Robert J. Gayda is a partner in Seward & Kissel’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group. Bob’s practice includes the representation of creditors’ committees, court-appointed examiners, lenders, lender groups, directors, special committees, distressed investors, and individual creditors in both out-of-court and in-court restructurings. Recent matters include representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Papyrus bankruptcy cases, the creditors’ committee in Le Pain Quotidien, the independent managers/special committee of the board in Payless ShoeSource, Canadian Natural Resources in the PG&E case, TMI Trust Company in WMC Mortgage, Borr Drilling in its acquisition of Paragon Offshore, US Bank as owner trustee in the FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy, the creditors’ committee in Suniva, Inc., DVB Bank in Toisa Limited, and Sky Media in Videology, Inc.

Bob is active in the restructuring community, writing and speaking frequently. In the last year, Bob published articles in the Westlaw Bankruptcy Journal and Law360, spoke at the Meeting of the Maritime Law Association and Marine Money Asia Conference, and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the Financial Times, Barron’s, Private Debt Investor, the San Francisco Chronicle, Law360,, the Westlaw Journal, The Deal, Debtwire, and Intellectual Property Magazine, among others. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association (NY) Programming Committee, the Maritime Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the US, the Insolvency Section of the International Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the New York State Bar Association. Bob was also selected as a winner of the 7th Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards in the Legal Advisor category (formerly their “40 under 40” awards) and named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers 2017-2019.


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