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).

    • The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, the fiduciary appointed to protect the interests of LATAM Airlines’ unsecured creditors, in connection with a Chapter 11 case.
    • The international bondholder committee in connection with 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.
    • Fireside Chat with Vince Buccola, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, 2022 Dechert Distressed Investing Forum, Dechert LLP – New York, NY (October 27, 2022)
    • Cross-Border Skirmishes in Multi-National Restructurings, 2022 Dechert Distressed Investing Forum, Dechert LLP – New York, NY (October 27, 2022)
    • Insights into the World of Global Restructuring – 2021 Permanent & Private Capital Summit, Virtual Conference (June 2-3, 2021)
    • New Brazilian Bankruptcy Law — Dechert LLP, Webinar (January 28, 2021)
    • Turbulence in the Travel and Hospitality Industry — Dechert Distressed Investing Forum, Virtual Conference (November 12, 2020)
    • Negotiating a Distressed Deal - What’s Your Next Step? — iGlobal Forum's 10th Real Estate Mezzanine Financing Summit, Virtual Conference (July 9, 2020)
    • One World with Multiple Restructuring Regimes: Hot Topics in Cross Border Restructurings — Dechert Distressed Investing Forum, New York, NY (October 17, 2019)
    • Dechert Distressed Investing Forum — New York Athletic Club, New York, NY (October 18, 2018)
    • In Sickness and in Health: A Closer Look at Hospital and Pharma — Barclays' Distressed and Special Situations Conference, New York, NY (April 6, 2017)

      Speaker, “In Sickness and in Health: A Closer Look at Hospital and Pharma.” 
    • Effect of Public Policy Imperatives — University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Restructuring Studies The Rule of Law in Restructuring Conference, New York, NY (October 28, 2016)
    • 23rd Annual Leveraged Finance Conference — Deutsche Bank, Scottsdale, AZ (September 28, 2015)
    • Financing Gaming Activities in a Low Interest Rate Slow Growth Economy — Gaming Law Minefield National Institute Presented by ABA, Las Vegas, NV (February 14, 2013)

      Speaker, panel on the opportunities and challenges in casino financing.
    • Economic Report of the Commercial Gaming Industry — Gaming Law Minefield 2012 Presented by the ABA Center for CLE, Las Vegas, NV (February 23, 2012)