BENJAMIN D. FEDER
Special Counsel
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BENJAMIN D. FEDER Special Counsel

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

Ben represents indenture trustees, bank lenders, debtors, bondholders, 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.  Ben has appeared pro hac vice in bankruptcy cases in jurisdictions throughout the United States.

In December 2014, Ben 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, he 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 firm’s bankruptcy blog.  Ben also creates and distributes the Kelley Drye Distressed M&A Opportunities Report.

Distressed M&A Purchasers

Oreck Corporation; 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; Pillowtex; Pocket Communications; Stone & Webster; Telergy

Indenture Trustees

Arch Coal; American Eagle Energy; Caesars Entertainment Operating Corporation; Energy Future Holdings; General Motors; iHeart Communications; Nebraska Books; Midstates Petroleum; Motorcoach Industries; Reichhold Industries; Residential Capital; Vanguard Resources; Warren Resources

Debtors

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); Lightstream Resources (Canada); Ocean Rig (Cayman Islands); Telewest Communications (UK), TPI Polene (Thailand); Sociedad Commercial del Plata (Argentina)

Other Significant Creditor Representations

Nortel; Hawker Beechcraft; Magna Entertainment Corporation; Visteon Corporation

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

American Bankruptcy Institute

Turnaround Management Association’s The Journal of Corporate Renewal, editorial advisory board, 2011.

About

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

Ben represents indenture trustees, bank lenders, debtors, bondholders, 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.  Ben has appeared pro hac vice in bankruptcy cases in jurisdictions throughout the United States.

In December 2014, Ben 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, he 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 firm’s bankruptcy blog.  Ben also creates and distributes the Kelley Drye Distressed M&A Opportunities Report.

Experience

Distressed M&A Purchasers

Oreck Corporation; 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; Pillowtex; Pocket Communications; Stone & Webster; Telergy

Indenture Trustees

Arch Coal; American Eagle Energy; Caesars Entertainment Operating Corporation; Energy Future Holdings; General Motors; iHeart Communications; Nebraska Books; Midstates Petroleum; Motorcoach Industries; Reichhold Industries; Residential Capital; Vanguard Resources; Warren Resources

Debtors

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); Lightstream Resources (Canada); Ocean Rig (Cayman Islands); Telewest Communications (UK), TPI Polene (Thailand); Sociedad Commercial del Plata (Argentina)

Other Significant Creditor Representations

Nortel; Hawker Beechcraft; Magna Entertainment Corporation; Visteon Corporation

Honors

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

Memberships

American Bankruptcy Institute

Turnaround Management Association’s The Journal of Corporate Renewal, editorial advisory board, 2011.

Practices