Jon Henes is one of the country’s leading restructuring and corporate governance advisors. Jon has successfully guided numerous major corporations in a variety of industries, including media, chemicals, energy, manufacturing, real estate, retail and telecommunications, through both highly complex and transformative restructurings. Jon’s experience is deep and diverse as he has represented debtors (including portfolio, privately-held and public companies), creditors’ committees and distressed investors (including hedge funds, private equity funds and companies) in acquisitions, restructurings and bankruptcy cases; advised boards of directors and senior managers of financially troubled companies regarding fiduciary duties and restructuring strategies; provided advice in connection with legacy, environmental, mass tort, retiree and pension liabilities of financially troubled companies; and advised investors in connection with the purchase of distressed assets and securities.
Described as “exceptional,” Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business has listed Jon as a leading lawyer every year since 2009. Most recently, in the 2020 edition, a source noted Jon “has a unique ability to generate quality business and execute difficult restructurings,” going on to highlight his “broad experience” and “commitment to clients.” In the 2019 edition, sources described Jon as “great to deal with,” “top notch” and “invaluable as a lawyer, adviser and advocate.” Sources also praised Jon for possessing “a remarkable combination of excellent legal and negotiating skills, a great business mind and incredible judgment.” Sources also noted Jon is “a great negotiator with very good deal instincts” and is “extraordinarily good in front of judges.” Previous editions of Chambers USA described Jon as a “terrific solution-oriented and collaborative attorney” who “works very hard for his clients and has the right combination of knowing when to be aggressive and when to make a deal,” and he “fights hard for his client to achieve a fair outcome.” Sources noted that Jon “understands the big picture and works relentlessly to achieve results” and that he is “particularly good in complicated, messy matters for both debtors and creditors.” Clients praised Jon for his “fantastic stature in the market” noting he “has good judgment and is good on his feet in court,” is “a real hands-on and roll-up-your-sleeves attorney who has terrific negotiation skills” and is “astonishingly knowledgeable and determined.” Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business has also recognized Jon every year since 2014. Jon was also recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for his corporate restructuring work. Jon was distinguished as one of The Best Lawyers in America for 2013-2019 in the fields of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation — bankruptcy. In 2012, Jon was selected as one of Cardozo's Alumni of the Year. Jon was also profiled in BISNOW and as one of eight deal lawyers in The Deal magazine in an article entitled "On Yelling, Screaming and Understanding." In addition, Jon was previously selected as a leading lawyer in the 2009 edition of IFLR1000: Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, by Super Lawyers as a New York Super Lawyer, and in 2005, as one of the nation's outstanding young restructuring lawyers by Turnarounds & Workouts. Jon's work was also recognized by the Turnaround Management Association, which selected the Wellman restructuring as its 2009 Large Turnaround of the Year.
Jon is sought out for his views on a variety of restructuring topics. He writes extensively, publishing blogs and op eds in cnbc.com, The Hill, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Deal, The Wall Street Journal Bankruptcy Beat and Forbes.com, and has appeared on CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange," Bloomberg Television's InBusiness, TheDeal and on CNN. Jon has been profiled in, among other publications, The American Lawyer, on May 1, 2008, in an article entitled "In a Game of Chicken, Solutia Wins," and in Bankruptcy Court Decisions Weekly News & Comment, on April 1, 2008, in an article entitled "Diary of a Deal," both of which chronicled Jon's involvement in Solutia's exit from Chapter 11, and on April 10, 2007, in an article entitled "Panel Spars on Hedge Fund Participation," and The Deal, on April 23, 2004, in an article entitled "After They Stopped Laughing," which discussed Jon's involvement in the negotiated resolution of AT&T Latin America's complex Chapter 11 case. Jon is frequently quoted in national publications, including, among others, The Wall Street Journal ("Prudent Lessons From Judge Prudence Carter Beatty,""Snyder's Six Flags Roller-Coaster Ride,""CIT's Swoon Hits Taxpayers,""There is Life After Bankruptcy for Some Companies", "Smurfit Says Bankruptcy is Possible Amid Crunch", "'DIP' Loans are Scarce, Complicating Bankruptcies" and "Barbarians in Bankruptcy Court --- Merger Financiers Find Action Now in Chapter 11"), The Deal ("Bankruptcy Blues"), and Bankruptcy Court Decisions ("What Masonite's CEO Understood That Your Client May Not" and "Negotiating a Deal in a Falling Market").
Jon has lectured at Harvard Business School, New York University, Wharton Business School, Wake Forest Law School and Cardozo Law School regarding distressed investing, hedge funds involvement in Chapter 11 and the credit markets, and has published articles on, among other things, distressed debt trading and corporate decision making. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School where he teaches a course on distressed investing and corporate restructurings and was appointed as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Heyman Center of Corporate Governance, the mission of which is to raise public and academic awareness of pressing corporate and securities law issues and to produce and disseminate research on a broad range of corporate and securities law topics.
In addition to his restructuring practice, Jon has represented and counseled clients with respect to transactions related to the purchase or sale of teams in the Pacific Coast League and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Contributing Editor, Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice
“Viewpoint: Congress Should Codify the One-Day Bankruptcy,” The Wall Street Journal (May 11, 2020).
"Henes: Three Steps to Fixing the US Economy," CNBC Guest Blog (July 23, 2012).
"Henes: What Government Can Learn From the Robin Hood Foundation," CNBC Guest Blog (May 16, 2012).
"Henes: Austerity By Inaction - An Economic Cliff Awaits," CNBC Guest Blog (May 9, 2012).
"Henes: A Greek Tragedy in the Making?" CNBC Guest Blog (January 30, 2012).
"Germany's Revised Bankruptcy Code," The Deal (co-author, January 12, 2012).
"Unfunded retirement liabilities in Europe and the US: can lessons be learned from corporate America?," Financier Worldwide Magazine (co-author, January 2012).
"Henes: NYC is Pension Model for 21st Century?" CNBC Guest Blog (December 21, 2011).
"Henes: The Restructuring of the United States — Failure is Not an Option," CNBC Guest Blog (November 21, 2011).
"BGOV Commentary: City Bankruptcy Effort in Rhode Island Is Working," Bloomberg Government @BGOV (October 18, 2011).
"Henes: The Eurozone Hold Out Problem," CNBC.com Guest Blog (October 11, 2011).
"Henes: The Top 5 Questions About the Bankruptcy of Central Falls, Rhode Island," CNBC.com Guest Blog (September 27, 2011).
"Henes: The Jobs Act and the Super Committee — Is Anyone Else Confused?," CNBC.com Guest Blog (September 15, 2011).
"Henes: Economic Lessons Learned From Hurricane Irene," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 29, 2011).
"Henes: Restructuring America—The 5 Top Economic Questions for the Remainder of 2011," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 10, 2011).
"Bankrupt USAA+," Legal Bisnow NYC (August 8, 2011).
"Henes: Top 5 Questions About the Downgrade, the Economy, and the Markets," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 8, 2011).
"Henes: Top 5 Questions For the Weekend About the Economy," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 5, 2011).
"Henes: Top 5 Questions About the Central Falls, RI Bankruptcy," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 2, 2011).
"Henes: Top 5 Questions for 'Debt Ceiling Monday,'" CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 1, 2011).
"Henes: Top 5 Questions for 'Debt Ceiling' Weekend," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 29, 2011).
"Henes: 5 Things to Know About the Debt Ceiling," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 25, 2011).
"Henes: Five Reasons Why the Debt Ceiling May Not Get Raised," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 21, 2011).
"Henes: The Debt Ceiling Debate — A Good Old Fashioned Restructuring Negotiation," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 20, 2011).
"Henes: The Debt Ceiling Debate is About the Future Role of Government," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 18, 2011).
"Henes: States Need to Make Public Disclosures of Their Unfunded Pension Liabilities," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 15, 2011).
"States Need to Restructure Pension Obligations," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 12, 2011).
"Henes: Rules of Debt Restructuring," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 11, 2011).
"Debt-Ceiling Debate: Beware of a Ratings Downgrade," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 8, 2011).
"Debt Ceiling: Will the U.S. Follow Minnesota's Lead?" CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 6, 2011).
"Deja Vu, All Over Again," New York Law Journal (co-author, June 27, 2011).
"Henes: Are We Watching the Sequel to 'Too Big to Fail?' Will Greece End Differently Than Lehman? Part II" CNBC.com Guest Blog (June 21, 2011).
"Henes: Are We Watching the Sequel to 'Too Big to Fail?' Will Greece End Differently Than Lehman?"CNBC.com Guest Blog (June 16, 2011).
"Henes: The US Will Choose Not to Default on Its Bonds," CNBC.com Guest Blog (June 14, 2011).
"Henes: You Can't Stop a Flood by Adding Water: It's Time to Reduce, Not Add, Debt for Long-Term Economic Strength," CNBC.com Guest Blog (June 3, 2011).
"Henes: Focusing on Unsustainable Debt," CNBC.com Guest Blog (May 31, 2011).
"State Pension Showdowns Call for New Federal Referee: Commentary," Bloomberg Government (May 18, 2011).
"States Need Bankruptcy-Like Options for Leverage: Commentary," Bloomberg Government (April 20, 2011).
"Jon Henes: The Story of Unfunded State Mandates," CNBC.com Guest Blog (April 19, 2011).
"Jon Henes: It is Time for States to Regain Fiscal Health & We Need True Leadership," CNBC.com Guest Blog (March 18, 2011).
"Jon Henes: Bankruptcy Law for States: Rhetoric Vs. Reality," CNBC.com Guest Blog (February 22, 2011).
"Creation of a State Fiscal Task Force," Philly.com (February 14, 2011).
"States of Insolvency," TheDeal.com Judgment Call (co-author, February 8, 2011).
"Jon Henes: State Disclosures Ahead for Municipal Bond Market," CNBC.com Guest Blog (January 31, 2011).
"Jon Henes: Bankruptcy Works: Why Congress Should Consider Bankruptcy for States," CNBC.com Guest Blog (January 21, 2011).
"Bankruptcy works: Why Congress Should Consider Bankruptcy for States," The Hill (January 19, 2011).
"Jon Henes: Congress, Consider Giving our States a Chance!," CNBC.com Guest Blog (January 6, 2011).
"Second Circuit: Pension Termination Premium Arises Upon Discharge, Cannot be Discharged," American Bankruptcy Institute: Labor and Employment Committee Newsletter (co-author, January 2010).
"Prudent Lessons From Judge Prudence Carter Beatty," The Wall Street Journal Blog: Bankruptcy Beat (January 8, 2010).
"Jon Henes: Failure is an Option—The Brilliance of our Corporate Restructuring Regime," CNBC.com Guest Blog (January 6, 2010).
"Henes: Evolution From Trader to Owner - The Making of the Private Equity Hedge Fund," CNBC.com Guest Blog (November 18, 2009).
"Debt-for-Equity Exchanges and Media Companies," Daily Bankruptcy Review (co-author, October 21, 2009).
"Henes: The Four Questions of Distressed Investing," CNBC.com Guest Blog (September 2, 2009).
"Henes: The Boys are Back in Town: Hedge Funds are Trading Distressed Debt Again," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 18, 2009).
"Henes: The DIP Loan - The New 'It' Investment," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 12, 2009).
"Henes' Lessons of the CEO: How to Succeed in Restructurings and Life," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 4, 2009).
"Henes: Non-Traditional Owners Must Think Like a Private Equity Sponsor," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 31, 2009).
"Henes: There's Gold in Them Hills - Private Equity and Distressed Investing," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 15, 2009).
"Henes: Bankruptcy is not Just for Restructurings Anymore," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 13, 2009).
"Debt is the New Equity: How Private Equity Funds Will Sponsor Buyouts Through Chapter 11," Bankruptcy Structure Insights (Summer 2009).
"Why Now Is NOT The Time To Focus On Growth," CNBC.com Guest Blog (February 26, 2009).
"Coming to a Theatre Near You: The Stealth Takeover," Daily Bankruptcy Review (February 6, 2009).
"2009 Corporate Restructurings: What to Expect," Daily Bankruptcy Review (January 21, 2009).
"A 'TARP' For Distressed Companies," Forbes.com (November 18, 2008).
"Henes: A Gameplan for Distressed Company Investing," CNBC.com Guest Blog (November 5, 2008).
"Henes: Private Equity Opportunity: Buy The Distressed," CNBC.com Guest Blog (October 24, 2008).
"Henes: Why the Feds Should Step Into Bankruptcy Loans," CNBC.com Guest Blog (October 22, 2008).
"A Different Approach To Fixing The Financial System," Dow Jones News Service (October 1, 2008).
"Amid Turmoil, Opportunity Awaits in Debt to Equity Conversions," Daily Bankruptcy Review (July 14, 2008).
"Buyers Of Secured Debt, Beware: Solutia Ruling Shows OID Risks," Daily Bankruptcy Review (March 26, 2008).
"Rule 2019 Opinion May Transform the Dynamics of Chapter 11 Cases," Daily Bankruptcy Review (March 7, 2007).
Assistant Editor, Norton Bankruptcy Law & Practice (2005).
"Vulture Investors Heed Caution: Creditors Committee and Trading May Be a Dangerous Combination," 16 Financier Worldwide 30 (April 2004).
"Guidelines for Director Decision Making in Chapter 11," 21 The Bankruptcy Strategist 2 (December 2003).
"Analyzing In-Court Bankruptcy Trends," Debtwire's 7th Annual Distressed Debt Forum (May 21, 2013).
"Plan of Reorganization or Liquidation," New York State Bar Association's Advising Distressed Businesses & Business Bankruptcy Cases Conference (December 13, 2012).
"Restructuring New York: Will the State and the Cities Recover When the Economy Does?" The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Corporate Governance (April 18, 2012)(moderator).
"The Congressional Super-Committee's Debt Reduction Plan," America's Fiscal Crisis: Depression, Recession or Recovery? The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Corporate Governance(October 11, 2011).
"The Coming Wave of Municipal Government Restructurings," The Distressed Debt Conference, DealFlow Media (October 3, 2011).
"Today's Problems in Municipal Finance: Should Chapter 9 Be Extended to States?" Commercial Finance Association's Advocacy Conference (September 15, 2011).
"Bailout or Bankruptcy: States Consider the Options:" Bloomberg, State and Municipal Finance Conference (March 22, 2011).
"Is Bankruptcy a Viable Solution to the States' Fiscal Crisis?" The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance (March 21, 2011).
"Distressed Paradox: Where Have All the Deals Gone?" Sixth Annual NYU Stern Private Equity Conference: A New Decade for Opportunities (March 4, 2011).
"Legal Restructuring Panel - Governmental Involvement in Distressed Opportunities," Wharton School of Business Restructuring and Turnaround Conference 2010: Road to Recovery? Restructuring, Rebuilding and Regulation (February 19, 2010).
"Selecting the Right Method to Valuate Distressed Debt and Estimate Recovery Possibilities," American Conference Institute's Distressed Debt and Turnaround Investing Summit (March 31, 2009).
"Briefing on the Current Restructuring Market," Heyman Center for Corporate Governance (Keynote Interview by Jeff McCracken, Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2009).
Distressed Investing Panel, Harvard Business School - 15th Annual Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference (January 31, 2009).
Distressed Investing Panel, UBS Credit Conference (January 8, 2009).
"Financing a Restructuring in the Middle of a Credit Crisis: Strategies for Survival," 15th Annual Distressed Investing Conference (Moderated Panel, November 18, 2008).
"Utilizing Chapter 11 to Maximize Value and Emerge as a Successful Enterprise: The Solutia Case Study," Heyman Center for Corporate Governance (Moderated Panel, April 1, 2008).
"How the Hedge Fund Trader Has Changed the Dynamics of Chapter 11 Cases," Heyman Center for Corporate Governance: Perspectives on Corporate Restructurings (Opening Address, March 5, 2007).
"Perspectives on Corporate Restructurings," Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Program (November 2005).
Law and Business Investment Banking, Senior Tutor, The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at the NYU School of Law (2005).
American Conference Institute, New York (Panelist, issues regarding second liens, 2004).
"Strategic Considerations When Converting Debt to Equity in Troubled Companies, "American Conference Institute, New York (May 2004).
Harvard Business School Turnaround Symposium, Cambridge (Panelist, March 2004).Buyouts Symposium, New York (Panelist, March 2003).
Memberships & Affiliations
Member, Board of Directors, Partnership for New York City
Member, Board of Directors, CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
New York Advisory Council for Common Sense Media
Member, Board of Directors and Co-Founder, Foundation for Education in Honduras
Chairman, Advisory Committee, Heyman Center for Corporate Governance
Member, Executive Committee, UJA Federation of New York, The Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group
Member, The Economic Club of New York
Member, Partnership for New York City
Member, American College of Bankruptcy
Admissions & Qualifications
- 1997New York
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan2001
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York1997
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York1997
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawJ.D.cum laude1996Managing Editor, Cardozo Law Review
- Union CollegeB.A., History1991