Ari NewmanGreenberg Traurig, LLP, Miami, FL
ARI is a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig LLP and has experience handling a variety of complex legal issues that arise in distressed situations, including in connection with chapter 11 restructurings and liquidations, loan workouts, distressed transactions, bankruptcy litigation and state law liquidations. He typically represents and offers counsel to companies experiencing distress, chapter 11 debtors, official committees in chapter 11 cases, DIP lenders, secured and unsecured creditors, parties to distressed transactions, and parties to bankruptcy litigation. He has represented clients in such industries as aviation, renewable energy, oil and gas, clinical biopharmaceutical, merchant cash advance, real estate, cybersecurity, software and retail.
Ari is listed in Chambers USA for Bankruptcy/Restructuring for 2023, and he received The M&A Advisor’s 2022 “Restructuring Deal of the Year” award for his work in the restructuring of A.B.C. Carpet, as well as the “Americas Distressed M&A Deal” for his work in the restructuring and asset sale of Aztec Events & Tents and Shaffer Sports. He also is listed in The Legal 500 United States for Finance > Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy): Corporate for 2022, a member of the winning team for “Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (Small Cap)” for the sale of Nighthawk Energy by Global M&A Network’s Americas M&A Atlas Awards in 2018, and of the winning team for Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Award for “Chapter 11 Restructuring of the Year - Middle Markets” in 2018 for the restructuring of Optima Specialty Steel. In addition, he was listed in Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” from 2015-18. He is a member of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida and ABI.
Ari initially had anticipated pursuing a career in real estate while he was in law school, but the 2008 recession had other plans. He subsequently pivoted to an opportunity in bankruptcy and restructuring while coming out of law school, and he found the work immediately exciting and the challenges unique. He has enjoyed being an insolvency lawyer ever since, and he has contributed to the practice through mentorship and thought leadership, which include publishing articles, regularly compiling teaching materials for the local bankruptcy bar retreat, acting as an associate mentor and speaking on restructuring panels. He also is active in pro bono work and earlier in his career held leadership positions on his firm’s Associate Committee. Outside of the office, he co-chairs the Agency Support Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation (GMJF), and he serves as a board member of both the GMJF and Beth Israel Congregation.
“[W]hen Ari has wrestled with a problem, both his partners and the clients know that he has turned over every stone, and exhausted every creative possibility in search of the best outcome.”