Brad Eric Scheler

Brad Eric Scheler

  • Partner
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • New York
  • T:   +1.212.859.8019
  • F:   +1.212.859.4000
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Brad Eric Scheler is a senior partner and chairman of Fried Frank's Restructuring and Insolvency Practice resident in the Firm's New York office.

Mr. Scheler focuses on and attends to the financial restructuring and rehabilitation of distressed businesses either out-of-court or in connection with formal restructuring and insolvency proceedings in the United States and abroad. He represents parties seeking to invest in and/or acquire the assets and businesses of financially troubled and other companies, buyers and sellers of distressed securities and businesses, financial institutions that are lenders to and investors in financially troubled companies, and corporate debtors, creditors' committees, bondholders' committees, equity holders' committees and trustees. Mr. Scheler also provides non-distressed related corporate finance and strategic planning advice to the Firm's corporate, institutional and governmental clients.

Mr. Scheler's experience on some of the largest and most complex transactions — including leveraged buyouts, strategic mergers and capital markets transactions — has given him perspective and insight into realizing maximum value and recovery from businesses and assets. Drawing upon his substantial experience in corporate boardrooms and judicial proceedings, Mr. Scheler regularly acts as outside general counsel and strategic adviser to financially strong corporate and institutional clients in connection with financings and capital market transactions, including the issuance and exchange of debt and equity securities and the structuring and implementation of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Professional Associations

Mr. Scheler writes frequently about issues relating to restructuring, insolvency and complex transactions and is a frequent speaker at seminars on such topics. He is a contributing author for Collier on Bankruptcy and a regular lecturer including at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Mr. Scheler is regularly involved with charitable endeavors and fundraising activities including service as a member of several charitable and not for profit boards. Mr. Scheler serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research (Tina’s Wish), including service on the Executive Committee. For more than eight years, Mr. Scheler served in leadership positions for Her Justice (formerly known as inMotion), including as Chair of the Board of Directors. As Chair Emeritus, Mr. Scheler now serves on the Senior Leadership Council. Mr. Scheler is also a long-standing member of the Leadership Committee for the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group of UJA Federation. Mr. Scheler served as a member of the Board of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Board of American Friends of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Board of Trustees of the Village of Larchmont Library and the Capital Campaign Committee of the Larchmont Manor Park.

Mr. Scheler serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of his undergraduate alma mater, Lehigh University, including service as Chair of the Board. Mr. Scheler is founding Chair and Chair Emeritus of the Dean’s Advisory Board of his law school alma mater, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

Mr. Scheler is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Mr. Scheler is a recipient of a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa degree conferred by Monmouth University and served as commencement speaker for Monmouth's Class of 2015.

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

New York; United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

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The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, JD – 1977
  • Research Editor, Law Review
Lehigh University, BA – 1974
  • with high honors
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