International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Franklin R. Ciaccio has joined the Firm as Of Counsel in the Finance & Restructuring Group in the Firm’s New York office.

Mr. Ciaccio represents secured and unsecured institutional lenders, as well as indenture trustees, in connection with the restructuring of institutional and indentured debt in corporate work-outs, reorganizations and bankruptcies. He has counseled financial institutions in their capacity as members of official unsecured creditors’ committees in more than 25 major bankruptcy cases and institutional creditors and annuity holders in five insurance company insolvencies. He served as counsel to the Trustee of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation Liquidating Trust between 2003 and 2013, as well as counsel to the Trustee of the VP Buildings Distribution Trust, in the LTV Steel Corporation bankruptcy case, from 2004 to 2013.

His insurance regulatory and transactional practice includes representation of domestic and foreign insurers, as well as captive onshore and offshore reinsurers and mutual funds, in matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, reinsurance programs, portfolio loss transfers and private placement investments. He has formed investment companies, investment advisers and broker dealers, and provided advice concerning their registration, regulation and operation.

Mr. Ciaccio has also represented pension committees of municipalities, public and private companies, and not-for-profit associations, with respect to their oversight of pension plan investments in guaranteed annuity and investment contracts, and has defended corporate plan sponsors in class action litigation and proxy contests.

He has argued cases in various state courts, federal District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts and federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and has successfully defended against Petitions for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.

He was most recently a partner at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP. Before joining Hinckley Allen in 2013, Mr. Ciaccio was a partner with Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP and, previous to that, counsel at King & Spalding and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliff LLP. Mr. Ciaccio received his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. degree from Bowdoin College. He has published articles in Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Best’s Reports concerning the intersection of bankruptcy laws and insurance matters in bankruptcy proceedings. He is a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the Insurance Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He was one of six members of the Committee of the Business Law Section that originally proposed the Model Debenture Indenture for use in non-complex financings in conformity with the Trust Indenture Act of 1939.

“We are very pleased that Frank has joined the Firm,” noted Dorsey Managing Partner Ken Cutler. “He brings a tremendous depth of experience to our strong, multi-office bankruptcy, restructuring and corporate trust practice.”

“I am delighted to join Dorsey and its great Firm-wide team of bankruptcy, restructuring and corporate trust lawyers,” noted Mr. Ciaccio. “The Firm has an exceptional client base, and I look forward to serving those clients.”