Donny Ariel 

Associate – New York
T.+1 212 504 6710
200 Liberty Street
New York , NY 10281 V-CARD

Donny Ariel is an associate in Cadwalader’s New York office, where he focuses his practice on representing investors and creditors in financial restructurings and bankruptcy litigation, including in cases under Chapter 11, cross-border insolvencies and distressed municipal finance. He also advises clients about structured finance and safe harbor provisions for financial contracts under the Bankruptcy Code. He regularly represents clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, shipping, drilling and retail. He has recently represented creditors in the restructurings of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its public agencies, Toisa Ltd. and Zohar III, Corp.

Prior to joining Cadwalader, Donny served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carla E. Craig, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Donny received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his J.D., with honors, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was a student advocate in the Consumer Rights Clinic. He is admitted to practice in New York and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

In addition, Donny is a Senior Master of chess and has passed the CFA Level I exam.


Donny Ariel 


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York


  • Hon. Carla E. Craig
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York


  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    J.D., with honors


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