Rafael X. Zahralddin

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  Rafael X. Zahralddin

Rafael X. Zahralddin

Wilmington Office
(302) 384-9400
866-575-4264

rxza@elliottgreenleaf.com

Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena is the chair of the firm’s National Commercial Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice and a founding shareholder of the Delaware office. Mr. Zahralddin is a business lawyer who concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, entity formation, and international and comparative law.

Mr. Zahralddin’s debtor representations have ranged from lead counsel for local Delaware businesses to Delaware local counsel and co-counsel to publicly traded companies. He has also been active in distressed mergers and acquisitions. He has represented debtors ranging from pharmaceutical divisions of two publicly traded and affiliated healthcare providers, to the largest flower distribution company in the United States to several multi-national theater companies. He has represented purchasers in bankruptcy sales as well, including the purchaser of substantially all the assets of one of the largest consulting, engineering, construction, remediation and facilities management companies in the country and a Mexican purchaser of the Mexican subsidiary of a privately held 11-facility printing company in liquidation.

He has represented the official creditor’s committees in the bankruptcy cases of an automotive supply company supplying automotive OEMs in Europe and North America; a motor coach operator company; and a leading producer and marketer of fabricated aluminum products, alumna and primary aluminum.

He has represented a variety of creditors in Delaware Bankruptcy Court, including landlords, trade creditors, government entities, preference defendants, secured lenders, indentured trustees and unofficial committees of bondholders. He has also represented a metals supply company; a telecommunications company; two of the world’s largest science based companies; and one of the world’s largest insurance companies, as creditors, in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases nationally and, most recently, in the Second, Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuit Courts. He has also been independent counsel to debtors’ professionals with fee disputes in Federal Bankruptcy Court.

Mr. Zahralddin has also represented a variety of technology companies, including several established multinational corporations, in commercial litigation, in disputes over licensing in bankruptcy court, in disputes involving privacy laws in bankruptcy court, and in preference actions.

Mr. Zahralddin clerked for The Honorable Samuel L. Bufford of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. He was also a member of the founding faculty of and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Law at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. He has held various leadership positions in the American Society of International Law and the American Bar Association. He was recently the Vice Chair of the Inter-American Law Committee in the Section on International Law and Practice. He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Delaware Bankruptcy Inns of Court and the United States Secretary of State Advisory Group on Private International Law, Transnational Insolvency Committee. He is actively involved in the Hispanic National Bar Association, where he is the Region IV Deputy Regional President. He was a player and board member of a four time national rugby championship rugby club and is active in local rugby where he runs the Philadelphia based club. He is a frequent speaker and most recently moderated a panel on privacy laws for the DuPont Minority Counsel Conference and was a panelist for the First World Credit & Collection Congress in Mexico City where he provided an overview of the United States Bankruptcy laws to credit managers from all over the globe.

He has a B.S. degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a J.D. degree from the Widener University School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor for the law review and was published as a law student. He is the author of numerous law review articles and has been published in various practice and trade periodicals. He received his LL.M in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a Senior Writing Fellow. Mr. Zahralddin is also fluent in Spanish.

He is admitted to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania, California, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

This attorney in the news:

Latino Leaders Magazine Selects Elliott Greenleaf’s Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena as a Top Latino Lawyers for 2016. - February 2017

Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena Hosts Federation of Credit and Financial Professionals (“FCFP”) Live Webinar - January 2017

Elliott Greenleaf’s Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena to Host Fireside Chat With Myron Steele, the Former Court Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme, On: “Key Issues in Corporate Governance” - November 2016

Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena selected as a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (“LCLD”) Fellows Alumni Executive Council - September 2016

Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena Leads Professional Development Program at Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Premier Diversity Conference - July 2016

Rafael X. Zahralddin Named a National Association of Corporate Directors’ Governance Fellow - April 2016

Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena Selected to Receive the MJL Excellence in Community Service Award - April 2016

Elliott Greenleaf’s Rafael X. Zahralddin Co-Authors Article Published in the Association of Corporate Counsel’s ACC Docket - February 2016

Rafael Zahralddin, Panelist for Financial Poise Webinar - September 2015

Rafael Zahralddin Presents to Philadelphia Bar’s Young Lawyers Division on Non- Profit Startup Issues - June 2015

MCCA RECOGNIZES ELLIOTT GREENLEAF’S RAFAEL X. ZAHRALDDIN-ARAVENA AS A 2014 DIVERSITY & THE BAR RAINMAKER - December 2014

Rafael Zahralddin-Aravena, Shelley Kinsella and Eric Sutty serve as lead panelists at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 20th Annual Business Lawyers’ Institute - November 2014

Elliott Greenleaf’s Rafael Zahralddin is a Panelist at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 19th Annual Bankruptcy Institute - November 2014

Rafael Zahralddin appointed as General Counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association. - October 2014

Elliott Greenleaf wins TMA National Award for Large Company Transaction of the Year - August 2014

Rafael Zahralddin appointed as the co-Education Director of the ABI International Committee - May 2014

Rafael Zahralddin is a Panelist at Widener Law School Diversity Week - April 2014

Elliott Greenleaf prepares Hispanic National Bar Association Legal Summary and Membership Advisory on Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules - February 2014

Rafael X. Zahralddin Speaks at NACM / TRMG Fall 2013 Conference - October 2013

Rafael X. Zahralddin and Eric M. Sutty are Speakers at CRF Credit and Accounts Receivable Open Forum Conference - October 2013

Rafael X. Zahralddin and Eric M. Sutty are Speakers at National Builders Group at the Credit Research Foundation - October 2013

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SETTLES LANDMARK BANKRUPTCY CLAIM FOR DISABLED WORKERS IN NORTEL - May 2013

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SELECTED CREDITORS COMMITTEE DELAWARE & CONFLICT COUNSEL IN ORMET CHAPTER 11 - April 2013

Rafael Zahralddin is a speaker and moderator at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2013 Corporate Counsel Conferenc - March 2013

Rafael Zahralddin Addresses Antitrust Issues in Sports Bankruptcies - August 2012

Rafael Zahralddin Addresses ABI’s Bankruptcy Workshop - July 2012

Rafael Zahralddin Named Co-Chair of ABA Task Force to Study Proposed Justice Department Fee Guidelines - January 2012

RAFAEL ZAHRALDDIN APPOINTED AS DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL FOR HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION - October 2011

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF PROVIDES INSIGHTS TO DELAWARE MANUFACTURERS SEEKING INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION THROUGH EXPORTS - October 2011

FIRM SELECTED AS CO-COUNSEL FOR THE CREDITORS COMMITTEE IN GRACEWAY PHARMACEUTICALS, LLC BANKRUPTCY - October 2011

RAFAEL ZAHRALDDIN IS A PANELIST AT CORPORATE COMPLIANCE AND BUSINESS ETHICS PANEL FOR 36TH ANNUAL HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION CONVENTION - August 2011

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SECURES MEANINGFUL RECOVERY FOR UNSECURED CREDITORS AND TO PROMOTE THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF A LONG-STANDING BUSINESS - June 2011

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF PROVIDES A LANDMARK VOICE FOR LONG-TERM DISABLED EMPLOYEES IN NORTEL BANKRUPTCY CASES - June 2011

RAFAEL ZAHRALDDIN IS PROGRAM CHAIR FOR ABA BUSINESS BANKRUPTCY’S LUNCHEON - April 2011

FIRM MEMBERS ELECTED TO LEADERSHIP IN BAR ASSOCIATIONS - January 2011

RAFAEL ZAHRALDDIN IS A PANELIST AT 22ND ANNUAL AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE WINTER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CROSS BORDER BANKRUPTCY LITIGATION - December 2010

FIRM LEAD EFFORTS IN DELAWARE TO REORGANIZE NATIONAL HOMEBUILDER WITH CONFIRMED PLAN - December 2010

RAFAEL ZAHRALDDIN IS A PANELIST AT AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION SECTION OF BUSINESS LAW WINTER MEETING 2010 SPEAKING ON STRUCTURING TRANSACTIONS WITH CREDITOR-CHALLENGED PARTIES - November 2010

RAFAEL ZAHRALDDIN IS PROGRAM CHAIR FOR A PANEL PRESENTATION ON PLEADING IN AVOIDANCE ACTIONS AT THE ABA BUSINESS BANKRUPTCY COMMITTEE FALL MEETING - October 2010

RAFAEL ZAHRALDDIN WAS A PANELIST AT CORPORATE COMPLIANCE AND BUSINESS ETHICS PANEL - August 2010

FIRM SELECTED AS DELAWARE AND CONFLICTS COUNSEL FOR THE CREDITORS COMMITTEE IN MAJOR CONSTRUCTION BANKRUPTCY - August 2010

GOVERNMENT OF NEVIS RETAINS ELLIOTT GREENLEAF IN THE FOUR SEASONS RESORT NEVIS LITIGATION IN DELAWARE - May 2010

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SUCCESSFUL IN DISMISSING INVOLUNTARY BANKRUPTCY CASE RELATED TO FOUR SEASONS NEVIS RESORT - May 2010

RAFAEL ZAHRALDDIN MODERATOR AND PANELIST AT HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION’S INAUGURAL CORPORATE COUNSEL CONFERENCE - April 2010

RAFAEL ZAHRALDDIN APPOINTED TO LEADERSHIP IN THE ABA’S BUSINESS BANKRUPTCY COMMITTEE - April 2010

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SELECTED AS DELAWARE COUNSEL TO MONITOR IN CANADIAN BANKRUPTCY - April 2010

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SELECTED AS DEBTORS’ DELAWARE AND CONFLICTS COUNSEL IN LARGE HOMEBUILDER CORPORATE BANKRUPTCY - March 2010

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SELECTED AS DELAWARE SPECIAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COUNSEL IN THE AMES HOLDING CORPORATION BANKRUPTCY - January 2010

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF AND THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION HOST PATENT LAW ROUNDTABLE ON “ARE GENES PATENTABLE?” - January 2010

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SELECTED AS DELAWARE SPECIAL LITIGATION CO-COUNSEL FOR QIMONDA RICHMOND LLC - August 2009

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SELECTED AS DELAWARE & CONFLICT COUNSEL FOR CREDITORS COMMITTEE IN PROLIANCE INTERNATIONAL, INC. - July 2009

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF RECOVERS FUNDS FOR CREDITORS IN RE: TRIBUNE COMPANIES, ET. AL. - May 2009

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF OBTAINS SIGNIFICANT RECOVERY FOR CREDITORS COMMITTEE ON SALE OF ASSETS - May 2009

FIRM SELECTED AS DELAWARE COUNSEL FOR THE CREDITORS COMMITTEE IN NORWOOD PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS HOLDING, INC. BANKRUPTCY - May 2009

FIRM SELECTED AS DELAWARE COUNSEL FOR ACCREDITED HOME LENDERS - May 2009

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SELECTED AS CREDITOR’S COMMITTEE COUNSEL IN FAIRCHILD CORPORATION BANKRUPTCY - April 2009

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SELECTED AS SPECIAL LITIGATION & CONFLICTS COUNSEL TO WASHINGTON MUTUAL, INC. & WMI INVESTMENT CORP. - April 2009

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SELECTED AS DEBTORS’ DELAWARE AND CONFLICTS COUNSEL FOR THE CHAPTER 11 CASE OF THE NATIONS’ LARGEST SPECIALTY SWIMWEAR CHAIN - April 2009

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF IS SELECTED CREDITORS COMMITTEE DELAWARE COUNSEL IN HPG INTERNATIONAL INC. BANKRUPTCY - February 2009

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF IS SELECTED SPECIAL LITIGATION COUNSEL FOR THE CREDITORS COMMITTEE IN A NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION BANKRUPTCY - February 2009

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF IS SELECTED CREDITORS COMMITTEE DELAWARE COUNSEL IN eTOYS BANKRUPTCY - January 2009

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF IS SELECTED CREDITORS COMMITEE DELAWARE COUNSEL IN DHP HOLDINGS II BANKRUPTCY - January 2009

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION SELECTS RAFAEL ZAHRALDDIN AS ONE OF SIX BUSINESS LAW AMBASSADORS FOR 2008-2010 - October 2008

Elliott Greenleaf Leads Creditors Committee to Significant Recovery For Creditors On Sale Of Assets - September 2008

Elliott Greenleaf Is Selected Delaware Creditors Committee Counsel In Large Health Care Bankruptcy - August 2008

Rafael Zahralddin Addresses Legal Issues facing Diversity Officers of Multi-National Firms - July 2008

American Bankruptcy Institute Features Elliott Greenleaf Lawyers - May 2008

Rafael X. Zahralddin Elected Chair of the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association - April 2008

Elliott Greenleaf Shareholders Present Seminar to Delaware State Bar Association - April 2008

Elliott Greenleaf’s Wilmington Office Highlighted in News Article - March 2008

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF WELCOMES RAFAEL X. ZAHRALDDIN, WILLIAM M. KELLEHER AND NEIL R. LAPINSKI TO ITS WILMINGTON, DELAWARE OFFICE - December 2007