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.
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.
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On April 22, 2021, Partner and Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group, Scott Markowitz was quoted in the Law 360 article, "NY Church Tells 2nd Circ. Bankruptcy Trustee Out Of Bounds."
We proudly honor the impressive women of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin as part of our series in recognition of Women’s History Month. They bring tremendous value to our firm, our clients, our profession and our community. In this installment, learn more about Deborah Piazza.
Deborah Piazza was quoted in Women's Wear Daily's article "The Future of American Apparel as Bankruptcy Rolls On."
Deborah J. Piazza published the article “Effect of Fisker Automotive Case on Credit Bidding” on the inforuptcy blog. Deborah discusses credit bidding and the impact of the recent Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc. decision case on whether a court can limit an investor’s ability to credit bid.
Deborah J. Piazza wrote the article “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.
Deborah J. Piazza published the article “Stalking Horse Bidder – To Be or Not To Be” on the inforuptcy blog. This article addresses the “stalking horse” – the initial bidder with whom a debtor or trustee negotiates and enters into in a purchase agreement.
Deborah J. Piazza wrote the article “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.
On October 27 Tarter Krinsky & Drogin partnered with Lawline to host “Business in a Box” – a one-day series of CLE presentations designed to address the top legal issues facing emerging companies in growing and protecting their businesses.
Deborah J. Piazza will present “Dealing with Bankruptcy Issues, Given Today’s Economic Environment” at the Closely Held and Flow—Through Entities Conference, sponsored by the Foundation for Accounting Education.
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.).
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.
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.
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?
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.