Veteran restructuring lawyers John Rapisardi and George Davis are heading to O’Melveny & Myers LLP after six years with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.
The duo, who are also alumni of bankruptcy powerhouse Weil, Gotshal & Manges, left their mark on Cadwalader with cases like chemical giant LyondellBasell . The firm also advised the U.S. government in the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.
“We feel that we are leaving Cadwalader a better place than when we found it,” Rapisardi said in an interview Tuesday. “Moving from one firm to another as partners is never an easy thing to do. We had a very, very good run here.”
Rapisardi, who has 30 years of restructuring experience, called the new gig a “special opportunity” that he, Davis, and colleague Peter Friedman couldn’t pass up. There’s a lot of overlap between the two firms’ clients, he said, and the move will allow the trio to make “deepening inroads” in client relationships.
“Especially in a bankruptcy market that’s not particularly robust right now it gives us an added advantage,” he said. O’Melveny’s presence on the West Coast and in Asia and Europe “will enhance our bankruptcy game,” he added.