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Harold A. Olsen practices in the area of bankruptcy and financial restructuring. He regularly represents lenders, commodity trading counterparties and other creditors in chapter 11 cases. His debtor representations have included Haggen Holdings, LLC and Planet Hollywood International, Inc. In addition, Mr. Olsen regularly advises clients on bankruptcy issues in commodities and derivatives, structured finance and real estate transactions.

Speeches & Events

  • Speaker, “What To Do When a Counterparty Becomes Distressed or Files for Bankruptcy: Safe Harbor Contracts and Strategies for Recovery,” Stroock Webinar, June 16, 2020


  • Co-author, “A ‘Meritorious’ Defense: In re Tribune Co. Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation” Stroock Special Bulletin, May 6, 2019
  • Co-author, “Bankruptcy Court Rejects Involuntary Chapter 11 for CDO,” Stroock Special Bulletin, November 29, 2018
  • Co-author, “In re Franchise Services of North America, Inc.: The Fifth Circuit Explores Restrictions on Bankruptcy Filing,” Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law, November/December 2018
  • Co-author, “A Guide to the Bankruptcy Law of the United States,” Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, 2010, updated 2016, updated 2018
  • Co-author, "Reexamining the Equitable Powers of the Bankruptcy Court After Law v. Siegel," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, October 2015
  • Co-author, "Multilateral Netting Under Safe Harbor Contracts: The Arguments for Enforceability in Bankruptcy (And for Mandatory Withdrawal of the Issue to District Court)," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, April/May 2015
  • Co-author, "Does the Presence of Guarantees Justify Separate Classification of a Lender's Deficiency Claim in a Chapter 11 Case?" Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, July/August 2012
  • Co-author, "Derivatives Trading Orders: Protecting the Debtor's Trading Business from Bankruptcy Termination," Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, July/August 2006
  • Co-author, "Section 546(e): Fifteen Years After Kaiser Steel, Still Open to Interpretation," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, June 2006
  • Co-author, "NOLs: The Policy Conflicts Created by Trading Orders," Commercial Lending Review, May-June 2005
  • Co-author, "Derivatives Provisions Of The Bankruptcy Act Of 2005," Derivatives: Financial Products Report, June 2005
  • Co-author, "Appellate Court Weighs in on Mirant," Journal of Corporate Renewal, December 2004
  • Co-author, "WARNing: Shareholders May Be Liable for Violating Act," Journal of Corporate Renewal, August 2004
  • Co-author, "Electricity Regulation Outshines Debtor's Contract Rejection Rights," Journal of Corporate Renewal, April 2004

Admitted To Practice

New York; Connecticut,

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit


J.D., summa cum laude, Brooklyn Law School, 1997

B.A., Connecticut College, 1987


Law Clerk, The Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York