Andrew’s practice focuses on multifaceted commercial reorganization, restructuring, acquisitions, divestitures and litigation.
Andrew’s industry experience includes sophisticated public and private companies across diverse sectors, including: manufacturing, energy, entertainment, airline, service and financial. His areas of focus are business finance and restructuring, chapter 11 reorganizations, large asset acquisition and disposition, risk assessment and minimization, litigation strategy and management, alternative dispute resolution, corporate turnaround and governance, and trustee and receivership litigation.
Andrew is Chair of the Pro Bono Committee for the New York office and donates more than 100 hours of his time each year to pro bono matters. He routinely provides legal services to incarcerated mothers and estate planning services to the elderly. Andrew recently helped an Afghan translator for the US military acquire a special immigrant visa for resettlement in the United States. In 2016, the Florida Bar awarded Andrew the “Out of State Pro Bono Award” for dedicating more than 1,200 hours to the legal needs of low-income people during the previous three years.
Andrew is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the District of Connecticut as well as the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
Representation of the Creditors’ Committee in O.W. Bunker Holding North America Inc., et al. chapter 11 cases in Connecticut.
Representation of the Creditors’ Committee in Simplexity, LLC, et al. chapter 11 cases in Delaware.
Representation of bond insurer as the largest secured creditor in the formulation of prepackaged chapter 11 cases in the SDNY.
Represented Credit-Based Asset Servicing and Securitization, LLC, a privately owned subprime mortgage investor and servicer, in connection with its chapter 11 case in the SDNY.
Represented Ciena Capital LLC and its affiliates, at one time the third largest SBA lender, in their chapter 11 cases in the SDNY.
Represented directors, officers and bank in defending against avoidance actions commenced by Liquidating Trustee for The Cura Group, Inc. in SD Florida.
Representation of SEC Receiver for the Lancer Group in its receivership/chapter 11 proceedings. New York based Lancer Group was a family of foreign and domestic hedge funds with $1.2 billion under management.
Represented bankruptcy trustee in operation, management and divestiture of Florida’s largest off-shore gaming business.
Represented federal court appointed receiver in winding-down a $135 million Ponzi scheme, including numerous state and federal court lawsuits against profiteers and recipients of fraudulent transfers.
Represented global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets in consolidated chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in Delaware caused by massive asbestos liability litigation.
Represented nation’s second-largest beauty salon chain in chapter 11 bankruptcy case in Delaware from commencement to consummation of reorganization plan, including negotiating with lender on cash collateral terms, advising management concerning tax and employment/labor law obligations, terminating pension plans and working with management to develop business plan demonstrating obtainable financial goals.
Represented nation’s leading branded wholesale supplier of gourmet coffees in chapter 11 bankruptcy case in Delaware.
Represented private lender in Florida state court foreclosure action and subsequent bankruptcy proceeding. Defeated debtor’s proposed cramdown plan, lender liability claims, and avoidance action. Negotiated and closed advantageous settlement agreement involving acquisition of multimillion-dollar apartment complex.
Represented airline creditor in air cargo company’s hotly contested chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Achieved assumption of all executory contracts and unexpired leases and full payment of claims.
Represented institutional lender in consolidated chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of debtor golf communities and properties located in Florida, Texas and Utah. Defended lender liability claims, investigated and prosecuted fraudulent transfers, and worked with creditors’ committee in defeating debtors’ plan of reorganization and obtaining confirmation of competing plan.
Represented power generation companies in consolidated chapter 11 cases involving multimillion-dollar contract dispute with FP&L.
Represented S. Brass in chapter 11 bankruptcy case caused by global mass-tort litigation (i.e., leaking polybutylene pipes). Obtained confirmation of reorganization plan containing channeling injunction to litigation trust fund and defeated numerous appeals by insurance subrogation claimants.
Awards & Recognition
Leadership Team, Restructuring Deal of the Year for the Chapter 11 of O.W. Bunker Debtors, The International M&A Advisor Awards, 2017
Recipient of 15th Annual M&A Advisor Award for The Restructuring Deal of the Year (over $100 million) for serving as lead counsel for The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of O.W. Bunker Holding North America Inc. in the District of Connecticut
Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, The Florida Bar, 2016
Selected as a Rising Star for Bankruptcy Law, New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2010. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Super Lawyers’ webpage.
Randolph Williams Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, Hunton & Williams, 2006-2015
Chair of Hunton & Williams’ New York Office Pro Bono Committee
Author, Seventh Circuit Rules that Punitive Damages Claims Allowed in Bankruptcy But May Be Equitably Subordinated, WG&M Bankruptcy Bulletin, April 2005
Author, Solvent Debtor Cannot Avoid Paying Default Rate Interest by Filing for Bankruptcy, WG&M Bankruptcy Bulletin, April 2004
Author, New Rules for Corporate Governance and Reporting, The Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business– Trends and Developments in Corporate Governance (Special issue, p. 341-56) April 1, 2004
Author, Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 Imposes New Rules for Corporate Governance and Reporting, WG&M Bankruptcy Bulletin, July 2002
Author, Third Circuit Holds that Avoidance Actions Are Not Assets of Debtor in Possession, WG&M Bankruptcy Bulletin, December 2000
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