Michael S. Fox

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Michael S. Fox is the Chairman of the firm's Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Group.

During his 30-plus years in practice, Michael has developed a reputation for being innovative, effective and efficient. Michael's diverse experience involves representing clients in all areas of financial restructuring, including Chapter 11 reorganization cases, out-of-court workouts and restructurings of troubled companies. He also counsels buyers and sellers of financially distressed assets and provides strategic counseling on business opportunities, the implications of transactions, and enterprise structuring and financing.

Michael’s clients operate at the national level and span a broad range of industries, including retail, health sciences, manufacturing, health care, food, and consumer products. He represents distressed companies, creditors' committees, creditors, hedge funds, and debt and equity security holders. Michael's varied experience, ranging from small and mid-size business transactions to multi-jurisdictional, complex transactions for companies, provides clients with a unique combination of seasoned business and legal know-how.

Michael previously was a founding partner of the boutique bankruptcy firm Traub Bonacquist & Fox LLP, practicing there from 1987 to 2005, when he moved his practice group to Olshan.


•Michael has been consistently named to the New York Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service, for 2007-2009 and 2014-2018.

News, Events & Publications

Media Mentions/News

•Thirty-Seven Olshan Lawyers Selected by Super Lawyers 2018
September 19, 2018

•Olshan Client Jennifer Convertibles, Inc. Speedily Defeats Attempted Veil Piercing
June 21, 2018

•Olshan Seeks $70M in Damages on Behalf of Client Signature Apparel Against Iconix Brand Group and Christopher Laurita
November 8, 2017

•Thirty-Nine Olshan Lawyers Selected by Super Lawyers 2017
September 20, 2017

•Olshan Wins Fraud Trial on Behalf of Client Signature Apparel Against Iconix Brand Group and Christopher Laurita
September 14, 2017

•Olshan Client TAH Windown Gets Chapter 11 Case Dismissed
January 18, 2017

•Forty Olshan Lawyers Selected by Super Lawyers
September 21, 2016

•Olshan Counsels SynCardia Systems in Approved Chapter 11 Sale to Lender
September 19, 2016

•Olshan Counsels SynCardia Systems in Chapter 11 Filing
July 6, 2016

•Olshan Counsels iON Worldwide in Chapter 11 Filing
June 27, 2016

•Thirty-nine Olshan Lawyers Selected by Super Lawyers
September 16, 2015

•Olshan Leads Jennifer Furniture in its Sale of Ashley Furniture Division
May 6, 2015

•Namco Pool Company Gets Life Preserver, Successfully Restructuring Secured Debt
February 18, 2015

•Olshan Bankruptcy Partners Publish Article About Lessons Learned From Genco Decision
October 24, 2014

•Forty-Five Olshan Lawyers Selected by Super Lawyers
September 23, 2014

•Olshan Wins Right for Class Action to Proceed
June 19, 2014

•The Deal Interviews Fox as Counsel to GMG Capital Partners in Rare Chapter 11 Filing
September 12, 2013

•Namco Successfully Negotiates Restructuring and Exits Chapter 11
August 1, 2013

•Olshan Counsels Namco in Chapter 11 Filing
March 25, 2013

•BC Funding, LLC f/k/a Bankcard Funding Completes Sale through Bankruptcy Proceeding
January 25, 2013

•Lustigman Leads Olshan Team Defending California Class Action
January 24, 2013

•BP Clothing Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan Gets Court Approval
April 26, 2012

•Grubb & Ellis Broker Arranges for Special Deal in Bankruptcy Case
April 3, 2012

•Grubb & Ellis Brokers Appeal Decision Allowing Sale of G & E to BGC Partners
March 29, 2012

•Media Reports on BP Clothing Bankruptcy Filing
December 14, 2011

•Fox and Schlesinger Represent Trans-Lux in Successful Restructuring
November 14, 2011

•Fox and Levy Represent Client in Signature Apparel Bankruptcy Proceedings
November 4, 2011

•Bisceglie and Fox Represent Yu-Gi-Oh! in Trial
August 29, 2011

•Bisceglie and Fox Represent Yu-Gi-Oh! in Bankruptcy Dispute
May 18, 2011

•Olshan Client Jennifer Convertibles Wins Chapter 11 Confirmation
February 17, 2011

•Media Reports on Jennifer Convertibles’ Bankruptcy Filing
July 19, 2010

•Sixteen Olshan Lawyers Selected by Super Lawyers
October 5, 2009

•Daily Deal Reports on Involuntary Bankruptcy against Signature
October 1, 2009

•Wall Street Journal Covers Empire Casino Battle
September 30, 2009

•Daily Deal Reports on USTelematics Debt Talks
June 22, 2009

•Deal Article on Olshan Representing Arbios in Chapter 11
January 13, 2009

•Olshan Victory in 1031 Tax Group Bankruptcy
December 1, 2008

•Ten Olshan Lawyers Selected as Super Lawyers
September 12, 2008

•Ten Olshan Lawyers Selected as Super Lawyers
August 12, 2008

•Olshan Super Lawyers
September 24, 2007

•Fox Helps Rescue Basketball City
November 29, 2006


•Genco Shipping: Valuation Lessons Learned From Underwater Equity
October 24, 2014
BNA Insights (Vol. 26, No. 41)
•Limits on Avoidance Actions: In re Cybergenics
October 2002
Bankruptcy Strategist, Vol. XIX, No. 12
•Debt Restructuring Agreements Find Favor in Preference Cases
January 2001
Bankruptcy Strategist, Vol. XVIII, No. 3
•Representing Creditors' Committees in Health Care-Related Bankruptcy Cases
June 2000
Bankruptcy Strategist, Vol. XVII, No. 8

Articles & Alerts

•CLIENT ALERT: Second Circuit Remands Momentive Back to Bankruptcy Court
October 27, 2017

•CLIENT ALERT: Appeal Watch: Judge Scheindlin Sets Trial Parameters and Certifies Appeal Over Clash Between Release of Guarantee and Trust Indenture Act in Caesars’ Noteholder Case
October 2, 2015

•CLIENT ALERT: Genco Shipping: Valuation Lessons Learned From Underwater” Equity
September 11, 2014

•CLIENT ALERT: Reversal of Fortune: Lenders Beware As Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Tousa Bankruptcy Court Decision
July 2012

•CLIENT ALERT: Distressed Debt Buyers Beware: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Holds That Claim’s Defect Follows Claim Purchaser
June 2012

•CLIENT ALERT: Chapter 9 - Municipal Bankruptcy
June 2012

•CLIENT ALERT: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Approves Contested Real Mex Section 363 Sale to Second Lien Noteholders Notwithstanding Administrative Insolvency
February 2012

•CLIENT ALERT: Redemption of Privately-Placed Notes Shielded From Clawback in Bankruptcy
August 2011

•CLIENT ALERT: Revised Bankruptcy Rule 2019: New Disclosure Rules Approved
May 2011

•CLIENT ALERT: Victory for Lenders: District Court Quashes Tousa Fraudulent Transfer Opinion
February 2011

•CLIENT ALERT: Bankruptcy Courts Split Over Disclosure Required From Ad Hoc Committee Participants Under Rule 2019
February 2010

Press Releases

•Thirty-seven Olshan Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers 2018
September 17, 2018
•Thirty-Nine Olshan Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers 2017
September 20, 2017
•Forty Olshan Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers 2016
September 21, 2016
•Thirty-nine Olshan Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers 2015
September 16, 2015
•Forty-four Olshan Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers 2014
September 23, 2014
•Olshan Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2013 and Super Lawyers for 2012
September 20, 2012
•Olshan Prevails on Behalf of Grubb & Ellis Brokers
May 10, 2012
•Olshan Attorneys Recognized
September 20, 2011

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
212.451.2277  Phone
212.451.2222  Fax
University Attended:
State University of New York at Albany, B.S., magna cum laude, 1978
Law School Attended:
Washington College of Law of American University, J.D., 1982
Year of First Admission:
1983, U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York; 1983, U.S. District Court; 1983, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1983, New York

Professional & Community Affiliations

•American Bar Association (Member, Section on Insolvency and Litigation)
•Association of Banking and Commercial Law Firms
•Nassau and New York County Lawyers Association
•Commercial Law League of America (Member, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section)
•American Bankruptcy Institute
•Turnaround Management New York Chapter Association (Board Member)

Birth Information:
Brooklyn, New York, 1957
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Michael currently represents or has recently represented significant parties in matters both in and out of court such as: 4Kids Entertainment Inc.; Alabama Marble Co. Inc.; Atari, Inc.; BCF Funding LLC; Cape Cod Crafters Inc.; CDx Laboratories, Inc.; Champion Motor Group Inc.; FAO Schwarz Inc.; GMG Capital Partners III, LP; Grubb & Ellis, Inc.; iON America LLC; iON Worldwide Inc.; Jennifer Convertibles, Inc.; KB Toys, Inc.; Mooney Airplane Company, Inc.; Namco Inc.; NYC-OTB; Outsourcing Solutions, Inc.; Physicians Health Corp.; Regional Diagnostics LLC; San Francisco Music Box Co.; Scerene Healthcare, Inc.; SendTec Inc.; Superior Telecom, Inc.; SynCardia Inc.; Translux Corp.; WHS Kenny's Inc.

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (1 review)
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