Matthew A. Feldman
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10019-6099, U.S.A.
Matthew A. Feldman is a partner and Co-Chair of the Business Reorganization and Restructuring Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. His clients include debtors, creditors, investors, lenders, governmental agencies, and committees.
In March 2009, Mr. Feldman was recruited to serve as Chief Legal Advisor to the Obama administration’s Task Force on the Auto Industry. This cabinet-level Treasury Department task force was assembled to help develop the overall strategy to restructure and recapitalize General Motors Corporation and Chrysler LLC, a strategy which resulted in the groundbreaking legal proceedings that implemented a comprehensive financial solution for both companies. The Auto Team conducted complex negotiations with all major constituents of both companies, including Fiat SpA (which now runs Chrysler), the United Auto Workers and major creditors of both auto makers under a compressed timeline set by President Obama.
Mr. Feldman has been significantly involved in numerous complex chapter 11 cases and non-judicial restructurings, both US and cross-border matters. He regularly represents hedge funds, such as Centerbridge Capital, Silver Point Capital, Angelo, Gordon & Co. and Twin Haven Capital, in all aspects of judicial and non-judicial restructurings. He also regularly represents investors seeking to acquire assets or businesses from companies operating in chapter 11.
Mr. Feldman was included on the Financial Times "US Innovative Lawyers of 2010" report and profiled among its 10 featured attorneys. Turnaround & Workouts named him one if its "Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers" for 2009 and in that same year was named "Dealmaker of the Year" by The American Lawyer. Since 2003 he has been recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the leading restructuring attorneys internationally and in the U.S. In addition, Mr. Feldman has been listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, the International and Domestic Who’s Who Legal, and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America. He was also ranked as a “Litigation Star” in Benchmark Litigation (2013).
In 2013, the Global M&A Network honored Mr. Feldman for his significant role in the out-of-court restructurings of Barneys New York and Kerzner International, which were named Upper Mid Market Turnaround of the Year and Large Market Turnaround of the Year, respectively, and listed him among its 2013 "Top 100 Global Turnaround & Restructuring Professionals."
Selected Professional and Business Activities
Mr. Feldman was elected Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
NOT FOR PROFIT ACTIVITIES
Mr. Feldman also serves as a board member for a number of not-for-profit organizations, including Her Justice (formerly inMotion), a provider of legal services to woman and children in New York City and the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.
Selected Significant Matters
Mr. Feldman has played significant roles in many complex chapter 11 cases and non-judicial restructurings, including:
Hostess (commercial baker)
PlayPower (playgrounds and docking systems)
Fiat (auto manufacturer)
EchoStar and DISH Network (telecommunications and entertainment)
Greatwide Logistics Services Inc. (trucking and warehousing)
Big V Supermarkets, Inc. (supermarket retailer)
Heilig Meyers Corp. (largest furniture retailer in U.S.)
Safelite Glass Corporation (largest supplier and installer of auto glass in North America)
Livent Inc. (well-known Canadian and U.S. based live theatre company)
The Hechinger Company (retailer)
Medical Resources, Inc. (medical imaging company)
Transcare Corp. (medical transport company)
Alliance Entertainment Corp. (largest distributor of pre-recorded music in U.S.)
Concord Records, Inc. (jazz record producer)
Woodward & Lothrop/John Wanamaker, Philadelphia (retailer).
Mr. Feldman has also represented creditors, lenders, landlords, governmental agencies and bank committees in various chapter 11 cases.
In recognition of his efforts and sacrifices in connection with his service to the Obama administration’s Task Force on the Auto Industry, Mr. Feldman received the "Secretary’s Honor Award," presented to him by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for his "distinguished service to the American people as the Chief Legal Advisor to the Department of Treasury Auto Team."
1988, New York University School of Law, J.D.
1985, Tufts University, B.A.
New York, 1992
- United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2000
- United States District Court, Northern District of New York
- United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1989