Mark S. Lichtenstein is a partner with the New York office of Crowell & Moring LLP. He concentrates his practice on a broad range of bankruptcy matters, including bankruptcy litigation and the acquisition of assets in bankruptcy cases, as well as out of court restructurings and workouts, creditors’ rights litigation and general commercial litigation. Mark also has extensive experience providing bankruptcy advice in connection with commercial transactions and the rendering of opinions in connection therewith. During his career he has:
- Represented hedge funds and other opportunistic investors as secured creditors in numerous Chapter 11 cases
- Represented a group of bondholders owed in excess of $100 million in the bankruptcy cases of two major airport hotels in Queens, New York
- Represented Worldspan, L.P., a large computer reservation company in the travel industry, in the In re Delta Airlines bankruptcy case
- Represented a publicly traded company in the acquisition of the long distance and enterprise telecommunications businesses in the Chapter 11 cases of World Access, Inc. and RSL Com USA
- Part of a team that achieved a successful result for a group of shareholders in an $18 million adversary proceeding to recover proceeds of a leverage buyout in the In re Grand Eagle bankruptcy
- Represented an assortment of title companies in connection with a massive ponzi scheme of a sub-prime loan originator in bankruptcy
- Assisted a Chapter 7 Trustee in the prosecution of various adversary proceedings in the In re Cassandra Group bankruptcy
- Represented a lending institution in the foreclosure of New York’s landmarked Atalanta building in Tribeca and defended the financial institution against a $50 million lender liability lawsuit
- Part of a team that represented a receiver appointed by the Southern District of New York in complex receivership proceedings of various hedge funds, including related bankruptcy matters
- Represented the New York Mets as special bankruptcy counsel in connection with the financing of the Mets’ new stadium
Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Mark worked at the New York offices of two major international firms, including one of the 35 largest firms in the world. There he represented secured and unsecured creditors, indenture trustees, debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 Trustees, landlords and acquirers of assets in bankruptcy cases. Mark also handled bankruptcy litigation, including fraudulent conveyance, preferential transfer, breach of fiduciary duty, recharacterization, involuntary bankruptcy and equitable subordination cases. Additionally, Mark has experience in non-bankruptcy litigations, including foreclosure actions, lender liability actions, and partnership and corporate disputes.
Mark also spent several years with a mid-size regional firm in New York where he primarily represented secured creditors in bankruptcy matters. Additionally, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Gindin, Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey. He earned his law degree in 1992 from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Michigan in 1984.
Admitted to practice: New York, New Jersey, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Speeches & Presentations
"Maximizing Value In Distressed Assets Through Receivers," Distressed Debt Summit, New York City
(March 15-16, 2011).
Panelist: Mark S. Lichtenstein.
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