Kelley Drye

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Benjamin D. Feder

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New York
Phone: (212) 808-7974
Fax: (212) 808-7897

Ben Feder is special counsel in the firm’s New York office. For nearly three decades he has focused his practice on bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

Mr. Feder represents bank lenders, debtors, bondholders, indenture trustees, creditors’ committees and other parties in interest in all phases of Chapter 11 and other cases under the Bankruptcy Code, in U.S. and foreign workouts, and in out-of-court restructurings. He specializes in distressed M&A transactions; much of his work centers on the representation of purchasers in the acquisition of troubled companies. Mr. Feder has appeared pro hac vice in bankruptcy cases in jurisdictions throughout the United States.

In December 2014, Mr. Feder completed the comprehensive ABI/St. John’s 40 Hour Bankruptcy Mediation Training program, and has been accepted onto the official panel of mediators for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the District of Delaware.

From 1995-1998, Mr. Feder was a founder and principal member of Westchester Brewing Company.

Earlier in his career he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cecelia H. Goetz in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.

He is primary author of the blog He also creates and distributes the KDW Distressed M&A Opportunities Report.

Representative Experience
Distressed M&A Purchasers

667 East 34th Street Owners Corporation; AE&E; Amagansett Family Farm; Ambassador Eyewear; Asia Global Crossing (the first acquisition by a Chinese company of assets in a U.S. Chapter 11 case); Broadway Trading; Compass Learning; Pappas Telecasting; Oreck Corporation; Pillowtex; Pocket Communications; Stone & Webster; Telergy

Indenture Trustees

American Eagle Energy; Caesars Entertainment Operating Corporation; Energy Future Holdings; General Motors; Nebraska Books; Motorcoach Industries; Reichhold Industries; Residential Capital


Barzel Industries; Contessa Premium Foods; Delphi; SGL Carbon; U.S. Datanet; Winstar

Pre-Petition Lenders

Al Copeland Enterprises (Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken); Ames Department Stores; Cabrini Medical Center; Owens Corning; Quality Stores; R.H. Macy & Co.; Radnor Holdings

DIP Financing Lenders

AMF; Niagara Frontier Hockey (Buffalo Sabres); MicroAge; Stage Stores

International Restructurings

Afen (UK); Catalyst Paper (Canada); Telewest Communications (UK), TPI Polene (Thailand); Sociedad Commercial del Plata (Argentina)

Other Significant Creditor Representations

Hawker Beechcraft; Magna Entertainment Corporation; Visteon Corporation

Memberships & Associations

American Bankruptcy Institute

Turnaround Management Association’s The Journal of Corporate Renewal, Editorial Advisory Board, 2011.

Professional Activities

Blog author, Bankruptcy Law Insights

Honors & Awards

Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year (Sale of Oreck Corporation to Royal Appliance Manufacturing Co.), The M&A Advisor, 2014

Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award, 2004

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