And the politicians/media think trader and bankers overpay is the problem. Ya right. Lehman Bankruptcy Advisers Paid $641.9 Million in 16 Months Share Business ExchangeTwitterFacebook| Email | Print | A A A By Linda Sandler Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., the investment bank liquidating in bankruptcy, paid its lawyers and other advisers $641.9 million in 16 months since September 2008, according to a regulatory filing. The restructuring firm Alvarez & Marsal LLC, which provided Lehman with its current chief executive officer, Bryan Marsal, led the payments with $233 million in fees for âinterim managementâ through January, according to the filing yesterday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP of New York collected $149.5 million for acting as the investment bankâs lead bankruptcy law firm. Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP got $42.4 million for advising Lehmanâs creditorsâ committee. Lehman and its affiliates reported cash holdings of $17.6 billion on Jan. 31, an increase from $17.2 billion a month earlier. Lehman, once the worldâs fourth-biggest investment bank, is liquidating in bankruptcy to pay creditors. Its payments to advisers havenât faced major challenges such as those in the case of bankrupt automaker Chrysler LLC, which is using U.S. Treasury loans to wind itself down. Lehman filed the biggest U.S. bankruptcy in September 2008 with assets of $639 billion. Creditors include UBS AG, the New York Giants and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority as well as individuals who hold Lehman bonds. The case is In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., 08-13555, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).