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Ken Coleman


New York

Coleman Ken
Ken Coleman


New York

Ken is head of the U.S. restructuring group and the finance practice. He specializes in multi-jurisdictional business reorganizations and financial restructurings. He has extensive experience in chapter 11 cases, cross border proceedings under chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, distressed M&A, financial institution insolvencies and out-of-court restructurings. In addition, Ken regularly advises clients on creditors’ rights and insolvency issues in infrastructure and other project financings, derivatives products and structured financings involving a broad range of asset classes. 

Ken is listed in Chambers USA and in Chambers Canada as an Expert Based Abroad.

"Ken is a very client-oriented individual, and he is a pleasure to work with. Ken quickly understands the bigger picture and the nuances of insolvency situations. He’s very knowledgeable in dealing with specific issues; he provides excellent advice."

"Ken Coleman handles international and domestic restructurings for clients from a range of industries, including oil and gas, energy and retail. He advises on Chapters 11 and 15 proceedings, as well as distressed M&A and out-of-court restructurings. Market sources report: "He's pretty much an expert in everything bankruptcy."
(Client feedback Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

"A market source described Ken Coleman as "outstanding, and widely recognised by most senior practitioners in Canada as an excellent and experienced US counsel." He leads the US restructuring group and has experience acting on prominent Canadian mandates in the space." 
(Client feedback Chambers Global, Restructuring/Insolvency – Canada) 


New York

Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 1982


J.D., cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law, 1981

A.B., Georgetown University, 1978

Published work

'Current Developments in Cross-border Insolvency Law: The Contours of Discretionary Relief Under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code,' Banking & Finance Law Review, September 2010, with Rowena White and Amélie Baudot

'Objectivity through Flexibility: Chapter 15 Continues to Impress,' American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, September 2009, with Amélie Baudot

'Letter to the Editor on Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code,' American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, September 2009, with Amélie Baudot

'Making Sense of Jurisdictional Chaos: Chapter 15 Protects the Corporate Group,' American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, September 2009, with Lisa Kraidin and Amélie Baudot

'United States-Canadian restructurings: finding COMI with a sense of comity', published in the September 2008 issue of the IBA's Insolvency and Restructuring International, Ken Coleman and Dan Guyder

'Recognition Under Chapter 15,' Bankruptcy Strategist, December 2007, Ken Coleman and Daniel Guyder

'Too much of a good thing? Solvency and s.304 relief for insurance companies,' published in Insurance and Reinsurance Law Briefing, September 2005 as well as in Mealey's Litigation Report: Reinsurance, September 22, 2005, with John Wardrop and Stephen Doody

'The New Chapter 15,' New York Law Journal, May 26, 2005, with Kelle Gagne

'Restructuring Principles Gaining Global Acceptance,' New York Law Journal, February 17, 2004, with Marc Bennett and Eric Froman

'Insolvency Regimes in Latin America Undergo Change,' New York Law Journal, November 3, 2003, with Marc Bennett

'The Ordinary Course of Business Preference Exception,' Banking Law Journal, June 1998

'Secured Consumer Debt: The Fourth Option,' Banking Law Journal, April 1998

'Purchasing Claims to Control a Vote: The Difference Between Self-Interest and Ulterior Motives,' Banking Law Journal, Feburary 1998

'How to Tell If A Transaction Is A True Lease Or A Disguised Secured Transaction,' Banking Law Journal, Nov. – December 1997

'Courts Divided on Dischargeability of Claims for Punitive Damages Under Bankrutpcy Code Section 523(a)(2)(A),' Banking Law Journal, September 1997

'The Scope of the Single Asset Real Estate Exception,' Banking Law Journal, June 1997

'Conduits, Good Faith, and the Recovery of Preferences and Fraudulent Transfers Under Bankruptcy Code Section 550,' Banking Law Journal, April 1997

'Judicial Activism as an Art: Drexel Case,' New York Law Journal, June 7, 1991