Bryan M. Kotliar


Mr. Kotliar provides efficient and practical advice to debtors, creditors, and other parties in interest in corporate restructurings both in- and out-of-court. 

Mr. Kotliar has represented debtors, creditors, and other parties in interest in some of the largest and most heavily contested restructurings of the past decade.  In particular, Mr. Kotliar has substantial experience representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, foreign representatives, asset purchasers, investors and others in connection with in- and out-of-court restructurings and other distressed situations. He also has significant experience with bankruptcy litigation, including with respect to obtaining confirmation of chapter 11 plans of reorganization and liquidation, approval of contested debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing facilities, and recognition of foreign proceedings and foreign representatives in chapter 15 proceedings.


Published Works

  • Frank A. Oswald, Bryan M. Kotliar, John C. Gallego, “Limitations on Business Judgment? The Intersections of §§ 363(b), 365 and 503(b) for Paying Creditors’ Professional Fees,” ABI Journal, March 2021
  • "New Trends Emerge for 'Consensual' Third-Party Releases in the Southern District of New York and District of Delaware, Skadden’s 2020 Insights"
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Bankruptcy Companies Cannot Rescind Trademark Licenses, Skadden Client Memorandum", May, 2019
  • "Second Circuit Issues Key Cramdown Interest Rate Ruling, Business Restructuring Review", November/December, 2017
  • "LCI Holding: DOJ Fails in its Challenge to Sale, Distressed Mergers & Acquisitions, New York Law Journal, Corporate Update" (assisted), October, 2015
  • "Successor Liability: GM Sale Vulnerable on Due Process Failures, Distressed Mergers & Acquisitions, New York Law Journal, Corporate Update" (assisted), June, 2015
  • "Texas District Court Affirms Bankruptcy Court’s Use of Claim Estimation Process, Business Restructuring Review", July/August, 2015
  • "A New Reading of the Ordinary Course of Business Exception in Section" (student note), 547(c)(2), 21 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 211, 2013

Professional Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute (member since 2011)
  • Duberstein Moot Court Competition, Volunteer Brief Grader & Judge (since 2013)
Bryan M. Kotliar

Bryan M. Kotliar



Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York


  • St. Johns University Law School
    • J.D. – 2012
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: St. Thomas Moore Scholarship
    • Honors: Research Assistant for Professor Keith Sharfman
    • Law Journal: American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Articles & Notes Editor
  • St. John’s University, New York, New York
    • B.S. – 2009

Past Positions

  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Jones Day
  • Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
  • Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement (Bankruptcy) (Legal Externship)