John Bae is a restructuring attorney with extensive transactional and litigation experience. He has represented clients in large, complex and litigious bankruptcies, as well as strategic transactions utilizing the bankruptcy process to achieve a specified goal. He has developed particular experience in mass tort-related bankruptcies, including asbestos bankruptcies.
Mr. Bae regularly advises and represents companies and boards of directors in insolvency situations both domestically and internationally. His clients have included debtors, creditors, senior and mezzanine lenders, ad hoc noteholder committees, insurers as well as administrators of foreign insolvent estates.
Prior to joining Baker Botts, Mr. Bae was a partner at another international law firm. While in law school, he served as the Notes & Comments Editor for the Hofstra Law Review. Mr. Bae serves as a member of the Dean Advisory Committee of Hofstra University School of Law. Mr. Bae is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where he teaches Advanced Bankruptcy.
- Ad hoc committees of bondholders in complex and litigious bankruptcy cases, including, In re Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, In re AbitibiBowater and In re Motors Liquidation Company (GM)
- Debtors in chapter 11 restructurings and liquidations
- Debtors and affiliated companies in restructurings to address asbestos liability, including, In re T.H. Agriculture & Nutrition and In re Quigley Company Inc.
- Companies in defending against fraudulent conveyance and preference claims
- Companies and insurers in mass tort driven chapter 11 cases
- Distressed real estate investment funds in acquisitions of commercial real estate under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code
- Boards of directors of financially distressed companies
- Official committees of unsecured creditors and individual members of committees in large chapter 11 cases
- Administrators of foreign companies in insolvency proceedings
Awards & Community
Recognized as a New York Metro Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters) for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2007-2016
Publications, Speeches & Presentations
Supreme Court Refuses to Allow End Run Around the Absolute Priority Rule in Structured Dismissals of Chapter 11 CasesFirm Thought Leadership
New York Law Journal
Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute's 17th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference