Marcia Goldstein is chair of the Business Finance & Restructuring department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She has practiced with the firm for over thirty-five years in all areas of domestic and international debt restructuring as well as crisis management and corporate governance. She has been a lecturer at Yale Law School, Columbia Law School and Cornell Law School and is a frequent speaker at restructuring seminars both domestically and internationally.
Ms. Goldstein has served as lead restructuring lawyer in a number of major, international and US cases, representing a wide range of interests and parties. She is currently U.S. counsel for the Special Administrators of MF Global UK and counsel to Reader’s Digest Association in their chapter 11 proceedings. Other representations include: lead counsel for General Growth Properties, a publicly traded REIT which was the largest real estate company to seek chapter 11 relief; Extended Stay Extended Stay Hotels, chain of 680 hotels, which had over $7 billion of CMBS and mezzanine debt; assisting AIG with respect to various aspects of the overall restructuring of the company, including its obligations to the Federal Reserve; and U.S. counsel for Kaupthing Bank, the largest Icelandic bank which was in insolvency proceedings in Iceland and chapter 15 in the US. She has also represented Washington Mutual Corp., LandSource, a large land development company, Advanta Corp, provider of small-business credit card account services, BearingPoint and Atkins Nutritionals. She led the restructuring of WorldCom, Inc., achieving confirmation of its plan of reorganization in fifteen months, and the international restructurings of Parmalat S.p.A. and Eurotunnel. She has represented debtors, bank groups, secured and unsecured creditors, statutory creditors’ committees, trustees, purchasers and other parties in other major debt restructurings and chapter 11 cases. These include Kodak, Arcapita, Nortel, ResCap, Allied/Federated, Frost Brothers, Elder-Beerman, North American Bus Industries Rt., Regal Cinemas, Inc., Washington Group International, Inc., AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., United Companies Financial Corp., Marvel Entertainment Group, CRIIMI MAE, Storage Technology, Inc., Southland, Inc., and Warnaco, Inc.
Ms. Goldstein is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, the American College of Bankruptcy and the International Insolvency Institute and has chaired the Business Reorganizations Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of NY.
Ms. Goldstein was selected by The National Law Journal as one its “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in 2013, is the 2012 recipient of Euromoney Legal Media Group’s award for America’s Women in Business Law and was named among the Top 10 New York Super Lawyers. In 2009 and 2011, Ms. Goldstein was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” by Crain’s New York Business and in 2008, she was named one of the ’50 Women to Watch’ by the Wall Street Journal. She was named one of the two “Women of the Year in Restructuring” in 2008 by the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation. She has been recognized as an “Outstanding Bankruptcy Lawyer” seven times by Turnarounds and Workouts, and as “Global Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyer of the Year” – seven years running – by Who’s Who Legal (for the International Bar Association). The American Lawyer featured Ms. Goldstein as a “Dealmaker of the Year” in 2004 for leading the successful restructuring of WorldCom and in 2008 for her leadership role in situations at the epicenter of the financial crisis, including Chapter 11 counsel for Washington Mutual, restructuring advisor to AIG, and U.S. counsel for Kaupthing Bank in its global insolvency. In 2007, she was honored as one of the National Law Journal’s “Most Influential Women.” Ms. Goldstein is consistently ranked as a “Leading” Lawyer for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Chambers USA.
Ms. Goldstein graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with an A.B. in 1973. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 1975, where she was articles editor of the Cornell Law Review. She is a member of the Law School Advisory Council, and its Executive Committee and has served as its chair.
Ms. Goldstein is a co-chair of the UJA’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee and serves on the Boards of inMotion and Boys and Girls Harbor.