Robert J. Gayda is a partner in Seward & Kissel’s Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Group. Bob represents a diverse clientele in all aspects of restructuring. This includes creditors’ committees, lenders and lender groups, investors, directors and officers, special committees, court-appointed examiners, and individual creditors in both out-of-court and in-court restructurings.

Some of Bob’s recent engagements include representing the independent managers of Payless Holdings, LLC; BorrDrilling in its acquisition of Paragon Offshore Limited (including entities subject to the Prospector Offshore bankruptcy cases); the second largest unsecured creditor in the Sears Holdings Corporation bankruptcy; the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in both the SunivaInc. and Gracious Home chapter 11 cases; DVB Bank, in both the ToisaLimited bankruptcy cases and the International Shipholding bankruptcy cases; US Bank, as Owner Trustee in the FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy cases; Sky Media in the Videology, Inc. bankruptcy cases; and the special committee of independent directors in the Ultrapetrol(Bahamas) Limited prepackaged bankruptcy.

Bob is a member of the Turnaround Management Association (NY) Programming Committee, the Maritime Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the International Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Bob was also selected as a winner of the 7th Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards (formerly its “40 under 40” awards) in the Legal Advisor category and named as a Rising Star in 2017 and 2018 by Super Lawyers.


The M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Award Winner, 2016Rated by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star