Richard Hahn is a retired partner and former Co-Head of the firm’s Restructuring Group. He regularly represented debtors, creditors, investors and other parties in workouts, prepackaged bankruptcies and Chapter 11 proceedings. Chambers USA recognized him as a leading lawyer in his field, and noted that he is praised for his “skillfulness on all fronts in managing a process and being strategic and tactical” and for the “depth and breadth of his experience in bankruptcy and restructuring work.” Mr. Hahn was also recommended by Chambers Global for offering “outstanding bankruptcy counsel” and by The Legal 500 US, where clients described him as an “excellent advocate and deal doer” and as having an “outstanding grasp of the issues, judgment, diplomacy and communication skills.” IFLR1000 ranked Mr. Hahn as a leading bankruptcy lawyer.

Mr. Hahn is co-author of Collier Business Workout Guide (Matthew Bender, 2010). His articles include “Litigating Make–Whole Premiums in Bankruptcy,” New York Law Journal (September, 2014), “Fifth Circuit Provides a Reminder that Language Providing for a Prepayment Premium Must Be Unambiguous,” The Banking Law Journal (May, 2014), “Second Circuit Limits Availability Of Chapter 15,” Harvard Law School Bankruptcy Roundtable (April, 2014) and “Second Circuit Limits Availability of Chapter 15,” The American Bar Association International Law Section’s Secured Transactions & Insolvency Committee Newsletter (January, 2014). In addition, Mr. Hahn is a contributing author of Collier Guide to Chapter 11: Key Topics and Selected Industries (Matthew Bender 2010), The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report. Mr. Hahn was a fellow of the American College of Investment Counsel and has lectured at the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, the American College of Investment Counsel and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Mr. Hahn was a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization, the American Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Mr. Hahn joined Debevoise in 1984 and became a partner in 1991. He received both an A.B. in 1978 and an M.A. in 1980 from Harvard University, and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1983, where he was managing editor of the Columbia Law Review. From 1983 to 1984, Mr. Hahn served as a law clerk to the Hon. William A. Norris, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


  • Columbia Law School, 1983, J.D.
  • Harvard University, 1980, M.A.
  • Harvard University, 1978, A.B.

Bar Admissions

  • New York