Education

Cornell University Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell Law Review, Symposium Editor
Northwestern University, B.S.
  • Economics and Journalism
  • cum laude

Prior Employment

  • Goldstein & McClintock LLLP, Of Counsel, 2012-2013
  • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, Associate, 2008-2012
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Associate, 2004-2008

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

  • Business Law Section
  • Young Lawyers Section
Overview
Experience
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Mr. Kitei is a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditor Rights practice group.  He focuses his practice on domestic, international and municipal bankruptcy, insolvency-related matters, and commercial transactions related to complex supply chain disputes.  Mr. Kitei has represented debtors, secured creditors, and unsecured creditors in both in-court and out-of-court restructurings.  He also represents clients in commercial transactions under Articles 2 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, including the development and negotiation of supply agreements and related contracts.

  • Provides counsel on restructuring and related litigation matters to debtors in Chapter 9, Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 bankruptcies
  • Represents debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors and creditors’ committees in large Chapter 11 matters
  • Represents creditors and foreign representatives in recognition proceedings in Chapter 15 bankruptcies
  • Develops strategies for protection of just-in-time supply of component parts produced by non-performing, financially distressed or bankrupt suppliers

Experience

Chapter 11 Matters

  • Represents the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Treetops Acquisitions Company, LLC, a golf and ski resort in Northern Michigan
  • Represented Capitol Bancorp Ltd., a bank holding company with a network of banks and bank operations in ten states and total consolidated assets of approximately $2 billion, in its Chapter 11 case
  • Represented U.S. Concrete, Inc., a leading provider of ready-mixed concrete and concrete-related products, in their restructuring of approximately $315 million in funded indebtedness through a pre-arranged Chapter 11 restructuring
  • Represented General Growth Properties (GGPLP L.L.C.), a retail REIT in the largest Chapter 11 case undertaken by a real estate investment trust in United States history.  The Turnaround Management Association awarded Mr. Kitei’s bankruptcy team the 2011 Transaction of the Year – Mega Company recognition for its role in restructuring General Growth Properties, Inc.
  • Represented Tronox Incorporated, a leading manufacturer and marketer of titanium dioxide pigment, electrolytics and specialty chemicals in its Chapter 11 matter
  • Represented Tropicana Entertainment Holdings, LLC, one of the largest privately owned casino operations in the United States, along with its affiliates, in its Chapter 11 cases
  • Represented DURA Automotive Systems, an international Tier 1 automotive supplier and its 41 domestic and Canadian subsidiaries in their Chapter 11 reorganization cases
  • Represented Pliant Corporation, a manufacturer of value-added films and flexible packaging in connection with its successful Chapter 11 restructuring of approximately $1.4 billion in liabilities

Chapter 15 Matters

  • Represented the Australian liquidating trustee and foreign representative of Betcorp Ltd., a former internet gaming company, in its Chapter 15 bankruptcy cases.  Betcorp’s petition was highly contested, but the bankruptcy court ultimately ruled in Mr. Kitei’s client’s favor, recognizing the Australian liquidation as a “foreign main proceeding” under Chapter 15.  The bankruptcy court issued and published a 27-page opinion on the ruling, which has been frequently cited in subsequent bankruptcy court opinions and publications (In re Betcorp Ltd., 400 B.R. 266 (Bankr. D. Nev. 2009))
  • Represented the foreign representative of Riviera Marine Int. (Pty) Ltd., an Australian luxury yacht manufacturer in its Chapter 15 bankruptcy cases
  • Represented the foreign representative of Mega Brands, Inc., a Canadian toy manufacturer in its Chapter 15 bankruptcy cases and acted as U.S. counsel in the company’s recapitalization that was implemented through a Canadian plan of arrangement

Chapter 9 Matters

  • Represented the Detroit Institute of Arts through trial and protected its multi-billion dollar art collection from creditors in the City of Detroit’s historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Out-of-Court Restructurings

  • Represented Broder Brothers, Inc., one of the country’s largest distributors of trade, private label and exclusive apparel brands to the imprinting, embroidery and promotional products industries in its out-of-court restructuring

News & Resources

News

Publications

Honors

  • 2015 Turnaround Atlas Award recipient for the role played in the City of Detroit Chapter 9 case, which was named Turnaround of the Year