Luke Barefoot’s practice focuses on bankruptcy litigation, insolvency, corporate restructuring and related disputes.

Luke is also active in the firm’s pro bono practice. He was inducted into the International Insolvency Institute’s Next Generation at the London conference on June 19, 2017.

Luke joined the firm in 2004 and became a partner in 2013.

Notable Experience

  • Steering Committee of bondholders in the Oi Brasil Holdings Cooperatief (Coop) Chapter 15 cases, including successful trial victory maintaining recognition of Brazilian proceeding by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

  • Goldman Sachs Mortgage Company in $1 billion exit financing facilities in the John Hammonds Trust Chapter 11 proceedings.

  • Overseas Shipholding Group Inc., one of the world’s largest publicly traded oil tanker companies, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and successful restructuring, including successful defense and resolution of challenges to its plan of reorganization.

  • The Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico in various litigation matters relating to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis.

  • Petrobras in a securities fraud class action and dozens of related individual actions in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

  • Barclays in its purchase of Lehman’s North American investment banking assets, and various clients in resolving over $1 billion in outstanding derivative claims against the Lehman entities, both before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and in related European insolvency proceedings.

  • Nortel Networks in the litigation of numerous claims related to Nortel’s bankruptcy, including claims with respect to the allocation of over $7 billion of proceeds from the sale of Nortel assets in bankruptcy.

  • Truvo Group in winning confirmation of its plan of reorganization, which enabled the cross-border restructuring of approximately €1.5 billion of debt.

  • Noble Group in its successful bid to buy substantially all of the assets of SemFuel, a subsidiary of SemGroup, through a bankruptcy auction.

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