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William Holste


William Holste is an associate in the Financial Restructuring & Insolvency practice.

He represents debtors, creditors, financial institutions, ad hoc creditor groups, cross-border entities and other parties in interest in large and complex Chapter 11 bankruptcies and other distressed situations.


Representative matters

Southland Royalty Company: Served as debtor's counsel for an oil and gas exploration and production company in its chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Windstream Holdings Inc. Chapter 11 Cases: Represented ad hoc group of noteholders, under pari passu first-lien notes, in connection with its Chapter 11 cases.

Lifecare Chapter 11 Cases: Represented Seaport and Wilmington, as agents for the junior secured term loan lenders.

Sears Holding Corporation Chapter 11 Cases: Representing Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. in its Chapter 11 cases.

Published Work

  • Co-Author, War Manifestos, University of Chicago Law Review, Vol. 85, 2018



Attorney-at-Law, New York


Yale Law School J.D.

University of Alabama B.A., summa cum laude


English, Russian, Spanish, French
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.