Geoffrey Raicht

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., City University of New York School of Law, 1997

M.P.A., New York University, 1992

B.A., New York University, 1990

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Jeffry H. Gallet, 1997-1999

Admissions

New York, 1998

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

Profile

Geoffrey Raicht is a partner in the Restructuring Practice Group in the New York office of Haynes and Boone. His practice focuses on all aspects of restructurings including companies and their boards of directors seeking to navigate a distress situation, and hedge funds or private equity funds looking to either make a strategic investment or maximize their recovery.

Geoffrey has significant experience in cross-border matters including representing debtors, foreign investors and foreign court-appointed liquidators of offshore funds. He has also authored numerous articles on Chapter 15 and China’s bankruptcy laws.

Professional Recognition 

  • Recognized by The Legal 500, Legalease, as a leading lawyer, 2010-2011. 

Bankruptcy

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The Best Offense is a Good Defense

Lenders invest significant time and effort structuring loans to prevent a borrower from filing for bankruptcy. For example, lenders will sometimes require the borrower’s principal to execute a “bad boy guaranty” (which can make the principal personally liable to the lender for damages up to the entire unpaid amount of the loan in the event of a bankruptcy filing) or that the lender hold a “Golden Share” (which is a non-economic voting interest in the borrower who then cannot file for bankruptcy without the lender’s affirmative consent).

Selected Client Representations

  • The owner of a major natural gas pipeline in its out-of-court workout
  • U.S. restructuring counsel for a Colombian energy exploration and production company
  • One of the largest providers of home medical equipment and related products and services in the United States and its 114 subsidiaries in their Chapter 11 cases
  • Union welfare funds in The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company’s Chapter 11 cases
  • Wholesale produce company in the out-of-court wind down of its business.
  • U.S. counsel to distressed offshore hedge funds
  • U.S. counsel to a Mexican private equity fund in connection with a distress acquisition
  • The owner and operator of a chocolate and confections manufacturing facility in its Chapter 11 case
  • A private equity fund as plan sponsor and debtor-in-possession (DIP) lender to a mineral mining company
  • A private equity fund in connection with the out-of-court workout of a portfolio company
  • Foreign liquidators and administrators as U.S. counsel in various proceedings, including ancillary proceedings under Chapter 15 (and former section 304)
  • The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in several bank holding company Chapter 11 cases
  • A DIP lender to Eclipse Aviation in its Chapter 11 cases
  • Landlord interests in several retail Chapter 11 cases
  • A global producer of glass fiber material used in composites and leading home buildings products company in its Chapter 11 case
  • An automotive and vehicle parts manufacturer with global operations whose restructuring was accomplished under simultaneous U.S. Chapter 11 and UK administration proceedings
  • A state actor as secured creditor and DIP lender to several New York hospital systems in Chapter 11
  • U.S. counsel to the UK administrators of a large multinational company
  • One of the U.S.’s leading providers of electric power and natural gas in markets restructured to permit retail competition in its Chapter 11 case
  • The official creditors committee in the Chapter 11 cases of a leading provider of fiber-optic network communications products and services in North America
  • The official creditors committee in the Chapter 11 cases of the leading worldwide manufacturer and marketer of self-adhesive, branded, consumer decorative products

Professional and Community Activities

  • Bankruptcy360, Advisory Board 2010
  • The American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL)
  • INSOL Technical Research Committee 2009
  • The New York City Bar Association

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