Bryan Kotliar has substantial experience representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, foreign representatives, asset purchasers, investors and other parties in 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.

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).

Most recently, Mr. Kotliar advised Quantum Pacific, as equity sponsor, in connection with the Chapter 11 case of its portfolio company Pacific Drilling, an international offshore drilling business specializing in high-specification deepwater and complex well construction services.

Mr. Kotliar is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association and the New York City Bar Association. Mr. Kotliar 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

Bryan Kotliar

Associate, Corporate Restructuring