David Retter focuses his practice on corporate trust and bankruptcy matters. With more than three decades of practice, David understands, from firsthand experience, the dynamics and obstacles his clients face in distressed situations.
David represents indenture trustees with respect to both new debt offerings and default and bankruptcy situations. He advises trust companies and the corporate trust departments of major banks. David has been involved in virtually every aspect of corporate trust activity, including traditional indenture work, various types of agency arrangements, novel forms of debt and equity financings, and defaults and bankruptcies. He also has worked on many of the recent major bankruptcies involving indenture trustees.
In addition, David counsels clients on their international financing transactions both at the “front end,” representing banks acting as trustees, fiscal agents, escrow agents and paying agents in major new projects in Southeast Asia and Asia, and at the “back end” when these types of projects have gone into default. David also represents domestic and international companies in connection with numerous investments and transactions, including structuring the investments to achieve optimal results, both from a business and tax perspective.
Notably, David recently represented a major trust company in the Noranda Aluminum bankruptcy case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. In that case, David’s client, the indenture trustee, was the co-chairman of the official unsecured creditors’ committee appointed by the United States Trustee. Similarly, David represented the indenture trustee in the General Motors bankruptcy case. In that case, the indenture trustee acted as the chairman of the official unsecured creditors’ committee.
Listed among New York’s Super Lawyers, David is valued by clients and colleagues alike for his calm presence and multidimensional understanding of the law. He has successfully led and continues to participate in a number of significant matters in the bankruptcy and restructuring field, where despite high pressure and risk, David continues to achieve notable results for his clients. David consistently delivers not only a critical understanding of corporate trust law and how it applies to major banks, but also the ability to communicate complex issues clearly and effectively.
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Committee on the Developmentally Disabled
Listed in New York Super Lawyers, 2007