Robert J. Gayda is a partner in Seward & Kissel’s Corporate Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Bob represents creditors’ committees, court-appointed examiners, lenders, lender groups, directors, special committees, distressed investors, and individual creditors in restructurings, whether in or out of court.

Select recent matters include representing unsecured creditors’ committees in the Fairmont San Jose, Furniture Factory, Papyrus and Le Pain Quotidien bankruptcy cases, the independent managers/special committee of the board in Payless ShoeSource, Fairholme Capital in the Sears bankruptcy, US Bank in the Mallinckrodt cases, Merritt7 Ventures in Frontier Communications, and Borr Drilling in its acquisition of Paragon Offshore.

Bob is active in the restructuring community, writing and speaking frequently. In the last year, Bob published articles in the New York Law Journal, the Westlaw Bankruptcy Journal and Law360, hosted a panel for the Turnaround Management Association, 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 also a contributor to Seward & Kissel’s Corporate Restructuring & Bankruptcy blog, Back in (the) Black.

He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association (NY) Programming Committee, Secretary of the Maritime Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the US, and a member of 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