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Michael L. Cook

Michael L. Cook

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

New York, NY, USA


Michael L. Cook, of counsel at SRZ, served as a partner in the firm's New York office for 16 years. He devotes his practice to business reorganization and creditors' rights litigation, including mediation and arbitration. His clients include lenders, acquirers, trustees, creditors' committees, troubled companies and professional firms. Michael’s representative engagements include serving as counsel to the prevailing defendant in Enron Creditors Recovery Corp. v. Alfa SAB, 651 F.3d 329 (2d Cir. 2011) (reversed bankruptcy court; fraudulent transfer and preference complaint dismissed); serving as counsel to prevailing creditor in Andy Warhol Foundation v. Hayes, 183 F.3d 162 (2d. Cir. 1999) (reversed lower court; held creditor's claim for debtor's breach of fiduciary duty survived debtor's bankruptcy discharge); serving as counsel to the prevailing law firm in In re Ames Dept. Stores, Inc., 76 F.3d 66 (2d Cir. 1996) (fee application granted, reversing district court); and serving as counsel to the prevailing law firm in In re Quigley, 500 B.R. 344 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2013) (fee application granted over U.S. Trustee objection). 

Chambers USA listed Michael as a “leading individual” in bankruptcy/restructuring and interviewees praise him for his “tremendous experience and vision in bankruptcy matters.” He is also recognized by Benchmark LitigationThe Best Lawyers in AmericaExpert Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Law LawyersThe K&A Restructuring RegisterThe Legal 500 US, New York Super Lawyers, and PLC Cross-border Restructuring and Insolvency Handbook . He is past chair and a director of the American College of Bankruptcy, the Foundation which established the “Michael L. Cook Extraordinary Grant” for legal services groups providing pro bono bankruptcy services for indigent consumer debtors. He is also a fellow of the NY Bar Foundation, a former chair of the ABA Creditors’ Rights Litigation Committee, and a former chair of the Bankruptcy Litigation Institute. A leading thought leader, Michael serves as lead editor and contributing author of Bankruptcy Litigation Manual, is on the editorial boards of Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law and The Bankruptcy Strategist, is a contributing author to Collier Bankruptcy Guide and Collier on Bankruptcy, and he co-authored Creditors’ Rights, Debtors’ Protection and Bankruptcy (3rd ed., Matthew Bender, 1997) (with NYU School of Law Professor Lawrence P. King). Michael served for 26 years as an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law, teaching courses on creditors’ rights, debtors’ protection and bankruptcy. He received his A.B. from Columbia University and his J.D. from NYU School of Law.

Michael L. Cook is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Preference Litigation (February 2017) - Recent Developments in Distressed Debt, Restructurings and Workouts 2018, Thursday, February 01, 2018
Fraudulent Transfers (January 2017) - Recent Developments in Distressed Debt, Restructurings and Workouts 2018, Thursday, February 01, 2018
The Bankruptcy Code’s Automatic Stay - Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2018: Current Developments, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Preference Litigation - Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2018: Current Developments, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Fraudulent Transfers - Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2018: Current Developments, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Business Reorganization Financing: Use of Cash Collateral and Debtor-in-Possession Financing - Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2018: Current Developments, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment The Trustee’s Avoiding Powers - Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2018: Current Developments, Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Automatic Stay and DIP Financing - Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2018: Current Developments, Thursday, April 26, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio The Automatic Stay and DIP Financing - The Automatic Stay and DIP Financing , Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Trustee’s Avoiding Powers - The Trustee’s Avoiding Powers, Thursday, April 26, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg The Trustee’s Avoiding Powers - The Trustee’s Avoiding Powers, Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Automatic Stay and DIP Financing - The Automatic Stay and DIP Financing , Thursday, April 26, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2018: Current Developments, Thursday, May 03, 2018, New York, NY
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