Jamie Sprayregen, the architect and head of Kirkland & Ellis’ global restructuring team, may be a stranger to coffee (never had a cup in his life), but he is no stranger to failure. He was not accepted by most of the colleges, law schools or law firms to which he applied, and he was even rejected from Kirkland’s summer associate program.
But failure fuels Jamie (the K&E rejection letter hangs in his Chicago office), and has contributed to his unparalleled success and drive to attain the “gold standard” set by peer and competitor, Harvey Miller.
On this edition of The Inside Track podcast, Jamie joins Debtwire’s Richard Goldman to take a look back on the highs and lows of his career. During their conversation, Jamie shares the mix of hard work and luck involved in building Kirkland’s international restructuring brand, the qualities that most contribute to the team’s success, and some misperceptions that he feels the industry may hold about Kirkland’s representations. He also reflects on the most significant ways his practice has changed over the last 30 years, his time spent as co-head of Goldman Sachs’ restructuring group and the one holiday he never missed with his kids.
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by Richard M. Goldman
Richard M. Goldman is a former practicing restructuring and litigation attorney. Prior to joining Debtwire, Richard practiced in the New York offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Togut, Segal & Segal LLP. He has represented various constituencies, including debtors, official committees, lenders, purchasers and trustees in several high-profile restructurings.
The Inside Track is a Debtwire podcast series featuring in depth and intimate conversations with today’s restructuring market leaders. It is a platform upon which guests will share the lessons they’ve learned throughout their careers guiding distressed companies and municipalities, as well as their constituencies, through the most challenging, complex, comprehensive and sometimes contentious reorganizations around the world. We will also address issues impacting the current distressed and restructuring landscapes.