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Successfully navigating distressed situations requires lawyers who know the law and understand business.
The Bankruptcy and Business Restructuring Practice Group at Haynes and Boone has long been recognized as one of just a handful of teams in the nation that is fully equipped to handle issues in the largest and most complex out-of-court financial restructurings and Chapter 11 reorganization cases. Chambers USA ranks the practice as a market leader both globally and nationally, describing our lawyers as “honest, creative, hard-working and very smart.” Our bankruptcy section was shortlisted for the 2015 Chambers USA Award of Excellence as Bankruptcy Team of the Year for the entire nation.
Our clients, whether they are debtors, creditors, lenders, equity security holders or agent banks, rely on our significant experience, skill and deep bench. With partners and counsel that have been practicing for an average of 25 years or more and a dedicated team of well-trained associates, we have the knowledge, experience, and skills to tackle our clients’ toughest problems.
Restructuring a debt-laden business is akin to multi-party military maneuvers: each creditor/party-in-interest has its own agenda, but victory generally results from forming multiple, and sometimes shifting, strategic alliances, which constantly must be re-evaluated. The attorneys in the Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice Group have extensive experience in all aspects of insolvency practice, including representing debtors-in-possession, creditors committees, financial institutions and other secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, indenture trustees, landlords, acquirers and equity security holders committees, both in out-of-court restructurings and in bankruptcy court. Our involvement in many significant corporate reorganizations representing different types of parties-in-interest, not just debtors or only financial institutions, provides understanding of the dynamics of the reorganization process from each constituent's point of view. This multi-faceted, multi-billion dollar experience gives us the ability to anticipate likely developments in a restructuring which can be the catalyst for a mutually beneficial relationship between the debtor and its various creditor constituencies.
In the oil and gas space, our lawyers have a deep understanding of the day-to-day operational and financial issues impacting our clients as well as the economic and political trends that affect their businesses. Haynes and Boone has extensive experience in the energy, oil and gas, oilfield services and petrochemical industries, which means we have been witness to the varying business cycles of the energy industry and have worked on a number of high profile debt restructures and insolvencies on both the debtor and creditor sides.
Because of our diversity of perspective and experience, it is unlikely that our team of bankruptcy lawyers will encounter situations for which they do not have analogous experience. Having worked on cases from every side of the docket enables our lawyers to assess a client’s particular facts and circumstances, to quickly recommend alternative causes of action and to provide reasoned and well-grounded assessment of the likely success of such alternative courses. Most importantly, our experience translates into bringing value to our clients and counsel that is reliable and working in your best interests during very stressful times.
We have handled matters across a wide variety of industries, and our lawyers are adept at learning the “ins-and-outs” of our clients’ businesses, with Chambers USA noting that our lawyers “consistently become experts on the matters they are handling, and their work product is flawless.”
Our experience includes:
- Advising boards of directors of distressed and failing companies
- Serving as counsel to debtors, creditor committees, senior debt holders, portfolio companies, subordinated debt holders, ad hoc groups of creditors and equity security holders
- Advising sellers and buyers in distresses mergers and acquisitions
- Representing counterparties to contracts with bankruptcy companies
- Representing key suppliers, landlords and tenants of distressed retail and manufacturing companies
- Representing banks as agents for syndicates, both secured and unsecured
- Representing parties with significant claims against debtors in bankruptcy
- Defending parties facing significant litigation claims brought by bankruptcy trustees and creditors
- Representing corporate clients in transactions and litigation with financial distressed counterparties
- Advising parties in connection with cross-border workout and restructuring matters, particularly in Mexico
Experience Across Many Industries
Our firm’s clients come from virtually every industry and include more than 100 Fortune 500 companies, many major foreign companies, and large financial institutions. This gives us the broad perspective necessary to successfully represent classes of creditors comprised of companies from a variety of industries and sectors. The industries from which our bankruptcy clients come include:
- Aviation and Airline
- Energy and Utilities
- Government Contracting
- Home Building
- Food Distribution
- Hospitality and Lodging
- Real Estate
- Sports and Entertainment