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About Lawrence V. Gelber

Lawrence V. Gelber

Lawrence V. Gelber is a partner in the Business Reorganization group of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, practicing in the areas of distressed M&A and financing, corporate restructuring, creditors’ rights, debt and claims trading, and prime brokerage insolvency/counterparty risk, with a focus on representation of investment funds and other financial institutions in distressed situations. His extensive experience in out of court restructurings and Chapter 11 cases includes his representation of clients as debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, lenders, investors and acquirers.  He is a regular contributor to numerous trade publications, including Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, The Bankruptcy Strategist, Bankruptcy Law 360 and Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, and a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars. He received his B.A. from Tufts University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Articles by Lawrence V. Gelber

Location, Location, Location – How to Choose Bankruptcy Venue

Location, Location, Location – How to Choose a Bankruptcy Venue

What is a bankruptcy venue? A debtor should be considerate when selecting a venue to file for bankruptcy and know which eligible venues are best to file in.

A chess pawn topples another one, symbolizing the replacing of a debtor's management with a chapter 11 trustee

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Replacing a Debtor’s Management with a Chapter 11 Trustee

A creditor may seek appointment of a chapter 11 trustee in replacement of the debtor in possession, but there are special considerations to make first.

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Investing in Bankruptcy Claims as a Cash Investment

Investing in bankruptcy claims can be very profitable or can result in a significant, or even total, loss. Bankruptcy claims are a creditor’s right to payment from a debtor. A bankruptcy claim can be secured by the debtor’s property or can be unsecured. Claims are classified in chapter 11 plans of reorganization according to their […]

Equitable Subordination vs. Recharacterization – Unsecured Creditors Push Ahead of Lenders Who Invested, Part III

In part one of our series on recharacterization, we discussed the elements of judicial recharacterization of loans as equity interests.[i]  In part two of the series, we considered how debtors can “claw back” putative “loans” that they may have repaid years earlier because the “loans” were in fact equity investments and their repayment was invalid.[ii]  […]

How Unsecured Creditors Push Ahead of Lenders Who in Fact Invested, Part II – Clawback of “Loan Repayments”

In our last article[i], we discussed the judicial recharacterization of loans as equity interests.  As we described, a court will recharacterize a lender’s debt claim as equity if it determines the “loan” actually was intended to be, and was treated by the parties as, an equity investment.  Recharacterization is a powerful tool for creditors and […]