Michael J. Cohen is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s New York office and a member of the Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group. Mr. Cohen represents a diverse array of parties in bankruptcy and insolvency matters, distressed investments, acquisitions and financings, debt exchanges, and in‐court and out‐of-court restructurings. A leading bankruptcy attorney, Mr. Cohen was recognized as a “Notable Practitioner” in 2019 by the International Financial Law Review. Most recently, Mr. Cohen was included in the 2024 edition of the The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights and Insolvency & Reorganization Law.
Mr. Cohen recently represented the secured lenders in the restructurings and transactions involving NPC International (the largest franchised business in the United States), Mallinckrodt plc, Global Eagle Entertainment, leading mattress manufacturer Serta Simmons, credit repair service provider Progrexion, third‐party logistics provider syncreon Group B.V., the first lien and debtor‐in‐possession (DIP) lenders to Catalina Marketing, and the term loan and DIP lenders to David’s Bridal. He also represented leading PET producer M&G Chemicals in its sales of U.S. assets in chapter 11, including the $1 billion sale of its Corpus Christi plant, as well as gas producer Rex Energy in its chapter 11 case.
Mr. Cohen has also has represented lender groups to Sungard AS, rue21, Ameriforge, Answers Holdings, and Seventy Seven Energy, as well as the lead bondholders to Intelsat SA; Fortress Credit Corp. as sole lender under a $100 million DIP facility to supermarket chain A&P; American Apparel in its chapter 11 cases; multinational telecom service provider NII Holdings in its chapter 11 case; and secured lenders in a complex foreclosure of a 1,000+ acre luxury residential project and club.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Cohen represented bondholders in the chapter 11 cases of Edison Mission Energy, Homer City Funding, AES Eastern Energy, and Black Gaming. He also represented administrative agents, lender groups, and DIP and exit lenders in the chapter 11 cases and restructurings of Revel Casino, Inner City Media Corp., Centro Properties Group, Extended Stay Hotels, Station Casinos, Twin River Casino, and Intrawest Holdings.
Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Cohen was a partner at Jones Day. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, he practiced at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. He served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen D. Gerling of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York from 2003 to 2004.
Mr. Cohen earned his law degree in 2002 from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of Fordham Law Review and was awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence and the Benjamin Finkel Prize for his academic work on bankruptcy law. He graduated with highest honors from Rutgers University, where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar.
*Includes representations prior to Mr. Cohen’s association with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Fordham University - 2002 Juris Doctor
Rutgers University - 1998 Bachelor of Arts
New Jersey Bar
New York Bar