Jenner & Block have announced that highly experienced bankruptcy lawyer Richard Levin, the man who helped draft the US Federal Bankruptcy Code, is to join the firm.
Levin has been chair of Cravath Swaine & Moore’s bankruptcy group since 2007 and his role in the area has helped shaped US bankruptcy law since his days as assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Committee.
Reuters reported that Levin, 64, was facing mandatory retirement rules at Cravath, where he founded the bankruptcy practice and represented the Detroit Institute of Arts during Detroit’s $18 billion bankruptcy.
In a statement, Levin said he respects Jenner’s practice and is “eager to play a role in helping the firm grow its … presence in New York.”
Richard Ziegler, Jenner’s New York managing partner, said in a statement the firm is “delighted” to add Levin, calling him a “superstar in his field.”
C. Allen Parker, Cravath’s presiding partner, said Cravath was “grateful to Rich for his years of service to our firm, and we wish him the very best as he takes this next step in his career”.
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