Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts

Partner

Ian advises clients on the many complex issues and opportunities that arise in deleveraging a capital structure.

With particularly deep experience representing borrowers and strategic buyers, Ian counsels on highly leveraged special situations, distressed acquisitions, refinancing transactions, cross-border restructurings, and all manner of insolvency-related corporate governance. He strives to maximize value for his clients, which have included debtors, purchasers, lenders, investment funds, family offices, institutional investors, governmental agencies, and a labor union. Ian has especially notable experience in matters relating to energy and technology.

Following law school, Ian served as a law clerk to the Honorable Hayden Head of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In 2014-2015, he served as in-house counsel for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, focusing on global turn-around initiatives.

Expertise

Experience

Representative matters

Restructuring Matters

Vice Media, as debtors’ counsel, in the chapter 11 cases of the global digital media and broadcasting company in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, which included a $350 million sale to a consortium of pre-petition lenders. 

Leading U.S. Oil & Gas services provider, as company counsel, in liability management transaction and balance sheet restructuring.

Southland Royalty Company, as debtors’ counsel, in the chapter 11 cases of a private-equity sponsored E&P company with interests in over 8,000 wells throughout Wyoming, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Pro bono

Counsel to Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation

Mental Health America of Greater Dallas, Board of Directors, 2012-2014

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • John C Ford Inn of Court (2013-2023)
Recognition
Ian Roberts “is the master of the facts. He keeps me appraised and gets to the heart of the matter.
Chambers USA, 2023
Ian Roberts is an excellent lawyer and has fantastic client-communication skills. Fabulous!
Legal 500, 2022

Awards

  • Up and Coming, Chambers USA, 2022-2023
  • The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2023
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2018-2019

Qualifications

Admissions

State Bar of Texas, 2006

Courts

United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Academic

B.A., Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi, 2003, summa cum laude
J.D., University of Texas, 2006, with honors; Texas Law Review, Associate Editor 

Languages

Spanish
Disclaimer
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.