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Brad Eric Scheler

  • Partner | Restructuring and Insolvency

New York

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Brad Eric Scheler is a senior partner with Fried Frank. During Brad's tenure with the firm and through his building and leadership of a talented and diverse team of lawyers, Brad has been responsible for securing for Fried Frank global recognition of the firm's premier Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. In his work, Brad leads teams attending to investment in, recourse related to and the financial restructuring and rehabilitation of, complex and often distressed businesses either out-of-court or in connection with formal restructuring and insolvency proceedings in the United States and abroad. Brad 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.

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Brad Eric Scheler is a senior partner with Fried Frank. During Brad's tenure with the firm and through his building and leadership of a talented and diverse team of lawyers, Brad has been responsible for securing for Fried Frank global recognition of the firm's premier Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. In his work, Brad leads teams attending to investment in, recourse related to and the financial restructuring and rehabilitation of, complex and often distressed businesses either out-of-court or in connection with formal restructuring and insolvency proceedings in the United States and abroad. Brad 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.

Drawing upon his substantial experience in corporate boardrooms and judicial proceedings, Brad 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. Brad also represents and provides corporate finance and strategic planning advice to corporate, institutional and governmental clients. Brad's experience on some of the largest and most complex transactions — including leveraged buyouts, strategic mergers and capital markets transactions — has given Brad perspective and insight into realizing maximum value from and flexibility for businesses and assets. Brad also serves as a trustee of certain complex trusts and as an advisor to such trusts.

Brad writes 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 has been a regular guest lecturer for a course on Investing in Distressed Securities taught by Professor Allan Brown at the New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Brad has also been a guest lecturer at numerous other law and business schools including the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University, the School of Law at St. John’s University and New York Law School.

Brad served for a five-year term as Chair of the Board of Trustees (now Trustee Emeritus) of his undergraduate alma mater Lehigh University and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for fourteen years. For more than a decade, Brad served as Chair (now Chair Emeritus) of the Dean’s Advisory Board for his law school alma mater the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Honored and championed by Hofstra Law, Brad has delivered the Benjamin Weintraub Distinguished Professorship Lecture, served as the Keynote Speaker for the Hofstra Law Review Dinner, and served as the Keynote Speaker welcoming the law school’s incoming class. Both related to and on behalf of his alma maters and otherwise, he has provided advice and guidance to countless students and graduates regarding their academic and career objectives and endeavors.

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

Brad is a recipient of a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa degree conferred by Monmouth University and served as commencement speaker for the Monmouth University Class of 2015. The Jewish National Fund has honored and recognized Brad, as the recipient of the Theodore Herzl Leadership Award (given in recognition of outstanding leadership, community involvement, and dedication to building a bright and beautiful future for the land and people of Israel).

Brad is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is also 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. Brad is admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and has appeared in courtrooms throughout the United States.

Professional associations

  • Honorary Member, Deans Advisory Council, Lehigh University College of Business and Economics
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Chair Emeritus, Dean’s Advisory Board, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • Member, Board and Executive Committee, The Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research (a/k/a Tinas Wish)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Chair Emeritus, Her Justice Inc.
  • Trustee Emeritus, Board of Trustees, Lehigh University
  • Member, Board of Governors and Council, Beach Point Club
  • Member, Executive Committee - Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group, UJA-Federation of New York

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