Richard G Mason has been a partner in the restructuring and finance department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since 1994. Mr Mason is active in all aspects of the firm's insolvency practice. He has represented bank and bondholder groups, creditors' committees, significant shareholders and acquirers in many large bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings in the United States, as well as in other countries. He also represents borrowers in leveraged buyouts, mergers and other complex financing transactions.Mr Mason is a co-author of Collier's Bankruptcy Practice Guide, and has given numerous seminars on bankruptcy subjects for the Practising Law Institute, LUISS Guido Carli, the Canadian Institute, the American Bankruptcy Institute/New York University School of Law Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Workshop, the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business, Columbia University Business School, Columbia University Law School and other prominent organisations. Mr Mason has been identified by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as one of the leading insolvency lawyers in the United States and is listed in the K&A Restructuring Register as one of the top 100 restructuring advisers in the United States. 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 honour 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 the immediate past co-chair of the international secured transactions and insolvency committee of the ABA section of international law, a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a vice chair of the bankruptcy and reorganisation group of the UJA-Federation of New York's Lawyers Division, and a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of the Boy Scouts of America's Greater New York Councils. He is a recipient of the Boy Scouts' Silver Beaver Award. Together with his wife and children, Mr Mason founded the Mason Family 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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