Richard G. Mason

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Richard G. Mason

Richard G. Mason

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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Richard G. Mason

Richard G. Mason (Ricky) is a senior partner in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and the chair of the Firm’s Restructuring and Finance Department.

Ricky represents bank and bondholder groups, acquirers, distressed investors, boards of directors, private equity sponsors and other significant creditors and shareholders in domestic and international matters. He has had leading roles in many of the largest and most complex bankruptcies and out of court restructurings over the past two decades, including Energy Future Holdings, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Hawker Beechcraft, Kerzner International, FairPoint Communications, Masonite, Spectrum Brands and Delphi Corporation.

A co-author of Collier’s Bankruptcy Practice Guide, Ricky speaks on insolvency subjects at prominent institutions around the world, including the American Bankruptcy Institute/New York University School of Law Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Workshop, Columbia University Business School, the Canadian Institute, LUISS Guido Carli (Rome), Israeli Ministry of Justice and Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance (Dubai).

Ricky is a Conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, whose primary purpose is to advise the United States Congress on bankruptcy law. He is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and the American Bar Foundation. Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers identifies Ricky as one of the leading restructuring lawyers in the United States. K&A Restructuring Register lists him as one of America’s top restructuring advisors. Recently, Who’s Who Legal named Ricky a Global Elite Thought Leader in Restructurings and Best Lawyers recognized him among its ‘Lawyers of the Year’ for 2019.

Ricky graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983 with a B.S. in Economics. He was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor fraternity while at VCU. Ricky received a J.D. cum laude from New York University in 1987. At NYU, he became a member of the Order of the Coif and was on the staff of the Annual Survey of American Law.

Ricky is an active volunteer for several non-profit organizations. A Distinguished Eagle Scout, Ricky is the President of the Boy Scouts of America’s Greater New York Councils, which serves tens of thousands of young men and women in New York City. He is also a co-chair of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group of the UJA-Federation of New York’s Lawyers Division.

Together with his wife Beth and their two children, Ricky founded the Mason Civic League, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to providing educational, art and civic support in Hoboken, New Jersey and beyond.

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Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Education
JD, cum laude, Order of the Coif
Class of 1987

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

BS in Economics, magna cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi
Class of 1983

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia, is a high-ranking research university that offers comprehensive academics in the liberal and fine arts, sciences and professional fields. VCU’s campus life is also comprehensive and offers many opportunities. Virginia Commonwealth University has more than 10 distinctive schools that award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Students may earn undergraduate degrees in such fields as: * African American Studies * Art Education * Bioinformatics * Business * Film and Photography * Nursing * Religious Studies Virginia Commonwealth’s diverse graduate programs include: * Clinical Psychology * Creative Writing * Engineering * Physical Therapy * Social Work * Theatre Virginia Commonwealth has consistently received high rankings. U.S. News and World Report rated it as a Tier 1 University and ranked the School of the Arts as one of the best nationally. Other programs that have received high rankings are business and education. Student life activities also abound and include more than 200 organizations, several student publications and a student radio station. VCU also hosts one of the nation’s largest university film festivals.

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Fellow
Current

The College was formed in 1989 and has over 800 Fellows that are selected by a Board of Regents from among recommendations received from the Circuit Admissions Council in each federal judicial circuit. The Regents select those who meet the following standards: (i) the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards; (ii) the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership which demonstrates the likelihood that they will continue to contribute to the enhancement of bankruptcy and insolvency scholarship, continuing education, and contributions to the improvement of the bankruptcy and insolvency processes; (iii) a commitment to fostering and furthering the objectives of the College; (iv) sustained evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing and distinguished published writings on bankruptcy practice or insolvency practice, procedure, philosophy, improvements and reforms which demonstrates a consistent contribution to the enhancement of bankruptcy and insolvency literature, education, practice and the overall improvement of the process.The mission of the College is to honor and recognize distinguished bankruptcy professionals who are qualified for membership in an effort to set standards of achievement for others in the insolvency community, and to fund and assist projects that enhance the highest quality of bankruptcy practice, including undergraduate and graduate programs related to bankruptcy and insolvency. Historically, the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy Induction Ceremony, a black tie event, has been held in early spring at the United States Supreme Court Great Hall, followed by a reception. Well known individuals who have addressed the Induction Ceremony include Supreme Court Justices, members of Congress, Department of Justice officials, White House staff members, academicians and appellate judges.

Career History
Partner
1994 - Current

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz enjoys a global reputation as one of the world's leading business law firms. Their deep experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law, and corporate governance means that they regularly handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world. They counsel both public and private acquirors and targets. They also have extensive experience handling sensitive investigation and litigation matters and corporate restructurings, and in counseling boards of directors and senior management in the most sensitive situations. In addition, their attorneys are thought leaders, speaking and writing frequently in their various areas of expertise.Wachtell Lipton is consistently ranked as the most prestigious and desirable law firm to work for in the United States, thus enabling the firm to attract associates and some of the most outstanding and motivated attorneys and law school graduates in the United States and from around the world.

Founder
Tenure Unconfirmed
Vice President-Alumni Relations
Current

Boy Scouts of America provides support services to youth and families. The company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Boards & Committees
Member, Lawyers Division Executive Committee
Current

UJA-Federation of New York cares for those in need, rescues those in harm's way, and renews and strengthens the Jewish people in New York, in Israel, and around the world. Funds raised by UJA-Federation sustain the activities of health, human-service, educational, and community agencies. Every day, these community-based organizations provide a multitude of services that improve and enhance people's lives.

President, Board of Directors
Current

Boy Scouts of America provides support services to youth and families. The company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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$50K - $75K
2018

Boy Scouts of America provides support services to youth and families. The company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$75K - $100K
2017

Boy Scouts of America provides support services to youth and families. The company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$1,000 - $2,499
2005

Boy Scouts of America provides support services to youth and families. The company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Political Donations
$1,000
2014

Representative from Texas's 14th Congressional District

$1,000
2013

Partner at Sidley Austin LLP

$2,500
2013

Representative from New Jersey's 10th Congressional District

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MedQuist, Inc., MedQuist Holdings, Inc. purchase Spheris, Inc. from Warburg Pincus & Company US LLC

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International Petroleum Investment Co. PJSC, Government of United Arab Emirates purchase NOVA Chemicals Corp.

Awards & Honors
Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
Boston Council of the Boy Scouts of America - Silver Beaver Award
Creative Works
Author

Collier's Bankruptcy Practice Guide

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