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Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2017

Author(s): Andrew P. DeNatale, David B. Shemano
Practice Area: Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Published: Dec 2017
ISBN: 9781402430404
PLI Item #: 186850
CHB Spine #: A1004

Andrew DeNatale is Of Counsel at Stroock& Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York with over 40 years of experience in restructuring and insolvency matters.  He has served as counsel to a wide range of clients, including secured and unsecured creditors, official and ad hoc committees of creditors, and debtors.

He advises on a variety of matters, including major Chapter 11 proceedings, multinational bankruptcy cases and the structure and restructuring of corporate and financial transactions.

As noted by Chambers, Mr. DeNatale is “a smart and knowledgeable consensus builder” who “quickly recognizes the issues and goals of his clients and works hard to achieve them.”

Mr. DeNatale’s accomplishments have been recognized by a number of publications, including Chambers USA, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.

Mr. DeNatale has lectured on bankruptcy law for a variety of groups, including the American Bar Association and the Practicing Law Institute.  He has published extensively in such journals as The Business Lawyer, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, The Secured Lender and Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, and such treatises as the Collier Bankruptcy Manual, the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide and Bankruptcy Practice and Strategy. 

Mr. DeNatale earned his law degree at Fordham University School of Law and his undergraduate degree at The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. 

David has over 25 years’ experience as a business bankruptcy, restructuring, and commercial litigation lawyer. Before forming ShemanoLaw in March 2018, David practiced at the prominent national law firms of Winston & Strawn, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, and Robins Kaplan, and the highly regarded Los Angeles insolvency boutique of Peitzman Weg.

During his career, David has represented chapter 11 debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, secured creditors and general unsecured creditors in all aspects of business bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He has in-depth experience handling bankruptcy and restructuring matters related to real estate, entertainment and manufacturing.

Among his recent matters are guiding DavidBarton Gym through its reorganization and emergence from chapter 11 protection, leading the section 363 sale of rights to The Terminator movie franchise in connection with Halcyon Holding Group’s chapter 11 matter, and representing one of the largest owners of El Pollo Loco franchises in Southern California in its chapter 11 restructuring.

David is very proud that his accomplishments have been recognized and honored by his peers. He was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious, invitation only American College of Bankruptcy, and served as the president of the Financial Lawyers Conference. Mr. Shemano frequently lectures at events presented by the Practicing Law Institute, American Bankruptcy Institute, Beverly Hills Bar Association and other organizations.


  • Named a "Southern California Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers (2006-2007, 2009-2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2013-present)
  • Recognized as “Bankruptcy/Restructuring Leader” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-present)

Professional Associations

  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow (2014)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member, Board of Governors (2009-2010); Chair, Bankruptcy Section Executive Committee (2007-2008)
  • Financial Lawyers Conference, President (2012-2013); Member, Board of Governors (2003-2005, 2008-present)