Louis S. Chiappetta focuses his practice primarily on troubled company mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and financing transactions — particularly those including balance sheet, environmental, labor and litigation issues, including, but not limited to, the representation of debtors, creditors, bondholders and equity security holders in all transactional and litigation aspects of bankruptcy cases. Mr. Chiappetta has experience in a wide variety of industries, including energy, automotive, manufacturing, grocery, telecommunications, entertainment, health care, and shipping.
Mr. Chiappetta is currently representing SunEdison, Inc., which at time of filing was the biggest renewables developer in the world reporting more than $11.7 billion in debt in all aspects of its Chapter 11 restructuring. In addition, Mr. Chiappetta also represented Exide Technologies (a global transportation and industrial battery manufacturer) in all aspects of its Chapter 11 reorganization, including the confirmation of its plan of reorganization resulting in a more than $600 million de-leveraging. Mr. Chiappetta represented Delphi Corporation, one of the largest global suppliers of vehicle electronics, transportation components, integrated systems and modules, and other electronic technology in its successful emergence from Chapter 11. Mr. Chiappetta also advised TORM A/S, one of the largest shipping companies in Denmark, in its successful $1.8 billion out-of-court restructuring. Mr. Chiappetta also has advised on numerous traditional Chapter 11 cases for both debtors and creditors (both U.S. and international), including Mark IV Industries; Synagro Technologies, Inc.; LifeCare Holdings; The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company; Haggen, Inc., Primus Telecom Group, Inc., and Relativity Media LLC.
Mr. Chiappetta is a member of the board of directors for the Golden Apple Foundation, a charitable organization focused on recognizing, recruiting and training teachers in schools of need in Illinois. He is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, with a focus on veterans’ rights and education.
Mr. Chiappetta was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2018, as well as one of the Top Attorneys In Illinois Rising Star in 2018 by Chicago Magazine. He is a recipient of the 2014 Crystal Apple Award for Education, 2009 Veterans Pro Bono Service Award, William Hennessey Award Nominee (2001-2008) and 1995 Golden Apple Scholar Award.