Richard G Mason has been a partner in the restructuring and finance department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for over 20 years.
Mr Mason has had leading roles in many of the largest and most complex bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings during that time, including Energy Future Holdings, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Hawker Beechcraft, Kerzner International, FairPoint Communications, Masonite, Spectrum Brands and Delphi Corporation. He represents bank and bondholder groups, acquirers, distressed investors, boards of directors, private equity sponsors and other significant creditors and shareholders in domestic and international matters.
Mr Mason is a co-author of Collier’s Bankruptcy Practice Guide. He speaks on insolvency subjects at prominent institutions around the world. These include the American Bankruptcy Institute/New York University School of Law bankruptcy and business reorganisation workshop, Columbia University Business School, the Canadian Institute, LUISS Guido Carli, the Israeli Ministry of Justice and the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance (Dubai). Previously, he was a co-chair of the secured transactions and insolvency committee of the ABA section of international law.
Mr Mason is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers identifies him as one of the leading restructuring lawyers in the United States. K&A Restructuring Register lists him as one of America’s top restructuring advisers.
Mr Mason graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983 with a BS in Economics. He was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor fraternity while at VCU. Mr Mason received a JD cum laude from New York University in 1987. At NYU, he became a member of the Order of the Coif and was on the staff of the Annual Survey of American Law.
Mr Mason is an active volunteer for several non-profit organisations. He is a co-chair of the bankruptcy and reorganisation group of the UJA-Federation of New York's lawyers division, and a member of the New Leadership Network of the American Israel public affairs committee. An Eagle Scout, he is an executive committee member of the board of trustees of the Boy Scouts of America's Greater New York Councils. In 2012 he received the Silver Beaver Award for his leadership on behalf of over 40,000 Scouts and Explorers in New York City.
Together with his wife Beth and their two children, Mr Mason founded the Mason Civic League, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to providing educational, art and civic support in Hoboken, New Jersey and beyond.
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