Robert Klyman

Lecturer in Law

Robert Klyman is a Professor in law at UCLA School of Law and will teach Corporate Financial Distress: Risks and Opportunities. He is currently Global and U.S. Co-Chair of the Restructuring Practice at DLA Piper LLP, and previously served as Global Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Within his international practice, Klyman represents companies, lenders, other creditors, acquirers, and boards of directors in all phases of restructurings and workouts. For example, his practice includes advising companies and key stakeholders in complicated workouts, including traditional, prepackaged, and pre-negotiated bankruptcies, structuring cutting-edge distressed mergers and acquisitions, negotiating bankruptcy financings, and litigating complex bankruptcy and commercial matters related to financial distress.

Klyman received his B.A. with high honors at the University of Michigan, and his J.D., cum laude, at the University of Michigan Law School.

Klyman developed, and for 20 years co-taught, a case study for the Harvard Business School on prepackaged bankruptcies and bankruptcy valuation issues. He has also taught bankruptcy dealmaking and strategy classes at the University of Michigan Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, and UCLA Law School.