveland Unlimited, a company providing wireless communication services in Ohio and Indiana.
  • Various bondholders in the Chapter 11 case of Station Casinos Inc.
  • Ad hoc bondholders groups in connection with CIT Group Funding Company, Builders First Source, and Motor Coach Industries.
  • Major bondholders in connection with Simmons Bedding.
  • The Creditors’ Committee in connection with Constar International.
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1986, with Honors, Order of the Coif
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1982, cum laude
Admissions
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan