Ronit J. Berkovich is a partner in Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department and is based in New York. Ms. Berkovich represents debtors, creditors, lenders, investors, and acquirers of assets in all aspects of distressed situations. She has served as debtors’ counsel in several of the largest and most significant chapter 11 cases in history, including General Motors, Lehman Brothers, WorldCom/MCI, and Takata. Most recently, Ms. Berkovich has led such notable engagements as, EP Energy Corporation, Talen Montana, LLC, CTI Foods, and Catalina Marketing Corporation to name a few. She also has extensive experience representing large and mid-market companies in prepackaged chapter 11 cases, out-of-court workouts, and international restructurings in a variety of industries and has provided advisory services to Fortune 500 companies and other companies on corporate structuring strategies.
Ms. Berkovich actively lectures on various topics relating to restructuring (including for organizations such as the Practising Law Institute, Bloomberg Law, the American Bar Association, the American Bar Institute, and Columbia Law School), taught legal research and writing at Harvard Law School for two years, and taught a seminar in economics at Harvard College. She is the co-editor of the Weil Bankruptcy Blog and has also written extensively, including articles published in The Banking Law Journal, The American University Law Review, Real Estate Finance, and the Harvard Law School Bankruptcy Roundtable.
Ms. Berkovich was awarded 2019 Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer for her work as counsel to Takata in its global restructuring and $1.6 billion asset sale to Key Safety. Ms. Berkovich was named a “Rising Star” for Restructuring and Insolvency in the U.S. by IFLR1000 in 2019 and 2020. She was named a 2018 MVP for Bankruptcy by Law360 and was also profiled in Law360’s “Sealing the Deal” (2018) for her work advising Takata. In 2015 she was named a “Rising Star” in Bankruptcy by Law360 and among the 2015 “Top Women” for Creditor Debtor Rights in New York by Super Lawyers. She has also been recognized by Turnarounds & Workouts magazine as one of its Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers on multiple occasions.
Ms. Berkovich serves as co-Chair of Women@Weil in New York, on TOWER (Taskforce on Women’s Engagement and Retention) and on Weil’s Hiring Committee. She is also active in her community. Among other things, she is a member of its Lawyers Executive Committee and Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group of the UJA Federation of New York and co-chaired its Next Generation Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group for several years. In 2013 she received the James H. Fogelson Emerging Leadership Award from the UJA Federation of New York. Most recently, Ms. Berkovich joined Bloomberg Law’s newly formed Bankruptcy Innovation Board.
Ms. Berkovich received her B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia and received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.