Matthew K. Kelsey

Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Matthew K. Kelsey

Matthew K. Kelsey

Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Biography

Matthew K. Kelsey is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of Gibson Dunn’s Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group. Mr. Kelsey’s practice focuses on representing companies, financial institutions and creditor groups inside and outside of Chapter 11 in numerous industries, including the financial, energy, manufacturing, construction and retail sectors.

In 2011, Mr. Kelsey was recognized as one of 12 "Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers" in the nation by Turnaround & Workouts Magazine.

Mr. Kelsey received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Rutgers University School of Law — Newark. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and the recipient of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Medal of Excellence. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Aquinas College. He is admitted to practice law in New York and admitted in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

Recent engagements include:*

Creditor Representations

Mr. Kelsey represented Bank of America in connection with litigation relating to postpetition interest entitlements under ISDA Master Agreements in Lehman Brothers; the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in RCS Capital Corporation (retail investment advisory firm); YFE Holdings, Inc., as DIP Lender to Fresh & Easy (grocery chain); Credit Suisse and the steering committee of first lien lenders in Rural/Metro Corporation (a leading supplier of private ambulance and related emergency services); Argonaut Capital in its capacity as senior secured lender and DIP Lender of Solyndra LLC (a solar panel manufacturing company); Cadence Design Systems in connection with litigation over the attempted bankruptcy sale by Theta Microelectronics of a patent portfolio to a patent troll; The Yucaipa Companies in connection with the disputed confirmation of the Chapter 11 plan of Allied Holdings; the steering committee of first lien lenders in connection with the consensual out-of-court restructuring of Wastequip, a portfolio company of Odyssey Partners and a leading manufacturer of waste containers; Q Investments in its capacity as lender in connection with restructuring of a $715 million loan to Travelport (a leading provider of IT logistics for airlines and travel companies and portfolio company of Blackstone); the DIP lenders in General Growth Properties (one of the nation’s largest REITs that owns and/or operates over 200 regional shopping malls in 44 states); Luxor Capital in its capacity as senior secured lender, DIP lender and proposed exit lender of California Coastal Communities (a large real estate development company in Southern California) in its Chapter 11 case; the agent for the DIP lenders and first lien lenders in True Temper (the leading manufacturer of golf club shafts), a portfolio company of Gilbert Global, resulting in confirmation of a Chapter 11 plan funded by a contribution by the equity sponsor; the agent for the first lien term lenders in Dayton Superior (the largest North American manufacturer and distributor of products used in concrete and masonry construction); the indenture trustee of $800 million of leveraged lease rail car financings in CIT Group (a leading lender to small businesses nationwide); the agent for the DIP lenders and first lien lenders in Performance Transportation Services (a leading national auto transport company); the senior secured lenders of M. Fabrikant & Sons (one of the largest international diamond/jewelry manufacturers and wholesalers). Mr. Kelsey also represents agents and lender groups in various out-of-court restructurings.

Distressed M&A

Mr. Kelsey represented one of the world’s largest retailers in its stalking-horse bid for the assets of Simplexity; Tengram Capital Partners in connection with the auction of the assets of Reed & Barton; Fifteen Group and Oaktree in connection with the auction for the Plantation Fashion Mall; Cadence Design Systems in its acquisition of intellectual property assets of TranSwitch Corporation; Luxor Capital in connection with its acquisition of William Lyon Homes (a large real estate developer in California, Arizona and Nevada); Paulson & Co. in connection with the auction to acquire the Extended Stay hotel chain; and the acquirer of membership interests in a closely held video gaming company in connection with an out-of-court restructuring.

Debtor Representations

Mr. Kelsey has participated in the representation of debtors, including SH 130 Concession Company, LLC (a privately-operated toll road); Arcapita Bank B.C.S.(c) (a Bahraini private equity firm); Almatis B.V. (a portfolio company of Dubai International Capital and global leader in the development and production of premium specialty alumina materials, with operations in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, China, India and Japan); TBS International plc (ocean transportation service provider serving over 300 industrial shippers in more than 20 countries); Lehman Brothers Finance (a wholly-owned Swiss subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Holdings that provided financial and financial intermediary services including structuring, issues and entering into derivative transactions, and other related activities) in connection with its Chapter 15 case, its liquidation proceedings in Switzerland, and its $12.5 billion claim against Lehman Brothers Holdings in its Chapter 11 case; Building Materials Holding Corporation (supplier of building materials and construction services); Footstar, Inc. (one of the nation’s largest athletic and discount footwear chains); Global Crossing (builder/operator of international fiber-optic network); Velocita Corporation (builder of national fiber-optic network); Magellan Health Services (managed behavioral healthcare); and Berry-Hill Galleries (a fine-art gallery specializing in acquisition and sale of 19th and 20th century American masters). Mr. Kelsey also represents companies and boards of directors in various out-of-court restructurings.

Other Matters

Mr. Kelsey represented Cintra Infraestructuras, S.A. and affiliates in Indiana Toll Road; the majority noteholders in the Asarco bankruptcy (copper mining and smelting); the majority of secured noteholders in the THCR/LC bankruptcy (owner/operator of the Trump Taj Mahal casino); the majority noteholders of the FrontierVision debtors (subsidiaries of Adelphia Communications, a national cable provider) in the Adelphia bankruptcy. Mr. Kelsey also provides distressed investing advice to hedge funds.

*Some of these representations occurred prior to Mr. Kelsey‘s association with Gibson Dunn.

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Education
JD with Honors, Order of the Coif
Class of 2000

Rutgers School of Law–Newark is the oldest of the three law schools in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is located at the S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice, at 123 Washington Street, in downtown Newark. Founded in 1908 as the New Jersey Law School, it merged with the University of Newark in 1936, which itself merged with Rutgers University, one of the most recognized public universities in the world, and the eighth oldest college in the country. The Law School celebrated its centennial on September 9, 2008. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association, a member of the Association of American Law Schools, and registered with the Board of Regents of the State of New York. It submits annual ABA-required disclosures. According to its 2013 disclosure, 82.2% of the Class of 2013 had long-term employment nine months after graduation; 55.9% of that class were employed in full-time, long-term, J.D.-required positions at that time. The law school's alumni include two currently sitting United States Senators.

Bachelor of Arts
Class of 1995

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides legal services. The firm provides services in areas such as labor, employment, entertainment & media law, toxic torts and other environmental matters. Its clients include commercial & investment banks, government entities, individuals and startups. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

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Cadence Design Systems, Inc. purchases TranSwitch Corp. /Intellectual Portfolio Bus from TranSwitch Corp.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New York Bar
American Bankruptcy Institute - Medal for Excellence in Bankruptcy
Court Admission: US District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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