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Matthew M. Murphy

Partner, Corporate Department


Phone: 1(312) 499-6036
Fax: 1(312) 499-6136


Matthew M. Murphy is a partner in the Finance and Restructuring practice, a member of the Special Situations Group, and the chair of the Chicago Office.  He advises a variety of clients in complex business reorganizations, debt restructurings, and troubled company M&A. Mr. Murphy has counseled clients up and down the capital structure through out-of-court and Chapter 11 restructuring initiatives, value maximization strategies, the purchase of or investment in distressed companies, the sale of distressed assets, and post-petition lending strategies.


  • The Legal 500, Finance - Restructuring: Corporate (2021)
  • In 2012, M&A Advisor recognized Mr. Murphy among the winners of its 40 Under 40 Central award, which recognizes emerging leaders of the M&A, financing and turnaround industries.


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1998
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1995


Mr. Murphy has represented numerous clients through out-of-court and chapter 11 restructuring initiatives including:

  • An Ad Hoc Group of Senior Secured Lenders to a company in the aviation industry
  • A lender to a vertically integrated wholesale CBD manufacturer facilitating a change of control
  • Charming Charlie, a contemporary fashion and accessories retailer, in its chapter 11 proceedings
  • Interlogic Outsourcing in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings
  • An Ad Hoc group of First Lien Lenders to an advertising and marketing Company
  • The Term Loan Agent in the chapter 11 bankruptcy of Aerosoles
  • The sponsor in the restructuring of its portfolio company in the manufacturing industry
  • The senior secured agent in the out-of-court restructuring of a company in the cloud-based services and hosting industry.
  • The company in the healthcare industry in its out-of-court restructuring
  • The company in the oil and gas exploration and production industry in its restructuring
  • The Agent in the work-out of a company in the communications industry
  • The company in the retail industry in its out-of-court restructuring
  • The Senior Secured Agent in the out-of-court restructuring of a company in the defense industry
  • The Senior Secured Agent in the bankruptcy of a salt water disposal company in West Texas (served as stalking horse and ultimate owner)
  • The private equity firm in the out-of-court restructuring of a company in the oilfield services industry
  • The out-of-court restructuring of a company that operates a power plant 
  • ALCO Stores, Inc., a retail chain of over 200 stores in 23 states, in its organized wind-down and sale of assets
  • The out-of-court restructuring of an advertising and marketing business
  • The out-of-court restructuring of a company engaged in the manufacture and sale of soils, mulches and organic fertilizers
  • Velti, Inc., a leading mobile marketing and advertising company, during its chapter 11 and the sale of its US and UK assets
  • Education Holdings 1, Inc. in its prepackaged chapter 11 proceedings
  • The out-of-court restructuring of a leading provider of quality cake and pie products
  • The Clare, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, in its proceedings under chapter 11
  • Access Industries in its role backstopping a US$2.8 billion rights offering for Lyondell Chemical Company
  • Interstate Bakeries Corporation (a/k/a Hostess Brands), the largest wholesale baker and distributor of fresh baked bread and sweet goods in the US, in its chapter 11 reorganization
  • Mark IV Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of highly engineered systems and components for transportation, infrastructure vehicles and equipment, in its chapter 11 reorganization and international restructuring
  • McLeodUSA Incorporated, one of the largest independent telecommunications service providers in the US, in its restructuring pursuant to a prepackaged plan of reorganization
  • National Steel Corporation, at one time one of the largest integrated steel producers in the United States, during its chapter 11 case and sale of assets to US Steel
  • Comdisco, Inc., a global technology services provider, during its chapter 11 and sales of assets in the US and Europe

Mr. Murphy has also represented financial institutions, private equity and hedge funds in financing transactions and the acquisition of distressed assets, including:

  • A potential purchaser of assets in the retail space
  • A lender in providing a subordinated loan to a company that manufactures and distributes sporting goods and apparel
  • Macquarie Trading USA, LLC in providing a $500 million Term Loan to Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • A private equity firm as the debtor-in-possession lender to videogame maker THQ, Inc. as well as the "stalking horse" bidder for the assets of THQ, Inc.
  • A private equity firm in the acquisition of the assets of Mformation Technologies, Inc. pursuant to Article 9 public sale process
  • A private equity firm as potential "stalking horse" bidders for assets in a 363 sale in the retail industry 
  • A private equity firm as a "stalking horse" bidder for certain of the assets of Vitro America
  • An ad hoc group of secured creditors in their exchange of debt for equity pursuant to the chapter 11 reorganization of Insight Health Services Holdings Corp.
  • A private equity firm in its acquisition of the assets of White Birch Paper Company in both Canada and the United States
  • A private equity firm in its acquisition of the assets of Werner Ladder

On the lender side, Mr. Murphy has represented Bank of America, Black Diamond Commercial Finance, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley as debtor-in-possession lenders or buy-side lenders.

    Engagement & Publications

    • "Asset Sales: Navigating the Bumps in the Road," March 4, 2011 
    • "Understanding Intercreditor Agreements," July 18, 2012
    • "Are Special Purpose Vehicles Bankruptcy Proof," November 2011
    • "Releases, Indemnification and Exculpation in Plans of Reorganization," October 2014 
    • Private Debt Investor Forum (New York): Panel Moderator: Capturing Yield in Special Situations, September 2018
    • A Goldilocks Moment for Private Credit, Private Debt Investor, September 2018
    • LPGP Private Debt Forum, Dynamic Strategies in Special Situations, April 30, 2019
    • Private Debt, GP Perspectives: How Do Asset Managers Effectively Manage a Downturn, May 1, 2019


    • Member, Turnaround Management Association
    • Board Member, Downtown Chicago Region of the American Cancer Society

    Practice Areas





    Illinois Bar


    University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1998
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A. 1995

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