Rishi Kapoor is counsel in Venable's New York office and a member of the Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Group. Rishi's practice focuses on a variety of complex litigation, both in and outside the bankruptcy context, as well as representing clients in mediation and advising on pre-litigation disputes. He advises commercial lenders and creditors, asset managers, investment banks, and other sophisticated corporate entities on a wide range of issues arising out of investment, financing, derivatives, and real estate-related transactions.
Rishi represents clients in all aspects of the Chapter 11 process, including first-day motions, relief from the automatic stay, 363 sales, claims litigation, avoidance actions based on preferential or fraudulent transfers, and plan confirmation.
As part of the firm's Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) servicing team, Rishi frequently works with CMBS trusts and special servicers on single asset real estate bankruptcies, intercreditor disputes, foreclosure and guaranty actions, receiverships, lender-liability actions, UCC sales of mezzanine interests, and workouts, modifications and sales of CMBS loans.
Rishi also advises financial institutions in disputes relating to complex financial transactions, including those arising out of the issuance and redemption of credit-linked notes and the close-out of derivatives transactions with insolvent counterparties.
Rishi has worked on several high-profile bankruptcy, litigation, and CMBS matters, including the representation of:
Rishi maintains an active pro bono practice. He is currently representing an individual seeking asylum in the United States, and has previously obtained asylum for individuals who were persecuted in their home countries because of their political affiliation and sexual orientation. Rishi counseled the Legal Aid Society in its efforts to hold the state of New York accountable for violating a mother's due process rights when her infant son was unjustly removed from her custody. Rishi also advised a community-based nonprofit lender to small businesses in the New York City area.
Rishi has served as a coordinator of the New York office’s summer associate program and as a mentor to several summer associates. In addition, he is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Hiring Committee for the New York office.
While in law school, Rishi interned with the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York and the New York Stock Exchange Regulation department.