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Aaron L. Hammer
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Aaron L. Hammer Named Legal Advisor of the Year: 17th Annual Turnaround Awards

Aaron D Werner - a man in a business suit, smiling at the camera
Aaron L. Hammer
Chair | Bankruptcy Group

On February 3, 2023, The M&A Advisor announced the winners of its 17th Annual Turnaround Awards. Aaron L. Hammer was named “Legal Advisor of the Year” for his extensive track record of successful transactions and lifelong contributions to the turnaround industry. The award will be presented at a Black-Tie Awards Gala on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

“Since 2002, we have been honoring the leading turnaround transactions, companies and dealmakers. Aaron Hammer was chosen from hundreds of participating professionals to receive the award. It gives us a great pleasure to recognize Aaron and bestow upon him our highest honor for distressed investing and restructuring firms and professionals,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder and CEO of The M&A Advisor. “Aaron represents the best of the distressed investing and reorganization industry in 2022 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive candidates.”

“As long as I have known Aaron (in fact since 1999) I have been impressed by his intellect, creativity and resilience,” said David Cohen, Partner and National Leader of Financial Institutions & Services Group at Gowling WLG and past Global Chairman of the Turnaround Management Association. “The constant in our 34 years of working together is that Aaron answers my call and moves both smartly and quickly. Watching his commitment to restructure Red South Beach during the pandemic has been a pleasure. Aaron is that rare combination of outstanding bankruptcy attorney and verified turnaround operator. Congratulations, Aaron, for being named the M&A Advisor’s “Legal Advisor of the Year!

“We are proud of Aaron and this achievement,” said Jeffrey A. Hechtman, Managing Partner of HMB Legal Counsel. “Aaron is a leader in the turnaround field and this recognition is a testament to the high-quality work that both Aaron and the attorneys at HMB are known for across the United States. Congratulations, Aaron.”


Aaron is a skilled distressed dealmaker with over 25-years legal experience representing debtors, global financial institutions, bondholders, bankruptcy committees, trustees and investors in every aspect of domestic and cross-border insolvencies and related transactions.

He has been recognized by The M&A Advisor for leading successful distressed transactions four separate times in the last decade: Out-of-Court Restructuring Deal of the Year in 2022, Section 363 Sale of the Year (Over $10 MM to $15 MM) in 2018, Refinancing of the Year (Under $250mm) in 2017, and Section 363 Sale of the Year (Over $50 MM to $100 MM) in 2014.

In 2022, Aaron led the successful Article 9 transaction for Europa Sports Products, LLC as well as the liquidations of OGGUSA, Inc. (Bankr. E.D. KY), HC Oldco / Arro Corp. (Bankr. N.D. IL) and TA Estate / Thrush Aircraft (Bankr. M.D. GA), all major chapter 11 cases, amongst others.


Now in its 24th year, The M&A Advisor was founded to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions, establishing the industry’s leading media outlet in 1998. Today, the firm is recognized as the world’s premier leadership organization for mergers & acquisition, restructuring and corporate finance professionals, delivering a range of integrated services from offices in New York and London.

The Awards Gala is a feature of the 2023 Distressed Investing Summit. The Summit will take place on March 21-22, 2023, and will host over 150 of the industry’s leading professionals participating in exclusive interactive forums, sessions, roundtable discussions, and one-on-one meetings led by a faculty of restructuring industry stalwarts. For an event profile CLICK HERE.

For the complete list of 2022 M&A Advisor Awards and winners CLICK HERE.


HMB attorneys serve as trusted business and legal advisers to middle market businesses, Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs throughout the United States. HMB’s Bankruptcy, Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights practice is comprised of leading attorneys providing legal services in complex chapter 11 cases, creditors’ rights issues and all situations involving the financial distress of clients or their customers.

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