Gerard Uzzi is a partner in the New York office of Milbank and a member of the firm's Financial Restructuring Group.
Primary Focus & Experience
Mr. Uzzi has extensive experience in representing debtors and creditors in chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings in the US. He also has experience in corporate bankruptcy matters and workouts on behalf of distressed companies and other parties in interest. His engagements have ranged across a wide array of industries including retail, automotive, energy, telecommunications, cable, entertainment and manufacturing.
Mr. Uzzi has been a driving force in some of the nation's most significant restructurings and bankruptcy representations in recent history, including: Zais VII, in the first CDO to be restructured under chapter 11; Lehman Brothers, the largest bankruptcy in US history; Washington Mutual, the largest bank failure in US history; Charter Communications; Mirant Corporation, one of the largest energy industry bankruptcies in US history; and, Adelphia Communications, among the largest and most complex inter-creditor disputes ever litigated in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Uzzi also served as lead debtors' counsel to Global Safety Textiles in their precedent setting cross-border chapter 11 restructuring; Centaur Gaming, owner and operator of Hoosier Park in Indiana; Heartland Automotive, the largest independent franchisee and operator of Jiffy Lube quick-lube service centers in the US; and, Communications Dynamics, Inc. (CDI), one of the leading suppliers of construction, maintenance, and rebuild products to the cable industry.
Recognition & Accomplishments
Mr. Uzzi is recognized for his work by Chambers USA and Euromoney’s IFLR and is listed in Expert Guides as one of the “World’s Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers.” He recently co-authored an article in Practical Law’s global guide titled “Restructuring and insolvency in the United States: Overview.” He also led the team at his prior firm that earned a "Stand-Out" award—the highest recognition possible—in the FT U.S. Innovative Lawyers 2012 Report for advising Anchorage Capital on the Zais restructuring, the first use of Chapter 11 to unwind a collateralized debt.
Mr. Uzzi has garnered praise from clients who describe him as "a great creditor advocate" who is "creative in problem solving." He is considered "not only a master strategist but also a very good technical lawyer." Clients comment: "He is terrific in court and a very practical bankruptcy attorney. He is very deal-oriented and tries to get the right deal, and resolve disputes in a practical and efficient way." Mr. Uzzi’s representation of creditors, including ad hoc noteholders, has earned him a reputation as "a great creditor advocate." Clients appreciate that he is "very even-keeled and super smart, and never drops the ball." He has received “abundant praise from the market, with clients describing him as ‘a really commercial lawyer who is excellent at getting complicated deals done.’" Market sources also “attest that he is ‘a fierce advocate for his clients.’“ (Chambers USA)
- St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.
- Stevens Institute of Technology, B.E.
- New Jersey
- New York
- US District Court for the District of Colorado
- US District Court for the District of New Jersey
- US District Court for the Southern District of New York