W. Austin Jowers
Partner, King & Spalding LLP
Austin Jowers has extensive experience in bankruptcy matters¬¬ and is one of the country’s leading attorneys with respect to advising lenders, ad hoc committees and agents in connection with commercial workouts and restructurings. A partner in our Financial Restructuring practice, Austin also regularly represents buyers and sellers in connection with distressed merger and acquisition transactions. In 2019, Austin was one of fifteen lawyers nationwide included on Turnaround & Workouts’ List of Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers – 2019.
Austin’s restructuring experience includes multi-jurisdictional and cross-border matters and spans a number of industries, including retail, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, real estate, consumer lending, infrastructure and energy. Numerous deal teams lead by Austin have won national awards, including: Joerns Healthcare, Inc.(The M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards 2019 – Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year),Fairway Markets(The M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards 2017 – Consumer Staples Deal of the Year (Over $100 Million); Global M&A Network Turnaround Atlas Award 2017 – Pre-Pack Restructuring of the Year (Under $1 Billion)),Cooper-Booth Wholesale, L.P.(Turnaround Management Association’s Large Transaction of the Year Award 2015), and Cagle’s Inc.(Turnaround Management Association’s Large Transaction of the Year Award 2013).
Austin has been recognized as a leading bankruptcy lawyer in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Georgia Super Lawyers. Austin is a Director of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, the Program Chair of the Georgia State Bar Bankruptcy Section, and a Master and Executive Committee Member in the Honorable W. Homer Drake Jr. Bankruptcy Inn of Court. Austin was also the past Chair for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop.