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Lisa G. Beckerman

Lisa G. Beckerman

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

New York, NY, USA

Areas of Experience

Financial Restructuring • Creditor Representations, including Official Committees and Informal Creditor Groups • Secured Creditors • Debtors • Cross-Border Insolvencies • Aviation • Health Care and Life Sciences • Retail • Telecommunications • North America

Lisa G. Beckerman has extensive experience representing debtors, informal groups of creditors, and official creditors committees in chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings.

Practice & Background

Ms. Beckerman focuses on corporate restructuring and creditors’ rights in a variety of areas, including manufacturing, airlines, media, retail and real estate.

Representative Matters

Ms. Beckerman’s recent representations include:

  • the ad hoc crossover lender group in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • the ad hoc noteholders group in YRC Worldwide
  • the debtor in Metro Affiliates, Inc. (Atlantic Express)
  • the acquirer in Journal Register Company
  • the debtor in Pinnacle Airlines Corp. (conflicts counsel)
  • the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Nortel Networks Inc. 
  • the Official Committee of WCI Communities, Inc.
  • the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Delta Air Lines
  • the liquidators of Bear Stearns High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies Master Fund, Ltd. and Bear Stearns High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies Enhanced Leverage Master Fund, Ltd.

Community Involvement

Ms. Beckerman serves on the board of the American Bankruptcy Institute and is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Awards & Accolades

Ms. Beckerman has been recognized in several leading publications, including:

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2015
  • The Who’s Who Legal 100 2014
  • The Who’s Who Legal: Insolvency & Restructuring 2014 
  • Practical Law Company’s (formerly Global 3000) list of top bankruptcy attorneys in the United States.

Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2014, PLI Conference Center, December 2014
  • Pension Issues in Bankruptcy, American Bankruptcy Institute’s 16th Annual New York City Conference, May 2014
  • Living Under the U.S. Trustee Guidelines, American Bankruptcy Institute’s Annual Spring Meeting, April 2014
  • U.S. Trustee Fee Guidelines, City Bar of New York, February 2014
  • Short-track Speed Strategy: Fast Track Marketing and Other Challenges of Asset Sales in Bankruptcy, Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference 2014, January 2014 
  • Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2013, PLI Conference Center, December 2013 
  • Comparison of U.S. vs. European Distressed Debt Market and Restructuring Environment, American Bankruptcy Institute’s 15th Annual New York City Conference, May 2013
  • Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2012, PLI Conference Center, December 2012 
  • The Reaches of the Indubitable Equivalence Test, American Bankruptcy Institute’s 19th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, July 2012
  • Dueling Debtors, Receivers and Liquidators: Complex Cross-Border Disputes in Bankruptcies, American Bankruptcy Institute’s 14th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference, May 2012 
  • Post-Confirmation Issues, Commercial Law League of America’s 118th National Convention and 82nd Chicago Spring Meeting, May 2012
  • Mock Chapter 11 Confirmation Hearing, American Bankruptcy Institute’s 30th Annual Spring Meeting, April 2012
  • Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2011, PLI Conference Center, December 2011 
  • Bankruptcy Issues, PLI’s IP Issues in Business Transactions, May 2011
  • Who’s on First – the New Priority Claims, 2011 American Bankruptcy Institute New York City Bankruptcy Conference, May 2011
  • Quick Sales, Credit-Bidding and the 363 Process, American Bankruptcy Institutes’ Annual Spring Meeting, April 2011
  • Chapter 11 Plan, PLI’s Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2010, December 2010
  • Revisiting Chapter 11 Sale Strategies After Philadelphia Newspaper/Pacific Lumber, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges 84th Annual Conference, October 2010
  • Need for Speed: Pre-Packaged and Pre-Negotiated Plans, 17th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, July 2010
  • Update on Confirmation Issues,American Bankruptcy Institute’s 12th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference, May 2010
  • Prearranged Bankruptcy Plans, Class-Skipping, Creditor Classification and Other Plan Confirmation Issues, American Bankruptcy Institute’s 28th Annual Spring Meeting, April 2010


December 9, 2014
"American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Reform Commission Releases Report Recommending Significant Changes to Chapter 11"

October 13, 2014
"The Supreme Court of the State of New York Limits the Rights Assignees and Indenture Trustees Have to Commence Actions to Recover with Respect to Notes"

"Structuring Workout Settlements Premised On The “Earmarking” Doctrine" California Bankruptcy Journal


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