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Ari Newman

Ari Newman has deep experience handling complex legal issues that arise in business reorganizations, workouts, liquidations, distressed debt and asset transactions, financial restructurings, and adversary proceeding litigation. His representations include Chapter 11 debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, parties to distressed debt and asset transactions, and DIP lenders, as well as parties seeking to recover, or defend against, preferential and fraudulent transfers.



  • International airline in connection with multi-billion dollar out-of-court restructuring.
  • Billion-dollar solar energy company in planning for strategic alternatives.
  • 1 Global Capital, LLC and its affiliate in Chapter 11 cases involving merchant cash advances and claims totaling over $250 million. (S.D. Fla.)
  • Nighthawk Production LLC and its affiliates in Chapter 11 cases (D. Del.) involving 363 sale of the debtors’ assets and related cross-border ancillary proceeding of London Stock Exchange-listed parent in U.K.
  • Optima Specialty Steel and its affiliates in the restructuring of $320 million in debt through a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization. (D. Del.)
  • Private lender to the Sports, Media and Entertainment industries in over $150 million of issued loans.
  • Private lender in conducting UCC strict foreclosure involving more than $30 million in assets.
  • Large REIT in acquisition of storage facility from a bankruptcy estate under 363. (S.D. Tex.)
  • Financial institution in defense of fraudulent transfer claims in excess of $13 million. (S.D. Fla.)
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Alpha Entertainment LLC, owner of the XFL football league. (D. Del.)
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Bunkers International Corp., a leader in the marine fuel industry. (M.D. Fla.)
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of C&J Energy Services Ltd., et al. (S.D. Tex.)
  • Official Committee of Non-Insider Equity Holders of Erie Street Investors, LLC. (N.D. Ill.)
  • Large grocery chain in acquisition of stores valued at approximately $40 million in A&P bankruptcy case. (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Trigeant Ltd and affiliates in their Chapter 11 reorganization involving $100 million sale of Texas oil refinery and disposition of cross-border claims. (S.D. Fla.)
  • Owner and plan sponsor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of PGA Flyover, LLC, owner of a 15.738-acre parcel of land, which is developed with a mixed-use development known as PGA Professional and Design Center. (S.D. Fla.)
  • Senior secured lender in securing payment in full plus interest in Beacon at Brickell Village bankruptcy case. (S.D. Fla.)
  • Over 30 preference defendants in Chapter 7 case of Axium International. (C.D. Cal.)
  • Senior secured lender owed approximately $200 million in the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort Chapter 11 cases. (M.D. Fla.)
  • Secured creditors in single-asset real estate Chapter 11 cases. (S.D. Fla. & M.D. Fla.)


  • Member, Winning Team, “Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (Small Cap)” for the sale of Nighthawk Energy, Global M&A Network’s Americas M&A Atlas Awards, 2018
  • Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Award, "Chapter 11 Restructuring of the Year - Middle Markets," for the restructuring of Optima Specialty Steel, 2018
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2015-2018
  • 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
  • Member, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida
  • Member, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Committee Member, Agency Support Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation
  • Board Member, Beth Israel Congregation, Board of Trustees
  • Board Member (2016-2018), The Network (under 45 Board of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation)<br />


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 2008
    • Order of the Coif
    • University of Miami Inter-American Law Review
    • Recipient, Fellowship Prize, Center for Ethics and Public Service, 2008
    • Recipient, CALI Excellence Award: Introduction to Financial Accounting for Lawyers
  • B.A., Economics, summa cum laude, Yeshiva University, 2005
    • Departmental Award in Economics, 2004-2005
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida