transitive verb
:to make changes: do something in a new way
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Financial Restructuring, Reorganization and Bankruptcy

The firm’s Financial Restructuring, Reorganization and Bankruptcy practice area represents financial institutions, corporate creditors, distressed companies, corporate debtors and creditor constituency groups, such as secured lender groups, unsecured creditor organizations and unsecured creditors’ committees and bondholder groups. Collectively, the lawyers in the practice area have appeared and practiced in virtually every federal jurisdiction in the United States. Our bankruptcy practice involves all aspects of corporate debtor, creditor and constituent group representations. Members of the practice group work closely with members of complementary practices such as Banking, Real Estate, Environmental, Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions, General Corporate and Litigation, allowing an efficient and thorough, multidisciplinary, value-added approach to legal problem solving.

Representative Areas of Practice 

  • Secured Lender/Creditor Rights
  • Debtor-in-Possession Financing
  • Unsecured Creditors’ Rights
  • Official and Ad Hoc Creditors’ Committees
  • Bondholders and Trustees
  • Non-bankruptcy Corporate Financial Restructuring
  • Non-bankruptcy Secured and Unsecured Credit Restructuring and Workouts
  • Corporate Debtors and Debtors-in-Possession
  • Distressed Assets and Corporate Mergers and Acquisition

Questions? Contact one of our Financial Restructuring, Reorganization and Bankruptcy attorneys.

Practice Highlights

Serving as co-counsel to Payless ShoeSource Inc. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Served as co-counsel to Peabody Energy Corp., the world’s largest private-sector coal company, in its Chapter 11 proceedings. This was the second largest Chapter 11 case filed in the country in 2016.

Counsel to the Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in the following sampling of cases: Union Financial Services Group, Inc., et al.; Apex/Clark Oil, Inc.; Jones Truck Lines, Inc.; and Wehrenberg Theaters.

Counsel to corporate debtors in the following sampling of cases: Corporation; NHB, Inc.; BSW, Inc.; Metro Manufacturing, Inc.; and PenUltima, Inc.

Counsel to the lender/bank/note holders groups in the following sampling of cases: Thermadyne, Inc.; Interco, Inc.; and Balsam/Astroturf Industries, Inc.

Representation of the City of St. Louis in the Trans World Airlines, Inc. and U.S. Airways, Inc. bankruptcies.

Additional significant creditor representations in the following sampling of cases: Kmart; Enron; MCI/Worldcom; Global Crossing; Bridge Information Systems; Farmland Industries, Inc.; Cummins Utilities; Great Northern Paper Company; Vanguard Airlines; and PennTraffic, Inc.

Representative Experience

A federal judge in Kansas City has dismissed a $56 million lawsuit filed against a group of directors and officers liability insurers by the trustee of the Creditors’ Trust in the reorganization plan approved in the Interstate Bakeries Corp. bankruptcy. The defendants included National Union Fire Insurance Co., an Armstrong Teasdale client. U.S. Bank, the trustee, claimed it was entitled to the funds as part of a settlement with Interstate’s former officer. National Union was represented by Tom Weaver, Deanna Wendler Modde and Susan Ehlers.