Bryan Kotliar has substantial experience representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, foreign representatives, asset purchasers, investors and other parties of interest in connection with bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court restructurings and other distressed situations. Mr. Kotliar also has significant experience with bankruptcy litigation, including with respect to obtaining approval of contested debtor-in-possession financing facilities, confirmation of plans of reorganization and liquidation in Chapter 11 proceedings, and recognition of foreign proceedings and foreign representatives in Chapter 15 proceedings.

Mr. Kotliar has advised:

  • Quantum Pacific, as equity sponsor, in connection with the Chapter 11 case of its portfolio company Pacific Drilling, an international offshore drilling business; and
  • Barclays Bank in connection with its roles as pre- and post-petition lender and agent under various multibillion-dollar financing facilities with Ditech, a mortgage loan origination and servicing company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2019.

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Kotliar advised: Outcome Health (out-of-court restructuring of the largest point of sale health care technology company in the United States); Neo Performance Materials (f/k/a Molycorp) (Chapter 11 reorganization of a global rare earth manufacturer and supplier); and NII Holdings (Chapter 11 reorganization of an international mobile communication services company).

In addition, he advised creditor groups in connection with the following matters: rue21 (term loan lenders with respect to formulating debtor in possession financing to implement debtors’ pre-arranged Chapter 11 cases); AFGlobal (f/k/a Ameriforge Group) (first lien lenders in connection with prepackaged Chapter 11 cases involving new money DIP financing facility, exit financing facilities and consensual equitization of secured debt); and Answers Holdings (same).

Mr. Kotliar is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the New York City Bar Association. He also is a member of the advisory board for Young Catholic Renewal.



  • J.D., St. John's University School of Law, 2012
  • B.S., St. John's University, 2009


  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


  • Legal Extern, Securities and Exchange Commission – Division of Enforcement, Bankruptcy (2011)

Bryan Kotliar

Associate, Corporate Restructuring