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Paul Leake of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Selected to ABI’s Board of Directors

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Paul Leake of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (New York) has been elected to ABI’s Board of Directors. An ABI member since 2011, Leake has served on the advisory boards of ABI’s New York City Bankruptcy Conference, Corporate Financial Restructuring Program, VALCON and Views from the Bench Program. He will serve a term of three years on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors.

Leake is global head of Skadden’s corporate restructuring practice and has led numerous large and complex U.S. and cross-border corporate workouts and restructurings. He represents debtors, commercial banks and bank groups, distressed investment funds, noteholder committees, official creditors’ committees and distressed investors in all forms of corporate restructurings.

Leake is regularly listed in rankings of leading restructuring lawyers in the U.S. and globally, including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500, K&A Restructuring Register, IFLR1000, The Best Lawyers in America and Turnarounds & Workouts. He has published and lectured extensively on U.S. and transnational insolvency matters.

Leake is a member of the board of directors of Her Justice, a nonprofit organization that supports women living in poverty in New York City by recruiting and mentoring volunteer lawyers to provide free legal help to address individual and systemic legal barriers. He also is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Leake received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1985 and his J.D. from Columbia University in 1988.

The complete list of directors and officers is available at


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes nearly 11,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit For additional conference information, visit