Cristine is a restructuring partner in Kirkland’s New York office. Her practice involves representing debtors (including portfolio, privately-held and public companies) and distressed investors in acquisitions, out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 cases. She also advises boards of directors and senior management of financially troubled companies regarding fiduciary duties and corporate governance.


Thought Leadership


Contributing Editor of the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice

"Release the Kraken" II: For Want of a Lien, the Botticelli Could Be Lost. . ., Weil Bankruptcy Blog (May 2, 2014) (Co-Authored by Doron Kenter)

No Trust? Time for a Trustee, Weil Bankruptcy Blog (April 3, 2014)

Ninth Circuit B.A.P. Affirms That Liquidating Trust Can Receive Joint Venture Interests Notwithstanding Transfer Restrictions in Operating Agreement, Weil Bankruptcy Blog (Co-Authored by Victoria Vron) (March 21, 2014)

No Trustee, No Debtor in Possession: What Happens When a Receiver Has Sole Control Over Property of the Estate?, Published in the Weil Bankruptcy Blog (Jan. 9, 2014)

No Holding Back Strumpf's Administrative Hold, Published in the Weil Bankruptcy Blog (Oct. 24, 2013)

Avoid the Statute of Limitations on Avoidance Actions: Relate-Back!, Published in the Weil Bankruptcy Blog (Oct. 1, 2013)

Cash Flow vs. Balance Sheet Insolvency in Chapter 11: Who Cares? Insolvency Is Not a Prerequisite to a Voluntary Chapter 11 Filing in the Ninth Circuit, Weil Bankruptcy Blog (August 13, 2013)

Partial Dirt-for-Debt Plans: No Cushion? No Confirmation, Published in the Weil Bankruptcy Blog (March 27, 2013)

Bankruptcy Court Allows Full Damage Claim Without Reduction to Present Value, Weil Bankruptcy Blog (February 6, 2013)

S.D.N.Y. Bankruptcy Court Weighs the "Lease or Rental Agreement" Requirement of Section 362(b)(22) of the Bankruptcy Code, Weil Bankruptcy Blog (January 14, 2013)

But Judge, Operating in the Red was Ordinary Course for this Debtor!, Weil Bankruptcy Blog (November 26, 2012)

Eighth Circuit Holds that the "Equities" Do Not Need to Weigh in Favor of a Creditor Seeking Recoupment, Weil Bankruptcy Blog (October 15, 2012)

The Contracts Clause versus the Bankruptcy Clause: Bankruptcy Court Holds Bankruptcy Clause Reigns Supreme, Weil Bankruptcy Blog (August 23, 2012)

Second Circuit's Regard of the "Manifest Disregard" Standard, Weil Bankruptcy Blog (July 20, 2012)

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Series' Duel for the Future of the Series in the Western World, Weil Bankruptcy Blog (June 20, 2012)

Sellers Celebrate: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Confirms that Assumption and Assignment of an Executory Contract Offers Protection from Preference Claims, Weil Bankruptcy (May 14, 2012) 

When Is a Debtor Really Off the Hook on a Rejected Lease? (The Answer May Not Be as Simple as You Think), Weil Bankruptcy Blog (January 6, 2012)

Don't Take It Personally: Navigating Derivative Suits Granted to a Liquidating Trustee, Weil Bankruptcy Blog (November 22, 2011)

Speaking Engagements

Guest Lecturer, “A Study of ‘Mega’ Bankruptcy Cases: Impact on the Economy and Related Industries Seminar,” NYU School of Law, March 26, 2019, New York, New York (Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez, Professor).

Panelist, “Bringing Holdouts to the Table,” American Bankruptcy Institute 2019 Complex Financial Restructuring Program, February 27, 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Guest Lecturer, “Corporate Restructuring,” Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, February 5, 2018, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Kevin Kaiser, Adjunct Professor of Finance).

Guest Lecturer, “Chapter 11 Preparation: An Associate’s Perspective,” NYU School of Law, May 7, 2017, New York, New York (Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez, Professor).

Guest Lecturer, “Chapter 11 Preparation: An Associate’s Perspective,” NYU School of Law, May 3, 2016, New York, New York (Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez, Professor).

Practicing Law Institute Seminar, "Prepackaged and Prenegotiated Chapter 11 Cases," February 2013.


Outstanding Legal Services, MFY, 2013

Memberships & Affiliations

Member and Prior Board Member, International Women in Restructuring Confederation

Member, Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee for the Southern District of New York


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011New York


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolJ.D.2010

    Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Certificate in Business Economics and Public Policy

    Teaching Fellow, Marshall Brennan Constitutional Law Literacy Project

  • University of PennsylvaniaB.A.cum laude2007