Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

New York
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What the team is known for Deep bench of experienced transactional lawyers able to advise on the full range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters with additional support from its talented litigators. Noted for undertaking complex restructuring and distressed M&A work for major private equity, hedge fund and financial institution clients. Areas of expertise include Section 363 sales, debt exchanges and insolvency-related litigation, with noted strength handling fraudulent transfer defense and claims-related litigation, among other matters.

Strengths Sources across the New York market speak to Wachtell's abilities in the restructuring space. Interviewees name it "a fantastic firm" and note that "in terms of quality, it has some of the smartest lawyers." Other sources consider the team to be "excellent across the board."

Notable practitioners

Harold Novikoff is a widely venerated member of the New York Bar whose long experience of the most cutting edge matters in the restructuring world continues to be seen as a key strength of the Wachtell practice. "He is one of the most brilliant lawyers," says one admiring peer, "I can't rate him highly enough."

Richard Mason is noted for his representation of banks, bondholders, distressed investors and other creditor-side clients in connection with major domestic and international restructurings. Market sources consider him to be a "terrific" practitioner. Mason chairs Wachtell's restructuring and finance department.

Scott Charles offers a respected bankruptcy and distressed M&A practice, and is particularly noted for his representation of institutional lenders, creditors' committees and distressed securities investors. Interviewees consider him a "superb" attorney, and label him "one of the sharpest lawyers around."