Wachtell Lipton was founded on a handshake in 1965 as a small group of lawyers dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels. We have achieved extraordinary results following the distinctive vision of our founders -- a cohesive team of lawyers intensely focused on solving our clients' most important problems.
Our distinctive structure defines our approach.  We maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms.  We focus on matters that require the attention, extensive experience and sophistication of our partners.
We have experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law and corporate governance. We handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world.
Wachtell Lipton is dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels and achieving extraordinary results for our clients. We seek individuals who are talented, motivated and committed in order to maintain our record of excellence.
Mason, Richard G.
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Richard G. Mason (Ricky) is a senior partner in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and the chair of the Firm's Restructuring and Finance Department.

Ricky represents bank and bondholder groups, acquirers, distressed investors, boards of directors, private equity sponsors and other significant creditors and shareholders in domestic and international matters. He has had leading roles in many of the largest and most complex bankruptcies and out of court restructurings over the past two decades, including Energy Future Holdings, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Hawker Beechcraft, Kerzner International, FairPoint Communications, Masonite, Spectrum Brands and Delphi Corporation.

A co-author of Collier’s Bankruptcy Practice Guide, Ricky speaks on insolvency subjects at prominent institutions around the world, including the American Bankruptcy Institute/New York University School of Law Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Workshop, Columbia University Business School, the Canadian Institute, LUISS Guido Carli (Rome), Israeli Ministry of Justice and Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance (Dubai).

Ricky is a Conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, whose primary purpose is to advise the United States Congress on bankruptcy law. He is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers identifies Ricky as one of the leading restructuring lawyers in the United States. K&A Restructuring Register lists him as one of America’s top restructuring advisors. Recently, Who’s Who Legal named Ricky a Thought Leader in Restructurings.

Ricky graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983 with a B.S. in Economics. He was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor fraternity while at VCU. Ricky received a J.D. cum laude from New York University in 1987. At NYU, he became a member of the Order of the Coif and was on the staff of the Annual Survey of American Law.

Ricky is an active volunteer for several non-profit organizations. A Distinguished Eagle Scout, Ricky is the President of the Boy Scouts of America’s Greater New York Councils, which serves tens of thousands of young men and women in New York City. He is also a co-chair of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group of the UJA-Federation of New York's Lawyers Division.

Together with his wife Beth and their two children, Ricky founded the Mason Civic League, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to providing educational, art and civic support in Hoboken, New Jersey and beyond.

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