Michael R. Nestor

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Mike Nestor is a partner in the Young Conaway Bankruptcy Group, head of the firm’s NY office, co-head of the firm’s Portfolio Company Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s management committee.  Mike's practice emphasizes the restructuring of companies ranging in size from large publicly-held companies to small privately-held companies.  Mike also represents private equity funds, plan sponsors, lenders and all other significant parties involved in the restructuring process.  With 2 decades of restructuring experience and having written and spoken on the practice extensively, Mike has kept his finger on the pulse of restructuring precedent/strategy for the benefit of his clients and contacts.

Mike has developed a niche advising private equity funds regarding the management, acquisitions/divestitures and governance of their distressed portfolio companies.  In that regard, Mike has represented portfolio companies and parent companies in more than 25 transactions/cases.  Having practiced in Delaware for 20 years, Mike is able to blend corporate governance advice with significant debtor-side experience to provide funds, investors and contacts with state of the law guidance on portfolio company management in an manner that maximizes value, limits liability and enhances certainty. 

Since 2006, clients and colleagues interviewed by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business have ranked Mike as a leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring attorney, noting that he is a "terrific strategist," a "bright lawyer and an excellent negotiator," and a leader with "integrity, good people skills, and utilizing a common sense approach". In addition, Mike has been consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America ®, The Deal ®, Delaware Super Lawyers ®, Corporate Counsel ® and Who’s Who Legal (Insolvency & Restructuring) as one of the top bankruptcy lawyers in Delaware and the country.  In 2015, Mike was selected by Law360 to participate on its 2015 Law360 Bankruptcy Advisor Editorial Board and by the Turnaround Management Association to serve on its Education Oversight Committee.


  • Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, recognized since 2006
  • The Best Lawyers in America ®, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Law, recognized since 2008
  • The Deal ®, Leading Bankruptcy Tables, recognized since 2006
  • Delaware Super Lawyers ®, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, recognized since 2008
  • Who's Who Legal, Insolvency & Restructuring, 2014 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Volo Circuit Court Opinion First Responder, Editorial Board
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Member
  • Turnaround Management Association, Member
  • Philadelphia Chapter, Turnaround Management Association, Former Board Member