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Kurt A. Mayr
Managing Partner, Connecticut
Kurt was named by Turnaround & Workouts as one of only 12 outstanding young restructuring partners in the U.S. Additionally, he has been named a leading practitioner in the newest edition of the Expert's Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers. He has represented a wide range of parties in domestic and international restructuring/insolvency matters, including creditors, debtors, acquirers and other interested parties in transactions both out-of-court and under court supervision. Kurt's practice focuses upon representing ad hoc and official creditor committees and groups in connection with out-of-court workouts and Chapter 11 proceedings. In addition, his practice has involved representing domestic and foreign debtors and complex commercial/insolvency litigation and trials.
Kurt has represented major parties in the distressed situations of AAI Foster Grant, Abitibi Consolidated, Ambac, Ahern Rentals, Bowater, Inc., Bridge Information Systems, CCS Medical, CIFG, Dura Automotive, Edelnor S.A., Enron, Foxwoods Casino, Global Telesystems Inc., Greektown Casinos, Harnischfeger Industries Inc., Lehman Brothers, Multicanal S.A., Peachtree Financial, SCA/Syncora, Scotia Pacific Company, Tembec Industries, TOUSA, Trico Marine Services, Unisys, USinternetworking, VarigLog, Vertis and 652 West 160th LLC, among others.
Kurt has represented creditor groups in ground breaking tribal gaming workouts such as Foxwoods and has advised clients on several other tribal gaming situations. A significant portion of Kurt's practice involves advising second lien investors on how to navigate the challenges of their intercreditor agreement to protect second lien rights and second lien maximize recoveries. In addition, Kurt's practice involves advising individual investor clients regarding distressed investments and restructuring strategies in many other restructuring situations and exchange offer transactions.
Kurt has published numerous articles regarding international and domestic insolvency topics and served on numerous panels to speak about restructuring and insolvency topics. He also has co-taught a class on International Insolvency at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Prior to joining the firm, Kurt was an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and served as law clerk to The Honorable Walter K. Stapleton in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Publications and Speeches
Panelist, "Prepackaged & Prenegotiated Chapter 11 Reorganizations," Strafford CLE, 2009.
"Enforcing Prepackaged Restructurings of Foreign Debtors Under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code," 14 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 469, Winter 2006.
"Unlocking the Lockup: The Revival of Plan Support Agreements Under New § 1125(g) of the Bankruptcy Code," 15 Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice 6, December 2006.
"Postpetition Plan Support Agreements: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Gives Approval," The Bankruptcy Strategist, September 2006.
"How the § 1145 Exemption Can Be Used to Facilitate the Issuance of New Securities in Cross-Border Restructurings," 1 Bloomberg Corporate Law Journal 3, Summer 2006.
"Ad Hoc Committee and the Misuse of Bankruptcy Rule 2019," Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, December 12, 2007.
"The Scope of Disclosure Under Rule 2019," Bankruptcy Law 360, February 2010.
"Bankruptcy Rule 2019: To Disclose or Not Disclose, That is the Question," The Bankruptcy Strategist, October 18, 2007.
"A Cayman Liquidation of a Cayman Company Does not Qualify as Either a Foreign Main Proceeding or Foreign Nonmain Proceeding," INSOL International News Update, Issue No. 9, September 2007.
"Using Chapter 15 to Overcome U.S. Securities Law Impediments to Effective Ancillary Relief in Cross-Border Reorganizations," 15 Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice 367, August 2006.
"Bankruptcy Rule 2019 and the Unwarranted Attack on Hedge Funds," ABI Journal, September 2007.
"Crossborder Restructuring Issues Under New Chapter 15," American Bankruptcy Institute, New York Conference, May 7, 2007.
"Back to Butner's Basic Rule - The Fundamental Flaw of Non-Debtor Substantive Consolidation," Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, February 2007.
Penelist "International Insolvency Forum Shopping Issues Under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code", 130th Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association, International Law and Practice Session, New York City, 2007.
"Chapter 15's First Major Case: It's Also Yukos Oil's Second U.S. Bankruptcy Case," The Bankruptcy Strategist, 3 Vol. 24 Law Journal Newsletters 2A, Dec 2006 - Jan 2007.
"A Tale of Two Proceedings: 'Turnabout is Fair Play' in the Yukos U.S. Bankruptcy Cases," 24 Vol. XXV American Bankruptcy Institute Law Journal 6, July 2006.
J.D., summa cum laude, Villanova University School of Law, 1998
B.A., University of Vermont, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court Connecticut
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
American Bankruptcy Institute
New York Bar Association, International Insolvency Committee
International Insolvency Institute
Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Corporate Restructuring, 2009, 2011, 2013-2016
Leading Practitioner in the Expert's Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, 2011
Named by Turnaround & Workouts as one of only 12 outstanding young restructuring attorneys in the U.S.
Villanova Law Review