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Kenneth H. Eckstein


Co-chair, Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy

Phone: 212.715.9229 Fax: 212.715.8229 New York

Kenneth Eckstein is co-chair of Kramer Levin’s 45-attorney Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Department and has played a prominent role in many of the largest and most complex chapter 11 reorganization cases over the past 30 years. His practice includes both in and out-of-court restructurings of financially distressed businesses on behalf of debtors, creditor committees, major secured and unsecured creditors, bondholders, trustees, examiners, and third parties seeking to acquire the assets or businesses of financially troubled companies.

Mr. Eckstein has represented the debtors in the bankruptcies of Genco Shipping & Trading, General Maritime Corporation, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Bally Total Fitness, Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Ascendia Brands, Malden Mills, MicroWarehouse, Berry-Hill Galleries, Elite Models, Cross Media and The Wiz, Inc. Mr. Eckstein’s representations also include the official creditor committees of Residential Capital LLC, General Motors, Chrysler, Cooper‑Standard, Magna Entertainment, Leap Wireless, Big V Supermarkets, SGL Carbon Corp., Cityscape Financial, Olympia & York, Integrated Resources, SLM International, Financial News Network, PSNH, Eastern Airlines and Texaco. His other representations include the Caesar’s Entertainment First Lien Bondholders, Dewey & LeBoeuf Lenders, Adelphia/FrontierVision Bondholders, Owens Corning Bank Group, Calpine Canada bondholders and the Dow Corning Claimants Committee. He has represented bondholders, bank groups, acquirors and other major creditors in Washington Mutual, Tribune Company, Charter Communications, Steve & Barry’s, Calpine Corporation, Northwest Airlines, PTS, Enron, Warnaco, NTL, Twin Lab, Amerco, Mediq, PacCoin, Big City Radio, Jitney Jungle, LTV, New Valley, Herman’s Sporting Goods, Tucson Electric and Farley Industries. He has led his firm’s representation of Deloitte LLP for the purchase of assets of BearingPoint’s Public Services practice, the Examiner in Bruno’s Inc. and the Independent Restructuring Advisor in Coram Healthcare. He has also represented the Trustee in Island Mortgage and in Sharp International.

Mr. Eckstein regularly represents a wide range of lending and other financial institutions and distressed investors in chapter 11 cases, workouts and out of court restructurings. These institutions include JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse, BNP-Paribas, Morgan Stanley, Centerbridge, Anchorage Capital, Aurelius, Harbinger, Elliott Associates, Angelo Gordon, Farallon and others.

Mr. Eckstein is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an honorary association of approximately 800 leading senior insolvency professionals.


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1979
  • Research Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics, 1978-1979
B.A., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1976
New York, 1980
Honorable John J. Galgay,  U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York, 1978 - 1979
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York, 1980
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York, 1980
    -Recipient, UJA Federation's Professor Lawrence P. King Award (2016)
    -Named "Legal Advisor of the Year" by M&A Advisor at the Turnaround Atlas Awards (2015)
    -Named to Law360's MVP list for Bankruptcy (2014)
    -Named a "Top 100 Restructuring Turnaround Professional" by Global M&A Network (2014)
    -Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark Litigation (2014-2016)
    -Chambers and Partners’ Chambers Global (2012-2016)
    -Chambers and Partners’ Chambers USA (2013-2016)
    -Legalease’s Legal 500 US (2009-2015)
    -Woodward/White Inc.’s The Best Lawyers in America (2004-2016)
    -Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers (2006-2015)
    -Lawdragon 500 (2011-2012)
    -Named by Turnarounds & Workouts as one of the top 10 “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers" (2011, 2013)
    -Named "Restructuring Lawyer of the Year" by Global M&A Network at the Distressed M&A Deal Forum and Turnaround Atlas Awards Gala (2010)
    -New York City Bar Association, Member, Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization 
    -American Bar Association, Member, Section on Corporation, Banking and Business Law