Ryan Preston Dahl
Ryan is a partner in the business restructuring group with extensive experience representing publicly- and privately-held debtors, distressed investors, and financial sponsors in special situations, out-of-court restructurings and distressed acquisitions, and in-court chapter 11 processes through prepackaged, prearranged, and traditional restructurings. His practice also includes a broad range of transactional and litigation matters across a number of industries including automotive, technology, retail, media, gaming, manufacturing, professional services and financial services.
Most recently, Ryan was named among Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers in 2020 and Turnarounds & Workouts’ “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” for 2018, as well as receiving the Rising Star award from Euromoney Legal Media Group and the Law360 40 Under 40 award, also in 2018. Ryan was previously recognized by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges for participation in its Next Generation Program at the NCBJ's 2017 annual conference.
Ryan regularly speaks on a variety of restructuring, executive compensation, corporate governance, and ethics-related topics at institutions and organizations including the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, the Insolvency Institute of Canada, and the International Bar Association. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and the International Bar Association.
- PlayMonster LLC, a market leading international toy and game company, in connection with its investment transactions with Adams Street Partners and HIG Capital.
- Amici curiae law professors in connection with their submission to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the Purdue Pharma chapter 11 cases.
- An ad hoc group of bondholders of Exela Technologies, Inc. with respect to, among other things, an out of court exchange involving approximately $1.0 billion of first lien bond debt.
- Independent Director of Basic Energy Services, Inc. in connection with that director’s investigation and analysis of estate causes of action as part of Basic’s ongoing chapter 11 cases, which involve more than $400 million of funded debt.
- An ad hoc group of bondholders of ION Geophysical Corp., in connection with an out of court exchange of second lien notes.
- CEC Entertainment, Inc. and its debtor-affiliates, an American franchisee company with iconic brands Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza with locations across 47 states and 16 foreign countries and territories, in their chapter 11 cases.*
- 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide Inc. and its debtor-affiliates in their pending chapter 11 cases involving approximately $1.4 billion of funded debt. 24 Hour Fitness is a leading fitness club operator with locations across the United States and more than 3 million members.
- Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of mattresses in North America, in their new money priority term loan and exchange transaction, which included $200 million of new capital and the exchange of approximately $1 billion in first lien debt and $300 million in second lien debt, and reduced debt held by participating lenders by over $400 million.*
- J.Crew Group, Inc. and its debtor-affiliates, one of the nation’s premier clothing retailers with approximately $2 billion in funded debt and 13,000 employees, in their pre-arranged chapter 11 cases.*
- Maines Paper & Foodservice Inc. and certain of its affiliates, one of the leading foodservice and broadline distributors in the United States with in excess of $1 billion in annual revenues, in the sale of substantially all its assets to an affiliate of Lineage Logistics.*
- An ad hoc group of senior creditors of Caribbean mobile operator, Digicel, in the restructuring of Digicel’s $7 billion of debt.*
- Doncasters Group, a leading international manufacturer of high-precision components for aero engines, industrial gas turbines, and other specialist high performance applications, in its restructuring of $1.6 billion of funded debt through an English scheme of arrangement and an ancillary chapter 15 proceeding (Dundee Pikco Limited) in the United States.*
- Blackboard Inc. and certain of its affiliates in connection with its successful refinancing of approximately $750 million of funded debt.*
- An ad hoc group of first lien creditors of Jason Industries, the North American industrials company in connection with the restructuring of its $400 million of secured debt.*
- A major creditor of EuropaCorp S.A. in conjunction with its pending reorganization; EuropaCorp has opened a procédure de sauvegarde and has also commenced ancillary chapter 15 proceedings with respect to the restructuring of in excess of $300 million of obligations.*
- syncreon Group Holdings B.V., and its affiliates, in its groundbreaking, cross-border balance sheet restructuring involving approximately $1.1 billion of funded debt, including the chapter 15 case of syncreon Automotive (UK) Ltd. syncreon, a leading global logistics services provider, operates across 120 facilities in 19 countries on 6 continents. syncreon’s restructuring was completed through an English scheme of arrangement pursuant to the Companies Act 2006 and further involved ancillary processes in the United States and Canada. syncreon’s restructuring was recognized as the 2020 International Company Transaction of the Year by the Turnaround Management Association.*
- The NORDAM Group, Inc., a leading aerospace manufacturing and repair company, in the first-ever “postpackaged” chapter 11 cases.*
- Claire’s Inc., one of the nation’s largest retailers with more than 4,000 owned and franchised locations globally, in its prearranged restructuring efforts related to more than $2 billion in funded debt.*
- Avaya Inc. and certain of its affiliates in their chapter 11 cases. Avaya and its debtor-affiliates had more than $6 billion in funded debt obligations as of the commencement of their chapter 11 cases, with annual revenues in excess of $3 billion. Avaya’s restructuring was recognized as the 2018 Transaction of the Year (Mega Company) by the Turnaround Management Association.*
- Vine Alternative Investments in conjunction with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, a global entertainment company.*
- Horsehead Holding Corp. (n/k/a American Zinc Recycling), a U.S. producer of specialty zinc and zinc-based products and a leading recycler of metals-bearing waste, in its chapter 11 restructuring.*
- Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc., a majority owned subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, in its chapter 11 restructuring. CEOC and its debtor subsidiaries had more than $18.4 billion in funded debt obligations as of the commencement of their chapter 11 cases.*
- An ad hoc group of first lien creditors in the prearranged chapter 11 cases of Altegrity, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates, involving the restructuring of approximately $1.8 billion in funded debt.*
- Longview Power, LLC and certain of its affiliates, including Mepco Holdings, LLC and its affiliates, in connection with their chapter 11 cases involving the restructuring of approximately $1 billion in funded debt.*
- The Special Committee of the Board of Managers of Revstone Industries, LLC, et al. in connection with their restructuring.*
- FA Liquidating Corp. (f/k/a Fisker Automotive) in their chapter 11 cases and in their successful sale of substantially all their assets to an affiliate of Wanxiang America Corp.*
- The chapter 11 trustee appointed in the chapter 11 cases of Qualteq, Inc. and its affiliated chapter 11 debtors.*
- The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) and its direct and indirect subsidiaries in their chapter 11 reorganization, which was completed in March 2012. A&P listed $2.5 billion in assets and $3.2 billion in debt as of the commencement of the cases.*
- Neff Corp., one of the leading equipment rental companies in the United States, in its prearranged chapter 11 restructuring involving approximately $600 million in indebtedness.*
- GGPLP L.L.C. and certain of its affiliates in their chapter 11 reorganization. GGP and its consolidated affiliates reported approximately $29.6 billion in total assets and $27.3 billion in total liabilities as of their chapter 11 filings.*
- Source Interlink, one of the leading publishers and wholesalers of magazines and home entertainment products in North America, in their prearranged chapter 11 cases, successfully restructuring approximately $1.6 billion in liabilities in approximately 30 days.*
- Hines Horticulture, Inc., one of the largest commercial nursery operations in North America, and its wholly-owned subsidiary in their chapter 11 cases.*
- SIRVA, Inc. and a number of its domestic subsidiaries and affiliated entities in their prepackaged chapter 11 cases.*
- Movie Gallery, the second largest North American home entertainment specialty retailer, in its prearranged restructuring of obligations totaling approximately $1.4 billion.*
Representations denoted with an asterisk were completed prior to joining Ropes & Gray
- Quoted, “Private-Equity Firms Hunt for Deals in Disrupted Supply Chains,” WSJ Pro PE (May 9, 2022)
- Co-author, “Evaluating Director Protections After Del. Bankruptcy Ruling,” Law360 (January 14, 2022)
- Quoted, “Warren's anti-'looting' crusade is about fundamental accountability,” Financial Times (December 10, 2021)
- Co-author, “Nondebtor Release Bill Would Excessively Limit Ch. 11 Access,” Law360 (November 5, 2021)
- Co-author, “Enforcing third-party releases through chapter 15 in the US,” International Insolvency & Restructuring Report 2021/22 (2021)
- Author, Collective Bargaining Agreements and Chapter 9 Bankruptcy, 81 Am. Bankr. L.J. 295 (2007)
- Panelist, “Road to Recovery: Retail” Global M&A Network 13th Annual Restructuring + Distressed Investing Intelligence Forum and Turnaround Atlas Awards Celebration (June 2021)
- Panelist, “Cross-Border Restructurings,” 16th Annual Wharton Restructuring and Distressed Investing Conference (February 2020)
- Moderator, “Incentive Plan Design,” Equilar Compensation Committee Forum (November 2019)
- Panelist, “The 7 Habits of Successful Retail Restructurings,” Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors (“AIRA”) — 17th Annual Advanced Restructuring & Plan of Reorganization Conference (November 2018)
- JD, The University of Chicago Law School, 2007; Order of the Coif
- BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001; Morehead-Cain Scholar
Admissions / Qualifications
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Lawdragon: 500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers (2020, 2022)
- Turnarounds & Workouts: “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” (2018)
- The Legal 500: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense (2015-2019)
- Euromoney Legal Media Group: Rising Star (2018)
- Law360: Bankruptcy “Rising Star” (2018)
- National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges: Next Generation Program (2017)