About Steven J. Reisman

Steven Reisman advises clients on a wide range of bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors' rights matters. His work helps creditors maximize their recoveries, allows debtors to wind down or restructure as they desire and helps investors to locate hidden opportunity.

Understanding the unique needs of bankruptcy proceeding participants

Steve is highly experienced in all aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, as well as insolvency issues arising from transactions and out-of-court restructurings. He is particularly well-versed in the unique needs of parties to Chapter 11 proceedings, such as trustees, secured lenders, governmental entities, creditors' committees, indenture trustees, liquidators, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, shareholders, and defendants in avoidance actions.

Steve also advises investors seeking opportunities in Chapter 11 bankruptcies through the purchase of bankruptcy claims or other means. His clients benefit from his understanding of the needs of all stakeholders, which allows them to negotiate more effectively during bankruptcy proceedings.

His insolvency experience does not end at the US border. Steve has been involved in proceedings with clients in markets such as Mexico, Argentina and Canada, among others.

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Practice Focus

  • Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Insolvency issues, including cross-border insolvency issues
  • Third-party acquisition of bankruptcy claims or assets

Representative Experience

  • Conflicts counsel to guarantor of public and structured finance obligations regarding Puerto Rican bonds insured by client.
  • Represent leading American producer of coal regarding corporate matters, asset transactions and securities law work.
  • Defend San Francisco-based private equity firm in substantial avoidance litigation and claims prosecution.
  • Defend investment advisor against alleged appraisal malpractice.
  • Represent asset manager in litigation matters.
  • Represent engineering and construction unit of a sustainable energy company in litigation pursuing contract claims.
  • Provide restructuring advice to independent directors of an energy company regarding conflicts matters.
  • Represent secured lenders to a specialty retailer in acquiring ownership of the company.
  • Represent independent directors of a significant toy retailer.
  • Represent premier wealth advisory firm as indenture trustee in issuances and defaults.
  • Court-appointed independent representative of a significant bankruptcy estate before the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in efforts to recover and distribute misappropriated funds.
  • Defend American multinational technology manufacturer in potential preference actions.
  • Represented a global advisory, restructuring and investment firm in an asset disposition of a well service provider’s entire portfolio of equipment and inventory assets. *
* Experience prior to Katten


Presentations and Events

  • American Bankruptcy Institute's 17th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference
    Panelist | Fiduciary Duties from Ordinary Course, into Distress and Insolvency, and through Bankruptcy
    May 14, 2015
  • New York State Bar Association
    Presenter | Asset Sales in Bankruptcy
    December 13, 2012
  • American Bankruptcy Institute's 14th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference
    Panelist | Litigation Seeking to Enhance Creditor Recoveries: There Must Be Something Happening Other than Marshall
    May 9, 2012
  • Mexican Institution for Mediation
    Keynote Speaker | Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code
    May 2012
  • American Bankruptcy Institute's 12th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference
    Panelist | SIPA Liquidations and Ponzi Schemes
    May 24, 2010