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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Brad Eric Scheler

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Restructuring and Insolvency Department.


Mr. Scheler is a senior partner and chairman of the Restructuring and Insolvency Department.

Mr. Scheler focuses on and attends to the financial restructuring and rehabilitation of distressed businesses either out-of-court or in connection with formal restructuring and insolvency proceedings in the United States and abroad. He represents parties seeking to invest in and/or acquire the assets and businesses of financially troubled and other companies, buyers and sellers of distressed securities and businesses, financial institutions that are lenders to and investors in financially troubled companies, and corporate debtors, creditors’ committees, bondholders’ committees, equity holders’ committees and trustees. Mr. Scheler also provides non-distressed related corporate finance and strategic planning advice to the Firm’s corporate, institutional and governmental clients.


Mr. Scheler writes frequently about issues relating to restructuring, insolvency and complex transactions and is a frequent speaker at seminars on such topics. He is a contributing author for Collier on Bankruptcy and a regular lecturer including at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Mr. Scheler joined Fried Frank in 1981 and became a partner in 1984.


Mr. Scheler is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Mr. Scheler is regularly involved with charitable endeavors and fundraising activities including service as a member of several charitable and not for profit boards. Mr. Scheler serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research (Tina’s Wish), including service on the Executive Committee. For more than eight years, Mr. Scheler served in leadership positions for Her Justice (formerly known as inMotion), including as Chair of the Board of Directors. As Chair Emeritus, Mr. Scheler now serves on the Senior Leadership Council. Mr. Scheler is also a long-standing member of the Leadership Committee for the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group of UJA Federation. Mr. Scheler served as a member of the Board of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Board of American Friends of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Board of Trustees of the Village of Larchmont Library and the Capital Campaign Committee of the Larchmont Manor Park.

Mr. Scheler serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of his undergraduate alma mater, Lehigh University, including service as Chair of the Board. Mr. Scheler is founding Chair and Chair Emeritus of the Dean’s Advisory Board of his law school alma mater, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.


Mr. Scheler received his JD from Hofstra University School of Law in 1977 and his BA from Lehigh University in 1974, with high honors. Mr. Scheler is a recipient of a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa degree conferred by Monmouth University and served as commencement speaker for Monmouth's Class of 2015.

United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

The ‘pragmatic and cost-effectiveFried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP ‘knows how to go for the jugular to achieve the result for its client’. The multidisciplinary team of ‘great strategic thinkers’ specializes in investor work, representing buyers in distressed asset transactions, as well as cross-border litigation and capital markets deals related to Chapter 11 filings. New York-based practice head Brad Eric Scheler is ‘an exceptional adviser, very knowledgeable about his space’. He leads the ‘deep bench of talent’, which represented Centerbridge Partners, as the new capital provider in relation to the restructuring of Seadrill's bank and bond debt; the matter includes 13 credit facilities consisting of more than 70 banks across North America, South America, Europe and Asia within the Seadrill consolidated group. Former bankruptcy and restructuring partner Matthew Roose moved to Ropes & Gray LLP.

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