Rick Antonoff

Biography

Rick Antonoff is a partner in the Bankruptcy & Restructuring group of Blank Rome LLP. He represents banks, investment funds, private equity firms, asset managers, landlords, IP licensors, trade creditors, and other parties in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructuring. He also represents strategic and financial investors acquiring distressed businesses, debtor-in-possession financers, receivers of foreign debtors in cross-border insolvency cases, defendants in preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, and creditors exercising default remedies including UCC and real property foreclosure. Additionally, Rick has significant experience in complex restructuring, intercreditor issues, netting, and setoff.

Rick appears in court proceedings throughout the United States and is frequently invited to speak at legal education seminars and provide commentary for print and broadcast media.

Rick is ranked in Super Lawyers for Business Bankruptcy.

Outside the Firm

Rick recently served as a board member and secretary of New York Junior Tennis & Learning, the largest tennis and education-themed not-for-profit community organization in the United States.

Experience

  • The Weinstein Company, representing FilmNation/Speedee Distribution in negotiating assignment of motion picture distribution agreement to Lantern Entertainment as part of bankruptcy sale (DE).
  • RadioShack, represented prepetition ABL lenders and DIP lenders in bankruptcy case and related intercreditor litigation (DE).
  • Tidewater, represented holders of $1.1 billion senior notes in debt-for-equity exchange and obtaining vessel mortgages to secure restructured debt (DE).
  • Odebrecht, represented holders of $2.1 billion senior notes secured by vessel mortgages in restructuring implemented through Brazilian bankruptcy proceeding and U.S. chapter 15 case (Rio de Janeiro and NY).
  • Seaborne Airlines, represented affiliate of Versa Capital as prepetition and DIP lender in chapter 11 case (DE).
  • Vneshprombank, representing foreign receiver in chapter 15 case ancillary to Russian insolvency proceedings and tracing bank assets in the U.S. (NY and Moscow).
  • Pavlovskgranit, representing foreign receiver in chapter 15 case ancillary to Russian insolvency proceeding and tracing assets in the U.S. (NY and Moscow).
  • Noble Americas, represented member bank in out-of-court restructuring of $2 billion syndicated loan (Hong Kong and Stamford, CT).
  • Gulfstream Services, represented member bank in out-of-court restructuring of $175 million syndicated loan (Houma, LA).
  • Icicle Seafoods, represented member bank in out-of-court restructuring of $175 million syndicated loan (Seattle, WA).
  • Zohar, represented Cayman Island directors of CLO as involuntary debtor in chapter 11 case (NY). 
  • Seaboard Realty, representing principals of company in preference and fraudulent transfer litigation brought by investor trust established under chapter 11 plan (Wilmington, Del. and Stamford, CT).

News & Views

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Recognitions

  • 2012–2018, New York Metro “Super Lawyer” in Bankruptcy, listed in Super Lawyers

Affiliations

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • New York City Bar Association
Professional Activities

Rick is a member of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Committee of the New York City Bar Association, the Task Force on Puerto Rico of the New York City Bar Association, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is a trained and certified bankruptcy mediator.

Rick supervises Blank Rome’s pro bono program assisting individuals seeking to discharge student loans in bankruptcy and is a volunteer for Election Protection answering hotline telephone calls from voters during the 2016 election.

Credentials

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York

Education

  • Binghamton University, BA
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, JD, cum laude