George W. Shuster, Jr.

George Shuster is a member of the firm's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring and Debt Finance Groups. His practice focuses on the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency risk mitigation, out-of-court restructurings and debt finance transactions. Mr. Shuster represents a variety of clients, including public and private technology companies, real estate developers, manufacturers and financial organizations—as well as investors in those businesses.

Mr. Shuster has two decades of experience guiding companies through their own financial distress and through the financial distress of their suppliers, customers, tenants, borrowers, licensors, licensees and other counterparties. He has led clients through chapter 7, 11 and 15 bankruptcy proceedings, assignments for the benefit of creditors and state-law dissolutions, and distressed financing and merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Shuster works in both transactional and litigation spheres, negotiating and closing transactions as well as leading cases through state courts and federal bankruptcy courts, district courts and courts of appeal throughout the country. Mr. Shuster also works on cross-border debt transactions and insolvency-related matters, and has specific experience in Latin American and European markets.

Mr. Shuster’s debt finance practice includes both borrower-side and lender-side transactions across industry sectors. He routinely assists clients with unsecured and secured credit facilities, and he has particular experience with a variety of specialty finance transactions including highly structured debt facilities and royalty and receivable financing transactions. Mr. Shuster’s writings on bond indenture issues have been cited by many courts in their decisions, including several federal courts of appeal, and he is considered a leading authority on the Trust Indenture Act.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Law360's Bankruptcy Editorial Advisory Board


  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring

    • Representation of a real estate joint venture partner and lender in connection with a multi-party workout and settlement of co-partner debt and litigation issues 
    • Representation of the first-lien agent in Chapter 11 case of Digital Domain Media Group
    • Representation of noteholders in dismissal of subordination claims brought by Pelikan Technologies Chapter 7 trustee
    • Representation of parties in interest in Chapter 15 cases of Elpida Semiconductor, Upper Deck International and Fairfield Funds
    • Representation of Eastman Kodak Company in the Chapter 11 Section 363 sale of its patents
    • Representation of a major bondholder in the American Airlines Chapter 11 case
    • Representation of a major technology company in its bid for the patent portfolio of Nortel Networks in its Chapter 11 Section 363 sale
    • Representation of an investment fund in its bid for the real estate portfolio of Innkeepers USA Trust in its Chapter 11 Section 363 sale
    • Representation of an energy services company in its stalking horse bid, and purchase of, for the assets of Energy and Power Solutions in its Chapter 11 Section 363 sale
    • Representation of the first lien agent in workout and Chapter 11 restructuring of commercial printing company Workflow Management 
    • Representation of trade vendors in distressed counterparty transactions and bankruptcies across the US and abroad
    • Representation of the trustee for several investment funds in connection with US bankruptcy and foreign insolvency proceedings of their prime brokers and affiliates
  • Debt Finance

    • Representation of a real estate joint venture partner and lender in connection with an option and loan transaction 
    • Representation of a technology company in $500 million credit facility
    • Representation of a toy manufacturer and distributor in $500 million credit facility
    • Representation of a community lender in $25 million credit facility
    • Representation of a prepared food manufacturer in $28.5 million multi-party refinancing  
    • Representation of biotechnology company in $50 million credit facility
  • Pro Bono

    • Representation of private foundation in successfully obtaining purchase of defunct Rocky Point Amusement Park as a new 124-acre waterfront Rhode Island state park
    • Representation of Mozambique Safari park operator in various financing transactions
    • Representation of 80-year-old, New Hampshire, family-owned boarding inn in successful Chapter 11 case and related fraudulent transfer litigation
    • Representation of Georgia farmer in successful reply to US Supreme Court petition seeking recovery of disaster relief proceeds
    • Representation of Massachusetts consumer debtor in Chapter 7 case and as amicus curiae in related US Supreme Court litigation


  • Named to M&A Advisor's “40 Under 40” list in 2013, recognizing the leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals.
  • Recognized as a Massachusetts leader in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring field in the 2010 and 2011 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyers' Rising Star" in the bankruptcy and workout area in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2018 issues of Boston Magazine. Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in 2008 and 2013-2017.

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  • Education

    • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2000

    • BA, Columbia University, 1997

      summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts

    • New York

    • US Supreme Court