Michele Maman's practice is concentrated in the area of bankruptcy and financial restructuring. She has represented creditors, debtors, swap counterparties and other market participants in chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings across a variety of industries. Michele was recognized as one of twelve “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” by Turnarounds & Workouts in 2017.
Michele has been involved in almost every major chapter 11 case of late, including Energy Future Holdings, RadioShack, Caesars Entertainment, Longview Power, and Cengage Learning. Among others, Michele was involved in the reorganization of Residential Capital, the largest bankruptcy of 2012 and described by Judge Glenn as “[t]he most legally and factually complex” case he ever presided over. Cadwalader was shortlisted for the 2013 IFLR Americas “Restructuring Deal of the Year” award for ResCap. Michele was also the principal U.S. associate on a multi-jurisdictional team that won Cadwalader the 2014 IFLR Americas “Restructuring Deal of the Year” honor for its work on the Central European Distribution Corporation chapter 11 case. Michele also has experience in international insolvency matters, including acting for foreign representatives in proceedings under chapter 15 and section 304 of the Bankruptcy Code, and representing stakeholders in cross-border restructurings. Michele likewise has experience under Bankruptcy Code chapter 9. The Legal500 expressly recognized Michele and the Cadwalader team for their representation of Fundamental Partners in Jefferson County’s case which, at the time, represented the largest municipal bankruptcy in history.
Michele serves as an appointed member of Cadwalader’s Women’s Sponsorship Pilot program focused on advancing top-performing female attorneys. Additionally, Michele serves as her department’s representative on Cadwalader’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. She has authored numerous clients & friends memorandum, has been published in various legal periodicals, and has conducted research and drafting for the Advisory Committee on Executory Contracts and Leases for the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. Michele was also a contributing author of Debtor-In-Possession Financing – Funding a Chapter 11 Case, which was published by the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Michele is admitted to practice in New York, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (inactive), and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Michele graduated, cum laude, from Barnard College of Columbia University, and received her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was a member of the Journal of International and Comparative Law.