Lary Stromfeld

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Practice Areas

  • Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Distressed Municipal Finance
  • Financial Regulation
  • Municipal Derivatives
  • Swap Regulation
  • Municipal Securitization
  • OTC Derivatives
  • Securitization & Asset Based Finance
  • Structured Products
University Brandeis University, B.A., 1977
Law SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1981
Admitted1982, New York

Lary Stromfeld has a diverse practice based upon more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets. He represents global financial institutions and other leading market participants in a wide variety of financial products and complex financings, as well as disputes and bankruptcies.

Lary is ranked among the top derivatives attorneys in the world. He is also the co-head of Cadwalader's Distressed Municipal Finance practice and the founder and head of Cadwalader's "historically famed... leading Municipal Derivatives practice" (Chambers USA).

He is "one of the best from a strategy perspective," "extremely logical and very good at cutting through the surface material to get to the heart of any matter," has "a true gift... which allows him to stay calm and unrattled," and he "never says 'no,' but rather suggests how to get around limitations and exploit opportunities" (Chambers USA). He is "recommended for his advice on the full range of structured products and derivatives matters, including bankruptcies, close-outs and disputes" (Chambers USA). He has been called an "expert of the highest caliber" with a "derivatives practice that is truly versatile, spanning advisory and transactional matters" (Chambers Global).

Lary's recognitions include:

• Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers: Band 1 in global rankings of derivatives specialists.

• Chambers USA -America's Leading Lawyers: Band 1 in U.S. national rankings of derivatives specialists.

• US Legal 500: a "Leading Lawyer" in Municipal Bankruptcy with "deep municipal finance experience" and part of a derivatives team that is "incredibly thoughtful and knowledgeable; if there is a solution, they will find it."

• The Best Lawyers in America: a leading lawyer in Derivatives and Futures, Securitization and Structured Finance, where clients praised his "strong technical skills" and noted that he is "extremely practical in his advice."

• Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Securitization Lawyers: "Capital Markets/Derivatives specialist."

• Super Lawyers (New York): listed in the inaugural and each subsequent edition.

• IFLR 1000: "a leading lawyer."

Lary is the co-author of "Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Strategies: A Big Stick, Rarely Used," published in "Inside the Minds" by Aspatore Books and "Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy Filings: Issues for Replacement Swap Counterparties and their Municipal Clients" published in Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law. Lary is a frequent lecturer at industry conferences.


Bankruptcies and Disputes:

• Advising a swap dealer in connection with the potential termination and restructuring of "in-the-money" swaps with the City of Detroit, which added a pledge of casino revenues. The restructuring was awarded the 2009 Alternative Transaction Deal of the Year by The Bond Buyer.

• Advising a swap dealer in connection with the appointment of an emergency manager and bankruptcy filing of the City of Detroit.

• Serving as primary outside counsel to a leading financial institution in connection with the failure of Lehman Brothers and of numerous hedge funds resulting from the 2008 credit crisis. Cadwalader was awarded "Law Firm of the Year" in 2012 by the International Financial Law Review for this representation.

• Representing a dealer/creditor in the historic equity infusion for the Long-Term Capital Management hedge fund family.

• Representing a dealer/creditor group in connection with a hedge fund failure following the Russian debt crisis.

• Advising various financial institutions in the bankruptcy of Orange County, California.

• Advising Detroit Public Schools in connection with the initial preparation for a Chapter 9 filing and pre-petition financing.

• Restructuring several municipal interest rate swaps in connection with the settlement of a claim that the transactions were invalid.

• Representing a state financing agency in the mediation and settlement of its claims against and by the Lehman Brothers estate.

Advisory Matters:

• Representing the International Swaps and Derivatives Association in the development of a series of industry-wide protocols and amendments to its standard documentation to comply with regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act. Cadwalader was awarded "Law Firm of the Year" in 2012 and 2013 by Derivatives Week/Derivatives Intelligence, which cited its representation of ISDA.

• Serving as one of the primary architects of the protocol structure and ISDA Amend platform used by over 10,000 derivatives market participants worldwide to comply with Dodd-Frank regulations. The design won the Back Office Technology Service of the Year Award from Risk Magazine.

• Advising several global financial institutions on the development of internal compliance policies and procedures relating to their derivatives businesses to comply with regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act.

• Participating in the special counsel investigation of the derivatives marketing and trading activities of Bankers Trust Company.

• Heading the ISDA committee that developed the documentation for Credit Default Swaps on U.S. state and local governments.

• Representing the sponsor and dealer group that developed MCDX, the index for Credit Default Swaps on U.S. state and local governments.

• Serving as counsel to the Municipal Financial Products Committee of SIFMA, in which capacity he advised it on guiding principles for dealers in the municipal swaps market and other projects.

• Serving as counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) on an amicus brief filed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which cited the brief in reversing the lower court's interpretation of ISDA's credit derivatives documentation.

• Representing the Association of Financial Guaranty Insurers (the monoline trade association), SIFMA, and ISDA in other amicus briefs for various cases raising issues of concern to their respective markets.

Notable Transactions:

• Developing a widely-used program for regional dealers to pass-through the credit and market risk of municipal swaps to larger, higher-rated banks.

• Representing the swap dealers in structuring, negotiating and documenting a series of derivative transactions aggregating over $107 billion to hedge the interest rate, prepayment and credit risks of financing the privatization of Chrysler LLC.

• Developing the program documentation for the first all-electronic credit derivatives trading platform.

• Representing the advisor to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in connection with the interest rate risks of selling a long-term concession on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

• Representing a lender in the $375 million syndicated bridge loan to Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation as it struggled to pay post-Hurricane Katrina claims.

• Representing several financial institutions in a $1 billion bridge loan and subsequent permanent financing to the State of California during its energy crisis.


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Lehman Bankruptcy Court Issues Safe Harbor Decision
Kathryn Borgeson,Mark C. Ellenberg,Lary Stromfeld,John H. Thompson, January 7, 2014
On December 19, 2013, Judge James M. Peck of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued his latest decision in the Lehman Brothers cases addressing the scope of the safe harbor provisions of the Bankruptcy Code. Michigan State Housing Development Authority v....

Court Holds that San Bernardino is Eligible to File for Chapter 9
Thomas J. Curtin,Mark C. Ellenberg,Lary Stromfeld, October 28, 2013
On October 16, 2013, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California ruled that the City of San Bernardino is eligible for protection under chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code. In re City of San Bernardino, Cal., Case No. 12-28006, 2013 WL 5645560 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. Oct. 16, 2013)....

Detroit Bankruptcy Court Refuses Stay of Chapter 9 Eligibility Hearing Under Stern v. Marshall
Ingrid Bagby,Thomas J. Curtin,Mark C. Ellenberg,Howard R. Hawkins,Lary Stromfeld, October 2, 2013
On September 26, 2013, Judge Steven W. Rhodes of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan denied the Official Committee of Retirees’ (the “Committee”) motion to stay all eligibility proceedings pending its motion to withdraw the reference. In re City of...

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