James Copeland

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

New York
United States
T:+1 212 408 5471
New York
United States
T:+1 212 408 5471
James Copeland

James Copeland



James A. Copeland’s practice focuses on bankruptcy and financial restructuring. Mr. Copeland represents major stakeholders in a broad range of restructuring, bankruptcy, and related litigation matters, including foreign representatives in Chapter 15 proceedings, secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases, and purchasers in distressed situations.

Professional experience

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JD, Fordham University School of Law, 2011
BS, cum laude, Seton Hall University, 2006

  • New Jersey State Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • Represented Wilks Brothers, LLC, as administrative agent and lender under pre- and postpetition credit facilities, and as plan sponsor, in the Chapter 11 cases of CARBO Ceramics, Inc. and its affiliated debtors pending in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Represented Mercuria Energy Group (Mercuria) in connection with global and US debtor-in-possession (DIP) borrowing base financing facilities for Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (Aegean Marine) and affiliated debtors in their Chapter 11 cases.
  • Advised Citigroup and other lenders of Danaos on a $2.2 billion restructuring of NYSE-listed Danaos Corp (DAC), one of the world's largest independent owners of modern, large-size containerships.
  • Represented Bank of Utah, as administrative and collateral agent, under a prepetition credit facility in the Chapter 11 cases of Waypoint Leasing Holdings Ltd. and its affiliated debtors pending in the Southern District of New York. 
  • Represented Delaware Trust Company, as indenture trustee for senior unsecured notes, in the Chapter 11 cases of PHI, Inc. and its affiliates concerning potential challenges to a plan of reorganization.
  • Represented a syndicate of secured lenders with significant exposure to both the oceangoing and offshore shipping businesses of Toisa, Ltd. and certain of its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases.
  • Represented Elk Petroleum, Inc. and certain of its affiliates as debtors in possession in their Chapter 11 cases pending in the District of Delaware.
  • Represented Orange Capital in providing bridge and postpetition financing to, and acquiring the assets of, Circle Media LLC in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Represented BNP Paribas, as administrative agent under pre- and postpetition credit facilities, in the Chapter 11 cases of CST Industries and its affiliates pending in the District of Delaware. 
  • Represented a parent company (in its capacity as a DIP lender and settlement counterparty) in the Chapter 11 cases of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries.
  • Represented NextEra Energy in connection with its acquisition of Energy Future Holdings Corp. and Oncor through a merger with a total enterprise value of approximately US$18.4 billion.
  • Represented a large insurance company in litigation related to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy cases.
  • Represented Nuo Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded biomedical startup, as debtor in possession in its expedited Chapter 11 case, which resulted in its recapitalization through a private capital raise.
  • Represented the Official Committee of Retirees in the Chapter 9 case of Detroit, Michigan.
  • Represented Longview Power, LLC as special litigation counsel in complex bankruptcy litigation with certain EPC contractors and a title insurer.
  • Represented a bank group in fraudulent conveyance litigation arising out of Mirant Corporation’s Chapter 11 case and relating to the financing of power-generation assets.
  • Represented the FDIC (in its capacity as Receiver for various failed banks) in connection with a civil litigation and various bankruptcy matters.
  • Represented a foreign private bank in preference and fraudulent conveyance litigation brought by the SIPA trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities to recover funds allegedly received by the bank as a subsequent transferee.
  • Advised a consortium of funds as a bidder in connection with a section 363 sale of a US$1.5 billion HELOC and mortgage-loan pool in Residential Capital, LLC's Chapter 11 case.
  • Represented and advised a foreign bank group in connection with the bankruptcy of an Islamic financial institution and potential avoidance litigation.
  • Represented American Hospice Management Holdings, LLC and certain of its affiliates as debtors in possession in their Chapter 11 cases pending in the District of Delaware.
  • Advising lenders and other counterparties on bankruptcy issues in connection with complex financial transactions and related litigations.
  • Legal 500 US, Recommended Lawyer, Restructuring (including bankruptcy): Municipal, The Legal 500, 2020 – 2021
  • Legal 500 US, Rising Star, Restructuring (including bankruptcy): Municipal, The Legal 500, 2020 – 2022
  • New York Metro Rising Star, Bankruptcy, Thomson Reuters, 2017 – 2020
  • "FirstEnergy Solutions: Ohio Bankruptcy Court Finds That It, Not FERC, Has Jurisdiction On Rejection of Power Contracts," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, October 2018
  • "Chapter 15: Pursuing Avoidance Actions Under Nonbankruptcy Law," Client Alert, April 27, 2017
  • Co-author, “In re Creative Finance: Not So Creative on COMIs,” ABI Journal, July 2016
  • Co-author, “Rubin – Clarity or Catastrophe?,” Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, February 2013
  • Co-author, “Security Interest in FCC License: A Look at Section 552(a) or (b),” ABI Journal, April 2012
  • New York City Chapter, Turnaround Management Association
  • International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Donald H. Steckroth, US Bankruptcy Judge, District of New Jersey