Schwartz to Co-Chair Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy Practice with Howard Weg
NEW YORK, NY—January 12, 2016—Robins Kaplan LLP® announced today that H. Jeffrey Schwartz has joined the firm as a partner and co-chair of the Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy practice alongside Howard Weg.
“Jeffrey is a leader in the national restructuring bar centered in New York with more than 30 years of experience in major restructuring and reorganization engagements,” said Martin Lueck, chairman of Robins Kaplan’s executive board. “He is highly respected within his vast network in the New York distressed debt markets, and will immediately expand the firm’s presence there among hedge funds, noteholders, and private equity firms.”
Throughout his career, Mr. Schwartz has led successful engagements on behalf of debtors such as the Bayou Funds LLC and PTC Steel Alliance, Inc., as well as official creditors’ committees, including those formed in the bankruptcies of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., Digital Domain Media Group, Inc., Coda Automotive, Inc., and Constar International, LLC. In the structured finance space, Mr. Schwartz has represented MBIA, Inc. in the Chapter 11 reorganization case of FGIC Corporation as well as various private equity and hedge funds in other major Chapter 11 cases.
Mr. Schwartz served as lead counsel of the Official General Unsecured Creditors Committee of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., the largest for-profit post-secondary education provider to file for Chapter 11 reorganization. In this capacity, he has worked alongside Robins Kaplan partner Scott Gautier and the Robins Kaplan team representing the Official Committee of Student Creditors.
“We’re thrilled to have Jeffrey join our team. His addition to the firm positions Robins Kaplan as a leader in the representation of official creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 proceedings for distressed for-profit secondary education providers,” said Weg, co-chair of the Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy practice. “Having him on-board in our New York office will provide exceptional benefit for our clients, and we look forward to continued expansion in that market.”
Robins Kaplan’s Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy Group is a national leader in representing debtors and creditors’ committees, as well as other constituents, including investors, lenders, and indenture trustees, in corporate restructuring and business bankruptcy cases. In July, the firm was named counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the bankruptcy case commenced by Local Corp. in the Central District of California, and was most recently named Chapter 11 restructuring counsel for four high-value hotel properties in Manhattan that are affiliated with Gemini Real Estate Advisors.