A multi-practice Haynes and Boone, LLP team led by Partner Ian Peck represented Tuesday Morning, a publicly-held, off price home goods retailer with stores throughout the U.S., in its successful reorganization and emergence from Chapter 11.
“Tuesday Morning worked diligently with our advisors to craft a plan of reorganization that paid our vendor claims in full while protecting our shareholders,” CEO Steve Becker said in a statement. “We are especially pleased that our plan of reorganization has attracted significant new institutional ownership while allowing our shareholders to participate in the upcoming $40 million rights offering.”
Haynes and Boone’s engagement with the company began in March 2020, concurrent with Tuesday Morning’s temporary store closures required to comply with local COVID-19 regulations and to ensure the safety of the company’s customers and employees. To address the unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic, the Haynes and Boone team worked with the company to develop a comprehensive reorganization strategy that included securing two separate loan facilities that provided Tuesday Morning with access of up to $125 million to finance operations during the bankruptcy case, shedding the company’s less profitable locations through successful store closing sales, and renegotiating the terms of hundreds of store leases at the company’s go-forward locations. These efforts resulted in millions of dollars of savings to the company.
The Haynes and Boone team also advised Tuesday Morning in the negotiation and documentation of two exit loan facilities totaling $150 million and a $70 million sale-leaseback of certain of the company’s owned real estate. These capital sources, combined with a $40 million rights offering, will fund the company’s exit from Chapter 11.
In confirming Tuesday Morning’s reorganization plan, Chief Judge Harlin Hale of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas described Haynes and Boone’s efforts as “extraordinary” and the outcome as “wildly successful.”
The cross-sectional Haynes and Boone team led by Peck included Restructuring Practice Group team members Jarom Yates, Jordan Chavez, Rich Kanowitz, Martha Wyrick, David Staab, David Trausch, Arsalan Muhammad, Tom Zavala and Kim Morzak. Litigation support was provided by Aimee Furness and Taylor Robertson. Additional assistance in the reorganization was provided by Finance team members Sakina Foster, Molly Barham, Laura Shapiro, Cody Cravens, and Paul Amiel; Real Estate team members Brack Bryant, Chris Konopka, Kate Ortbahn, and Sarah Perot; Employee Benefits and Labor and Employment team members Susan Wetzel, Melissa Goodman, and Raquel Alvarenga; and Private Equity and Tax lawyers Rachael Apfel, David Lightstone, Dan Malone, AK Bonnet, and Ken Bezozo.
The Haynes and Boone Restructuring Practice Group handles issues in large and complex out-of-court financial restructurings and Chapter 11 reorganization cases. Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, 2020 ranks the practice as a market leader, and clients describe the lawyers as “business-oriented attorneys.”
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