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Francisco Vazquez

Senior Counsel

Francisco Vazquez

New York

T:+1 212 408 5111

Frank Vazquez’s practice focuses on bankruptcy and financial restructuring. He has represented debtors in pre-packaged and conventional Chapter 11 cases and foreign representatives in cross-border ancillary proceedings under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code and its predecessor, section 304. In addition, Mr. Vazquez has represented official committees of unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases and advised secured and unsecured lenders in out-of-court restructurings and in Chapter 11 cases.

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  • Education

    JD, St. John's University School of Law, 1994
    BA, Hofstra University, 1991

  • Representative experience
    • Represented former Chief US Bankruptcy Judge Arthur J. Gonzalez (S.D.N.Y.) in his capacity as the court-appointed examiner in the ResCap Chapter 11 case.
    • Represented Chivor S.A. E.S.P., ATC Group Services Inc., Magnesium Corporation of America, Canfibre of Riverside, Inc., Regency Cruises, Inc., and Urban Communicators PCS Limited Partnership, among others, as debtors in possession in their respective Chapter 11 cases.
    • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of Tribune Company, Crown Books Corporation and Sher Distributing Company in their respective Chapter 11 cases.
    • Represented the liquidators of Octaviar Administration Pty Ltd. in obtaining recognition under Chapter 15 to the Australian liquidation proceedings of this Australian conglomerate that consisted of more than 400 companies in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
    • Represented the scheme administrators of OIC Run-Off Limited and The London and Overseas Insurance Company Limited in obtaining Chapter 15 recognition and enforcement of a scheme of arrangement in the US.
    • Represented the receiver appointed in the Russian bankruptcy proceeding of Yukos Oil Company in its case under Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code.
    • Represented the liquidator of BluePoint Re and the Supervisors of Oilexco North Sea Limited in their cases under Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code.
    • Represented members of the GLM and WFUM Pools in their cases under Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code.
    • Represented Chartis Excess Limited (AIG) in obtaining recognition under Chapter 15 of its Irish scheme of arrangement, pursuant to which certain business was transferred.
    • Represented corporate trustees in connection with numerous cross-border restructurings including Metrofinanciera, P.T. Arpeni Pratama Ocean Line (awarded 2012 Restructuring Deal of the Year (Asia) by IFLR) and Celpa (awarded 2012 Restructuring Deal of the Year (Latin Lawyer)).
    • Represented shareholders and DIP lenders in the Avianca Airlines Chapter 11 case.
    • Represented Sabena Airlines and Jazztel P.L.C. in their respective ancillary bankruptcy proceedings.
    • Represented Ernst & Young as the Australian and Bermudian liquidators in the insurance insolvency of New Cap Reinsurance Corporation Ltd.
    • Obtained recognition of schemes of arrangement proposed on behalf of several foreign insurance companies, including Aviation and General Insurance Company, Belvedere Insurance Company, Black Sea & Baltic General Insurance Company, Compagnie Européenne D'Assurances Industrielles S.A., Lion City Run-Off Pte Ltd., Ludgate Insurance Company, Nichido Fire and Marine Insurance Company.
    • Represented KPMG as provisional liquidator for Manhattan Investment Fund.
    • Represents PricewaterhouseCoopers as provisional liquidator for Independent Insurance Company, administrator and scheme administrators of Folksam International Insurance Company Ltd.
  • Admissions
    • New Jersey State Bar
    • New York State Bar
  • Publications
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Bankruptcy Law," Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY Jan. 28, 2018
    • "The Basics of Bankruptcy: A Guide to Practitioners," St. John's University School of Law, Queens, NY, Nov. 5, 2017
    • "Cross-border Insolvencies and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code," 2017 Hispanic National Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Conference, Hispanic National Bar Association, Miami, FL, March 31, 2017
    • "Are You My Counsel? Unraveling Ethical Issues in Corporate Bankruptcy Representation," 2016 Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention, Hispanic National Bar Association, Chicago, IL, September 8, 2016
    • "The Basics of Bankruptcy," St. John's University School of Law, Queens, NY, February 28, 2015
    • "Las America en Quiebra: Comparisons of Bankruptcy Systems in the Americas and How They Interact," 2014 Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention, Hispanic National Bar Association, Washington, DC, September 11, 2014
    • "Insurer's Standing in Chapter 11 Cases," AIRROC Membership Meeting, New York, NY, March 11-12, 2014
    • "Bankruptcy Fundamentals: A Guide for General Practitioners," St. John's University School of Law, New York, NY March 9, 2014
    • "Debtor Migration: Intercontinental, Inter-District and Back," American Bankruptcy Institute's 20th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, Newport, RI, July 12-13, 2013
    • "Basics of Bankruptcy Practice," New York State Bar Association, New York, NY, June 15, 2013
    • "Bankruptcy Fundamentals: The Importance to General Practitioners," St. John’s University School of Law, New York, NY, October 2011
    • "Solvent Schemes in the United States," Solvent Schemes of Arrangement: Latest Developments in the UK & US Conference, New York, NY, January 26, 2010
  • Memberships and activities
    • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Member, Advisory Board of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
    • Member, INSOL International and on its Younger Members Committee
    • Adjunct professor, St. John’s University School of Law
    • Managing Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, 1993–1994
    • Staff Member, New York International Law Review, 1992–1993
    • Law Clerk to R. Clifford Fulford, US Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Alabama, 1994–199
    • Law Clerk to Manuel D. Leal, Chief US Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Texas, 1995–1997