Harvey Schochet has extensive experience in commercial finance, real estate, and agricultural loans and investments, with a particular focus on restructurings and workouts, credit recovery, bankruptcy cases, and related commercial litigation. He represents secured and unsecured lenders, agents and lender syndicates, equipment lessors, and equity investors in these matters throughout the country and in a variety of industries and financing products, including secured asset-based debt, long-term unsecured debt, private equity, equipment financing, real estate debt, real estate leases, project finance, and leveraged leases.
Harvey has been a nationally recognized speaker since 1980 on a wide range of business restructuring and bankruptcy topics, including “Lending Transactions and the Bankruptcy Act,” “Bankruptcy Practice for Bank Counsel,” “Agricultural Workouts and Bankruptcies,” “Advanced Bankruptcy Workshop: Chapter 11 Problems,” “The Role of High Yield Bondholders in Workouts and Bankruptcies,” and “Restructuring a Debtor’s Financial Obligations.”
He has co-authored numerous course books on out-of-court restructuring and Chapter 11 topics for the Practicing Law Institute and served as a co-editor of a compendium on international bankruptcy law for the National Institutes (ABA).
Harvey has collaborated with European counterparts on a number of cross-border projects. He has served as a panelist for the Central and Eastern Europe Regional Bankruptcy Project (United States Agency for International Development); has served as a mentor and teaching fellow for visiting Credit Suisse lawyers from Switzerland, and; has hosted judges from Slovakia, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom. Harvey has also served as a guest commentator on corporate restructuring and insolvency for Bloomberg Financial Radio.
In the agricultural sector, Harvey has represented lenders (including individual lenders and agents) and other parties (including equity investors and purchasers) in pre-litigation workout, federal and state court enforcement, Chapter 11, and restructuring matters ranging from a few million dollars to $100 million, involving fruit orchards, nut orchards, vineyards, wineries, cattle ranches, feedlots, dairies, row crops, hay, timber, agricultural processors (fresh and frozen), cold storage facilities, and import/export traders.
- Shareholder, Steefel, Levitt & Weiss, San Francisco
Professional & Community Activities:
- One of the Founding Directors, American Bankruptcy Institute, serving as a director during ABI’s formative years
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
- Member, Georgetown Law Journal
- B.S., Accounting, University of Maryland, with highest honors
- Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (non-practicing since law school)
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