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Robert Stark

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Brown Rudnick LLP

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Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring


Robert Stark focuses his practice on complex corporate restructuring, including in-court Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. He has extensive experience representing official and unofficial creditor/equity committees, debtors/borrowers, institutional investors, indenture trustees, and other significant parties-in-interest in large corporate insolvency matters. Robert’s case experience includes the representation of an official or significant ad-hoc creditor/equity committee in the restructuring of American Safety Razor, CEDC, Delta Petroleum, Energy Conversion Devices, Evergreen International Aviation, Falcon Products, Fedders, Flying J/Big West Oil, Fruit of the Loom, General Motors, Green Valley Ranch Hotel and Casino, Hawkeye Renewables, Hayes Lemmerz International, InSight Health Services, Le-Nature’s, Lionel Trains, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Motor Coach Industries, Newark Group, NV Broadcasting, Oakwood Homes Corporation, Oneida, Owens Corning, Patriot Coal, Refco Capital Markets, Riverstone Networks, School Specialty, Spansion, Synagro Technologies, TOUSA, Tropicana Entertainment, Visteon, Washington Mutual and York Research. Recent large debtor/borrower engagements include Keys Resort Investors and Wells Dairy (Blue Bunny Ice Cream), the principal owners of Centrix Financial and Fletcher International, and the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Allied Systems Holdings. He has also represented major creditor interests in the restructuring of C-BASS, Collins & Aikman, Delphi Corporation, Geokinetics, Investment Properties of America, SIRVA/North American Van Lines and Tribune Company. In addition, he has represented post-consummation liquidating trusts in the Chapter 11 cases of Bethlehem Steel, Bricolage Capital, Geneva Steel, Hayes Lemmerz International, Le-Nature’s, and Oakwood Homes Corporation. Several of Robert’s engagements were honored with “Deal of the Year” awards by various restructuring organizations. Robert is cited in: Best Lawyers in America; Benchmark Litigation; Chambers Global; Chambers USA; PLC Which Lawyer?; and numerous other listings of elite practitioners in the restructuring field. The 2012 edition of Chambers USA includes the following client description of Robert: "He is an extremely good strategist; he is thinking two moves ahead; he has relentless drive and will do anything for his clients." The 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation notes Robert's ability to steer "creditors through challenges once viewed as insurmountable." In 2011, he was profiled in a National Law Journal article entitled, “Winning: Successful Litigators. Powerful Strategies.” In 2010, he was again the subject of a lengthy profile published by Bloomberg / BusinessWeek, wherein he was described by opposing counsel as a litigation "serial killer" but also "bottom-line and commercial oriented." In 2011, he was one of 12 attorneys named to the annual list of "Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers" published by Turnarounds & Workouts and, in five consecutive prior years, he was one of 12 attorneys named to that publication’s annual list of "Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers." In 2011, Robert was named "Restructuring Lawyer of the Year" by the Global M&A Network, at the Turnaround Atlas Awards. Robert’s "first chair" trial and appellate work have resulted in opinions of high precedential value including (among numerous others): In re Visteon Corp., 612 F.3d 210 (3rd Cir. 2010) (described by a leading legal commentator as "the most important [Section] 1114 case ever rendered"); In re Oakwood Homes Corp., 449 F.3d 588 (3rd Cir. 2006); In re Tribune Company, 2011 Bankr. Lexis 4128 (Bankr. D. Del. 2011); In re Washington Mutual, Inc., 442 B.R. 314 (Bankr. D. Del. 2011); In re Spansion, Inc., 421 B.R. 151 (Bankr. D. Del. 2009); In re Oakwood Homes Corp., 394 B.R. 352 (Bankr. D. Del. 2008); In re Oneida Ltd., 351 B.R. 79 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2006); and OHC Liquidation Trust v. U.S. Fire Ins. Co., 2006 WL 2578907 (Bankr. D. Del. 2006). Robert has also published extensively on bankruptcy and restructuring topics. He was the lead editor of the 400-page legal treatise Contested Valuation in Corporate Bankruptcy (LexisNexis 2011), part of the Collier on Bankruptcy monograph series. He co-authored a chapter in the second edition of the treatise Bankruptcy Business Acquisitions published by the American Bankruptcy Institute. He has also written articles (cited in published appellate and trial court opinions) appearing in the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Bankruptcy Strategist, California Bankruptcy Journal, Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Journal of Corporate Renewal, Journal of Corporation Law, Norton Bankruptcy Law Journal, Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law and the Real Estate Finance Journal. In addition, he has delivered papers, been an invited speaker and guest lectured at numerous restructuring seminars (both domestic and abroad) and graduate schools of high academic esteem, including programs sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute, Columbia Business School, NYU Stern School of Business, the University of Texas School of Law, and the New York City Bar Association.


Vanderbilt University Law School – J.D., 1995; Lafayette College – B.A., 1992

United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

The well-regarded litigators at Brown Rudnick LLP specialize in contentious issues in the restructuring and bankruptcy area. The firm has a particular focus on representing hedge funds and other sophisticated distressed debt investors in disputes over the value of bankruptcy estates and avoidance, and also has experience arguing toward a change in case law. Working from New York and Boston, William Baldiga is managing director and can call on the expertise of practice group co-heads Edward Weisfelner in New York and Jeffrey Jonas, who splits his time between New York and Boston. Also notable in the team is New York-based Robert Stark, who is leading for the official creditors' committee of Exco Reasources. Exco filed for Chapter 11 in Houston, with a $2bn debt structure dominated by insider-creditors; the team conducted an in-depth investigation, including document discovery and depositions. The case is now being mediated by the chief bankruptcy judge. In another highlight, the firm is acting for the class of sexual assault victims in relation to the Chapter 11 filing of the Weinstein Company; the team's role involves voicing the interests and concerns of the victims and helping to formulate a Chapter 11 plan that will provide compensation.

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