Richard G. Mason
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 and the American Bar Foundation. 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 Global Elite Thought Leader in Restructurings and Best Lawyers recognized him among its ‘Lawyers of the Year’ for 2019.
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.
- Corporate Bankruptcy and Restructuring: 2018-2019,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, February 17, 2019.
- Restructuring and Finance Developments - Federal District Court Reinstates Fraudulent Transfer Challenge to Lyondell LBO,
in Bank and Corporate Governance Law Reporter, Volume 57 Number 6, February 2017.
- Corporate Bankruptcy and Restructuring 2016/2017,
in Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Financial Markets, January 20, 2017.
- Co-author, The Chapter 11 Plan,
in Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide (LexisNexis, 2016).
- Post-Confirmation Entities Created Under Restructuring Plans, The "In Pari Delicto" Doctrine & The American Bankruptcy Institute's Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11,
in 41st Annual Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization, September 16-17, 2015.
- Fiduciary Duties in Chapter 11,
in American Bankruptcy Institute’s 17th Annual New York City Conference, May 14, 2015.
- Sectors showing structural weakness in 2015,
in Financier Worldwide Magazine, March 2015.
- TalkingPoint: Trends In US Bankruptcy,
in FinancierWorldwide.com, December 2013.
- Settlement of Avoidance Actions in Bankruptcy,
in 39th Annual Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, September 18-19, 2013 pg. 283.
- Bidding Procedures - Stalking Horse Protections and Collusion,
39th Annual Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, September 18-19, 2013 pg. 299.
- Dealmaking in a Distressed Environment,
in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, April 17, 2013.
- Vote Designation in the Aftermath of "DBSD",
in Best of ABI 2011: The Year in Business Bankruptcy (American Bankruptcy Institute).
- American College of Bankruptcy Best Practices Report: Formation, Function & Obligations of Equity Committees in Chapter 11, 2011,
- Second Circuit's Chrysler Opinion Reaffirms Flexible Standards Governing Section 363 Sales,
in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, August 11, 2009.
- Trading in Distressed Debt,
in The Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Blog, January 29, 2009.