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Robert T. Honeywell

Of Counsel
Fax +1.212.536.3901
Robert Honeywell is of counsel in the restructuring and insolvency department of K&L Gates’ New York City office. He has over 25 years of experience in Chapter 11 reorganizations, out-of-court workouts, and “bankruptcy-proofing” structured finance deals, with a focus on securitizations and real estate project finance, cross-border insolvencies, and defense of bankruptcy clawback litigation. He has represented financially distressed companies as well as creditors’ committees, financial institutions, investment funds and advisers, and purchasers of assets out of bankruptcy. Notable representations include participation in the successful Chapter 11 restructurings of UniCapital (for the debtor), Avianca Airlines (for the creditors’ committee), and Global Crossing (for a creditors’ sub-committee); and defense of clawback litigation in the Chapter 11 cases of Adelphia, Tribune, Lyondell, and Arcapita Bank.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Honeywell served as of counsel in the commercial and bankruptcy departments in large firms in New York and Houston.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Managing Credit Risk in a Post-Lehman World: Protecting Investment & Finance Transactions Against Potential Bankruptcy Fallout,” K&L Gates webinar and live presentation (D.C., New York, Boston)
  • “Best Practices for Achieving a Successful Workout,” 2nd Annual LatinFinance Conference on Corporate Restructuring, Turnaround Management & Distressed Investing in Latin America (New York)
  • “Look Before You Leap: Tips from a New York Bankruptcy Lawyer Before Jumping into the U.S. Market,” IBEF SP Seminário: Nova Lei de Falências (São Paulo)
  • Represented international bank in multi-year complex litigation in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the Adelphia cable company. On the team that successfully moved to dismiss over $3 billion in fraudulent transfer clawback claims against the client and other banks, and obtained affirmation of the dismissal on appeal to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Advised international financial client regarding potential exposure and protections against possible clawback claims from the General Motors bankruptcy.
  • Represented various investors with derivatives positions in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. Assisted with analyzing their termination remedies, bankruptcy claims and recovery of their collateral from failed Lehman contracts.
  • Represented international bank in analyzing its swaps and repo contracts and exercising its termination remedies in connection with various counterparties during the collapse of the mortgage market.
  • Represented investment advisers to funds that invested with Bernard Madoff. Assisted with analyzing their recovery prospects and defenses to potential clawback claims by the liquidating trustee in the Madoff bankruptcy.
  • Represented international investment adviser in analyzing the collapse of Bear Stearns offshore subprime funds and advised on remedies in related bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented international bank in renegotiating a $212 million loan secured by a 55,000-acre real estate project, then later enforcing default remedies in state court and in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. On the team that obtained a rare dismissal of the bankruptcy case only one month after its filing.
  • Successfully managed the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization of UniCapital, a national leasing and finance company with 119 subsidiaries. Advised executive management on company operations from pre-bankruptcy negotiations through the conclusion of the bankruptcy case by transferring all assets to the secured lender.
  • Represented a committee of North American bondholders in negotiating the successful Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization of Global Crossing through an asset sale to Singapore-based ST Telemedia. Represented all unsecured creditors in negotiations with Carl Icahn/XO on an alternative purchase bid.
  • Represented the committee of unsecured creditors in negotiating the successful Chapter 11 bankruptcy sale of Avianca, the flagship airline of Colombia, to the Brazil-based Synergy company.
  • Represented prior owners in reacquiring intellectual property from a failed jewelry company.