Sidley Austin Announces Pair of Additions to Global Restructuring Practice, Mark Knight in London and Charles Persons in Dallas

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January 9, 2019 – Sidley Austin LLP announced a pair of additions to its global restructuring practice; Mark Knight who will join Sidley in London as a partner and Charles Persons who will join Sidley’s Dallas team as counsel.

In a press release announcing the Knight hire, James Conlan, Sidley’s Global Head of Restructuring, and Patrick Corr, firmwide Restructuring Practice Area Team Leader, shared their view that “Mark Knight adds strength to our market-leading Restructuring practice.”

Mr. Knight is experienced in leading complex, precedent- setting multijurisdictional restructurings on both the creditor and debtor sides….Before joining Sidley, Mr. Knight served as a partner and general counsel of an investment platform that services non-performing loans in some of Europe’s most challenging restructuring jurisdictions, including Greece and Italy. Prior to this, Mr. Knight was a partner in the restructuring group of an international law firm where he advised clients on the acquisition, disposal and reorganization of distressed businesses.

In an announcement heralding the arrival of Mr. Persons, Yvette Ostolaza, Managing Partner of Sidley’s Dallas office, noted, “Charles is a valuable addition to our global Restructuring group and will be an integrated member of our practice everywhere.” Commenting on his arrival at Sidley, Mr. Persons added, “Sidley is well-known for its work on high-profile and complex Chapter 11 cases….I’ve worked with many of the talented lawyers here at Sidley and am delighted to be joining such an incredible firm.”

Mr. Persons has experience in the representation of major domestic and international debtors and creditors’ groups and has built a practice around public and private out-of-court reorganizations and in-court Chapter 11 cases, advising on a variety of multifaceted matters including high-profile multinational restructurings. These include distressed acquisitions and a variety of bankruptcy litigation matters across multiple industries, from oil and gas to manufacturing and retail.