Greg Pesce is a partner in Kirkland's Restructuring Group. Greg focuses his practice on protecting and advancing the financial interests of corporate debtors and secured and unsecured creditors in the various transactional and litigation-related aspects of the debtor-creditor relationship. Greg was recently recognized in the 2021 edition of IFLR1000.

Greg has played a principal role representing sophisticated corporate debtors, investors and other key parties in some of the most complex restructuring cases and transactions.

In addition to his company-side representations, Greg regularly counsels a number of private equity and investment fund clients, both in and out of court, with respect to acquisitions of distressed assets and investments and corporate governance matters related to such clients' portfolio companies.

Greg also has significant experience advising companies, creditors, equity holders and other stakeholders in cross-border restructuring transactions, including situations in Hong Kong, Singapore, Peru, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.


Thought Leadership


Speaker, “Modifying Labor and Retirement Obligations in Bankruptcy,” 38th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, November 14–15, 2019.


Contributing Editor of the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice 

The Irrelevance of Philadelphia Newspapers, ABI Bankruptcy Litigation Committee Review, May 2011.


Second Prize, Third Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition (2011)

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

Turnaround Management Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011Illinois


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2011
  • University of ChicagoB.A., Political Sciencewith Honors2007

    Dean's List

    General Honors