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Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Richard Bernstein

Richard Bernstein

Chair, Derivatives & Structured Products


  • Corporate
  • Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Capital Markets & Securities
  • Broker-Dealer

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Lowenstein Sandler LLP
New York, U.S.A.


Richard advises leading U.S. and international investment managers; pooled investment vehicles; and other large, publicly traded and privately held businesses. He focuses on matters related to mergers and acquisitions, complex investment transactions, corporate finance, significant strategic initiatives, derivatives, business law, and compliance.

Substantial experiential knowledge of global business informs Richard's legal work. Before becoming a lawyer, he pursued a successful career in the real estate development, finance, and mergers and acquisitions industries. Richard led numerous acquisitions, financings, and dispositions, including transactions in the U.S., the Caribbean Basin, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. He is also licensed as a certified public accountant.

In recognition of his exemplary legal experience in global finance and business, Richard was invited to serve as a visiting lecturer of law at the University of Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia, as part of the American Bar Association's Balkans Regional Rule of Law Network Program funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Bar Admissions

    New York
    New Jersey
    District of Columbia


Rutgers Law School (J.D. 2005), with high honors; Order of the Coif; Managing Business Editor, Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal
Babson College (B.S. 1985)
Areas of Practice

Broker-Dealer | Capital Markets & Securities | Corporate | Corporate Finance & Securities | Derivatives & Structured Products | Derivatives And Structured Products | Fund Regulatory & Compliance | Global Financial Crisis Group | Investment Management | Mergers & Acquisitions

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Led a worldwide team of lawyers in providing counsel to Cerberus Capital Management in its $1.1 billion acquisition, through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, of Tower Automotive Inc., a global manufacturer of vehicle components.

Represented a domestic private company in the disposition of its joint venture interest in a Mexican manufacturer.

Represented management in a buyout of a United States manufacturing division from its Taiwanese parent.

Represented the family owners of Dynacept LLC, a manufacturer of rapid prototypes, in the sale of their business to Midwest Plastics Components Inc., an affiliate of Spell Capital Partners.

Negotiated, on behalf of a client, a $1 billion credit line with a major money center bank intended to enable the client to leverage unique financial opportunities caused by the volatility in the worldwide debt markets.

Counseled an activist hedge fund in a successful consent solicitation that resulted in the complete ouster of a public company's entrenched board of directors. The public company vigorously–but ultimately unsuccessfully–litigated against the consent solicitation.

Professional Associations

Certified Public AccountantAmerican Institute of Certified Public AccountantsNew Jersey Society of Certified Public AccountantsAmerican Bar AssociationMember, New Jersey District Ethics Committee

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Rising Star - Super Lawyers - (2013-2015) (1)


    Learning Curve: Protecting Collateral Against Bank Insolvency Risk, Part 1, September 9, 2008
    Learning Curve: Protecting Collateral Against Bank Insolvency Risk, Part 2, September 15, 2008
    Learning Curve: Six Key Points to Consider When Negotiating ISDA Master Agreements, February 4, 2008
    Limited Time for Holders of Lehman Brothers Credit Default Swaps to Participate in ISDA Settlement Protocol, October 5, 2008
    Six Key Points to Consider When Negotiating ISDA® Master Agreements, April 2008
    THE BIG BANG: Adherence Period Opens for CDS Market Participants to Elect New CDS Governance Provisions, March 11, 2009
    The Big Bang: Major Changes in the Governance Provisions for CDS Transactions, May 2009

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