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Yann GeronPartner

  • Experience
  • Education
  • Admissions
  • Professional
  • Publications

Experience

Yann has been practicing bankruptcy law since 1988.  With nearly three decades of experience in bankruptcy law, Yann has served a variety of clients and interests in bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings and assignments for the benefit of creditors. Yann heads the firm’s insolvency, restructuring and bankruptcy practice.

Yann’s Trustee Practice
Since 1993, Yann has served with distinction as a member of the Panel of Bankruptcy Trustees for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan). In addition to his own cases, Yann has represented a number of other panel and non-panel trustees in New York and other jurisdictions.  He has directly handled and supervised numerous litigations in the bankruptcy, district and state courts, from recovery actions to complex fraud cases.

Yann has a robust trustee practice with significant experience in complex wind-downs and liquidations, and in the investigation and prosecution of estate claims, including actions against prior management and recipients of avoidable transfers. He has served as a trustee in Manhattan in thousands of bankruptcy cases, including many cases involving asset values of many millions.

  • With a strong track record as trustee and counsel for trustees, Yann has served as:
  • Chapter 7 trustee of Thelen LLP, a national law firm, in which he directed all features of the law firm wind-down, and was able to resolve the vast majority of claims against partners and successor firms without litigation.
  • General counsel, along with a highly skilled litigation team, to the Chapter 7 trustee of Jeffrey J. Prosser, in which they recovered many millions of dollars from assets and litigation of claims, successfully objected to the debtor’s discharge, obtained sanctions of nearly $1 million against the debtor and his spouse for destruction of estate property and obtained a fraudulent conveyance judgment by jury trial against the debtor’s spouse for more than $14 million.
  • Chapter 11 trustee of Rodman & Renshaw, a former broker-dealer, where his successful liquidation efforts led to the recovery of millions of dollars for the benefit of creditors.
  • Chapter 11 trustee of Dallek, Inc., and confirmed a plan of liquidation that paid creditors 100 percent of their claims plus interest.
  • Chapter 7 trustee of Pali Capital Corp. and Pali Holdings Inc., a former broker-dealer, and successfully prosecuted claims against the debtor’s former officers and directors which resulted in a multimillion-dollar recovery for the benefit of these estates.
  • Chapter 7 trustee of Third Toro, Inc. (which operated as H&H Bagel) and successfully sold the debtor’s building in Manhattan for $11 million.

Yann’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Experience

Yann is also renowned for his experience as counsel to debtors and other parties in Chapter 11 proceedings. Most recently, he confirmed a Chapter 11 plan in three related cases that resulted in a confirmed plan reorganizing approximately $18 million in secured and partially-secured debt. Yann has also served as counsel to a creditors’ committee under a confirmed plan and as counsel to numerous creditors in Chapter 11 proceedings, from landlords to secured creditors, to plan funders.

Yann is a strong and skilled litigator, focusing on matters relating to bankruptcy cases. In this capacity, Yann has successfully represented countless parties in these litigations.

Yann is a member of the court-approved Register of Mediators for the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

Prior to Joining Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC

Before joining Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, Yann was a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, where, in addition to his practice, he formed and served as the first managing partner of that firm’s New York office, then as an elected member of the executive committee, and finally as co-chair of the bankruptcy department. Yann started his career as an associate at Salomon Green & Ostrow, P.C., a bankruptcy boutique firm in New York City. In 1992, he started his own practice, Geron & Associates, which grew significantly until it merged with Fox Rothschild in 2005.

Yann has also served as a court-approved Assignee for the Benefit of Creditors in a complex corporate shut-down and liquidation.

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Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1988)
  • Bard College (B.A., 1985)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • Registers of Mediators for the United States Bankruptcy Courts, Eastern and Southern District of New York

Professional

  • Collier Bankruptcy Manual (Lexis Nexis)  
    Yann serves in an ongoing role as a contributing author to “Collier Bankruptcy Manual”, the preeminent treatise on bankruptcy law.
  • Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide (Lexis Nexis)
    Yann serves in an ongoing role as a contributing author to the “Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide,” a guidebook combining legal analysis with practical procedural and strategic advice.
  • Beyond Law, Community
    Yann serves as chair of the Leadership Council of HEAF, a non-profit education and youth development organization that helps public school students from Harlem and the surrounding communities succeed in school, career and life.
  • Memberships
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
    • New York County Lawyer’s Association
    • Turnaround Management Association
    • ABI Mediation Committee
  • Board of Directors
    • Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), Chair of the Leadership Council
    • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (ex officio)

Publications

  • Winter 2018
    Cyber Risks for the Trustee, an Introduction
    American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal
  • 2017 to Date
    Collier Bankruptcy Manual
    Lexis/Nexis
  • November 22, 2016
    E-Discovery Takes the Chaos Out of Your Bankruptcy Case
    Corporate Counsel
  • 2016
    Break Through the Barrage of Data with eDiscovery
    Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors Journal
  • April 27, 2015
    New York Law’s Application of the “Unfinished-Business” Doctrine in the Thelen Liquidation
    American Bankruptcy Institute
  • 2014 to Date
    Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide
    LexisNexis
  • December 2, 2013
    Analyzing the Post-‘Stern’ Landscape in New York
    New York Law Journal
  • September 2012
    Will Terminating Tenant Interests Unlock Value?
    Journal of Corporate Renewal