When distressed debt investors, financially troubled companies, and acquirers of businesses and assets need an experienced lawyer to guide them through a Chapter 11 case or an out-of-court restructuring, they turn to David Simonds.

For more than 25 years, David has been advising on financial restructuring matters across several industries. He has been involved in first-of-their-kind, complex restructurings both in the United States and internationally, including cross-border transactions and insolvencies.

Clients have praised David as a "very pragmatic, deal-centered lawyer who focuses on results" and Chambers notes that, "He knows the ins and outs of bankruptcy very well, his advice is always on point, and he is easy to work with and very responsive."

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, David was most recently with a prominent international law firm for 19 years, 15 of which as a partner in the financial restructuring group. David also previously served as Director of Operations for a leading apparel company. He is also a certified public accountant, registered in South Dakota (inactive).

Awards and recognitions

2007-2021

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Los Angeles)
Best Lawyers in America

2013-2020

Bankruptcy/Restructuring (California)
Chambers USA

2006

Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer
Turnarounds & Workouts

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1992

B.S., State University of New York at Albany, summa cum laude, 1989

Memberships

Fellow, American College of Investment Counsel (ACIC), 2012-present

Member, Communications Committee and Development Committee, ACIC

Member, ABI

Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Bar admissions and qualifications

California

New York

Certified Public Accountant, South Dakota (inactive)

Representative experience

Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Washington Mutual Inc., a bank holding company in largest U.S. commercial bank failure.*

Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Delta Air Lines.*

Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Imperial Capital Bancorp, a bank holding company.*

Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Loral Space and Communications.*

Represented an ad hoc group of gateway owners in the Chapter 11 case of Iridium Operating.*

Represented a holder of a majority in principal amount of notes issued by mortgage origination company Stearns Holdings in connection with its Chapter 11 case.*

Advised an ad hoc group of noteholders of oil and gas producer Atlas Resource Partners in connection with its restructuring, effected through a prepackaged Chapter 11 case.*

Represented a term lender in restructuring a specialty agriculture company in its restructuring, leading the client through acquisition of majority ownership in the company.*

Lead U.S. counsel regarding protection of a client's rights as noteholder of a Canadian lumber products company in proceedings under the Canadian Business Corporations Act (CBCA).*

Advised an ad hoc group of secured noteholders of a Chilean transportation/bus company in connection with its prepackaged Chapter 11 case in the United States.*

Represented an ad hoc group in the acquisition of ownership of a U.S. and Canadian thrift retailer through a debt-for-equity exchange and new money investment.*

Represented a group of noteholders and investors in homebuilder Desarolladora Homex's Mexican concurso mercantil proceeding, which restructured US$2bn in debt and other claims.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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