My Work

  • Appointed Chapter 11 Trustee of Firestar Diamond, Inc., and its affiliates, the US subsidiaries of Nirav Modi’s India-based diamond empire, which failed following the Indian government’s discovery of a scheme that diverted $2 billion from the second-largest Indian state-owned bank, to complete the liquidation of the US companies, investigate the US companies’ involvement in the scheme, and seek recovery from any wrong-doers.
  • Independent counsel to Energy Futures Intermediate Holding, LLC for intercompany conflicts matters in the chapter 11 reorganization of Energy Futures Holdings Corp., following its failed $48 billion LBO, resulting in the favorable settlement of billions of dollars of intercompany claims and an agreement on a reorganization plan that paid all EFIH creditors in full. 
  • Counsel to the non-management directors of General Motors Corp on insolvency and chapter 11 issues before its chapter 11 filing and sale.
  • Examiner in the DACCO Transmission Parts (NY), Inc. chapter 11 case in New York, investigating valuation disputes, plan formulation issues and attorney conflict of interest matters.
  • Representation of numerous clawback defendants in the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC SIPA liquidation proceedings and related Fairfield Sentry Ltd. British Virgin Islands liquidation; reached the first BLMIS clawback settlement for the third largest BLMIS feeder fund, resulting in a $1.5 billion allowed customer claim; participated in the first-ever securitization of a SIPA customer claim and developed an unusual auction process for the securitization vehicles’ interests, yielding the then-highest price for BLMIS claims. 
  • Representation of the bankruptcy trustee of Lancelot Investors Fund and its affiliates, the largest feeder fund to the Thomas J. Petters Ponzi scheme, in negotiating and documenting a consensual plan for the Petters chapter 11 cases. 
  • Bankruptcy counsel to Barclays Capital Inc. in the first-ever “DIP” loan and in exit financing to the City of Detroit, Michigan in its chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy case. 
  • Counsel to the directors of a major coal company in connection with its pre-chapter 11 bond exchange offer and its successful chapter 11 filing. 
  • Expert witness testimony in European insolvency and restructuring proceedings on United States insolvency and bankruptcy law. 
  • Representation of a minority shareholder in seeking dismissal of an involuntary bankruptcy case filed in New York against a Luxembourg company by its Cayman and Cyprus-based other shareholders. 
  • Representation of Hollywood Casino Shreveport in a contested prepackaged chapter 11 case. 
  • Representation of the Detroit Institute of Arts in the City of Detroit chapter 9 case, protecting the DIA’s priceless art collection from creditors through an innovative settlement and preserving the collection for the City’s revitalization. 
  • Representation of New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation in its chapter 9 municipal debt adjustment case, the first chapter 9 case filed in New York State. 

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