David Pauker has 25 years of experience as a turnaround manager and financial advisor in a broad array of industries and has played major roles in some of the largest-ever bankruptcies and restructurings. A Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, he has frequently been ranked among leading U.S. restructuring advisors.
David is a member of the Board of Directors of Lehman Brothers, which is responsible for overseeing the marshalling and distribution of assets in the largest bankruptcy in history. He was appointed to Lehman’s Board pursuant to its court-approved bankruptcy plan and is currently serving as its Chairman. David was previously Executive Managing Director of Goldin Associates, a leading restructuring advisory firm.
He was Chief Restructuring Officer of Refco, Inc., a multi-billion dollar financial services company that was one of the largest-ever U.S. bankruptcy filings. He managed Refco's global businesses, oversaw its many investments and obtained approval of a bankruptcy plan in less than a year. He has acted as CRO, CEO or COO in numerous additional bankruptcies or restructurings, including Young Broadcasting, Vlasic Foods/Swanson Frozen Foods, Pharmacy Fund, Grand Court Lifestyles, PSINet Consulting, Monarch Capital, First Interregional Advisors, ISM Advisors and Tuttle Papock.
David has been financial advisor, restructuring advisor or otherwise advised companies, official committees, lenders, shareholders, trustees and other parties in the bankruptcies or restructurings of Airborne, Bearing Point, Boston Generating, Carlton Cove, Coudert Brothers, Crystal Brands, Dewey & LeBoeuf, DiLorenzo Properties, District 65 UAW Retirement Trust, Drexel Burnham Lambert, Enzymatic Therapy, First Capital Holdings, Intermedia Communications (WorldCom), Granite Partners, International Equine, Lehman Brothers Inc., Loral Space and Communications, Magnatrax, Metromedia Fiber, National Amusements, NorthWestern, Point Blank, Primus Telecom, Qimonda, R.A.B. Holdings, Redding Life Care, River Ranch, Rockefeller Center Properties, Salerno Plastics, SeaSpecialties, SemGroup, Student Finance Corp., Taylor Bean & Whitaker, Thornburg Mortgage, Tribune Company, Trump City/Penn Yards, Trump Taj Mahal, United Merchants and Manufacturers and Wood River Capital Management.
David has been appointed by the United States Department of Justice or the United States Bankruptcy Court to act as trustee, examiner and mediator in Federal bankruptcy proceedings. In addition to his own appointments, he has assisted SEC receivers, bankruptcy trustees, examiners and outside directors in numerous investigations of public and private companies and investment funds. Before joining Goldin Associates, he was a senior aide to Harrison J. Goldin, then Comptroller of The City of New York. He is a graduate of Cornell University (1981) and the Columbia University School of Law (1984).