Marcia Goldstein is Co-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 and crisis management. She has been a lecturer at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, NYU and Cornell Law Schools 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 U.S. cases, representing a wide range of interests and parties. Her representations have included Chassix, Inc., a critical auto parts supplier; the Special Administrators of MF Global UK; lead counsel for General Growth Properties, a publicly traded REIT which was the largest real estate company to seek chapter 11 relief; Extended Stay Hotels, a 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; and U.S. counsel for Kaupthing Bank, the largest Icelandic bank which was in insolvency proceedings in Iceland and chapter 15 in the U.S. She has also represented Readers Digest Association, Washington Mutual Corp., LandSource, Advanta Corp, BearingPoint and Atkins Nutritionals and led the restructurings of WorldCom, Inc., and Parmalat S.p.A. She represents significant creditor interests in connection with the debt issued by Puerto Rico and its public corporations, and in the chapter 9 cases of Stockton and San Bernardino, California and has represented debtors, bank groups, secured and unsecured creditors, purchasers and other parties in other major debt restructurings and chapter 11 cases, including Kodak, Arcapita, Nortel, Allied/Federated, Regal Cinemas, Inc., Washington Group International, Inc., and United Companies Financial Corp.
Ms. Goldstein was selected by The National Law Journal as one of its “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America”, is the 2012 recipient of Euromoney Legal Media Group’s award for America’s Women in Business Law and is named among the Top 10 New York Super Lawyers. In 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 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. Ms. Goldstein is consistently ranked “Band 1” in Bankruptcy/Restructuring for Chambers Global, as a “Leading” Lawyer for Chambers USA, Legal 500 and IFLR1000, and has been consistently recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “Litigation Star” since 2013. She has also been recognized in Expert Guides’ 2014 “Women in Business Law” for Insolvency and Restructuring. Most recently, she was named among 50 “Legends” by Lawdragon for making its 500 Leading Lawyers in America list for the 10th consecutive year.
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 has been a leader of UJA’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee and has served on the Boards of Her Justice and Boys and Girls Harbor. She is a member of the Cornell Law School Advisory Council, and its Executive Committee and has served as its chair.