James Sprayregen Esq.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Sprayregen, James H.M.

James H.M. Sprayregen is a restructuring Partner in the Chicago and New York offices of and serves on the firm’s worldwide management committee. Mr. Sprayregen is recognized as one of the outstanding restructuring lawyers in the U.S. and around the world and has led some of the most complex Chapter 11 filings in recent history.

Mr. Sprayregen has extensive experience representing major U.S. and international companies in restructurings out of court and in court around the world. He has handled matters for clients in industries as varied as manufacturing, technology, transportation, energy, media, and real estate. He has extensive experience advising boards of directors, and generally representing debtors and creditors in complex workout, insolvency, restructuring, and bankruptcy planning matters worldwide.

Mr. Sprayregen joined Kirkland in 1990 and built its international Restructuring Group. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 where he was co-head of Goldman Sachs’ Restructuring Group and advised clients in restructuring and distressed situations. He rejoined Kirkland three years later.

Mr. Sprayregen is a frequent lecturer and speaker, and has published numerous articles on insolvency, fiduciary duty, and distressed M&A issues. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and New York University School of Law and a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In May 2013, Mr. Sprayregen was appointed to serve a two year term as the President of INSOL International, the leading insolvency association in the world.

Mr. Sprayregen received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.


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