Attorneys in Taft's Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights group represent debtors and creditors in all aspects of business restructurings, workouts, foreclosures, receiverships and bankruptcies. The practice consists of experienced partners and associates spread among the firm's Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Indianapolis offices. We have extensive experience in the automotive, steel, telecommunications, basic manufacturing, retail and wholesale goods, and distress debt trading industries. Our attorneys regularly appear on behalf of clients in bankruptcy courts in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio and pro hac vice in bankruptcy courts across the United States, including in New York and Delaware.READ MORE
We represent clients in virtually every aspect of complex litigation and transactions involving financially distressed businesses, including the acquisition and sale of assets and claims; the prosecution and defense of preference and fraudulent conveyance claims; the formation and implementation of credit policies and procedures; the structuring of loans and other financing arrangements involving debtor-in-possession financing, letters of credit, leasing and floor-planning; and the negotiation and formulation of out-of-court restructuring arrangements and Chapter 11 reorganization plans. Our experience also includes lien protection and asset recovery, pre-bankruptcy workouts, uniform commercial code matters and asset protection.
Our attorneys frequently lecture at local seminars throughout Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and at national programs for audiences that include attorneys, commercial lenders, accountants, industry trade groups and bar associations. Several Taft attorneys are also contributing authors for the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, and three members of the practice are certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification.
Chapter 11 Debtor Representations
The Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights practice has extensive experience representing public and private companies as debtors in possession in Chapter 11 cases, including the following Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio bankruptcy cases:
- In re ATA Airlines, Inc., et al. (S.D. Ind.), a commercial and charter airline carrier with a fleet in excess of 80 aircraft serving passengers and delivering cargo worldwide
- In re Paul Harris Stores, Inc. (S.D. Ind.), a women’s retail clothing chain with over 300 stores in 31 states
- In re Buehler Foods, Inc. (S.D. Ind.), a regional grocery chain with 66 stores in four states
- In re LOI, LP d/b/a Legends of Indiana Golf Club (S.D. Ind.), a 27 hole golf facility in Franklin, IN
- In re Lauth Investment Properties, LLC, et al. (S.D. Ind.), a national real estate development company with $3 billion in assets
- In re Greenwood Pointe, LP (S.D. Ind.), one of several single asset real estate cases for a local developer
- In re Buttermilk Towne Center (E.D. Ky), the owner/developer of a shopping center in Northern Kentucky
- In re Baldwin Piano & Organ Company, et al. (S.D. Ohio), the manufacturer and distributor of a full range of high quality acoustic and electric keyboard instruments featuring the Baldwin®, Wurlitzer®, Chickering™, ConcertMaster™ and Pianovelle™ trademarks
- In re Brendamour's, Inc., (S.D. Ohio) a 15-store regional sporting goods retailer
- In re Center Apartments, Limited, et al. (S.D. Ohio), 28 separate debtors comprising the largest privately-owned provider of affordable housing in Cincinnati
- In re Cincinnati Entertainment Associates, Ltd., et al. (S.D. Ohio), owners of the 17,500-seat Firstar Center arena located on the Cincinnati riverfront and the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey team
- In re Hamilton Foundry & Machine Co. (S.D. Ohio), an iron castings manufacturer with facilities in four states
- In re Intrenet, Inc., et al. (S.D. Ohio), one of the largest flatbed truckload carrier businesses in the United States
- In re Kennedy Manufacturing Company, et al. (N.D. Ohio), a national manufacturer of industrial and medical tool storage components
- In re Steelox Systems, LLC (S.D. Ohio), a manufacturer of pre-fabricated buildings with facilities in several states
- In re N-Ren Corporation (S.D. Ohio), manufacturer of fertilizers with facilities throughout the United States
Chapter 11 Committee and Significant Creditor Representations
We also regularly represent all types of creditor interests in bankruptcy cases, state court receivership and collection actions and out-of-court restructurings and workouts. Clients include public and private multi-national corporations as suppliers and/or customers, financial institutions as pre-petition secured lenders, private equity funds holding convertible debt instruments, publicly traded real estate investment trusts, accounts receivable factors, equipment and real property lessors and individuals. Our attorneys have represented official creditor committees and significant creditor interests in Chapter 11 cases throughout the United States. Notable Chapter 11 committee representations include In re Precision Tool and Die Co., Inc. (W.D. Ky); Russell Cave Company f/k/a The J. Peterman Company (E.D. Ky); In re Covington Landing LP (E.D. Ky); and In re Channel 64 Communication, Inc. (S.D. Ohio).
We have extensive experience representing significant creditor interests in bankruptcy cases in the automotive industry (Delphi Automotive; Dana Automotive; Dura Automotive; Collins & Aikman); basic manufacturing (Amko Plastics, Inc.; Cincinnati Microwave, Inc.; F&C International, Gibson Group, Inc.; SPECO Corporation, Harnischfeger Industries, Inc.); construction (Integrated Building Materials; Swanson-Nunn Electric Co., Inc.;); energy and natural gas transportation (Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation); groceries (Almac's, Inc.; Pic N' Save, Inc.); retail consumer goods (Leugers, Inc.; Steinberg's, Inc.; Swallen's Inc., Van Leunen's, Inc., d/b/a All About Sports; Elder-Beerman Stores Corp.; Phar-Mor, Inc.; Payless Cashways, Inc.; Federated Department Stores; Foxmeyer Drug Company; Revco;) the steel industry (LTV Steel Company, Inc.); the telecommunications industry (Trinsic, Inc.; WorldCom; Loral Communications); the transportation industry (Bengal Transit, Inc.; Bush Leasing, Inc.; Indiana Hi-Rail, Inc.; Total Transportation, Inc.; Piper Aircraft) wholesale goods (Jay Garment Corp.; F&M Distributors; Paragon Trade Brands). Our practitioners also have extensive experience representing insurers in asbestos-related Chapter 11 cases; sellers in distressed debt-trading transactions; and defendants in preference actions.
Many of Taft’s debtor and creditor representations involve matters outside of Chapter 7 or 11 bankruptcy cases. These include counseling clients regarding credit policies and terms with a view to reducing credit losses and preference liability; representing clients in assignments for the benefit of creditors; assisting clients in renegotiating and restructuring loans and other credit obligations; representing clients and debtors, secured creditors and buyers in asset sales, including Article 9 sales; and advising clients with respect to credit insurance, credit default swaps, debt put and assignment arrangements and other credit-protection and credit-hedging transactions.
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