John Beck thrives in the stressful and often chaotic atmosphere inherent in financially distressed situations. His levelheaded approach allows him to focus on achieving the best results for his clients despite financial circumstances typically less than ideal. Whether representing debtors or creditors, in or out of court, John works creatively and relentlessly to help his clients turn lemons into lemonade.

John has a wide array of both in- and out-of-court experience, equipping him with the knowledge to achieve economically efficient results for his clients in whatever forum is required. John has engaged in numerous financial restructurings involving, among other things, refinancing senior debt, converting debt to equity, and implementing exchange offers, as well as pre-packaged and pre-negotiated bankruptcy filings. However, because not all distressed situations can be resolved consensually, John also has extensive litigation experience representing both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy and state court proceedings, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy and state court enforcement actions.

During law school, the American College of Bankruptcy named John its "Outstanding Law Student for the Fifth Circuit." After law school, John had the prestigious honor of serving as judicial clerk to the Honorable Phil Johnson of the Supreme Court of Texas. Since that time, John has immersed himself in the exciting world of distressed investment and restructuring and was named a Rising Star for the New York Metro Area by Super Lawyers from 2014 to 2020 and a member of Class VIII of the NextGen Leadership Program of the International Insolvency Institute.

Awards and recognitions


Rising Stars
New York Super Lawyers

Education and admissions


J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2010

B.B.A., University of Texas at Tyler, 2007

Bar admissions and qualifications

New York


Court admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Representative experience

Representation of Texas-based oil field services company in its out of court restructuring of approximately US$130m of debt.

Representation of publicly traded biotech company Achaogen Inc. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in Delaware Bankruptcy Court.

Representation of All American Oil and Gas Inc. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in the Bankruptcy Court of the Western District of Texas.

Representation of Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and successful Section 363 sale as a going concern.

Representation of private equity sponsor of RMH Holdings Inc., a franchisee of over 150 Applebee's locations, which successfully achieved confirmation of a "new value" plan.

Representation of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals in its successful Chapter 11 reorganization in Delaware Bankruptcy Court.

Representation of Scottish Re Group Ltd. and certain affiliates in sale and restructuring plan currently pending in Delaware Bankruptcy Court.

Representation of BNY Mellon as indenture trustee and largest unsecured creditor of global geosciences services provider CGG in connection with CGG's cross-border restructuring.

Representation of hedge fund in successful derivatives litigation against Lehman Brothers Special Financing in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Representation of oil and gas servicing company, Signal International Inc., in its Chapter 11 proceedings in Delaware Bankruptcy Court.

Representation of controlling equity holder in pre-negotiated Chapter 11 filing of Milagro Oil and Gas Inc.

Representation of New York fund as secured lender in acquisition of failed Chicago Spire property out of Chapter 11.

Representation of Special Counsel to Trustee for the SIPC Liquidation of MF Global Inc.

Representation of New York fund as secured lender in acquisition of frac-sand mining company out of Chapter 11.

Representation of New York fund as secured lender in plan sponsorship and acquisition of One Madison Park out of Chapter 11.

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