Mark D. Collins

Director

302.651.7531
302.498.7701 (fax)
collins@rlf.com

Mark Collins is chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department. Recognized as a leading bankruptcy lawyer in both the U.S. and internationally, Mark has received top ranking from every major legal directory and has been involved in hundreds of significant bankruptcy cases in Delaware since 1991.

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  • Anchor Blue Retail Group
  • Bowe Bell & Howell
  • Hoop Holdings (d/b/a The Disney Stores)   
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Mark Collins is chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department. Recognized as a leading bankruptcy lawyer in both the U.S. and internationally, Mark has received top ranking from every major legal directory and has been involved in hundreds of significant bankruptcy cases in Delaware since 1991.

Mark has served as counsel to hundreds of large troubled companies, secured creditors, debtor-in-possession lenders, creditors’ committees, boards of directors (including special or independent committees), and acquirers of businesses and assets in large corporate chapter 11 cases, pre-packaged chapter 11 cases, chapter 15 cases, and out-of-court restructurings. He is a frequent lecturer at national corporate restructuring and bankruptcy seminars.

Representative Experience

Lead Counsel

  • Anchor Blue Retail Group
  • Bowe Bell & Howell
  • Corinthian Colleges
  • Hoop Holdings (d/b/a The Disney Stores)
  • Linens n’ Things
  • Phoenix Payment Systems (d/b/a EPX)
  • Reliant Energy Channelview
  • ResMAE Mortgage Company
  • Teleglobe Communications Corporation
  • Suntech America
  • Urban Brands
  • Zany Brainy

Co-Counsel

  • A123 Systems, Inc.
  • Advanced Marketing Systems
  • AES Eastern Energy
  • Allied Systems Holdings
  • Endeavour Operating Corp.
  • Cal Dive International
  • Elpida Memory
  • Energy Future Holdings, Inc.
  • Golden County Foods
  • Magna Entertainment, Inc.
  • New Century Financial Corporation
  • Quiznos
  • Tower Records
  • Tweeter Entertainment
  • Washington Mutual, Inc.

Publications

  • Editor, Credit Bidding in Bankruptcy Sales – A Guide for Lenders, Creditors and Distressed-Debt Investors, American Bankruptcy Insitute, 2015   View >

Presentations

  • "ABI/Georgetown Law - Bankruptcy: 2016 Views from the Bench," October 7, 2016
  • "2016 Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop," August 4, 2016
  • "2016 Distressed Investing Summit," January 27-29, 2016
  • "88th Annual Conference of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges," October 8, 2014
  • "Southern Bankruptcy Law Institute," March 20, 2014
  • "The Official Receiver's International Conference on Corporate Insolvency," Tel Aviv, Israel, January 19, 2014
  • "ABI/Georgetown Law - Bankruptcy: 2013 Views from the Bench," September 27, 2013
  • "ABI Mid-Level Professional Development Program," November 9, 2012
  • "Bankruptcy Litigation Advocacy Program," March 11, 2011
  • "6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop - Sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute," August 5, 2010

Awards

  • Chambers USA, Star Individual, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • The Deal, Top 20 Most Active Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America, since 1998
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Delaware Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2014, 2012
  • Super Lawyers, Top 10 since 2011, No. 1 in Delaware 2013, 2012
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, Top Vote Getter, Bankruptcy, 2015, 2013
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, since 2007
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2010
  • Turnaround Management Association, Large Company - Transaction of the Year Award, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating

Leadership

  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Asset Sales Advisory Committee to the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, Co-Chair
    • Finance & Banking Committee, Past Co-Chair
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Legislation Committee, Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Business Bankruptcy Committee

  • Bankruptcy: Views from the Bench, ABI/Georgetown University Law Center, Board of Advisors

Education

  • J.D., summa cum laude, American University, Washington College of Law
  • B.A., Rutgers University

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware, 1991
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Delaware

Experience

Lead Counsel

  • Anchor Blue Retail Group
  • Bowe Bell & Howell
  • Corinthian Colleges
  • Hoop Holdings (d/b/a The Disney Stores)
  • Linens n’ Things
  • Phoenix Payment Systems (d/b/a EPX)
  • Reliant Energy Channelview
  • ResMAE Mortgage Company
  • Teleglobe Communications Corporation
  • Suntech America
  • Urban Brands
  • Zany Brainy

Co-Counsel

  • A123 Systems, Inc.
  • Advanced Marketing Systems
  • AES Eastern Energy
  • Allied Systems Holdings
  • Endeavour Operating Corp.
  • Cal Dive International
  • Elpida Memory
  • Energy Future Holdings, Inc.
  • Golden County Foods
  • Magna Entertainment, Inc.
  • New Century Financial Corporation
  • Quiznos
  • Tower Records
  • Tweeter Entertainment
  • Washington Mutual, Inc.

Education

  • J.D., summa cum laude, American University, Washington College of Law
  • B.A., Rutgers University

Publications

  • Editor, Credit Bidding in Bankruptcy Sales – A Guide for Lenders, Creditors and Distressed-Debt Investors, American Bankruptcy Insitute, 2015   View >

Presentations

  • "ABI/Georgetown Law - Bankruptcy: 2016 Views from the Bench," October 7, 2016
  • "2016 Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop," August 4, 2016
  • "2016 Distressed Investing Summit," January 27-29, 2016
  • "88th Annual Conference of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges," October 8, 2014
  • "Southern Bankruptcy Law Institute," March 20, 2014
  • "The Official Receiver's International Conference on Corporate Insolvency," Tel Aviv, Israel, January 19, 2014
  • "ABI/Georgetown Law - Bankruptcy: 2013 Views from the Bench," September 27, 2013
  • "ABI Mid-Level Professional Development Program," November 9, 2012
  • "Bankruptcy Litigation Advocacy Program," March 11, 2011
  • "6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop - Sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute," August 5, 2010

Awards

  • Chambers USA, Star Individual, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • The Deal, Top 20 Most Active Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America, since 1998
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Delaware Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2014, 2012
  • Super Lawyers, Top 10 since 2011, No. 1 in Delaware 2013, 2012
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, Top Vote Getter, Bankruptcy, 2015, 2013
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, since 2007
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2010
  • Turnaround Management Association, Large Company - Transaction of the Year Award, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating

Leadership

  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Asset Sales Advisory Committee to the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, Co-Chair
    • Finance & Banking Committee, Past Co-Chair
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Legislation Committee, Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Business Bankruptcy Committee

  • Bankruptcy: Views from the Bench, ABI/Georgetown University Law Center, Board of Advisors