Elyssa S. Kates concentrates her practice in the areas of domestic and international corporate finance and financial restructuring. She has extensive experience in insolvency, including bankruptcy and receiverships, secured transactions and financing, multi-tranche loans, commercial litigation, financial fraud, and debtors’ and creditors’ rights.
She represents contract counterparties, creditors, debtors, trustees, asset purchasers, transferees and landlords/lessors in bankruptcy, district and state courts. Elyssa’s practice spans such industries as financial services, real estate, retail, media, shipping and logistics, public relations, hospitality and healthcare.
Before joining the firm, Elyssa represented some of the largest national and international financial institutions, insurance companies, manufacturers, landlords and real property holders in commercial, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and banking litigation and mediations, including contract issues, asset purchases, injunctions, reclamation claims, avoidance actions, actions to withdraw references, rejection claims, bond offerings, loan restructuring, banking regulations and automatic stay issues.
- Currently is involved in the investigation and litigation of issues on behalf of the Trustee for the Securities Investor Protection Act liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
- Represents the plan trustee of the Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Plan Trust on such issues as judgment collection, foreclosure and creditor representation in various bankruptcy cases.
- Represented Metavante Corp., a counterparty to an interest rate swap agreement with various Lehman Brothers debtors.
- Represented Cordell funds, as noninstitutional secured lenders of entities related to The 1031 Tax Group debtors.
- Represented Medicine Shoppe International, a secured creditor of R.G. Pharmacy Inc.
- Represented Tradesmen International Inc., a statutory creditor in connection with a public improvement project.
- Represented hard money lenders in claims involving loan documentation and securitization, including enforceability of guarantees.
- Counseled banks and litigated claims involving negotiable instruments and Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code.
- Represented lenders in connection with regulatory issues, including areas of suspicious activity.
- J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2000
- B.A., History, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 1996, cum laude
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2005
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2002
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2000
- New York, 2001
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