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Chris Newcomb

Senior Counsel

Chris represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors and other parties in interest in United States bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings.
He also has significant experience representing distressed borrowers and lenders in debt financings and purchasers, sellers and lenders in bankruptcy sales. His practice also encompasses insolvency-related litigation, including avoidance actions and claims resolutions, and advising borrowers and lenders in structured financings. He has represented clients in a wide array of industries, including energy, transportation, retail, banking, healthcare and real estate.


Representative matters

Company Restructuring Representations:

Griddy Energy, LLC, a retail electricity provider, in its chapter 11 liquidation cases.*

Bristow Group, Inc., a helicopter services provider, in its chapter 11 reorganization cases that resulted in restructuring of $1.6 billion of debt, including implementing debt to equity exchange, restructuring its aircraft leases and aircraft secured debt facilities and raising $535 million in new capital.*

Seventy Seven Energy Inc., an oilfield services company, in its prepackaged chapter 11 reorganization cases that resulted in conversion of $1.1 billion of debt to equity.*

Pro bono

Represented minority-owned small business in state and federal litigation.

Represented individual seeking to vacate conviction by non-unanimous jury in Louisiana.

Represented asylum seeker from Honduras in U.S. immigration proceedings.

Advised immigrant entrepreneur starting new business on corporate formation and related issues.

Published Work

Ruling Explains and Extends Application of Good Faith Defense to Fraudulent Transfer Actions in SIPA Context, Bloomberg BNA Bankruptcy Law Reporter, 2014

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute



State of New York, 2010

Southern District of New York, 2010

Eastern District of New York, 2010


J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2009

B.A., University of Richmond, 2002

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.