Fredric Sosnick


Fred is Global Co-Head of Restructuring & Bankruptcy and a member of the Executive Committee.

He focuses on advising clients in connection with large and complex domestic and international out-of-court restructurings and U.S. Chapter 11 cases, as well as providing advice to boards of directors on governance matters.

Fred represents debtors, official creditors’ committees, lender groups, DIP lenders, creditors and acquirers of assets. His clients include money-center banks and other lenders, corporates, and funds.


Representative matters

Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. in various governance related issues. 

Vice Media—the global digital media and broadcasting company—in its Chapter 11 cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, including a $350 million sale to a consortium of pre-petition lenders. 

Citibank N.A. on issues relating to bank counterparties that were in financial distress or seized by regulators. 

Stoneway Capital Ltd. and its debtor affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases involving approximately $834 million of secured debt. Stoneway Capital is an Argentine holding company whose interests include building and operating power plants in Argentina.

Published Work

  • Sosnick, F. (2022) “Financially Distressed Companies Answer Book”, New York: Practising Law Institute
Does an excellent job strategizing and executing throughout to navigate a difficult process” and “is a phenomenal attorney.
Chambers USA, 2023
An extremely sophisticated restructuring lawyer with an astute business acumen and commercial awareness.
Chambers USA, 2023


  • “Highly Regarded”, Financial and Corporate section of the IFLR 1000—The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2023
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2015-2023
  • Featured as a Top-Rated Creditor/Debtor Right Attorney in Super Lawyers, 2023 
  • Recommended in Legal 500: Financial Restructuring & Insolvency, 2021
  • M&A Advisor Turnaround Atlas Awards for the firm’s representations in connection with Chapter 11 proceedings of Energy Future Holdings, Westinghouse Electric, Pacific Drilling N.A., and Vice Media



State of New York, 1992


United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1992

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1992


Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, State University of New York at Albany, 1987

J.D., magna cum laude, The American University, Washington College of Law, 1990

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.