Mark Shapiro

Mark Shapiro


Mark has extensive experience as an investor, investment banker and law firm restructuring, financing and bankruptcy partner, working successfully on some of the most complex distressed situations in the US and internationally over his 30-year career.

He has successfully formed and led ad hoc creditor and equity holder committees in many distressed situations as well as worked on the company side of many large restructurings. He is known for finding creative and commercial solutions, bringing together his legal and financial expertise to help clients solve their problems.
Prior to joining the firm, Mark was Managing Director & Head of Restructuring at a multi-billion-dollar global hedge fund.
In addition, Mark also spent 12 years as an investment banker and Head of Restructuring at Barclays and Lehman Brothers.


Representative matters

Azul Airlines—the Brazilian airline company—in connection with a comprehensive US$3.2 billion debt restructuring, which included exchange offers and consent solicitations for US$1 billion of senior notes, the issuance of US$800 million of new notes and the restructuring of US$350 million of convertible debentures.

Large creditors in connection with the Chapter 11 cases of Gol Linhas, the Brazilian airline company. 

Creditors in connection with litigation involving PDVSA, the Venezuelan oil company.

Greenidge Generation Holdings—a bitcoin mining and power generation company—in the restructuring of its debt and business, including the transfer of a significant portion of its mining rigs to NYDIG, its equipment lender, in exchange for significant debt reduction, a new financing agreement, and 5-year hosting arrangements with NYDIG.

Pro bono

Mark has advised Rebuilding Together NYC, a non-profit organization that provides support to rehabilitate the homes of low-income persons.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker on Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 case and other issues at Yale School of Management, Columbia Business School, Wharton School of Business and has participated as a speaker in many expert panels and conferences, including National Bankruptcy Judges Conference, ABI, Barclays High Yield Conference

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association Committee on Bankruptcy (2002)
Mark Shapiro has a multi-faceted background at law firms and in industry that is uncommon. The different viewpoints are readily apparent in the recommendations that he provides. He seems to better understand the client’s position better than most.
Legal 500, 2002


  • National Human Relations Award, AJC Bankruptcy Committee, 2011



New York State (First Dept)-NY-State – Bar Admitted, 1987


Bachelor of Arts, Hobart & William Smith College, 1982
London School of Economics, Semester Abroad, 1981
J.D., Columbia University – School of Law, 1986
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.