Morrison & Foerster’s James M. Peck has been selected to receive the International Insolvency Institute’s (III) Outstanding Contributions Award for 2018. The award was presented by Lord Justice David Richards (Royal Courts of Justice, London) during III’s 18th Annual Conference in New York on September 24. This great honor recognizes the most distinguished and exceptional contributors to the insolvency field and community.
Former Judge Peck has been at the forefront of insolvency law for over 40 years as practitioner, mediator, and judge. He has held the position of global co-chair of the Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group since joining Morrison & Foerster in 2014. From 2006 to 2014, he was a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York, presiding over some of the most significant cases of our time, such as the chapter 11 and SIPA case of Lehman Brothers and its affiliates, in addition to other major chapter 11 and chapter 15 cases.
Beyond the courtroom, former Judge Peck belongs to a number of professional organizations and has traveled the world speaking on insolvency issues, advocating for improved international cooperation, and helping to define the impact of safe harbors on qualified financial contracts. By invitation, he is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance. From 2016 to 2017, he served as president of the International Insolvency Institute, where he is still very active on the executive committee.