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Greenberg Traurig’s Paul Keenan Appointed to Leadership Positions at INSOL International and American Bankruptcy Institute

MIAMI – (June 13, 2014) – Paul J. Keenan, Jr., a shareholder in the Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice at the Miami office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, has been named to leadership positions with the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals and the American Bankruptcy Institute’s International Committee.

INSOL International appointed Keenan the Chair of its Model Law Implementation Steering Committee. In this role, Keenan will lead the committee as it liaises with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law on the drafting of model laws on cross-border restructuring. In addition, the committee is charged with proliferating the adoption of the current UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency in foreign countries and assisting in implementation of the Model Law after its adoption. In 2006, Keenan played a key role in the adoption of the Model Law in Colombia, including touring the country with INSOL to provide seminars on the Model Law to bankruptcy judges and practitioners. Keenan will serve a two-year term.

The American Bankruptcy Institute named Keenan the Membership Relations Director of its International Committee. In this role, Keenan will inform the committee’s constituents of its various activities and work to build membership and engagement with other American Bankruptcy Institute activities. He will serve a one-year term.

“I am proud to join INSOL International and the American Bankruptcy Institute in leadership positions where I can have a significant impact on the profession,” Keenan said. “I look forward to working with these top-tier organizations to support the ongoing practice of bankruptcy law both internationally and domestically.”

At Greenberg Traurig, Keenan focuses his practice on the representation of corporate debtors and creditors in bankruptcy cases, receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, loan workouts, asset sales, wind downs and UCC foreclosures. He represents clients in courts across Florida and nationwide, including wide-ranging experience before the bankruptcy courts in Delaware. Paul also provides insolvency-related structuring advice and legal opinions in connection with complex financial transactions. He is a past President of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida. 

Paul has substantial experience in cross-border bankruptcies and restructurings.  He speaks Spanish and has extensive experience living and working in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a Fellow of INSOL International who has completed an intensive course in cross-border restructurings. Among other accomplishments in this area, Paul was one of the lead restructuring lawyers for Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V., whose restructuring of $420 million of debt was awarded the "Restructuring Deal of the Year Award" by Latin Lawyer magazine.

Throughout his career, Keenan has received awards and recognitions, including most recently: Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2014; Fellow, INSOL International; Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Award, "Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Over $100 million to $1 billion)”; Member, Winning Team, U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2013; Finalist, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate (International) Category," 2012; Member, Winning Team, Latin Lawyer's "Deal of the Year - Restructuring" Award, 2012.