Greenberg Traurig will rejoin forces with Bruce Zirinsky, its former co-chair of the restructuring and bankruptcy practice, and subsequently founder of Zirinsky Law Partners, a boutique law and advisory firm founded in 2015.

Zirinsky will begin working with Greenberg Traurig’s lawyers immediately as part of an exclusive strategic alliance.

“I have always enjoyed working with my many colleagues and friends at Greenberg Traurig, and have watched in amazement at how the firm has evolved to the top tier in such areas as M&A, private equity, real estate, litigation and more, now not only across the United States, with unequaled depth and breadth, but also with high quality and unified culture in key locations across the world,” Zirinsky said. “I also look forward to working with co-chairs Shari Heyen and David Kurzweil, as well as a range of great practitioners across the firm.”

Zirinsky has specialized in U.S., foreign and cross-border restructurings and bankruptcies for decades. His clients include public and private companies, investment funds, hedge funds and other investors, as well as banks, financial institutions and official and ad hoc creditors’ committees. His practice includes both court supervised and out of court restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, complex litigation, business and other legal strategies, including strategies designed to mitigate the costs and risks of restructurings and to maximize returns to investors.

“Bruce has always remained a close friend and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading restructuring, bankruptcy and commercial litigation lawyers,” Richard A. Rosenbaum, executive chairman of Greenberg Traurig, said. “He is not only the leading expert in the airline industry, but is also highly experienced and regarded in hospitality, gaming, real estate, energy and other key industries so strongly impacted by today’s crisis.”

Zirinsky was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer in 2018, marking his second such honor. He also received the award in 2008. In addition, he received an award from M&A Advisor in 2018 for the cross-border restructuring of Ultrapetrol

“We have remained close with Bruce over the years and we are delighted to further strengthen our relationship,” Heyen and Kurzweil said in a joint statement. “His experience and wise counsel could not return to us at a more opportune time, helping us continue our tradition of providing our clients with immediate access to experienced senior restructuring attorneys who deliver innovative thinking and practical strategies to define objectives, resolve complicated situations and take advantage of opportunities that may arise in distress situations.”