Joel Moss

Joel Moss is a Financial Restructuring & Insolvency partner, based in Shearman & Sterling’s New York office. He focuses his practice on advising banks, trading desks and distressed investment funds on a wide variety of bankruptcy and restructuring-related matters. Joel is recognized by IFLR1000 as a Rising Star, while The Legal 500 United States notes that his “former in-house experience means he has ‘a deep and unique understanding of what his bank clients are looking for.’”
Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Joel was a partner at a large global law firm. Before that, he was a director at Barclays in New York, where he handled bankruptcy and restructuring matters for the bank in the United States. At Barclays, his responsibilities included advising trading desks on bankruptcy issues relating to proposed and existing investments; negotiating and reviewing restructuring documentation where Barclays was agent and lender; negotiating and reviewing documentation for DIP and exit financings in which Barclays was agent and/or lead arranger and lender; preparing Barclays’ US resolution plan (“living will”) required under the Dodd-Frank Act; and structuring financial transactions to mitigate bankruptcy risk.

Selected Experience

  • Representing a trading desk of a major bank and distressed investment funds in connection with their investments in junior preferred stock issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
  • Representing a distressed investment fund in connection with Detroit’s Chapter 9 case
  • Representing a distressed investment fund in connection with exposure to Puerto Rico
  • Representing an agent bank in connection with a prenegotiated Chapter 11 case of an oil field services company with assets in various Latin American countries

Selected Publications

  • “Guaranties in Bankruptcy: A Primer II (with Brian E. Greer)” Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, 2014 Edition, September 2014
  • “New Perspectives for Trademark Licensees in Licensor Bankruptcies,” New York Law Journal, September 23, 2013
  • “W.R. Grace: Unsecured Bank Lenders Are Not Entitled to Post-Petition Default Interest (with G. Alexander Bongartz),” American Bankruptcy Institute Law Journal, May 2011
  • “Frenville: Finally Dead and Buried in the Third Circuit,” American Bankruptcy Institute Law Journal, September 2010
  • “Putting Section 363 Asset Sales to Work (with Lisa Schweitzer),” International Financial Law Review: The 2010 Guide to Restructuring & Insolvency, September 2010
  • “Guaranties in Bankruptcy: A Primer (with Brian E. Greer),” Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, July/August 2007


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2001, magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Seymour Goldstein Labor Law Prize
  • Duke University, A.B., 1998, magna cum laude


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