Adam Paul

Senior Managing Director

As a former sponsor and company-side attorney, I know first hand that Gordian’s ability to provide unconflicted, creative and effective advice to boards and sponsors seeking to advantage shareholders in tough complicated capital structure situations stands alone in the investment banking space.

Adam Paul joined the team as Senior Managing Director in 2024. Prior to joining the Gordian Group, Adam was the global co-head of the restructuring group of Mayer Brown and a senior partner in the restructuring practice of Kirkland & Ellis.

Adam has over 25 years of experience representing sponsors and portfolio companies, along with public and private companies in complex US and non-US reorganizations, both in and out of court, and advises boards of directors and senior officers regarding fiduciary duties and restructuring strategies. In addition to his general restructuring work, Adam has significant experience in bankruptcies involving mass tort and legacy liabilities while working closely with the company executives and board members.

Adam has been included in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500, which also described Adam as “super smart and very effective” with “great intelligence and capability,” and as a lawyer that is “extraordinarily  creative” and “applies experience in a practical manner.” In 2021, Adam was shortlisted by IFLR for Lawyer of the Year – Restructuring and Insolvency. Adam’s work frequently wins deal of the year awards at leading restructuring awards programs, such as those organized by the Turnaround Management Association, IFLR, GRR and The American Lawyer.

“Adam is extremely commercial and able to develop creative solutions, [and] is incredibly sophisticated in his knowledge of the relevant law and how best [to] position the matter to the client’s advantage.” –Chambers USA 2022

Adam has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Adam is also regularly invited as a conference speaker by various organizations including the American Bankruptcy Institute, INSOL, the Turnaround Management Association, and the American Bar Association.


Adam received a B.A cum laude in Political Science from James Madison University and a J.D cum laude from Catholic University, The Columbus School of Law.

Key Disclosed Engagements

ABB Holdings Inc, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc., Agrokor d.d., Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P., Bain Capital, Calpine Corporation, Collins & Aikman Corporation, Dex Media, Inc., Edcon Holdings Limited, Flying J Inc., Francisco Partners, GWG Holdings, Inc., Harkand Gulf Contracting Limited, hibu plc, Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc, Macy’s, Inc., Madison Dearborn Partners, Inc., Monomoy Capital Partners, Mood Media, Noble Group Limited, Northern Ocean Ltd., Oaktree Capital, School Specialty, Inc., Seadrill Limited, Silver Lake, SIRVA Inc., Solutia, Inc., The Babcock & Wilcox Company, The Blackstone Group, The Jordan Company, Tower Automotive, Inc., Waud Capital Partners, World Fuel Services, W. R. Grace & Co., 20th Century Fox.


Gordian Group Senior Managing Director Adam Paul


Key Publications

  • “Restructuring Issues,” Co-author, Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity and
    Entrepreneurial Transactions, Jack S. Levin, (updated annually), 2008-2019
  • “Fraudulent Conveyances and Restructuring Issues,” Co-author, Mergers, Acquisitions,
    and Buyouts, Martin D. Ginsburg and Jack S. Levin, (updated semi-annually),
  • “Maintaining Perspective: Governance and Disclosure Reminders for Public
    Companies,” Legal Update, 2023
  • “The Backstop Rights Offerings: Securing Capital During Your Restructuring Process,”
    Navigating Today’s Environment: The Directors’ and Officers’ Guide to Restructuring, 2023
  • “Resolving Mass Tort Liability Through Bankruptcy,” Co-author, 37th Southeastern
    Bankruptcy Law Institute, 2011

Board Affiliations

  • Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York, Catholic Renewal (not-for-profit)
  • National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, Middle Market Open (not-for-profit)


  • New York
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia (inactive)
  • Maryland (inactive)