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Frank A. Merola

PARTNER, LOS ANGELES



Frank Merola is a partner in Stroock's Financial Restructuring Group and has more than 25 years of experience in business reorganization and bankruptcy. Mr. Merola has advised debtors, creditors, acquirers and equity holders in both Chapter 11 and out-of-court restructurings across a range of industries. He also focuses his practice on the representation of ad hoc and official creditor committees and equity holders. Prior clients include Sirius Satellite Radio, Federated Stores, Inc., Harbinger Capital Partners, Tennenbaum Capital Partners and Prentice Copley Investment Group. Mr. Merola has developed a sub-specialty advising parties in casino resort restructurings and bankruptcies.

Prior to joining Stroock, Mr. Merola worked at Jefferies & Co., Inc. as managing director in the Recapitalization and Reorganization Group, and as an attorney at Stutman, Treister & Glatt, P.C., a Los Angeles-based boutique law firm.

Representative Matters

  • Aladdin Hotel & Casino (official creditors’ committee)
  • Arizona Charlie's (debtor)
  • ATP Oil & Gas (debtor)
  • Crusader Energy (debtor)
  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust (trustee)
  • Fontainebleau Las Vegas (ad hoc committee of noteholders)
  • Gateway Casinos (ad hoc committee of noteholders)
  • Gold River Hotel & Casino (debtor)
  • Herbst Gaming (official creditors’ committee)
  • Innkeepers USA Trust (official creditors’ committee)
  • Insight Health (debtor)
  • MSR Resorts Golf Course LLC (official creditors’ committee)
  • Resort at Summerlin (debtor)
  • Sands Atlantic City (secured creditor)
  • Tronox, Inc. (official creditors’ committee)
  • Tropicana Hotel & Casino (noteholder)
  • Trump Hotel & Casino Resorts (equity committee)

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Super Lawyers
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America
  • 2007, Recipient, Large Company Transaction of the Year Award, Turnaround Management Association (USA Capital First Trust Deed Fund)

Memberships
  • Turnaround Management Association, Former Director
  • Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals, Former Director
  • Member, American Bar Association (Business Law Section and Subcommittee on Entertainment, Gaming and Real Estate Related Issues)
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association (Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section)
  • Chairman, Legislative Action Committee for Turnaround Management Association, 1996-1998
  • Member, State Bar of California (Debtor/Creditor Relations and Bankruptcy Committee), 1987-1991
Activities
Speeches and Events
  • Speaker, Fiduciary Duty Issues, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, San Diego, California, October 26, 2012
  • Speaker, "Bad Boy Guarantees," American Bankruptcy Institute – Southwest, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 14, 2012
  • Speaker, "How to Achieve a Successful Restructuring in Today's Changing Legal and Business Environment," Turnaround Management Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California, October 26, 2011
  • Speaker, "Surviving a Distressed Credit Scenario," Native American Finance Officers Association Annual Conference, Jersey City, New Jersey, September 15, 2011
  • Speaker, "Distressed Credit and Debt Management," Native American Finance Officers Association Spring Finance Conference, Pala, California, March 22, 2011
  • Speaker, "The Chips Are Down: Dealing with Casino Bankruptcy Cases," National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 14, 2010
  • Speaker, "Industry Trends – Who Will Benefit From and Who Will Labor Under the Economic Recovery," Turnaround Management Association Distressed Debt Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 27-29, 2010
  • Speaker, "Snake Eyes – Casino Bankruptcies," National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, October 18-21, 2009
  • Speaker, "Understanding Capital Markets," American Bankruptcy Institute – Southwest, Lake Tahoe, September 10-12, 2009
  • Speaker, "Financial Institutions and Hot Topics," California Bankruptcy Forum Annual Conference, Carmel, California, May 17, 2009
  • Speaker, Rights Offerings, Kellogg Business School Conference, Chicago, Illinois, May 6, 2009
  • Milken Institute, "Taking Control of Restructurings to Drive Successful Turnarounds," Beverly Hills, California, April 28, 2009
  • Speaker, Rights Offerings, Turnaround Management Association Distressed Investing Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 27, 2009
  • Speaker, "Chaos in the Boardroom: A Day in the Life of a Director in a Distressed Company," Turnaround Management Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 29, 2008
Admitted to Practice
California, 1988
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Education
J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1988; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barrister; Moot Court Honors Program – Board of Judges, 1988; Distinguished Advocate, 1987
B.S., cum laude, Georgetown University, 1985
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