Paul Joseph  Keenan Jr.  picture Paul Joseph Keenan Jr.

Baker & McKenzie LLP
Florida, USA


Paul Keenan is a shareholder in the Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice. Paul’s practice includes the representation of corporate debtors and creditors in bankruptcy cases, receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, loan workouts, asset sales, wind downs and UCC foreclosures. He represents clients in courts across Florida and nationwide, including wide-ranging experience before the bankruptcy courts in Delaware. Paul also provides insolvency-related structuring advice and legal opinions in connection with complex financial transactions. He is a past President of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida.

Paul has substantial experience in cross-border bankruptcies and restructurings. He speaks Spanish and has extensive experience living and working in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a Fellow of INSOL International for having completed an intensive course in cross-border restructurings. Among other accomplishments in this area, Paul was one of the lead restructuring lawyers for Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V., whose restructuring of $420 million of debt was awarded the "Restructuring Deal of the Year Award" by Latin Lawyer magazine. Paul was also one of the lead attorneys in obtaining official recognition in Colombia of a U.S. chapter 11 bankruptcy case under the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency for a company operating in both the United States and Colombia, which was the first time the courts of Colombia had granted such recognition.

Before attending law school, Paul served as an officer in the United States Navy on active duty for seven years.

Areas of Concentration
Domestic and cross-border corporate restructurings
Bankruptcy litigation
Sales of distressed assets
Loan workouts
Secured transactions
Assignments for the benefit of creditors
UCC foreclosures
Insolvency opinions

Professional & Community Involvement
Board Member, Broward Navy Days, Inc., Board of Directors, 2014-Present
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
Membership Relationship Manager, International Committee, 2014-2015
Member, American Bar Association
Member, INSOL International
Chair, Latin America Committee
Chair, Model Law Implementation Steering Committee
President, Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida, 2009-2010