Gregg Galardi, the global co-chair of DLA Piper’s restructuring practice, has joined Ropes & Gray, the firm announced on Monday.
Galardi represented CIT Group in a 2009 prepackaged bankruptcy — one of the largest in U.S. history — and has advised as debtor’s counsel in cases, including Circuit City, Polaroid and City Sports.
He joins Ropes & Gray in its New York office as a partner.
Galardi was hired at DLA Piper in 2011 from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he was a senior partner.
“He is a rare talent and we are incredibly pleased to welcome him to the firm,” said Mark Bane, who co-chairs the Ropes & Gray business restructuring practice, in a statement.
Galardi said in a statement that Ropes & Gray’s “collaborative culture” and “global sensibility” led him to join the firm.
“I look forward to working with its talented attorneys as we build a top-tier bankruptcy and special situations practice of the highest caliber,” said Galardi.
At DLA Piper, Rick Chesley, co-chair of the firm’s U.S. restructuring practice, has been named global co-chair of the practice. Tom Califano has been named U.S. co-chair of the practice.
(UPDATED: This post has been updated with comment from Galardi.)