Distressed Debt & Claims Trading

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RK&O is recognized internationally as a leader in distressed debt industry developments and legal practices. By representing many of the original investors in distressed bank loans, we helped create documentation, standards and customs that were adopted by the entire secondary loan trading marketplace. RK&O’s experience representing hedge funds, investment banks, CLOs and other financial institutions in all aspects of loan and claims trading gives our lawyers a unique understanding of the legal issues and commercial complexities that underpin the market. more +

RK&O has a core team of Debt & Claims Trading lawyers that is one of the largest and most experienced in the world. Our dedicated specialists are well-versed in market challenges and trends, allowing us to efficiently solve our clients’ most pressing legal needs. With a presence in New York and London, we provide responsive, real-time service to clients, while our deep relationships with highly skilled local counsel around the world help keep our clients engaged in cross-border business.

Our prudent counsel is also informed by RK&O’s deep expertise in bankruptcy, credit derivatives, finance, restructuring, litigation, private equity and securities law. Our expertise in secondary debt and claims markets and our long experience as thought leaders in those global markets allow us to anticipate issues and capitalize on new developments for our clients. From the initial due diligence of the borrower, through the review of credit documentation, structuring of purchase and sale transactions and acting for our clients in a broad range of bankruptcy cases and restructuring proceedings, RK&O provides bespoke solutions to maximize recovery for our sophisticated clients that invest in a broad and expanding range of distressed situations.


  • Tax and ERISA issues that arise in acquiring and holding debt and claims.
  • Regulatory and compliance advice.
  • Analysis of claims.
  • Cross-border transactions.
  • Purchase and sales transactions.
  • Implementation of strategies to influence subsequent restructurings, reorganizations, bankruptcies and related litigation.
  • Representation of market authorities and industry-wide groups including the LSTA and the LMA.