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Daniel A. Lowenthal

Daniel A. Lowenthal



  • Business Reorganization and Creditors' Rights
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Commercial Actions
  • Class Action Litigation

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Restructuring & Insolvency Group
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Mr. Lowenthal, Chair of the Firm’s Business Reorganization and Creditors' Rights Practice, has earned recognition as a skilled advocate in the bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and corporate restructuring arena. He represents creditors' committees, trade creditors, indenture trustees, and bankruptcy trustees and examiners in domestic and international cases.

Mr. Lowenthal also represents U.S. and non-U.S. business entities in a wide range of complex litigation issues, including creditors’ rights disputes, purchases of intellectual property assets, and distressed debt acquisitions and restructuring. He has achieved numerous favorable results for clients in trial and appellate courts as well as commercial arbitration. Recently, he successfully defended former executives of a failed European bank against allegations that they had defrauded investors.

A regular speaker on bankruptcy law topics, Mr. Lowenthal recently presented for the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Practising Law Institute, INSOL International, INSOL Europe, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Mr. Lowenthal has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of "AV Preeminent" based on both peer and client reviews and has been named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. 

Representative Matters

Lead counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of multi-state real estate developer with liabilities in excess of a billion dollars. The Bankruptcy Court praised the “remarkable results” achieved through the “extraordinary efforts” of Patterson Belknap attorneys in this case.

Representing an international financial institution as Indenture Trustee in cross-border insolvency cases pending in Grand Cayman and Hong Kong.

Represented an Indenture Trustee and Co-Chair of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors on over $5 billion of unsecured debt in one of the largest, most complex cases ever filed in Delaware, the Energy Future Holdings Corp. cases.

Represented an Indenture Trustee in the Nortel Networks Inc. cross-border cases, a set of insolvency cases filed in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada.

Represented an Indenture Trustee on bonds governed by New York law in an insolvency case in London.

Represented an Indenture Trustee on $1.7 billion of unsecured debt in the Washington Mutual, Inc. case.

Representing a former member of the Board of Directors in The Weinstein Company Holdings bankruptcy case.

Represented an international law firm in a proceeding before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court relating to conflicts of interest in a Chapter 11 representation.

Represented the winning bidder in an auction to acquire the assets and intellectual property from a Chapter 7 debtor over the objection and competing bid of the debtor’s secured lender.

Special litigation counsel to an Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors to investigate fraudulent conveyance claims.

Conducted an internal investigation of a multi-national law firm following its role in a large Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

Representing the Post-Confirmation Trustee in the Tarragon Corporation case.

Special litigation counsel to a Chapter 7 trustee in the bankruptcy of an employee leasing company.

Represented an Indenture Trustee in the Nortel Networks Inc. cross-border cases, a set of insolvency cases filed in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada.

Represented the Liquidating Trust Board in the TerreStar Networks Inc. case.

Represented the Trust Oversight Committee in the Disney retail store chain case.

Represented Harrison J. Goldin, an Examiner in the Enron Corp. case, in an investigation of many of Enron's special-purpose-entity transactions.

Representing international creditors, including entities in the U.K., the Netherlands, and Germany, in the Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. case.

Represented a Scottish aviation company in the Hawker Beechraft Corporation case.

Defending a reinsurance company in a fraudulent conveyance lawsuit brought by creditors of Tribune Company in U.S. Federal Court.

Representing a Mexican creditor in the Stanford International Bank Ltd. case.

Obtained a favorable result on behalf of the largest private bank in Brazil in connection with the Chapter 15 case of a Brazilian company.

Represented the Retiree Committee in the U.S. Airways, Inc. case, including serving as trial counsel on the debtor’s motion to eliminate retiree benefits.

Won a crucial decision of first impression for financial institutions whose security interests were challenged by the bankruptcy trustee in The Bennett Funding Group, Inc. case, a case that stemmed from an alleged $1 billion Ponzi scheme.

Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the STAR Telecommunications, Inc. case.

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Second Circuit; Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • New York


  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D., with honors, 1987)
  • Duke University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1982)
Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution | Business Reorganization and Creditors' Rights | Class Action Litigation | Commercial Real Estate Workouts and Litigation | Complex Commercial Actions | Cross-Border Transactions | Financial Services | Litigation | Media, Entertainment and Sports

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

MEMBERSHIPS: American Bar Association; Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Committee of the New York City Bar Association; American Bankruptcy Institute; Board of Editors, The Bankruptcy Strategist; INSOL International; INSOL Europe; Turnaround Management Association and the New York Institute of Credit.


Puerto Rico Files for Bankruptcy: New York Judge to Hear Case
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2017

The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico recently filed a voluntary petition for relief on behalf of Puerto Rico in federal court there.  The filing required the Chief Justice of the United States to designate a district court judge to conduct the case.  In recent months Chief Justice Roberts appointed District Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York...

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