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Richard Mason

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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Restructuring and Finance.


Richard G. Mason has been a partner in the Restructuring and Finance Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since 1994. Mr. Mason is active in all aspects of the firm's insolvency practice. He has represented bank and bondholder groups, creditors' committees, significant shareholders and acquirers in many large bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings in the United States, as well as in other countries. He also represents borrowers in leveraged buyouts, mergers and other complex financing transactions.


Mr. Mason is a co-author of Collier's Bankruptcy Practice Guide, and has given numerous seminars on bankruptcy subjects for Practising Law Institute, LUISS Guido Carli, the Canadian Institute, the American Bankruptcy Institute/New York University School of Law Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Workshop, the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business, Columbia University Business School, Columbia University Law School and other prominent organizations. Mr. Mason has been identified by Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers as one of the leading insolvency lawyers in the United States and is listed in the K&A Restructuring Register as one of the top 100 restructuring advisors in the United States.


Mr. Mason is the immediate past co-chair of the International Secured Transactions & Insolvency Committee of the ABA Section of International Law, a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, a vice-chair of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group of the UJA-Federation of New York's Lawyers Division, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Boy Scouts of America's Greater New York Councils. He is a recipient of the Boy Scouts' Silver Beaver Award. Together with his wife and children, Mr. Mason founded the Mason Family Civic League, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to providing educational, art and civic support in Hoboken, New Jersey and beyond.


Virginia Commonwealth University, Undergraduate, 1983, B.S., Economics, Honors: Phi Kappa Phi; New York University School of Law, Law School, 1987, J.D., Honors: Order of the Coif, cum laude (Annual Survey of American Law).

United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz focuses on representing banks, hedge funds, private equity firms and other creditors in bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings. In addition, the firm has experience in cross-border restructurings, including Chapter 15 cases. Bankruptcy specialist Richard Mason leads the team, which represented the US Treasury in connection with the rescues of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and acted in Chapter 11 cases involving Westinghouse, Caesars Entertainment and ExGen Texas Power. The department is also known for its contentious practice, an example of which was acting for Education Management in litigation arising out of its $1.5bn out-of-court restructuring, including its precedent-setting appeal in the Marblegate case.

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