Jeffrey W. Levitan, a recognized member of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Bar, is a partner in the Business Solutions, Governance, Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group.
Throughout the past 25 years, Jeffrey has had significant involvement in many large and complex corporate reorganizations. He represents and has represented a broad range of clients in Chapter 11 proceedings and out of court restructurings, including debtors, acquirers of distressed businesses, secured creditors, DIP lenders, trustees and creditors committees.
Some of the large reorganizations and liquidations where Jeffrey has played a key role include:
Debtor representations: Frank's Nursery & Crafts, Inc.; Superior Telecom, Inc.; Morris Material Handling, Inc.; Todd Shipyards Corporation; Price Communications Corporation; Paul Harris Stores, Inc.; Lone Star Industries and its affiliates; LJ Hooker Corporation, Inc. and its affiliates, including Bonwit Teller and B. Altman; Trader Horn, Inc.; Ithaca Industries, Inc.; Reeves Industries Inc.; Lechters, Inc.; The Museum Company Inc.; and Provell, Inc. Jeffrey also represented the Chapter 11 Trustee appointed in Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation, a multi- billion dollar healthcare insolvency.
Investor and acquirer matters: A group of Lehman Brothers managers in connection with their acquisition of a majority interest in Lehman Brothers investment management division; Belron US in its acquisition of Diamond Glass; Whitehall Jewelers in its acquisition of assets from Friedman’s Inc.; Mauser-Werke in its acquisition of the assets of Russell-Stanley Corp. pursuant to a prepackaged plan of reorganization; Wycoff and Bayonne Hospitals in their acquisitions of three hospitals from St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and one of the co-proponents of the Olympia & York Chapter 11 Plan.
Creditor representation: New Enterprise Associates in connection with the bankruptcy filings by Hospital Partners of America and its affiliates; groups of U.S. Bondholders in opposing two Section 304 proceedings seeking recognition of Argentine restructuring, and ML Media in connection with its claims and joint venture interests in the Adelphia bankruptcy cases. He also was retained by the unsecured creditors committee in the Chapter 11 cases of LogoAthletic, Inc., Apex One, Inc. and Scoreboard Inc. He has also represented landlords, contract counterparties and numerous other claimants, both secured and unsecured, in pursuing claims against debtors.
Bankruptcy cases involving the sports industry: SLM International; Fleer/Skybox; Pinnacle Brands Inc.; Starter Corporation; Genesis Direct; Fruit of the Loom/Pro Player; National Hockey League in connection with the Chapter 11 case filed by the Pittsburgh Penguins; numerous professional sports leagues and teams in connection with insolvency related matters.
Jeffrey is a frequent lecturer and writer on bankruptcy topics. His pro bono work includes participation in the New York City Bankruptcy Assistance Project.