Paul Leake is global co-head of Skadden’s corporate restructuring practice. Mr. Leake represents debtors, commercial banks and bank groups, distressed investment funds, noteholder committees, official creditors’ committees, unsecured creditors and distressed investors in all forms of corporate restructurings.


Mr. Leake's areas of focus include advising U.S. and transnational businesses on Chapter 11 reorganizations and liquidations, out-of-court restructurings, secured financings, distressed acquisitions and investments in troubled companies in industries such as retail, shipping, mining, airlines, energy, health care, publishing, satellite communications and real estate.

Mr. Leake previously served as head of the corporate restructuring and reorganization practice at another large global law firm. His experience prior to joining Skadden includes out-of-court and Chapter 11 debtor matters involving clients such as Molycorp, Fresh & Easy, Georgia Gulf, Globalstar, Independence Air, Interep, Levitz, Proliance and ProQuest. He has represented ad hoc noteholder and official unsecured creditor committees in the Cone Mills, Energy Partners Limited, Enron, General Maritime and Kirker Enterprises restructurings, and senior secured lenders and lender groups in the Southcross Energy, Atlas Mining, Bi-Lo, Calpine, Greenfield Energy Services, Meridian Automotive Systems and Trico Marine restructurings. Major distressed M&A and creditor representations include Aurora Resurgence, Goldman Sachs and other distressed funds in high-profile restructurings.

Mr. Leake also has advised on restructurings for Balanced Care, Drexel Burnham Lambert, Marvel Entertainment, NextWave Telecom, Olympia & York and Sun Healthcare, and represented noteholder and official committees in the Iridium and Orbital Imaging restructurings, and senior secured lenders in the Memorex restructuring.

He has published and lectured extensively on U.S. and transnational insolvency matters.



  • J.D., Columbia University, 1988
  • B.A., Amherst College, 1985


  • New York

Paul Leake