Yara Kass-Gergi is a corporate lawyer who focuses on bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Yara advises a cross-section of the firm’s national and international clients involved in energy, health care, higher education, hospitality, real estate management and development, retail, and technology products and services, as well as other industries. Those clients includes both public and private companies, joint ventures, general and limited partnerships, foreign investors, private and charitable foundations, and public-private partnerships.
In her bankruptcy practice, Yara advises both debtors and creditors, providing valuable assistance in matters involving financial restructuring, debt collection and settlement, workouts and various types of bankruptcy applications, filings, and processes. Yara also helps clients purchase companies and assets out of bankruptcy. Additionally, Yara counsels creditors with adversary proceedings in the bankruptcy court.
In her corporate work, Yara advises business owners and executives with credit agreements in debt finance, real estate finance and mergers & acquisitions. When representing companies in merger & acquisition deals, she handles the purchasers’ due diligence so that they may fully assess the operations, policies, and procedures of companies prior to acquisition. In facilitating these deals, Yara also provides a full range of support regarding legal strategies, contracts, amendments, and negotiations.
Prior to joining Goulston & Storrs, Yara served as a law clerk to Judge Stacey L. Meisel in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, drafting and editing bench memoranda, orders of the court, judicial opinions, and relevant findings of legal research. This experience allows her to inform clients on best practices within the court system as they formulate legal solutions. Yara’s background also includes serving as a temporary assistant general counsel in Bucharest, Romania for Alexandrion Holdings, Ltd., assisting the European distiller in matters involving New York tax credits, U.S. Customs issues, North American expansion, and general corporate issues. Yara also served as a law clerk to Judges Robert Bent and Thomas Carlson of the Vermont Superior Court, performing legal research, and drafting memoranda, court orders and opinions.
With an active life outside of her law career, Yara’s personal interests span rowing, hiking, American history, theater, and sporting events.
- Named as an All-Academic member of the National Collegiate Rowing Association
- New York State Bar Association, member
- New York City Bar Association, Sports Law Committee
- New Jersey Bar Association, member
- International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, member
- Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, member
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Boston College Law School (J.D., 2017)
- Wesleyan University (B.A., 2012)