Edward Estrada

Edward J. Estrada 

Partner, Reed Smith (New York)

Ed is the chair of Reed Smith's Financial Industry Group, practicing in the Complex Litigation, Financial Services Litigation and Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Groups. His practice focuses on litigation and disputes, primarily in the financial services sector, including the representation of banking interests and private investment funds in connection with their investment strategies, disputes and in their efforts to identify, protect and enforce rights and claims. Ed has also represented manufacturers, equipment lessors, and professional services clients in state and federal court litigation.

In domestic, cross-border and foreign actions, Ed has played a significant role in the representation of financial institutions directors and officers, lenders and other investors in litigation, alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. Such representations often include the analysis and interpretation of complex financing documents, extensive negotiations and the vigorous pursuit of client rights at the trial or bankruptcy level and before appellate courts.
Ed has also represented indenture trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, and creditors' committees as part of his bankruptcy practice, including the defense of preference and fraudulent transfer actions, and the representation of clients in state and federal court litigation.

Representative Matters
  • Representation of offshore liquidator as largest creditor and plan proponent of U.S. based debtors, including the pursuit of claims through litigation and the defense of bankruptcy claims in actions in Delaware, Florida, Chicago and Minnesota in various cases stemming from $4 billion ponzi scheme.
  • Representation of current and former officers and directors of UK subsidiary of Nortel Inc., in relation to trial to determine allocation between subsidiary estates.
  • Representation of aircraft component manufacturer in contractual and manufacturing disputes.
  • Representation of bankruptcy trustee in the pursuit of rescission and negligence claims against a credit insurer.
  • In reEner1, Inc. - Debtor's counsel in prepackaged bankruptcy filing of alternative energy company.
  • In re Metromedia - Represented two investment banks that held $950 million of subordinated bonds, in their objection to, and subsequent appeal from the confirmation of the Debtors' plan of reorganization. After plan confirmation, argued issues of first impression relating to bondholder rights before the District Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • VFS Financing v. Specialty Financial - Representation of secured lender as trial counsel in claims against corporate borrower and individual guarantor.
  • In re Tousa - Representation of second lien lender in fraudulent transfer action brought by Creditors' Committee.
  • Representation of offshore liquidators in corresponding U.S. Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding, and negotiation of novel cross border protocol to govern same.
  • In re Avianca - Representation of pilot's union in the bankruptcy of the national airline of the Republic of Colombia
  • In re Jillians - In a case where senior lenders were not paid in full, secured subordinated investors a majority interest in the liquidation of the Debtors' assets through contentious negotiations.
  • US AIR I and II - Representation of equipment trust trustee in pursuit of claims and disposition of aircraft and engines.
  • In re PPL - Represented a power generator in the protection of their secured, unsecured and setoff claims in bankruptcy court and in related district court litigation
  • In re Asarco - Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
  • In re Tronox - Represented an indenture trustee as a member of the Creditors' Committee
  • Representation of an international correspondent bank in litigation in state and district court
  • Representation of equipment lessor and secured lender in state, federal and bankruptcy courts.
  • Representation of hedge funds in counselling related to investment strategies, claim disputes, liquidation and regulatory actions.

Honors and Awards
  • Named a "Rising Star of Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law and Workouts," in 2008 by Institutional Investor magazine.

  • 11 May 2016 Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain, The Essential Building Block in Designing the Future
  • 28 June 2012 "Foreign Shippers: Weighing the Benefits Presented by Chapter 11"
  • Bloomberg BNA's Bankruptcy Law Reporter
  • 5 December 2011 "Cross-Border Cases: Application and Recognition of Foreign Laws and Judgments Cause Tension; New York Law Journal; Co-author"
  • September 2011 "Europe, Middle East: Recent Developments in Restructuring, Insolvency; The Journal of Corporate Renewal; Co-author"
  • 2011 "The Immediate and Lasting Impacts of the 2008 Economic Collapse - Lehman Brothers, General Motors and the Secured Credit Markets; University of Richmond Law Review, 2011 Vol. 45"
  • Co-Author: Aaron Bourke
  • 27 September 2010 "Reviews Positive on Chapter 15, Five Years Out"
  • July/August 2010 "Judicial Backlash Adds to Challenges Faced by Lenders; The TMA Journal of Corporate Renewal"
  • 15 January 2009 "Additional Decisions of Note"
  • Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert, Vol. V, No. 1 (January 2009)
  • 10 June 2008 "Safe Harbor Applied To Contract Deemed To Be Repurchase Agreement"
  • Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert, Vol. IV, No. 3 (June 2008)
  • 27 March 2008 "Bayou Court Finds Redemption Payments Subject to Fraudulent Conveyance Laws; Court Enforces Intercreditor Agreement To Subordinate Trade Creditor Claims"
  • Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert, Vol. IV, No. 2 (March 2008)

Speaking Engagements
  • CABA's 2013 Legal Aspects of Doing Business in the Americas Conference, Miami, Florida, 8 November 2013
  • CABA's 2013 Legal Aspects of Doing Business in the Americas Conference, Miami, Florida, 8 November 2013
  • 2013 LatinoJustice Annual Awards Gala, New York, New York, 23 October 2013
  • "Restructuring, Liquidation and Litigation Issues," Campbell's 9th Annual Cayman Fund Focus, 18 November 2011
  • "Concerns and Quandaries Over Past Valuations - Managing Out of Illiquid Portfolios," 11th Annual Valuation of Hard to Value Securities & Portfolios Seminar, 28 June 2011
  • "Business Litigation - Insolvent Affiliate Panel," American Bar Association Spring Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, 15 April 2011
  • "Emerging from the Great Recession Perspectives on Law and Policy Implemented Along the road to Economic Recovery," Allen Chair Symposium, Virginia, 6 April 2011

Professional and Community Affiliations
  • Turnaround Management Association (Guest Editor, Journal of Corporate Renewal, 2008-2011)
  • American Bar Association 
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

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