Brett LawrencePartner

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Brett Lawrence focuses on in-court and out-of-court restructuring and distressed M&A issues for creditors, distressed investors and equity holders. He represents official and ad hoc committees of creditors and equity holders, and counsels individual investors in structuring and executing investments, raising capital and acquiring distressed assets.

Brett frequently counsels a wide range of clients on foreclosures, rights offerings and the many securities-related questions that arise when trading securities, including the use of Big Boy letters and other compliance strategies.

Brett has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and The Legal 500 USA.

Representative Matters

His recent distressed and bankruptcy-related representations include the following:
  • Affirmative Insurance (secured lenders)
  • Allied Nevada Gold Corp. (DIP lenders and ad hoc committee of noteholders)
  • ATI Education, Inc. (secured lenders)
  • Bankruptcy Management Solutions (secured lenders)
  • Cenveo Corporation (secured lenders)
  • Citadel Broadcasting Corporation (official creditors’ committee)
  • CNG Holdings (secured lender)
  • Colt Defense (senior secured lender)
  • Delphi Automotive Group (rights offering backstop provider)
  • Delta Education (secured lender)
  • FairPoint Communications, Inc. (ad hoc committee of noteholders)
  • Golden Gaming, Inc. (secured lenders)
  • Harry & David Holdings, Inc. (rights offering backstop providers)
  • Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc. (rights offering backstop provider)
  • Hughes Supply Company (ad hoc committee of noteholders)
  • Landsbanki (directors)
  • MF Global Holdings (directors)
  • MModal (official creditors’ committee)
  • Mood Media (units offering backstop providers)
  • Morris Publishing Group (ad hoc committee of noteholders)
  • Pegasus Satellite Communications (ad hoc committee of noteholders)
  • Owens Corning Corporation (rights offering backstop provider)
  • RBS/Innovairre (senior secured lender)
  • School Specialty (ad hoc committee of noteholders)
  • Solutia, Inc. (rights offering backstop providers)
  • SONIFI (f/k/a LodgeNet) (individual lender)
  • Texas Petrochemicals, Inc. (official creditors’ committee)
  • Visteon Corporation (rights offering backstop provider)
His recent M & A representations include the following:
  • APW Communications (controlling stockholder)
  • Day International (selling stockholders)
  • Delta Education (acquisition of assets)
  • DTN Holding Company (selling stockholders)
  • Enterprise Informatics Inc. (controlling stockholders)
  • Etalk (selling stockholders)
  • Flint (sale of division)
  • GT3 (acquisition of assets of New Global Telecom)
  • Impact Services (controlling stockholder)
  • Oneida (selling stockholders)
  • Platt (acquiror)
  • STVT-AAI (acquiror)
  • Veritas Financial Partners (selling stockholders)
  • Wright Line, LLC (selling stockholders)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers
  • Chambers USA
  • The Legal 500


  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Speeches & Events

  • "The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008: Opportunities and Challenges," Stroock Teleconference, October 14, 2008


  • Co-author, "Rights Offerings: Raising Cash Without Registering Securities," Journal of Corporate Renewal, October 2004
  • Co-author, "Big Boy Letters: Playing it Safe After O'Hagan," Journal of Corporate Renewal, June 2004

Admitted To Practice

New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1994; Managing Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review

M.B.A., The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania, 1994

B.A., cum laude, Yale University, 1989