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Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2018


Speaker(s): Alan D. Halperin, Andrew P. DeNatale, David B. Shemano, David G. Epstein, Debra A. Dandeneau, Evan C. Hollander, Hon. Martin Glenn, Joseph Samet, Kathryn A. Coleman, Kenneth Pasquale, Lewis Kruger, Lisa G. Beckerman, Lorraine S. McGowen, Michael H. Goldstein, My Chi To, Steven H. Felderstein, Trevor Hoffmann
Recorded on: Dec. 17, 2018
PLI Program #: 220446

Andrew DeNatale is Of Counsel at Stroock& Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York with over 40 years of experience in restructuring and insolvency matters.  He has served as counsel to a wide range of clients, including secured and unsecured creditors, official and ad hoc committees of creditors, and debtors.

He advises on a variety of matters, including major Chapter 11 proceedings, multinational bankruptcy cases and the structure and restructuring of corporate and financial transactions.

As noted by Chambers, Mr. DeNatale is “a smart and knowledgeable consensus builder” who “quickly recognizes the issues and goals of his clients and works hard to achieve them.”

Mr. DeNatale’s accomplishments have been recognized by a number of publications, including Chambers USA, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.

Mr. DeNatale has lectured on bankruptcy law for a variety of groups, including the American Bar Association and the Practicing Law Institute.  He has published extensively in such journals as The Business Lawyer, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, The Secured Lender and Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, and such treatises as the Collier Bankruptcy Manual, the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide and Bankruptcy Practice and Strategy. 

Mr. DeNatale earned his law degree at Fordham University School of Law and his undergraduate degree at The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. 


Debra A. Dandeneau is co-chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Restructuring and Insolvency Group and chair of its North America Restructuring and Insolvency Group. Her practice focuses on business reorganizations and debtor and creditors’ rights.

Ms. Dandeneau has been ranked by The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2018 in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation-Bankruptcy. She has also been recognized by Legal 500 US for Municipal Bankruptcy and Super Lawyers 2006-2017 for Bankruptcy. Super Lawyers has also named Debra among the 2017 Top Women for Bankruptcy Business in New York.

Ms. Dandeneau has dealt with a variety of entities experiencing financial distress, as well as a range of industries. Over the course of her career, her work has included representations in the real estate, manufacturing, power generation, healthcare, municipal, retail, and service sectors.

Ms. Dandeneau's professional honors include:

  • "Top Women" for Bankruptcy: Business in New York, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • "Super Lawyer" in Bankruptcy, Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • Pro Bono Publico Award, The Legal Aid Society, 2008
  • Recommended Lawyer in Municipal Bankruptcy in the US, Legal 500 US, 2015
  • "Best Lawyer" in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2018


Joseph Samet has been a partner and member of Baker McKenzie's Global Recovery, Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group, residing in the New York office. He retired from the firm in 2015, and still teaches and writes in the R & B fields. He is available for mediating, expert witness, officer/director, and other work. Since 1975, Mr. Samet has been immersed in national and international restructurings, chapter 11 reorganizations, distressed sales of assets, SIPC and bankruptcy practice, representing all parties in interest. This includes chapter 15 cases. He counsels parties in interest and transactional lawyers on potential creditors’ rights/bankruptcy implications of deals, sales, investments and litigation settlements they are considering. His experience includes structured finance, corporate governance, pre- and post-bankruptcy litigation, negotiations and mediation. He counseled on insurance, monolines and bank liquidations, and advises corporate boards. He analyzes executory contract issues, including licenses for businesses in the e-commerce economy, and gave written opinions and analysis in transactions. His practice has involved diverse businesses, including in manufacturing, financial services, retail, service, airlines, energy, healthcare, real estate, e-commerce, sports and telecommunications. He prosecuted and defended preference, fraudulent conveyance, equitable subordination and substantive consolidation actions, officer/director liability and Ponzi scheme issues.  He counsels professional firms and their principals on risk management, “unfinished business” and clawback type issues. Mr. Samet has prepared expert reports and testified as an expert witness in jury trials and in an international arbitration.  He is on the SDNY bankruptcy court mediation panel and took extensive meditation training courses in 1994, and in 2015 through the ABI.

Mr. Samet is the principal co-author of the two-volume annotated Herzog’s Bankruptcy Forms and Practice published by Thomson Reuters. He has been a contributing author of Collier on Bankruptcy 15th Edition, and the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide treatises, having written and updated for many years three chapters on voluntary and involuntary bankruptcies totaling about 400 printed pages. He has written or co-authored published articles and outlines including on Arbitration and Intellectual Property in Bankruptcy; Breakup Fees and Topping Agreements in Sales of Assets; Multinational Insolvencies; Duties of Officers and Directors and Liability Issues; Unfinished Business; Mediation; Partners and Partnerships; The Basics of Chapter 11 and Chapter 15; and Research Tools.  Since 1981, he has chaired or lectured at over 250 CLE and Industry programs in the U.S. and internationally on pre-bankruptcy restructuring and bankruptcy-related issues, including programs of the National Bankruptcy Judges’ Conference, the Practising Law Institute, The American Bankruptcy Institute, the Commercial Law League, the Turnaround Management Association, and INSOL. He is chair of the annual PLI programs “Current Developments in Bankruptcy and Reorganizations” 2009-2018, and “Recent Developments in Distressed Debt, Restructurings and Workouts” 2008-2018. Mr. Samet was an Associate Conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference and a member of its Bankruptcy Code Review project which was submitted to the United States Congress in 1994.  He has been an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, and served on bankruptcy committees of national and local bar associations. Mr. Samet has been regularly selected by Super Lawyers as one of the Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, the Best Lawyers in America, in Banking and Finance Law, and Who’s Who in America. He received the 2004 Burton Award for Legal Writing at the Library of Congress as co-author of the article entitled “When Worlds Collide: Intellectual Property and Arbitration Rights in Bankruptcy Cases.”  Mr. Samet is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the ABA, the NYS Bar Association, TMA, the NYC Bar Association and CPR relating to mediation. He has served as a member of boards of directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the CLLA Fund for Public Education and the NY Chapter of the TMA, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Zaretsky Roundtable at Brooklyn Law School.


Kathryn A. (“Katie”) Coleman, a partner in Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s New York office, has handled a wide range of insolvency-sensitive and other high-stakes matters in her more than 30 years in practice, including dealing with “bet-the-company” litigation claims, chapter 11 cases for U.S. and non-U.S. companies, cross-border insolvency matters, out-of-court restructurings, acquisitions and investments.  Her clients include individuals and companies defending trade secret theft and RICO lawsuits, publicly-traded and privately held companies restructuring their financial affairs, traditional and nontraditional secured lenders, unsecured creditors (both official committees and significant creditors for their own account), equity holders, potential acquirers, equity sponsors and financial and strategic buyers.

Ms. Coleman is a trusted advisor to the inner management circles of her clients, with substantial expertise in advising management and boards of directors on corporate governance, fiduciary duty and D&O insurance matters.

Ms. Coleman has advised clients on, and litigated at the trial and appellate levels, the significant legal issues inherent in modern restructuring and finance practice, including contested plan confirmations, prepackaged plans, credit bidding, exclusivity, debtor-in-possession financings, valuation, adequate protection of security interests, the ability to collaterally attack orders of the bankruptcy court and cash collateral usage.  She has substantial experience litigating venue, remand, removal and stay issues, and has represented recovery trustees dealing with a myriad of post-confirmation issues and litigation.

Ms. Coleman is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute, and co-chairs its annual Complex Financial Restructuring Program.  She frequently speaks on bankruptcy law and distressed investing, participating in programs sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, AIRA, the M&A Advisor, the New York City Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the NYC Bankruptcy Assistance Project.


Ken Pasquale is a member of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York, where he has practiced since 1990.  He has a diverse litigation practice in which he frequently represents institutional creditors in bankruptcy-related and complex commercial matters, including in some of the largest bankruptcy cases in history.  Ken is active in the American Bankruptcy Institute, in which he has served as co-chair of multiple committees and as a faculty member for the ABI Litigation Skills Symposium.  He is a frequent author and lecturer on bankruptcy litigation and related topics, and has repeatedly been selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Rights.  Ken also devotes significant time towards pro bono activities through his firm’s Public Interest Project, and is a member of the board of directors of Justice in Motion, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to protect migrant rights by ensuring justice across borders. Ken received a B.B.A. degree from Pace University and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. 


Lisa Beckerman is a partner in the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Her practice focuses on corporate restructuring and creditors’ rights in a variety of areas, including energy, media, manufacturing, aviation and real estate.

She represents debtors, informal groups of creditors and official creditors committees in chapter 11 cases and in out-of-court restructurings. Her recent cases include FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. (as debtor), Jack Cooper Holdings (ad hoc senior secured lenders), Avaya Inc. (ad hoc first lien lenders), Stone Energy Corporation (ad hoc noteholders), MediaNews Group (acquisition of Boston Herald) and Walter Energy, Inc. (ad hoc first lien lenders).

Lisa is frequently recognized as leading lawyer in restructuring and insolvency. She is, for example, recognized by Chambers USA, Legal 500, The Who’s Who Legal: Insolvency and Restructuring, Benchmark Litigation and Practical Law. She is regularly enlisted to speak at key industry events and has written extensively on key restructuring and insolvency matters.

Lisa currently serves on the board of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Dean’s Advisory Board for Boston University School of Law, and is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Lisa has a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a M.B.A. from the University of Texas. She graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 1989.


Lorraine McGowen is a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, with over 30 years of experience, where she focuses on restructurings.  She is a co-chair of Orrick’s firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives.  She currently serves on Orrick’s Management Committee and recently completed two terms of service on the firm’s 11-member Board of Directors.  She previously chaired Orrick’s Restructuring Group.   Her clients include leading financial institutions, syndicated lender groups, creditor committees and other parties seeking to maximize recoveries in complex bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings and creditors’ rights controversies in the U.S. and internationally.  Among her awards and honors, she was recognized as a Diversity Champion by the New York City Bar Association in 2012, as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine in 2018 and 2015, and Legal Outreach’s Pipeline to Diversity 2017 Champion.  She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and ranked as a Leading Lawyer by the IFLR1000.  She was selected by Direct Women to be a 2016 Board Institute member.  Ms. McGowen is on the Board of Legal Advisers for Legal Outreach, a non-profit college-bound program for students in disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York City and on the Advisory Committee for the Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association.   She is also on the Board of Directors for the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.  Ms. McGowen graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1983 and Columbia School of Law in 1986.  She is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy and insolvency and diversity and inclusion.


Martin Glenn was sworn in as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York on November 30, 2006.  He received his B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1968 and his J.D. degree from Rutgers Law School in 1971.  He was an Articles Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.

Judge Glenn was a law clerk for Hon. Henry J. Friendly, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, from 1971-72. From 1972 until his appointment to the bench, Judge Glenn practiced law with O’Melveny & Myers LLP, in Los Angeles from 1972-85 and in New York from 1985-06, focusing on complex civil litigation, including securities, RICO, financial and accounting fraud, and unfair competition.

Judge Glenn is a member of the following: Committee on International Judicial Relations of the United States Judicial Conference; New York Federal-State Judicial Council; American Law Institute; International Insolvency Institute; American Bankruptcy Institute, New York City Bar; National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; and Federal Bar Council.

Judge Glenn is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School and a Contributing Author of Collier on Bankruptcy.  He is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy-related issues.


Michael Goldstein is co-chair of Goodwin's Financial Restructuring practice. A veteran restructuring and insolvency lawyer with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Goldstein represents debtors, sponsors, bondholders, creditors, committees and purchasers of distressed assets. His representations span a variety of industries, including chemicals, consumer goods, finance, health care, hospitality, high-tech printing, municipal debt, real estate, retail and technology.

Mr. Goldstein is a member of the American Bar Association, a board member of the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors and is a former cabinet member of the Real Estate and Construction Division of the Jewish Federation. He previously served on the Board of the Financial Lawyers Conference and on the Committee of 18 of the Maccabi World Union.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2014, Mr. Goldstein was a partner at Stutman, Treister & Glatt in New York City. Previously, he was a partner at Greenberg Traurig (2008-2012) and at Stutman Treister (1990-2008), where he started in 1984.

Mr. Goldstein is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He has been repeatedly listed in U.S. News-Best Lawyers (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy) and selected as a “Super Lawyer” in Southern California and New York. He is rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 in Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Goldstein is frequent speaker on restructuring and insolvency-related topics, including on subjects such as compensation of professionals, conflicts of interest, executory contracts in retail Chapter 11 cases, expert testimony, litigating confirmation issues, municipal debt restructurings, second lien debt, subprime lending and valuation. He is an active participant in Chapter 11-related conferences, including appearances on panels at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, conferences of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, and Practising Law Institute.

He writes regularly on topics of note in his field. His article on "Navigating the Distressed Real Estate Workout: A General Overview," appearing in ABA Probate and Property magazine, was selected as the winner of the Best Practical Use Article. Mr. Goldstein is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy, Chapter 9 (“Adjustment of Debts of a Municipality”).

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1984 (cum laude)
  • B.S., Franklin & Marshall College, 1981 (magna cum laude)

Mr. Goldstein is admitted to practice in California, New York and Washington, D.C. He is also admitted before all federal district courts in California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


My Chi To is a corporate partner and a member of the firm’s Business Restructuring & Workouts Group. She has experience representing corporations, creditors and investors in complex restructurings and bankruptcies in the U.S. and other jurisdictions. Ms. To also regularly advises clients in connection with distressed acquisitions in and out of court, including cross-border transactions, intercreditor disputes and insurance insolvency matters.

Ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US, clients describe Ms. To as a “really business-oriented” lawyer with “excellent judgment,” who “thinks through all the permutations and is great at tackling complex situations” and has the “ability to straddle that line between legal advice and practical judgment.”

Ms. To is the recipient of the Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award, which is the highest honor granted by the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy and restructuring topics.

Ms. To is an editor-in-chief of the Debevoise Women’s Review and a member of the Steering Committee of the US 30% Club, a business leadership group focused on achieving 30% women on S&P 100 boards by 2020. Ms. To received the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s “Best Lawyers Under 40” award.

Ms. To received an LL.L. and LL.B. in civil law and common law from the University of Ottawa and was a law clerk to the Hon. Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, Supreme Court of Canada. She received an M.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. During her tenure at Debevoise, Ms. To was seconded to Nishimura & Asahi in Tokyo, focusing on distressed cross-border acquisitions and restructurings. Ms. To is fluent in French.


Steven Felderstein is managing partner of his boutique bankruptcy law firm.  His clients include debtors, official committees, private equity funds, state agencies, public pension funds, institutional lenders, trustees and creditors in bankruptcy cases. He has helped reorganize businesses in many industries, including energy, hospitality (hotel and restaurant), forest products, food processing, publishing, entertainment, real estate development, agriculture, and financial services. 

He recently completed his representation of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) in the City of San Bernardino Chapter 9 case and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton in its chapter 11 case.  He also represented CalPERS in the City of Vallejo chapter 9 case and the Lehman Brothers chapter 11 case, the Creditors Committee in the Heller Erhman chapter 11 case, the Retirees Committee in the Stockton Chapter 9 case, and a private equity fund in the out of court restructure of a novelty ice cream manufacturer. He served as outside bankruptcy counsel to the California Department of Transportation in the South Bay Expressway Chapter 11 case, and to the California Attorney General in several large Chapter 11 cases, including Pacific Lumber, Pacific Gas & Electric, Enron, and Worldcom. 

From 2002 to 2014 he taught the bankruptcy course as an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.  He regularly lectures for continuing education providers, including Practising Law Institute, Strafford Webinars, the California Continuing Education of the Bar, Lorman Education Services, the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, Central California Bankruptcy Association Institute, National Association of Bond Counsel, and local and regional bar associations.  He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and a past president of the California Bankruptcy Forum, a statewide organization of bankruptcy judges and professionals.  The Best Lawyers in America has recognized his expertise in bankruptcy law for over 30 years and in 2011 named him Sacramento Lawyer of the Year for Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights.  Super Lawyers of Northern California named him one of the top 25 lawyers in Sacramento in 2013, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and since 2010 Chambers USA has recognized him as a top bankruptcy lawyer.

Following law school Steven clerked for the Honorable Thomas J. MacBride, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento.


Trevor Hoffmann is a director in the firm’s New York office. Trevor’s practice focuses on distressed M&A transactions on behalf of private equity firms, as well as traditional representation of creditors, special servicers, acquirers, and estate fiduciaries in all phases of restructuring.

Trevor’s practice includes regular appearances in bankruptcy courts throughout the United States. He advises clients in both the transactional and litigation arenas, including on everything from financial restructuring and workouts to safe harbors transactions, avoidance actions, distressed debt, section 363 auctions and sales, plans of reorganization, and mergers and acquisitions.

Trevor graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law in 1999, and moved to New York City in 2001. Since that time, he has immersed himself in domestic and cross-border cases involving everything from real estate, software, financial institutions and cable companies to airlines, leisure and energy companies.

Trevor has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer from 2013-2017, and as a New York Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2011-2012.  He is a frequent speaker on restructuring and distressed M&A topics, and has written extensively on these topics as well. He is also a member of the Thomson Reuters Practical Law Bankruptcy Service, Advisory Board and the Federal Bar Council Bankruptcy Litigation Committee.


David has over 25 years’ experience as a business bankruptcy, restructuring, and commercial litigation lawyer. Before forming ShemanoLaw in March 2018, David practiced at the prominent national law firms of Winston & Strawn, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, and Robins Kaplan, and the highly regarded Los Angeles insolvency boutique of Peitzman Weg.

During his career, David has represented chapter 11 debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, secured creditors and general unsecured creditors in all aspects of business bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He has in-depth experience handling bankruptcy and restructuring matters related to real estate, entertainment and manufacturing.

Among his recent matters are guiding DavidBarton Gym through its reorganization and emergence from chapter 11 protection, leading the section 363 sale of rights to The Terminator movie franchise in connection with Halcyon Holding Group’s chapter 11 matter, and representing one of the largest owners of El Pollo Loco franchises in Southern California in its chapter 11 restructuring.

David is very proud that his accomplishments have been recognized and honored by his peers. He was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious, invitation only American College of Bankruptcy, and served as the president of the Financial Lawyers Conference. Mr. Shemano frequently lectures at events presented by the Practicing Law Institute, American Bankruptcy Institute, Beverly Hills Bar Association and other organizations.

Recognition

  • Named a "Southern California Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers (2006-2007, 2009-2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2013-present)
  • Recognized as “Bankruptcy/Restructuring Leader” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-present)

Professional Associations

  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow (2014)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member, Board of Governors (2009-2010); Chair, Bankruptcy Section Executive Committee (2007-2008)
  • Financial Lawyers Conference, President (2012-2013); Member, Board of Governors (2003-2005, 2008-present)

 


Evan Hollander is a partner in the New York, NY office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.  His practice focuses on complex U.S. and cross-border restructuring matters. 

Evan is a graduate of Emory University School of Law.  He writes and speaks frequently on restructuring related matters. 


David is a law professor at the University of Richmond.  He teaches bankruptcy and other subjects.

David received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a LL.B. degree from the University of Texas. Prior to moving to the University of Richmond, David taught at several different law schools and practiced bankruptcy law with several different law firms.  David also does bar review lectures on Contracts in New York and other states.

David has participated in Practising Law Institute programs for a number of years.


Lewis Kruger is internationally recognized for his knowledge of insolvency law. Mr. Kruger, with over 40 years of experience, has played a major role in many of the significant reorganization proceedings in the United States.

Recognized by his peers for his experience, Mr. Kruger serves as the International Bar Association’s liaison to the United Nations Committee on International Trade Law, and has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

He has been a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy law for the Practising Law Institute and for Bar Associations in the United States and abroad. In addition, Mr. Kruger has taught insolvency courses at Columbia Law School, New York University School of Law, St. John’s School of Law and has lectured at Harvard Law School and Kings College, Oxford.

Mr. Kruger pursues a wide array of interests beyond insolvency including his current position as Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Art & Design in the City of New York. His past public service includes Special Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary with respect to corporate reorganization and as Special Counsel to the Governor of New York and the New York State Urban Development Corporation.

Representative Matters

Mr. Kruger has extensive experience representing both debtors and creditors in insolvency matters. He was the co-founder and co-manager of a fund focused on acquiring/operating businesses with a view towards running and selling businesses, winding down, collecting receivables and selling assets.

Mr. Kruger served as Chief Restructuring Officer of ResCap.

Mr. Kruger’s debtor representations include Columbia Gas Systems, Seatrain Lines, Anchor Glass Container Corporation, Pegasus Shipping Hellas, Cabot Cabot & Forbes, Tosco, Tiphook Finance Corporation, Daniel M. Galbreath, Neisner Brothers, Planet Hollywood, The Icing, The McCall Pattern Company and Victor Technologies.

Honors and Awards

Mr. Kruger’s accomplishments have been recognized by a number of publications including The International Who’s Who of Insolvency and Restructuring LawyersThe International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

In addition, Mr. Kruger has been selected for membership in the American College of Bankruptcy.


Mr. Alan Halperin has been practicing bankruptcy and insolvency law since 1990. Prior to founding Halperin Battaglia Benzija, LLP, Mr. Halperin spent six and one-half years as an associate attorney in the bankruptcy and restructuring department of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, a law firm with a national reputation in the insolvency field, and was a name partner in Pick & Halperin, LLP, a well-regarded bankruptcy boutique.

In his professional experience, Mr. Halperin has represented unsecured creditors’ committees, chapter 11 debtors and creditors of all types in numerous jurisdictions around the nation. He has also represented, and served as, numerous post-confirmation trustees. Mr. Halperin’s broad based experience enables him to provide his clients with the sound counsel they require to safely navigate the bankruptcy process. His expertise includes not only the mechanics of bankruptcy practice, but also strategic planning and formulation of exit strategies. Mr. Halperin regularly counsels financially troubled companies with respect to strategic planning, risks, alternatives and other issues. Mr. Halperin also advises committees of creditors as to how to plan for and navigate the workout and bankruptcy processes, and helps them to actively and aggressively protect their rights. He counsels individual clients with advice on how to structure their transactions with financially troubled companies, and assists in the negotiation and documentation of agreements with both bankrupt and troubled companies. In addition, he has prosecuted and defended thousands of preference actions, coordinated the mass prosecution of preference actions on behalf of post confirmation trusts, served as a mediator for preference disputes, and lectured on the topic.

Mr. Halperin is a graduate of Brandeis University (1987) and Fordham University School of School of Law (1990), and was a Dean's List student and a member of the Urban Law Journal at Fordham. He was a student intern with former Chief Bankruptcy Judge Tina L. Brozman (S.D.N.Y.) and former Bankruptcy Judge Marvin A. Holland (E.D.N.Y.). Mr. Halperin is a member of the bars of both New York and New Jersey, and is admitted to practice before various federal and bankruptcy bars situated in those states. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, and has lectured on a variety of bankruptcy and related state law topics. Mr. Halperin was included in Law360's list of 10 most Admired Bankruptcy Attorneys released in September 2010. He was named as one of the country's Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers in 2007 by Turnarounds & Workouts, and was included in Chambers USA list of recommended US bankruptcy lawyers for 2009 through 2015. Mr. Halperin was named to the 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyer top 100 lawyers, and named in the 2015 Best Lawyers - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.