Richards Layton Names New Department Chairs

July 11, 2024

Firm News| Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring| Limited Liability Company & Partnership Advisory

Mark Collins heads Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Bernie Kelley leads the Business Department

WILMINGTON, Delaware (July 11, 2024) – Richards, Layton & Finger is pleased to announce that directors Mark Collins and Bernie Kelley have been named to leadership positions within the firm.  Mark is chair of Richards Layton’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department, and Bernie chairs the firm’s Business Department.

Recognized as a leading bankruptcy lawyer both in Delaware and throughout the U.S., Mark Collins has decades of experience and has been involved in hundreds of significant bankruptcy cases in Delaware.  He has served as counsel to many large troubled companies, secured creditors, debtor-in-possession lenders, creditors’ committees, boards of directors, special 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.  Mark previously served as chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department from 2000 to 2018.  He is a frequent lecturer at national corporate restructuring and bankruptcy seminars.

With more than 30 years of experience in the organization and operation of Delaware alternative entities, Bernie Kelley leads the firm’s Limited Liability Company and Partnership Advisory Group.  He is actively involved in a wide variety of transactional matters involving Delaware limited liability companies, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and statutory trusts.  Bernie serves as chair of Alternative Entity Subcommittee of Corporate Council of the Delaware State Bar Association.

“We are very proud to name Mark and Bernie as department chairs,” says Lisa Schmidt, president of Richards Layton. “I know they will bring their extraordinary expertise and energy to delivering excellent counsel and the outstanding results our clients count on.”

About Richards, Layton & Finger
Richards, Layton & Finger has been defining Delaware law since 1899. Delaware’s largest law firm and one of its oldest, Richards Layton helps sophisticated clients navigate complex issues and the intricacies of Delaware law. We advise global companies, business partnerships, leading financial institutions, local businesses, and individuals across a wide range of practices, including corporate law, alternative entities, commercial law, bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, intellectual property, tax, trusts and estates, commercial real estate, and litigation.

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