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Steve Ma is a special bankruptcy counsel in the Business Solutions, Governance, Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Steve’s practice focuses on the representation of debtors, creditors, statutory and ad hoc committees, and equity holders in chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings.

Steve is a core member of the team representing the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico in its restructuring of Puerto Rico’s outstanding debt load of more than $70 billion. He played a key role in the successful restructuring of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Employees Retirement System of the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Public Buildings Authority, the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority, and the Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corporation (COFINA).

Steve has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in its "Ones to Watch" list since 2021. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Turnaround Management Association’s Journal of Corporate Renewal from 2021-2023.

Steve earned a B.A. in philosophy, cum laude, from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. During law school, Steve served as Notes Editor on the Cornell Law Review.

On May 20, 2019, in Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, 587 U.S. ___ (2019), the Supreme Court resolved an area of ongoing concern for parties to trademark licenses. The court addressed a circuit split on whether a trademark licensee may continue to use a trademark for the term of the license, after the license has been rejected in bankruptcy.  In Mission, the debtor-licensor rejected a trademark license agreement and sought to terminate the licensee’s right to use the debtor’s trademark. This decision has important ramifications to parties to trademark licenses.