Leonard Rosen

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Leonard M. Rosen (November 19, 1930 – April 16, 2014) was an American bankruptcy lawyer, and a co-founder of the prominent New York firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.[1]

Rosen received a business administration degree from the City College of New York in 1951, and a law degree from New York University School of Law in 1954.[2]

Rosen's practice focused on representing major institutional lenders in the restructuring and reorganizations of large corporate borrowers. He played a key role in rescuing New York from fiscal crisis in the 1970s, helping the City secure necessary financing when it was on the verge of financial collapse.[1][2] Rosen assisted in the government bailout of Chrysler in 1980.[3] A group of 15 lending institutions chose Rosen as their special counsel in setting up complicated loans to Chrysler that were guaranteed by the federal government.[4]

Rosen served as an adjunct professor of law at NYU Law School for many years.[5] He also served as chairman of the National Bankruptcy Conference from 1984 to 1992, and received the American College of Bankruptcy's Distinguished Service Award in 2003.[6]


  1. ^ a b Tiffany Kary, Phil Milford and Linda Sandler, Leonard M. Rosen, Wachtell Lipton Co-Founder, Dies at 83, Bloomberg News, April 17, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Mackenzie Issler, Leonard Rosen, bankruptcy lawyer, dies at 83, Newsday, April 19, 2014.
  3. ^ Jennifer Smith, In Remembrance: Leonard M. Rosen, Co-Founder of Wachtell, Lipton, WSJ Law Blog, April 17, 2014.
  4. ^ Reference for Business, "Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz".
  5. ^ Debra Cassens Weiss, Wachtell Lipton co-founder Leonard Rosen dies at 83, ABA Journal, April 18, 2014
  6. ^ John Caher, "Obiturary: Leonard Rosen", New York Law Journal, April 18, 2014.