Rich Michaelson Magaliff Moser, LLP, located in New York City, focuses on various aspects of commercial law, with specific concentrations that include commercial litigation and transactions, financial restructuring and bankruptcy, asset-based lending and equipment leasing. Its clients include corporate and other business entities, lenders, asset acquirers, investors, creditors, trustees and board members. It also serves as outsourced general counsel for companies in diverse sectors and works collaboratively with other law firms.
FENNEMORE CRAIG, P.C., a 130 year old full-service business law firm with offices in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada, has one of the largest and most active Financial Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Groups in the Southwestern states, representing clients nationally, regionally and locally. The firm represents a diverse group of clients, including secured lenders, unsecured creditors, financial institutions, bankruptcy committees, debtors, bankruptcy trustees, indenture trustees and purchasers of distressed debt and assets, in just about all industries, including commercial real estate, homebuilders, developers, healthcare, hospitals, mining, hospitality, apartments and student housing, convenience stores, petroleum marketers, utilities, manufacturing, industrial, municipalities, restaurants, grocery stores, retail, non-profits, oil and gas, and other businesses. These representations occur in state and federal court proceedings, chapter 11 cases, debt restructuring, liquidation cases, out-of-court workouts, asset recovery, foreclosure actions, receiverships and other insolvency proceedings. Together with attorneys from other disciplines in the firm, the Financial Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group plans and negotiates complex workouts, restructures and purchases of debt or distressed assets.
Burford Capital is a leading global finance and investment management firm focused on law. Its businesses include litigation finance and risk management, asset recovery and a wide range of legal finance and advisory activities. Burford is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange, and it works with law firms and clients around the world from its principal offices in New York, London, Chicago and Singapore. For more information about Burford: www.burfordcapital.com.
I have more than 35 years of experience as a bankruptcy, creditors' rights and restructuring attorney. My practice includes general commercial litigation in both the state and federal courts as well as corporate matters. Over my career I have had significant involvement in some of the largest and most complex bankruptcy proceedings in the United States representing debtors, creditors, trustees and creditors' committees. My clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as small and medium sized businesses and individuals.
In addition, I have served as and actively serve as a post-confirmation litigation trustee. I was the trustee in In re Appleseed’s Intermediate Holdings, Inc. in the District of Delaware where, through my direct efforts, an estate that initially appeared to be insolvent yielded a dividend to unsecured creditors of approximately 40%. I am presently the post-confirmation litigation trustee in In re International Shipholding Corporation in the Southern District of New York and In re Federation Employment and Guidance Service, Inc. in the Eastern District of New York.
I began my career as the law clerk to the late Honorable Conrad B. Duberstein, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York and later became a partner with a prestigious Am Law 100 law firm. More recently, I formed Rich Michaelson Magaliff, LLP with longstanding professional colleagues who share my passion for providing practical advice and superior representation at rates that are notably lower than those charged by the so-called “big firms”. In just its first year of operation, the firm was recognized in the annual U.S. News - Best Lawyers survey as one the best bankruptcy and creditors rights firms in the United States, large or small.
I am the author of numerous articles and have lectured on a number of bankruptcy and related topics and enjoy a peer rating of AV from Martin-Hubbell, the highest ranking for legal skill and professional ethics.
CATHY L. REECE is the chair of the Financial Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group at Fennemore Craig, PC. She has extensive experience in every aspect of corporate workouts and bankruptcies and works with clients structuring complex transactions and purchasing distressed debt or assets. Ms. Reece has been selected as One of the Top 250 Women Litigators in the US by Benchmark for several years, as the 2014 Legal Advisor of the Year by the M&A Advisor, for the 2011 Outstanding Individual Contribution Award by the International Turnaround Management Association, and as One of the Most Influential Business Women in Arizona in 2016, in addition to being listed for several years in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. She received numerous turnaround and transactional awards for her work on the cross border chapter 15 sale of the Veris Gold US gold mines to her client Whitebox Advisors which was the post-petition lender and the buyer, including the M&A Advisor international and turnaround awards for cross border restructuring deal up to $100 million and the mining deal of the year, among others. Ms. Reece has been actively involved in the International Turnaround Management Association, including serving as a Board member and in International Vice President positions, and is a member of and serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She has been involved in many complex bankruptcy cases in the Southwest. Some of her more representative cases include representing the Investors’ Committee and then the liquidating entity that is managing and selling the $900 million loan portfolio of a hard money lender. She represented the Unsecured Committee in the Arizona Baptist Foundation bankruptcy and confirmed a joint plan that liquidated the assets of the 140 debtor entities. She represented secured lender Textron Financial in confirming and implementing the joint plan of the ILX time share bankruptcy case that liquidated the assets and causes of action. In the Arizona Coyotes hockey bankruptcy cases, she represented the City of Glendale which owns the arena where the hockey team played.
Emily Slater is a Managing Director of Burford’s underwriting and investment arm in New York.
Prior to joining Burford, Ms. Slater was a litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she specialized in complex securities and other bet-the-company litigation and regulatory investigations involving billions in damages. Ms. Slater regularly represented financial institutions and public companies before the SEC and DOJ. She also represented the City of New York in the criminal investigation of the 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash and led a landmark pro bono class action litigation regarding mental health treatment in New York City jails, which prevailed in the New York State Court of Appeals.
Ms. Slater graduated from New York University School of Law, where she was the Colloquium Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change. She is a founding member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and served as a trustee of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School.