Samuel E. Star
- Senior Managing Director
- Corporate Finance & Restructuring
- T: +1 212 841 9368
- F: +1 212 841 9350
- Three Times Square
- 9th Floor
- New York, NY, 10036
- United States
- T: +1 212 247 1010
- F: +1 212 841 9350
- B.S., Accounting, University at Albany, State University of New York
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP)
- American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)
- Corporate Finance
- Creditor Rights, Relations & Negotiations
- Lender Advisory
- Restructuring / Turnaround Services
- Retail & Consumer Products
- Financial Institutions
Samuel Star is a Senior Managing Director in the Turnaround & Restructuring practice and specializes in providing services to creditors in Chapter 11 and out-of-court workout situations. He has over 25 years in the restructuring business as a leader in advising all types of creditor constituencies. Mr. Star’s industry experience includes airlines, automotive, chemicals, consumer products, energy and financial services.
Mr. Star has provided in-court testimony on various topics, including financing and plan confirmation issues. Chapter 11 and out-of-court restructuring cases that Mr. Star has been involved with include Abengoa US, Abitibi Bowater, Arcapita Bank, Avaya, Caesars Entertainment, Cengage Learning, Cenveo Corporation, Corus Bankshares, Dana Corporation, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Endeavour International, Graceway Pharmaceuticals, Grubb & Ellis, Gibson Brands, Harry & David, Horsehead, Journal Register Company, Lehman Brothers, Lionel, Momentive Performance, New Century Financial, Northwest Airlines, Optima Specialty Steel, Ormet Corporation, Reichhold Industries, SageCrest Finance, Sears, Smurfit Stone Container, Toys “R” Us, U.S. Airways, Vantage Drilling, Verity Health System and Visteon.
Mr. Star is also a frequent speaker for various organizations on matters impacting the rights of unsecured creditors. His speaking engagements have included “Current Issues Facing Unsecured Creditors’ Committees” at the ABI Winter Leadership Conference in December 2018; “Corporate Restructuring Outlook in 2017” at the Bryan Cave Corporate Trust/Distressed Investing Roundtable; “Modern Day 363 Sale Best Practices” at the ABI Winter Leadership Conference in December 2015; “Emergent Topics Facing Indenture Trustees and Bondholders” at the Beard Distressed Investing Conference in November 2015; “Understanding Pension Plan Liabilities” at the SRZ Distressed Investor Conference in November 2014; “Chapter 11 Asset Sales: What’s The Government Got To Do With It?” at the American Bar Association in April 2013; “Addressing Legacy Liabilities in Chapter 11 Cases” at the American Bankruptcy Institute in November 2012; “Restructuring Project-Financed Power Plants” at FBR in September 2011; “Litigation in Complex Bankruptcies” at the AIRA Advanced Restructuring and Plan of Reorganization Conference in November 2010; “Retail Industry Trends – Online Retailing, Credit Markets” at the North American Retail Industry Credit Group in July 2010; “Cross Border Defaults and Other Current Topics” at the The Association of Corporate Trustees and “North American Distressed Debt Market Outlook 2009” at Debtwire.
Thought leadership published by Mr. Star includes “For Better or Worse, Prepackaged and Pre-Negotiated Filings Now Account for Most Reorganizations” in the ABI Journal in 2018, “Interview, Selection, Retention and Role of Financial Advisors” in The Role of Creditors’ Committees in Chapter 11 Bankruptcies, Aspatore Books in 2008; “Actions Individual Creditors Can Take” in The Credit Executives’ Guide to Business Restructuring, FTI Consulting in 2006 and “New Chapter 11 Information – Sharing Rules Present Challenges” in Daily Bankruptcy Review Viewpoint in 2006.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Star was a Managing Director in Ernst & Young’s Corporate Finance practice.
Mr. Star holds a B.S. in accounting from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York and a Certified Turnaround Professional.