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Chaim J. Fortgang, Esq.


Current Position

Fortgang Consulting, LLC
411 Theodore Fremd Avenue, #206
Rye, NY 10580

Tel: 203-542-4216
Fax: 203-542-4316

Class: IX (1998)Circuit: Second


Brooklyn College, B.A., summa cum laude (1968)
New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif (1971)
Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Career

Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz (1975-01)
Senior Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group (May 2002 - March 2003)
Representation of institutional lenders in significant troubled debt situations including: Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.; Montgomery Ward & Co., Incorporated; Evans Transportation Company; North American Car Corp.; Itel Corp.; U.S. Lines, Inc.; Todd Shipyards Corp.; Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp.; Wang Laboratories, Inc.; G. Heileman Brewing; Integrated Resources, Inc.
Colorado Ute Electric Association, Inc.; Donald Trump; Campeau Corporation; Charter Medical; Host Marriott Corporation; Finova Group; Comdisco, Inc.; Regal Cinema.
International cases: representation of international clients in significant cross-border transactions including the Creditor's Committee of Maxwell Communications Corp., a Bank Group in Ferruzzi/Montedison Group,, the Creditors' Committee of Confederation Treasury and Services, Ltd., banks in Metalgesselshaft and Von Roll.


National Bankruptcy Conference
New York City and State Bar Associations and ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee
American College of Bankruptcy


"The Proposed New Bankruptcy Act," 10 Rev. Sec. Req. 849 1977 Co-author (with Harold S. Novikoff)
"The 1978 Bankruptcy Code: Some Wrong Policy Decisions," 56 New York University Law Review 148 1982 Co-author (with Prof. Lawrence P. King)
"Trading in Claims and Taking Control of Corporations in Chapter 11," 12 Cardozo L. Rev. Oct 1990 Co-author (with Thomas Moers Mayer)
"Developments in Trading Claims and Taking Control of Corporations in Chapter 11," 13 Cardozo L. Rev. Oct 1991 Co-author (with Thomas Moers Mayer)
"Developments in Trading Claims: Participations and Disputing Claims," 15 Cardozo L. Rev. Dec 1993 Co-author (with Thomas Moers Mayer)


Won the University Graduation Prize for the best record over six terms.