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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Restructuring & Insolvency 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Harold Novikoff remains popular with peers in our research who speak highly of his work on Chapter 11 cases and debt restructurings.


Harold S Novikoff is a partner and the chair of the restructuring and finance department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He focuses on creditors' rights, bankruptcy, debt restructurings and financial market transactions. Mr Novikoff has 40 years of professional experience in representing the principal lenders, bondholders and underwriters in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court debt restructurings of a wide range of public and private companies; purchasers of, and investors in, financially distressed companies; and dealers and other market participants in connection with derivatives, repurchase agreements, securities loans and other financial market transactions.

In addition to his role in the firm's restructuring and finance practice, Mr Novikoff has chaired and taught numerous continuing legal education and professional programmes on a broad spectrum of financial, creditors' rights and bankruptcy-related topics, including Chapter 11 plans and disclosure statements, distressed company and debt purchases, valuation of companies in Chapter 11, special protections for financial market transactions in bankruptcy, broker-dealer failures, structuring of loans and other credit transactions and avoidance actions. He is a co-author of Collier on Bankruptcy, and an author of numerous published articles and outlines on bankruptcy-related topics.

Mr Novikoff is a former commissioner of the ABI Commission to Study Chapter 11 Reform; a former chair of the committee on bankruptcy and corporate reorganisation of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; a member of the executive committee of the National Bankruptcy Conference; a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and a member of the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School.

Recent representations include the United States Treasury in the rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, JPMorgan (the largest secured creditor) in the Lehman Brothers and MF Global bankruptcies cases, and major creditors of Thornburg Mortgage, Collins & Aikman, KKR Atlantic and Pacific, Axon Financial, Victoria Finance, Dreier, American Home Mortgage, 360networks and National Century Financial Enterprises.

Mr Novikoff received his bachelor's degree with distinction from Cornell University. He received his juris doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a member of the board of editors of the Columbia Law Review.

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