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Mr. Paul A. Rubin

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  • J.D. degree , cum laude
    Fordham University School of Law
  • undergraduate degree
    The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
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Rubin LLC » Paul A. Rubin, 10 Aug 2015 [cached]
Paul A. Rubin
Paul A. Rubin's practice is focused on business bankruptcy, workouts and restructuring, distressed acquisitions, and commercial litigation, primarily in the debtor-creditor context.
Paul represents and advises lenders, debtors, trustees, hedge funds, distressed asset purchasers, insurance companies, acquirers of distressed debt, landlords, corporate directors and investment advisors in connection with complex restructuring and bankruptcy matters. His practice includes pre-bankruptcy planning and strategy, out-of-court restructurings and workouts, and counseling regarding the bankruptcy implications of transactions.
Paul has significant experience in a wide variety of litigation, including appeals, in federal and state courts, involving lender liability claims, preference and fraudulent conveyance actions, lien priority disputes, lease re-characterization, and other claims that arise in the debtor-creditor context. He has handled several real estate bankruptcies and workouts, recovering collateral through both negotiation and litigation in the Bankruptcy Court, and negotiating and drafting cash collateral orders and plans of reorganization.
On the transactional side, Paul advises regarding purchases of assets from troubled companies and clients, debtor-in-possession financings, negotiates workout and forbearance agreements, and he has significant experience addressing potential insolvency issues affecting sophisticated transactions, including stadium financings.
Paul is a certified mediator on the panel of mediators for the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of New York and for the District of Delaware. He has lectured on several bankruptcy and restructuring topics, including commercial loan workouts, valuation issues in bankruptcy, severance payments for executives of bankrupt companies, and the acquisition of distressed debt. He has also authored numerous articles for a variety of legal publications. Four of his articles have been cited in published judicial decisions. Paul is a Member of the Board of Editors of The Bankruptcy Strategist, he serves on the Advisory Board for the American Bankruptcy Institute's Asset Sales Databank and contributed toward its build-out. Paul has been recognized by Thompson Reuter's Super Lawyers as a top practitioner in Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights. In addition, he has been frequently quoted in the media regarding bankruptcy-related topics.
Prior to forming Rubin LLC, Paul was a member of Herrick, Feinstein LLP for many years. He began his legal career as an associate at Dewey Ballantine. Paul is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. While pursuing his law degree, he was a member of the Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Property.
Herrick, Feinstein LLP: Experience: News: News Search, 9 Aug 2014 [cached]
In an article regarding parties to bankruptcies having to file large cases in New York or Delaware instead of the business's actual location, Paul Rubin is quoted several times.
Herrick, Feinstein Partner Paul Rubin co-authored an article for the Daily Bankruptcy Review which provides guidance to businesses that have contracts with Chapter 11 debtors about how to protect themselves, enforce their rights to collect payments due and avoid falling prey to creative tactics that debtors, purchasers and their advisors have employed.
Law 360 featured a case study by Paul A. Rubin and Adam D. Wolper that discusses the Wallach v. Buchheit ruling regarding the Northstar Development Corp.
Paul Rubin notes and helps analyze the prognosis for Barneys, the troubled retailer that had sought bankruptcy protection years earlier. Paul says the fact that Barneys has retained bankruptcy counsel is not necessarily a death knell nor an absolute indication it will seek Chapter 11 protection again, but certainly is a sign that not all is well. Paul says further that even if no bankruptcy filing becomes necessary, Barneys was smart to retain counsel to weigh its option, and that the company's woes should come as no surprise to vendors' credit managers.
Paul Rubin is quoted in this account of a struggling, but operating, Florida law firm that sold itself to another firm in a bankruptcy context -- apparently the first-ever sale of an operating firm under Chapter 11 protection. The firm sold itself in an auction to the highest bidder, and Paul says so-called 363 sales can make sense because they tend to enable the sale of businesses as going concerns, which, in turn, preserves jobs and benefits creditors.
Paul Rubin examines the demise of a number of well-established, respected national and international law firms and the related issues of what happens to the assets and receivables of the failed firms. Paul analyzes why the receivables and assets are typically insufficient to pay the demised firms' debts, and the strategies of bankruptcy trustees for the estates of the firms to maximize recoveries for creditors. Media Mention
Download this File. The Unfinished Business of Law Firm Collapses November 7, 2011 -- The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog Paul Rubin discusses what happens to the assets and receivables of law firms that dissolve, as a number of high-profile firms have done in recent times. He analyzes why the receivables and assets are usually not sufficient to pay the demised firms' debts, and the strategies of bankruptcy trustees for the estates of the firms to maximize recoveries for creditors.
Herrick bankruptcy partner Paul Rubin analyzes the strategies and tactics employed by bankruptcy trustees for the demised firms who, seeking to maximize those estates' assets to pay creditors, are sometimes suing the attorneys' new firms under the unfinished business doctrine.
Paul Rubin is quoted regarding issues surrounding efforts of bankruptcy trustees representing the estates of dissolved law firms to invoke the unfinished business doctrine in order to maximize the size of those estates.
Analyzing the plight of smaller companies that cannot refinance or satisfy existing debt, Paul Rubin says many have pledged all of their assets to secure existing debt and therefore lack additional assets to pledge toward new financing.
Rubin LLC » Speaking Engagements, 10 Aug 2015 [cached]
Paul Rubin was a featured speaker on whether "golden parachute" severance payments are permitted in bankruptcy, with a focus on the severance package proposed for the CEO of American Airlines in its bankruptcy proceedings. What is the Executory Contract Bait and Switch? June 5, 2013 -- American Bankruptcy Institute Unsecured Trade Creditors' Committee Paul Rubin was a moderator and presenter leading a discussion regarding challenges facing non-debtor parties to contracts with debtors and how to avoid hidden pitfalls. Distressed Real Estate Bankruptcy Seminar - The Borrower You Never Bargained For May 14, 2013 -Herrick, Feinstein LLP Paul Rubin was a featured speaker regarding the structuring of transactions with insolvent borrowers, the availability of financing and equity capital, creative strategies borrowers devise to thwart secured lenders, unanticipated judicial rulings clarifying some issues and muddying others, concerns about default rate interest, and the ability to effectuate transactions via bankruptcy. 19th Annual Distressed Investing Conference November 26, 2012 -- The Beard Group Paul Rubin served as a panelist explaining family office activity in distressed investments, inside and outside of bankruptcy cases. LexisNexis Bankruptcy Law Community Podcast November 2010 -- LexisNexis In this LexisNexis podcast, Paul Rubin discussed recent chapter 11 bankruptcy cases involving professional sports franchises and the unique issues that arise in such filings. Shifting Tactics and Strategies for Lenders in Workouts March 3, 2010 -- Herrick, Feinstein LLP Bankruptcy & Restructuring for Real Estate Professionals February 24, 2010 -- New York City Bar Association Paul Rubin was a faculty member at the New York City Bar Association's CLE Program on bankruptcy and restructuring for real estate professionals. Commercial Leasing in a Down Economy February 23, 2010 -- Law Journal Newsletters Paul Rubin was a panelist on "Commercial Leasing in a Down Economy," a live webinar sponsored by Law Journal Newsletters. Lender Smackdown January 21, 2010 -- Herrick, Feinstein LLP and NHB Advisors Commercial Loan Workouts: An Update from the Front Lines September 16, 2009 and October 29, 2009 -- Herrick, Feinstein LLP Paul Rubin served on a panel of experts that addressed cutting-edge workout and restructuring issues that had arisen in 2009.
Paul Rubin spoke at a CLE seminar about "Special Problems to Consider in a Bankruptcy Scenario." Purchase and Sale of Bankruptcy Claims April 13, 2007 -- Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference Paul Rubin spoke for the New Jersey State Bar Association at the Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference about the Purchase and Sale of Bankruptcy Claims. Valuation Issues in Bankruptcy February 17, 2004 -- New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Paul Rubin spoke about valuation issues in bankruptcy before a joint meeting of Bankruptcy and Financial Reorganization and the Business Valuation Committees of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Rubin LLC » Experience, 10 Aug 2015 [cached]
Paul A. Rubin's practice is focused on bankruptcy and restructuring, distressed acquisitions, and commercial litigation, primarily in the debtor-creditor context.
The purchaser won at trial, and Paul handled its successful appeals in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In re Uni-Rty, 1998 WL 299941 (S.D.N.Y. 1998).
Paul subsequently helped resolve the dispute with the client receiving payment in full.
Rubin LLC » Distressed Acquisitions, 10 Aug 2015 [cached]
Paul Rubin has successfully guided distressed asset purchasers, including hedge funds and real estate developers, who have acquired assets and businesses by serving as stalking horse or competing bidders in sales conducted by debtors and bankruptcy trustees, in the following illustrative matters:
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