Deborah J. Piazza

Partner

P 212.216.1140   F 212.216.8001
1350 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

 
P 212.216.1140   F 212.216.8001   dpiazza@tarterkrinsky.com

Deborah J. Piazza is a partner in the Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring Group. She handles transactional, litigation and advisory work relating to various types of restructurings, commercial finance, bankruptcies and workouts.

Her diverse practice includes representing debtors, creditors, trustees, examiners, liquidating agents, purchasers and other parties in interest in various restructurings, financings, litigations and compromises as well as asset acquisitions and dispositions.  

In addition to her transactional work, Deborah represents clients in all aspects of contested matters and adversary proceedings, including, but not limited to claims litigation, fraudulent conveyances, preferences, relief from stay motions, appeals and any type of bankruptcy litigation. She also sits on the panel of chapter 7 trustees in the Southern District of New York.

Representative Matters:
Deborah’s significant debtor representations and cases include Peninsula Hospital, Northwest Airlines, Enron Corp., Lodgian, Inc., Bradlees Stores, Inc., Casual Male Corp., Grand Union Company, Able Laboratories and Republic Technologies.

She has also represented creditors' committees, large institutional lenders, distressed investors, asset purchasers and other major creditors and parties in interest in various cases including Eastman Kodak Company, Lehman Brothers, General Motors Corporation, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center, Lear Corporation, Circuit City Stores, Bearing Point, Lyondell Chemical Company, New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, Stone Barn (formerly Steve & Barry's), Lexington Precision, Sababa Group, Mortgage Lenders Network USA, Delphi, Jacobson Stores, Inc., FAO Schwarz, Big V Holdings and WCI Steel.

Education
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • Queens College, B.A. 1992
Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Memberships
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
  • New York Institute of Credit
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Turnaround Management Association
Articles
  • “Hot Topics in Bankruptcy”, Tax Stringer, August 2012
  • Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Interpreting Recent Bankruptcy Trends, Structuring an Effective Chapter 7 Filing, and Protecting a Client's Interests (Inside the Minds), 2011, Contributing Author
  • "Is Anyone Safe?: Deepening Insolvency," Law Journal Newsletters, Bankruptcy Strategist, 2008
  • “The Retail Debtor’s ‘Year in Review’,” Law Journal News Letters, Bankruptcy Strategist, December 2004
  • “Draw on Letter of Credit has same Effect as Cash Forfeiture,” Law Journal Newsletters, Bankruptcy Strategist, June 2004
  • “When to use a ‘Stalking Horse Agreement’,” Law Journal Newsletters, Bankruptcy Strategist, January 2004
  • “Debtor Has Right to File Bankruptcy to Limit Landlord’s Claims,” Law Journal Newsletters, Bankruptcy Strategist, August. 2003, and
  • “Broad Use of § 365 Maximizes Lease Value,” Law Journal Newsletters, Bankruptcy Strategist, September 2001
Speaking Engagements
  • Deborah has spoken at various conferences and seminars on bankruptcy, restructuring and distressed financial issues.

I am a fanatic about:
Being organized

Favorite food:
Chocolate

Favortie movie:
Shawshank Redepmtion

Quote I live by:
Treat others the way you would like to be treated

 

News

Events

  • Defeating Settling Party’s Effort to Use Preference Law to Void a Bankruptcy Court Settlement

    Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Group recently completed its successful representation on behalf of The Brown Publishing Company Liquidating Trust, which was created several years ago in connection with the confirmed bankruptcy plan of The Brown Publishing Company and its affiliated debtors in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York (E.D.N.Y.).

  • Effect of Fisker Automotive Case on Credit Bidding

    One of the most controversial bankruptcy court cases of the past year was Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc. ("Fisker") decided in Delaware. Many investors have feared the Fisker decision would forever change the market for the strategic acquisition of secured debt. However, Fisker should only be read in the context of the particular facts and circumstances of that case.

  • When Purchasing Distressed Assets, Protect Yourself Against Possible Fraudulent Transfer Litigation

    This article addresses the two types of fraudulent transfers - actual fraud and constructive fraud and provides guidance on how best to protect yourself against the risk of possible fraudulent transfer litigation.

  • Stalking Horse Bidder – To Be or Not To Be

    As most investors know, you can obtain a great deal purchasing assets out of a bankruptcy estate. But do you want to be the first interested party to negotiate and enter into a purchase agreement? Do you want to be the party that conducts all of the due diligence and sets the minimum purchase price?

  • Buyer Beware! The Battle Between Sections 363(f) and 365(h) of the Bankruptcy Code

    This article addresses issues to consider when purchasing real estate assets in bankruptcy including other parties with rights to the property, which leases or other interests may exist, and the intentions of current tenants and other parties in interest.

Education
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • Queens College, B.A. 1992
Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Memberships
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
  • New York Institute of Credit
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Turnaround Management Association
Articles
  • “Hot Topics in Bankruptcy”, Tax Stringer, August 2012
  • Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Interpreting Recent Bankruptcy Trends, Structuring an Effective Chapter 7 Filing, and Protecting a Client's Interests (Inside the Minds), 2011, Contributing Author
  • "Is Anyone Safe?: Deepening Insolvency," Law Journal Newsletters, Bankruptcy Strategist, 2008
  • “The Retail Debtor’s ‘Year in Review’,” Law Journal News Letters, Bankruptcy Strategist, December 2004
  • “Draw on Letter of Credit has same Effect as Cash Forfeiture,” Law Journal Newsletters, Bankruptcy Strategist, June 2004
  • “When to use a ‘Stalking Horse Agreement’,” Law Journal Newsletters, Bankruptcy Strategist, January 2004
  • “Debtor Has Right to File Bankruptcy to Limit Landlord’s Claims,” Law Journal Newsletters, Bankruptcy Strategist, August. 2003, and
  • “Broad Use of § 365 Maximizes Lease Value,” Law Journal Newsletters, Bankruptcy Strategist, September 2001
Speaking Engagements
  • Deborah has spoken at various conferences and seminars on bankruptcy, restructuring and distressed financial issues.

Deborah Piazza

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