Biography

Steve Levine regularly represents senior and junior lenders, hedge funds and other creditors in the documentation, structuring and recovery of complex financial transactions. During his more than 30 years of experience in the bankruptcy and finance area, he has represented many secured and unsecured creditors, official and unofficial committees, debtors and trustees. He has developed particular skill in debtor-in-possession financings, cash collateral and stay litigation, and plan confirmation challenges and disputes about indentures, credit agreements and other types of complex financial instruments.

Steve has significant experience in asset based and specialty lending (particularly to retailers), high yield bond issuances, securitizations and representing consortiums of first and second lien and high-yield noteholders in out-of-court restructurings, debt-for-equity and debt-for-debt exchange offers, change of control and other indenture covenant disputes and Chapter 11 reorganizations.

Steve has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation, and frequently speaks and writes on finance and reorganization topics.

Steve is a long-standing supporter of the Firm’s pro bono activities. Steve is the recipient of the 2014 Robert Fraser Award for Pro Bono Excellence presented by Volunteer Lawyers for the arts.

Awards

Representation

Lead counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Six Flags, Inc. in successful enterprise valuation litigation leading to confirmation of an alternative plan.

Lead US counsel to several institutions which hold Lehman Brothers Treasury Company B.V. notes, which are guaranteed by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., in connection with the resolution of their complex note claims and treatment under reorganization plans in the Lehman US and Dutch insolvency proceedings.

Lead finance team on Hologic, Inc.’s $2.8 billion senior secured credit facilities and $1 billion high yield note issuance related to its merger with Gen-Probe Inc.

As counsel to Second Lien Trustee in Synagro Technologies, Inc., negotiated a Chapter 11 plan involving a sale of the stock in the company that yielded significant value for second lien noteholders. The Synagro restructuring was a recipient of the “Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (Over $100mm to $1 Billion) Award” at the 2014 M&A 8th Annual Turnaround Awards.

Represented several funds which held participation interests in the Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas in obtaining an injunction from the Delaware Chancery Court blocking implementation of a debt-for-equity exchange and then re-negotiating more favorable terms for such exchange.

As counsel to a group of convertible noteholders of Central European Distribution Corporation, structured and documented high yield notes issued by a Russian entity secured by stock in a US subsidiary, issued pursuant to a plan of reorganization.

Represented the Official Creditors’ Committee of Lyondell-Basel, Inc. in connection with an $8 billion debtor-in-possession financing.

As counsel to the Official Creditors’ Committee in Green Field Energy Services, Inc., formulated and developed causes of action which were adopted by the Examiner.

Lead counsel to Stanley/Black & Decker on several accounts receivable securitizations.

As counsel to Trustee and ad hoc committee of First Lien Noteholders in pre-petition Delaware Chancery Court action and subsequent Chapter 11 proceedings of Calpine Corporation, coordinated litigation regarding company’s misuse of collateral sale proceeds and make-whole premium dispute.

Counsel to Co-Collateral Agent in recent multi-billion dollar syndicated secured loan facilities to Sears Roebuck, Toys R Us, Borders, Michael’s Stores and to lead agent in many other secured loans to retailers.

Lead counsel to senior secured lenders in connection with bankruptcy proceedings, including those of, among others, The Walking Company, GI Joes, Inc., Shoe Pavilion, Museum Company, Weathervane, People’s Pottery and San Francisco Music Box and to Wilmington Trust Company, as Second Lien Trustee in Brookstone.

Lead counsel to an ad hoc committee of second lien lenders in the out-of-court restructuring of Environmental Systems Products Holdings, Inc., resulting in their acquisition of 100% equity interest through a debt-for-equity exchange and provision of new first and second lien credit facilities.

Lead counsel to an ad hoc committee of convertible noteholders of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio in enforcing their rights in connection with a change of control challenge to the XM / Sirius merger and follow-up debt-for-debt exchange offers.

Represented significant creditor constituencies in, among others, Exide Technologies, Interstate Bakeries, Greate Bay Holdings (Sands Casino) Imperial Sugar, Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel and Congoleum Chapter 11 cases.

Represented senior management of equipment leasing company in leveraged buy-out financed through a securitization of its lease portfolio, more than $350 million in securitization facilities, and subsequent merger with a state chartered bank.

Education

Boston University – LL.M., 1985
Harvard University – J.D., cum laude, 1981
Harvard University – A.B., magna cum laude, 1978

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts
New York
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Publications
Speaking Engagements
Professional Affiliations
Awards and Honors