Schwartz, Jeffrey

Jeffrey L. Schwartz

Partner, Bankruptcy & Restructuring

T 212.478.7330


  • 488 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY 10022
  • Cornell University (A.B., 1973)
  • New York University School of Law (J.D., 1976)
Biographical Details

    Jeff has spent his entire career as an insolvency lawyer.  He has represented lenders and borrowers, buyers and sellers, lessors and lessees, senior, mezzanine and subordinated debtholders as well as committees and trustees in matters throughout the United States, both in and out of court.  He has been involved in a myriad of industries, from structured products to airlines, monoline insurers to shipping, high tech to mortgage warehousing, retail and many others.

    Jeff’s representations have included:  German and Korean banks, in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy; a German bank, and a bank group with respect to due diligence issues, in the restructuring of a monoline insurer; a French bank, in the restructuring of a monoline insurer; a Swiss bank, in the restructuring of a student loan company; domestic and foreign repurchase counterparties, in the restructuring of a Structured Investment Vehicle; a group of French, Swiss and German banks, in the restructuring of a defaulted CDO; a German bank, in the restructuring of Bear Stearns Asset Management; a Swiss bank, in the bankruptcy case of Thornburg Mortgage, a Japanese bank, in the bankruptcy of Cityscape Financial; the Creditors’ Committee of New Century TRS Holdings, Inc.; a major credit and charge card issuer, in domestic airline bankruptcies, including Delta Air Lines, Continental Air Lines, and United Air Lines; a shipbuilder, in the bankruptcy of United States Lines; the Creditors’ Committees, in the bankruptcy cases of HQ Global Workplaces, Seaman’s Furniture, Teleglobe Inc., and Waterman Marine; the debtor, in the bankruptcy case of Franklin Realty Group.

    Jeff is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs.  He has served as editor-in-chief of The Bankruptcy Strategist and is currently a member of its board of contributors.  He has lectured on insolvency issues for such organizations as the Practicing Law Institute, Banking Law Institute and New York State Bar Association, and has twice appeared as a bankruptcy expert on Lawline, a New York City educational cable television program.  Jeff is an active member of the Institute of International Bankers and The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, which under its former name (The Bond Market Association) he successfully represented as amicus counsel in decisions on bankruptcy issues relating to safe harbor protections for financial products under the Bankruptcy Code.  While at law school, Jeff was awarded the Vanderbilt Medal for outstanding contributions to the School of Law.