Douglas Bartner

Douglas P. Bartner


Douglas P. Bartner is a partner in Shearman & Sterling LLP’s Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Group, where he regularly represents debtors and creditors and acquirors of assets in Chapter 11 bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings. Doug is currently serving as Chair of the firm’s Audit Committee and is a member of the firm’s Practice Management Committee. He previously served as the global Practice Group Leader of the Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Group for ten years. Doug joined Shearman & Sterling in 1982 and became a partner in 1991.

Doug is consistently recognized as an industry leader by the leading legal directories, including Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers.

Selected Experience

  • CCA Bahamas in the Baha Mar Chapter 11
  • Coldwater Creek in its Chapter 11
  • Lupatech in its Chapter 15
  • Media General in its amend and extend, sale of newspaper assets to and financing agreements with Berkshire Hathaway
  • Delphi Corporation, as special bankruptcy counsel, in its Chapter 11
  • Centrais Eléctricas do Pará, S.A. in its Chapter 15 (Latin Lawyer Restructuring Deal of the Year 2012)

Selected Publications

  • Financially Distressed Companies Answer Book 2013 (2013)
  • “Second Circuit Decides Key Issue of Statutory Interpretation Under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code,” 25 Bloomberg Law Reports—Bankruptcy Law No. 24 (2013)
  • “The Timing Is Off: The Definitional Gap Between Plain Language and Legislative Intent in the Recognition of Foreign Proceedings,” 25 Bloomberg Law Reports—Bankruptcy Law No. 15 (2013)
  • “Comparing Notes: How Financial Advisors and Attorneys Approach the Plan of Reorganization,” ABI Journal, September 2011
  • “The Response of the U.S. Congress to The Recent Financial Crisis: Creation of an ‘Orderly Liquidation Authority’ Under the Dodd-Frank Act,” 23 Commercial Insolvency Reporter 61 (2011)
  • “Major Legal and Financial Factors Impacting Chapter 11 Restructurings in 2011,” Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Law 2011: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year 5 (Aspatore 2011)
  • “Credit Bidding – Recent Canadian and U.S. Themes,” Annual Review of Insolvency Law 1 (Janis P. Sarra ed., 2010)
  • “If the Cap Fits: Landlord Claims for Breaches of Repair and Maintenance Covenants in Bankruptcy,” 4 Bloomberg Law Reports—Bankruptcy Law No. 51 (2010)
  • “Asset Sales in Bankruptcy: After the Perfect Storm,” 27 The Bankruptcy Strategist 1 (September 2010)
  • “Capping Landlords’ Lease Rejection Damage Claims,” 243 New York Law Journal (June 28, 2010)
  • “Evaluating executive compensation ‘best practices’ in the post-recession world,” Navigating in Today’s Environment: The Directors’ and Officers’ Guide to Restructuring (John Wm. (“Jack”) Butler, Jr. ed., 2010)


  • George Washington University, National Law Center, J.D., 1982
  • Lehigh University, B.S., 1979


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