James Sprayregan

James Sprayregan
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

James H.M. Sprayregen is a Restructuring partner in the Chicago and New York offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and serves on Kirkland’s worldwide management committee. Mr. Sprayregen is recognized as one of the outstanding restructuring lawyers in the United States and around the world. Mr. Sprayregen has extensive experience representing major U.S. and international companies in restructurings out of court and in court around the world. He also has extensive experience advising boards of directors, and generally representing debtors and creditors in workout, insolvency, restructuring, and bankruptcy matters worldwide. He has handled matters for clients in industries as varied as manufacturing, technology, transportation, energy, media, and real estate. Chambers & Partners has described Mr. Sprayregen as a “great clients’ lawyer, admired for his ‘unflustered ways.’” Chambers said that clients it spoke to noted that he is “probably the best restructuring lawyer in the world.” Most recently, in 2014, Mr. Sprayregen was described by Chambers as “the godfather of restructuring” and “one of the major stars of the industry.” In March 2010, Mr. Sprayregen was selected by The National Law Journal as one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers.” In 2013, Mr. Sprayregen was named “Global Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyer of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal Awards, receiving more votes from clients and peers than any other individual worldwide. In October 2013, Mr. Sprayregen was inducted into the TMA Turnaround, Restructuring, and Distressed Investing Industry Hall of Fame?.

Mr. Sprayregen joined Kirkland in 1990 and built its international Restructuring Group. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 where he was co-head of Goldman Sachs’ Restructuring Group and advised clients in restructuring and distressed situations. He rejoined Kirkland three years later. In the 2009 edition of Chambers USA, Mr. Sprayregen was listed as a first tier lawyer practicing in the bankruptcy/restructuring category, and was described as having an “outstanding reputation for complex Chapter 11 cases.” The 2011 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Mr. Sprayregen as a key individual, noting that sources refer to him as “a restructuring genius and one of the best strategists in the country.” In the 2012 edition of Chambers USA, Mr. Sprayregen was praised for his “incredible work ethic and skill” and for his ability to “bring a mastery of the law to practical application.” In 2014, Chambers Global named Mr. Sprayregen as “one of the leading practitioners in the industry.” Clients look to him as someone who is “providing leadership and strategic guidance on the big issues.” “Tireless and very creative,” Mr. Sprayregen is described as “very good in complicated and difficult situations” and clients are “impressed by his boundless energy to work on issues.” Sources in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA noted there is “not a question or a nuance that I can ask him that he won’t know about.”

Mr. Sprayregen has led bankruptcy cases for numerous companies including United Airlines, Conseco, General Growth Properties, Energy Future Holdings Corp., Innkeepers USA Trust, Japan Airlines Corporation as U.S. and international counsel, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Edison Mission Energy, MSR Resort Golf Course LLC, Hawker Beechcraft Inc., Cengage Learning, Inc., Sbarro Inc., Visteon Corporation, Lear Corporation, The Reader’s Digest Association, Corus Bankshares, Inc., Majestic Star Casino LLC, and ION Media Networks, Inc.

Mr. Sprayregen is a frequent lecturer and speaker, and has published numerous articles on insolvency, fiduciary duty, and distressed M&A issues. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, New York University School of Law, and University of Pennsylvania Law School. In May 2013, Mr. Sprayregen was appointed to serve a two year term as the President of INSOL International, the leading insolvency association in the world.

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Abrams, David - Abrams Capital, LLC
Ackman, William A. - Pershing Square Capital
Adams, John - Emeritus Professor of Geography, University College London
Aitken, James - Aitken Advisors, LLP
Akre, Chuck - Akre Capital Management
Alexander, Seth - MIT Investment Management Company
Arnott, Rob - Research Affiliates, Chairman
Aronson, Theodore - Aronson+Johnson+Ortiz
Aronstein, Michael C. - Preservation Group, LLC
Asness, Ph.D., Clifford S. - AQR Capital Management, LLC, Managing and Founding Principal
Avery, Dennis T. - Author
Ayer, James - Tiedemann/Ayer

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Banerji, Anirvan - Economic Cycle Research Institute
Bass, Kyle - Hayman Capital Management, Managing Member
Ben-Ur, David - Corbin Capital Partners
Berg, Gilchrist - Water Street Capital
Bernstein, William - Efficient Frontier Advisors
Bessent, Scott - Key Square Group
Bianco, James - Bianco Research, LLC
Bobrow, Barry - Wachovia Corp.
Bogle, John C. - The Vanguard Group, Inc.
Boland, John - Remnant Partners
Bonderman, David - TPG Capital
Bregman, Steven - Horizon Kinetics, President, Co-Founder
Bronstein, Keith - TradeLink, LLC
Brosens, Frank - Taconic Capital Partners
Burkank, John - Passport Capital, LLC
Burn, Christopher - Coxe Advisors, LLC
Byrd, Frank - Fielder Capital Group, LLC
Byrne, John J. (Jack) - White Mountains Insurance Group

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Cannell, J. Carlo - Cannell Capital Management
Cantor, Mitch - Mountain Lake Investment Management
Chanos, James S. - Kynikos Associates, LP, Founder and Managing Partner
Chilton, Jr., Richard L. - Chilton Investment Co.
Chu, Charlene - Autonomous Research
Cochrane, John H. - The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Cohen, Martin - Cohen & Steers Capital Management
Cohodes, Marc - former managing partner of Copper River Management
Cole, Christopher - Artemis Capital Management
Cooperman, Leon - Omega Advisors, Inc.
Coxe, Don - Coxe Advisors, LLC

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D'Alessandro, David - CMDTY Capital Management, LP
Daniels, Francis - Anibok Investment Research Chambers
Derman, Emanuel - Columbia University & Prisma Capital Partners
Diamond, Bob - Atlas Merchant Capital, Founder and CEO
Dimon, Jamie - JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Divecha, Arjun - Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co.
Dizard, John - The Financial Times
Doyle, Mark - Sterling Grace Municpal
Druckenmiller, Stanley - Duquesne Family Office, LLC
Duffy, Kevin - Bearing Asset Management
Dunbar, Nicholas - Risk Magazine

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Egan, Sean - Egan-Jones Rating Co.
Einhorn, David - Greenlight Capital, Inc.
Eisman, Steven - FrontPoint Partners
El-Erian, Mohamed - Harvard Management Co.
Ely, Bert - Ely & Company, Inc.
Eveillard, Jean-Marie - Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Advisors, LLC - First Eagle Funds

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Falls, Amy - Rockefeller University
Farrell, Michael - Annaly Mortgage Management
Feldman, Robert C. - Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Ferrari, Ph.D., Leonard A. - Naval Posgraduate School
Fidalgo, Miguel - Triarii Capital Management, LP
Fieler, Sean - Equinox Partners, LP
Fisher, Peter R. - Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Flatt, Bruce - Brookfield Asset Management
Fleckenstein, William - Fleckenstein Capital, Inc.
Flowers, J. Christopher - J.C. Flowers & Co.
Frey, Felix - Options Consulting Group, LLC
Fridson, CFA, Martin - Lehmann Livian Fridson Advisors LLC, CIO
Friedman, Joshua - Canyon Partners, LLC
Friend, Robert - Recon Capital, LLC
Fuss, Daniel - Loomis, Sayles & Co.

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Galbraith, Steve - Herring Creek Capital Management, Managing Member
Gallagher, Thomas - ISI Group, Inc.
Gayner, Thomas - Markel Corp.
Gelernter, David - Yale University
Goehring, Leigh R. - Chilton Investment Co.
Goldstone, Larry - Thornburg Mortgage
Grant, James - Grant's Interest Rate Observer
Grantham, Jeremy - Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co.
Gray, Jonathan - Blackstone Group
Greenberg, Maurice - C.V. Starr and Company
Greenig, Ph.D., Douglas - Greenwich Capital Markets
Greenwald, Bruce - Columbia Business School
Gross, Bill - Janus Capital
Gundlach, Jeffrey E. - Doubleline, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer
Gutfreund, John H. - Gutfreund & Company

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Hague, Ian - Firebird Management
Hall, Andrew - Phibro, Inc.
Harkins, Michael - Levy, Harkins & Co.
Hartnett, Michael - BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research
Haskell, John - Explorador Capital Management
Hathaway, John - Tocqueville Asset Management
Hendry, Hugh - Eclectica Asset Management, CIO and Founder
Hess, Lisa W. - SkyTop Capital Management
Hill, Karl - Country Bank Co.
Hill, Charles L. - Thomson Financial
Hoisington, Van R. - Hoisington Investment Management
Hughes, John - Quantum Capital Management, LLC
Hunt, Lacy - Hoisington Investment Management Co.

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Jacobs, Sy - JAM Partners, LP

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Kasriel, Paul L. - The Northern Trust Company
Katz, Michael - Glenrock Global Partners
Kelly, Mitchell - Anaconda Capital Management
Klarman, Seth - The Baupost Group, L.L.C., President and CEO
Klody, CFA, Mathew T. - MCN Capital Management, LLC, Managing Partner
Knapp, Robert - Ironsides Partners
Kovner, Bruce - Caxton Alternative Management

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La Nasa, III, Joseph - Serengeti Asset Management, Managing Partner
Lampert, Eddie - ESL Investments, Inc.
Landis, Kevin - Firsthand Capital Management
Langone, Ken - Invemed Associates
Lassonde, Pierre - Franco-Nevada Corp., Chairman
Lawler, M.D., Ph.D., Joseph - Merus Capital Partners
Leder, Michelle - Footnoted.com
Lehrman, Lewis E. - L.E. Lehrman & Co.
Leibowitz, Martin - Morgan Stanley, Managing Director
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Levenson, Carol - Gimme Credit Publications
Lewis, Hunter - Author
Lewitt, Michael - Harch Capital Management
Lipper, Steve - Royce & Associates
Lipton, Martin - Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Litinsky, James H. - JHL Capital Group LLC
Lonski, John - Moody's Investors Service
Lukacs, John - Author
Lusman, Joel - Lusman Capital Management

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Marks, Howard S. - Oaktree Capital Management, LP
Martin, R. Brad - RBM Venture Company
Mayer, Martin - Author,
McEwen, Robert - Goldcorp, Inc.
Mikhailovich, Simon A. - Tocqueville Bullion Reserve
Mikuni, Akio - Mikuni & Co., Ltd.
Miller, William - Legg Mason Fund Adviser
Miller, Steven - Standard and Poor's
Millstein, Jim - Millstein & Co.
Mindich, Eric - Eton Park Capital Management
Mindich, Jeremy - Scopia Capital, LLC

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Ney, Keith - Carmignac

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Pan, Vivian - Hamlin Capital Management
Partnoy, Frank - University of San Diego
Paulson, John - Paulson & Co.
Peabody, Charles - Ventana Capital
Pellegrini, Paolo - PSQR Management, LLC
Pickens, T. Boone - BP Capital
Porter, Alex - Porter Felleman, Inc.
Price, Michael - MFP Investors

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Redleaf, Andy - Whitebox Advisors, LLC
Reik, Trey - Bristol Investment Partners, CIO
Richardson, Kennedy - Fidelity Investments
Rickards, James - JAC Capital Advisors, Partner
Robertson, Julian - Tiger Management Corp.
Rocha, Bruno - Dynamo Capital, LP
Rogers, James - Author
Rohatyn, Felix - Lazard, Ltd.
Rollert, Jeffery - ALM Advisors
Rosenberg, David - Gluskin Sheff & Associates
Rosenberg, Joe - Loews Corporation, Chief Investment Strategist
Rosenwald, James - Rosenwald Capital Management
Rowe, Frederick - Greenbrier Partners, Ltd.
Royce, Charles - Royce & Associates

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Sandor, Ph.D., Richard - Environmental Financial Products
Sarma, Karthik - SRS Investment Management
Saul, Bob - GMO Renewable Resources, Director Domestic Forestry Investments
Schiff, David - Schiff's Insurance Observer
Schwarzman, Stephen A. - Blackstone Group, Chairman and CEO
Senor, Dan - Elliott Management
Sherman, David - Cohanzick Management
Shilling, Ph.D., A. Gary - A. Gary Shilling & Co.
Simon, Jr., William E. - William E. Simon & Sons
Singer, Paul E. - Elliott Management
Smith, Randy - Alden Global Capital
Souza, Cristiano - Dynamo Capital, LP
Sprayregan, James - Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
Stahl, Murray - Horizon Asset Management, Inc.
Stephens, Bret - The Wall Street Journal
Stevenson-Yang, Anne - J Capital Research
Stockman, David A. - Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 1981-85
Succo, John - Alpha Investments of New York
Suria, Ravi - Duquesne Capital Mangement
Sussman, Donald - Paloma Partners
Swensen, David - CIO, Yale University

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Taleb, Nassim Nicholas - Empirica, LLC
Tarrant, Jeffrey - Protege Partners
Thiel, Peter - Clarium Capital
Thompson, Cullen - Bienville Capital Management
Thorn, Jon - India Capital Management
Tisch, James - Loews Corporation

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Volcker, Paul A. - Chariman Federal Reserve 1979 - 1987

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Wachenheim, III, Ed - Greenhaven Associates
Wadhwaney, Amit - Third Avenue Management
Walsh, Timothy M. - Division of Investments, State of New Jersey, Director
Walter, Carl E. - Author
Warsh, Kevin - Hoover Institution
Weiss, Adam - Scout Capital
Werner, Mark - Pierpont Securities, LLC
Whitman, Martin J. - Third Avenue Management
Whitney, Meredith - Meredith Whitney Advisory Group, LLC
Wien, Byron - The Blackstone Group
Winters, David - Franklin Mutual Advisers, LLC
Wolf, Martin - Financial Times

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Xiaosheng, Chen - SYWG Research & Consulting, Co.

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Yoo, Simon - Green Visor Capital Management Company, LLC
Yusko, Mark W. - Morgan Creek Capital Management, CEO and Chief Investment Officer

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Zell, Sam - Equity Group Investments
Zelman, Ivy - Zelman & Associates
Zervos, David - Jefferies & Company

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