An authority on international litigation, Chris represents secured creditors and creditors' committees in complex financial restructurings and bankruptcy reorganizations. In particular, he is consistently sought out for his deep knowledge in international insolvency and litigation matters, specifically concerning the pursuit of assets transferred to offshore jurisdictions. Governments and individuals worldwide depend upon his multifaceted understating of asset tracking and recovery in consistently reaching favorable solutions.
Chris' personal ties to the financial services industry stem from ownership of commercial real estate ventures, oil and gas exploration efforts and a number of shopping centers, where he was involved in leasing, construction and management. He also was Vice Chairman and General Counsel for a commercial bank.
Some of Chris' noteworthy accomplishments in the financial services industry include:
•Advised the unsecured creditors' committee in the Farmland Industries bankruptcy - with scheduled debt of $1.9 billion. Payment to unsecured creditors in the case was more than 100 percent of allowed claims.
•Represented a diverse conglomerate of companies in a multibillion-dollar Chapter 11 proceeding in Delaware. Client was able to effectuate a substantial recovery of millions of dollars of the companies' claims.
•Gatekeeper for an international bank in a multijurisdictional recovery action of a $60 million loan spanning five continents. The client received payment on its loan balance plus accrued interest after a small discount was negotiated.
•Counseled client whose primary creditor conveyed and transferred assets offshore to frustrate recovery by the client. In a short time span, a full reconveyance of assets was returned to the United States so that the same could be applied against the outstanding balance due to the client.
An international and national advisor, Chris was named to FraudNet, a division of the International Chamber of Commerce, which specializes in asset recovery. He also is a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and was instrumental in assisting in the development of its legislative guide on insolvency. He is a member of the expert group to UNCITRAL and a representative on behalf of UNCITRAL in coordination with The Hague Conference on insolvency matters. In addition, he has served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime.
Chris is a fellow of the prestigious International Insolvency Institute and the American College of Bankruptcy. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes and the American Bar Association's Journal.
Since 1986, Chris' international litigation has taken him to numerous overseas jurisdictions while pursuing the recovery of millions of dollars for creditors, trustees and receivers. Among his destinations: the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, England, Wales, Norway, France, Italy, the Netherlands and other European countries, Cayman Islands, Nevis and other Caribbean Islands, the Netherland Antilles, and South America.
Awards and Recognitions
•American Bar Foundation, fellow
•American College of Bankruptcy, fellow
•The Best Lawyers In America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy, 1987-2013, 2015
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2005-2014
•Who's Who Legal, International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers, 2012-2013
•Counseled unsecured creditors' committee in bankruptcy of Farmland Industries - with scheduled debt of $1.9 billion. Payment to unsecured creditors in the case was more than 100 percent of allowed claims.
•Advised conglomerate of companies in a multibillion-dollar Chapter 11 proceeding in Delaware, with significant recovery of millions of dollars of the companies' claims.
•Represented international beef packing company in which the client was able to be paid reclamation claim of more than $2 million in full and also defended a $5 million preference action without any payment by the client.
•Served as gatekeeper in a multijurisdictional recovery action of a $60 million loan spanning five continents. Ultimately international bank client received payment on loan balance plus accrued interest after a small discount was negotiated.
•Counseled a client whose primary creditor conveyed and transferred assets to the Cook Islands to frustrate recovery by the client. In a relatively short period of time, a full reconveyance of assets transferred to the Cayman Islands was returned to the United States so that the same could be applied against the outstanding balance due to the client.
•Acted as a consultant to the World Bank Group on international insolvency issues and provided advice and recommendations.
•Represented a bankruptcy trustee in Houston, Texas, in an international pyramid Ponzi scheme proceeding and established a procedure to recover assets from the Isle of Man, both as to the multimillion dollars transferred plus related attorneys' fees and expenses.
6.01.13 Global Markets Carry International Recovery Challenges, Journal of Corporate Renewal
5.17.13 Migration of Debtors: Personal Bankruptcy Law within a Trans-Border Context, St. Petersburg International Legal Forum
Speaking Engagement St. Petersburg,
1.10.13 What Will the Future Insolvency Reform Work of UNCITRAL Be and Major Changes by UNCITRAL to the Guide to Enactment as to COMI Determination, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges American Bar Association Fall Meeting UNCITRAL Task Force International Bankruptcy Committee
Speaking Engagement Atlanta, GA
12.01.12 Fraud and Asset Recovery and Transborder Bankruptcy Cooperation Conference
Speaking Engagement Sao Paulo, Brazil
10.22.12 Top Techniques for and Cross Border Insolvency Remedies in Fraud Recovery in the U.S., U.K., Europe and the Caribbean
Speaking Engagement Miami, FL
9.23.11 International Insolvencies: Basic Principles and Current Problems, Including Lessons from Lehman, Stanford and Other Recent Cases
Speaking Engagement London, England
6.14.11 Preserving Going Concern Values: Developing D&O Guidelines
Speaking Engagement New York, NY
10.28.10 Overview and Analysis of Cross-Border Insolvency Proceedings and Current Developments
Speaking Engagement Washington, D.C.
10.01.10 Resolved: Chapter 7 Debtors' Counsel Must be Employed by the Bankruptcy Estate Before Being Paid from the Estate Assets for Post-Petition Work
Speaking Engagement Kansas City, MO
9.29.10 The Challenge of Determining Whether to Use a Receivership Action or an Insolvency Proceeding to Effectuate the Recovery of Assets in Cross-Border Fraud Actions
Speaking Engagement London
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