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Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring

Financial restructuring is taking on a new and ever-larger role in today’s increasingly complex business environment. Faced with changes in the competitive global economy and within their own industries, clients are increasingly turning to financial restructuring as an option for reorganizing and/or acquiring core businesses, shedding excess assets or divisions, and reformulating long-term objectives. The widespread use of financial restructuring as a tool of financial planning has changed the face of corporate deal-making.

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Greenberg Traurig’s Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice provides clients with the insight and knowledge that come with decades of advisory and litigation experience handling highly complex issues that arise in reorganizations, restructurings, workouts, liquidations and distressed acquisitions and sales as well as cross-border proceedings. We offer clients a broad multidisciplinary approach supported by a nationally recognized practice that has been engaged in many of the key complex restructurings and bankruptcies of our time.

We offer clients the resources and reach of one the country’s largest bankruptcy practices, supported by the firm’s international platform of approximately 1,750 attorneys in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

In 2013, U.S. News - Best Lawyers® named Greenberg Traurig "Law Firm of the Year" in the Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy categories.

GT’s restructuring team offers clients a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together the knowledge and capabilities of our team with those of attorneys in the firm’s strong complementary practices – including Corporate & Securities, Environmental, Financial Institutions, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate and Tax. Together, we help companies navigate challenging times and address the full range of issues that can arise when reorganizing their core businesses, shedding excess assets or divisions, reformulating long-term objectives or dealing with distressed companies.

GT’s practice brings together experienced restructuring attorneys based in commercial centers across the country. Our attorneys have strong working relationships and meaningful experience in our local business and legal communities – including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa, Tysons Corner, and Wilmington.

GT’s national platform enables us to offer swift, cost-efficient counsel to clients with headquarters and operations throughout the United States, ranging from major multinationals to significant regional companies. We promise our clients immediate access to experienced senior restructuring attorneys who will be attentive to their needs. We deliver innovative thinking and practical strategies to help resolve complicated situations and take advantage of the opportunities hidden in times of trouble.

Our business-focused approach to legal services means that we can help clients tap into opportunities that may arise, such as acquisitions or sales of distressed companies’ assets. We provide clients access to the GT platform – our strong working relationships within their local business community, as well as access to the business networks of our 1750 attorneys.

Industry Recognition

GT’s Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice has been recognized as one of the leading restructuring practices in the United States:

  • Named 2013 “Law Firm of the Year” in the Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy categories by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®
  • Chambers USA recognized 14 of our attorneys in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring category in its 2014 edition
  • The Best Lawyers in America® recognized 13 of our attorneys in the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law category in its 2015 edition
  • 2014 ACG New York Champion’s Award for Technology, Media, Telecom Deal of the Year (Over $100mm) for our role in the Restructuring of FriendFinder Networks Inc.
  • The M&A Advisor has recognized our practice with the following Turnaround Awards:
    • 2014 Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Over $100mm to $1 Billion) for our role in the Chapter 11 reorganization of HMX, LLC
    • 2014 Sec. 363 Sale of the Year (Over $100mm to $1 Billion) for our role in the 363 bankruptcy sale of Orchard Supply Hardware Stores
  • Global M&A Network has recognized our practice with the following Turnaround Atlas Awards:
    • 2014 Cross Border Special Situation M&A Deal of the Year for our role in the AgFeed Industries sale of assets to Ningbo Tech Bank, TriOak Foods and Smithfield/Murphy
    • 2014 Media & Entertainment Turnaround of the Year for our role in the reorganization of FriendFinder Networks Inc.
    • 2014 Consumer Goods Turnaround of the Year for our role in the Orchard Supply Hardware Stores sale to Lowes
    • Keith Shapiro received the 2014 Turnaround Leadership Award
    • Nancy Mitchell and Nancy Peterman named among the 2014 Top 100: Global Restructuring & Turnaround Dealmakers
    • 2013 Insolvency Deal of the Year – Middle Markets for our role in the Chapter 11 restructuring of ShengdaTech, Inc.
    • Nancy Peterman was named the 2013 Restructuring Lawyer of the Year - Middle Markets
    • 2012 Turnaround of the Year - Upper Mid Markets for our role in the pre-packaged Chapter 11 restructuring and recapitalization of Satélites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V.
    • 2012 Private Equity Turnaround Deal of the Year for our role in the Chapter 11 reorganization and acquisition of American Laser Skincare LLC
    • Keith Shapiro named the 2012 Restructuring Lawyer of the Year - Middle Markets
    • 2011 Middle Market Law Firm of the Year
    • 2011 Healthcare Turnaround of the Year for our role in the sale of Chem Rx Corp. to PharMerica Corp.
    • 2010 Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year for deals above $1 billion for our role in the restructuring of LandSource Communities Development LLC
  • We were recognized for our role in the restructuring of Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V, which was honored with Latin Lawyer’s 2012 Restructuring of the Year award
  • Our team includes six attorneys who are Fellows in the American College of Bankruptcy
  • Howard Steinberg was a member of a team that received the 2012 International Financial Law Review Deal of the Year Award for its representation of RIM in connection with a $4.5 billion patent portfolio purchase in the Nortel bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Law360 ranked our practice the 10th largest, based on number of bankruptcy attorneys worldwide, in its 2012 survey
  • We are a member of INSOL International’s elite “Group of Thirty-Six” – a global group of 36 legal, accounting, financial and other professional firms and financial institutions engaged in cross-border and international insolvencies

Practice Area Experience

We practice regularly in courts throughout the United States, as well as in other jurisdictions around the world. Our attorneys have played critical roles in many recent complex bankruptcies and restructurings, including those of AbitibiBowater Inc., AgFeed USA, LLC, Allens, Inc., American Airlines, Ashton Woods USA LLC, Atlantis Plastics, Inc., Bank United Financial Corporation, Bruno's Supermarkets, LLC, Chem Rx Corp., Chesapeake Corporation, DBSI, Inc., DirectBuy Holdings, Inc., Conseco Finance Company, Eurofresh, Extended Stay Hotels, Inc., Fontainebleau Las Vegas, FriendFinder Networks Inc., General Growth Properties, General Motors Corp., Global Crossing, Indianapolis Downs, LLC, Lake Las Vegas, LandSource Communities Development LLC, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Liberty Healthcare Group, Satélites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V., Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., Southeast Banking Corporation, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Inc., TOUSA, Inc., Tropicana Entertainment, LLC, United Airlines, Werner Holding Co. (DE), Inc., and Westgate Resorts, LLC.

Our attorneys have broad and deep experience representing all of the parties to bankruptcies and restructurings, both in court and out of court, including:

  • Debtors
  • Official and ad hoc committees of creditors
  • Investors and purchasers of assets, debt instruments or equity of troubled companies
  • Secured and unsecured creditors and DIP lenders
  • Boards of directors and board committees
  • Trustees, receivers, examiners, indenture trustees and other fiduciaries
  • Post-confirmation fiduciaries in litigation and asset disposition

In addition, we offer unparalleled experience, knowledge and depth in a number of key industries, including:

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Gaming
  • Health care
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities

GT Restructuring Review (Blog)

Please visit Greenberg Traurig’s GT Restructuring Review – a space where we provide information and commentary on important topics and developments in the restructuring industry.

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At Greenberg Traurig, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The individual attorneys at Greenberg Traurig are committed to nurturing diversity throughout the firm and creating an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively.

For us, diversity is about taking action - opening doors for lawyers.

That commitment is reflected by the fact that overall, 40 percent of Greenberg Traurig's attorneys worldwide are women or minorities as defined by the American Bar Association. As of Dec. 31, 2014, our U.S. employees, including attorneys and staff, who met the definition of minority persons reflected a total of 29 percent of our employment base. Approximately 32 percent of our U.S. attorneys and 52 percent of our U.S. employees are women.

Greenberg Traurig's commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond any single committee. Committees cannot nurture; they cannot mentor; they cannot create an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively. Committees do not lead. Our diverse attorneys however, can and do.

* We welcome and reflect the communities we represent better than any other major law firm in our markets.

* We do not simply rely on a "committee" to achieve this.

* We do so through a commitment to providing a fair opportunity for each of us to reach our full potential.

* We have the personal dedication of many at Greenberg Traurig who identify and bring into our firm this very special diversity.

* The Minority Law Journal 2014 Diversity Scorecard has recognized us as follows:
o No. 1 Ranking, African American Partners
o No. 1 Ranking, Hispanic American Non-Partners
o No. 2 Ranking, Hispanic American Partners

* The National Law Journal has previously recognized our attorneys as among:
o No. 2 Ranking, Female Partner Numbers, Female Scorecard (2013)
o "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" (Three) (2008)
o "The 50 Most Influential Women Attorneys" (Two) (2007)
o "The 100 Most Influential Attorneys in America"
(Two diverse attorneys; three total) (2006)

Diversity in Action: Fostering Diversity in the Profession and Preserving the Pipeline

Greenberg Traurig's Diversity Leadership Community has initiatives that focus on fostering an environment within the firm that supports and encourages diversity and inclusion, and increasing diversity in the profession by increasing access to a legal education for minority students. Helping today's law students and lawyers become tomorrow's business and legal leaders means a larger, more diverse marketplace and a greater pool of talented professionals. And that means more business opportunities for everyone - our firm, our colleagues and, most importantly, our clients.
In this way, our approach to diversity and inclusion mandates a high-level of personal responsibility with regard to the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys. Attorneys in recruiting, hiring and supervisory roles are continuously made aware of the progress of our efforts. Our personal approach to diversity and inclusion means that Greenberg Traurig lawyers are active at their alma maters and at law schools local to their offices, participating in such programs as career panels; "Meet the Employer" days; and mock interviews, among others.

It has been, and continues to be, our goal to create a well-balanced workforce that contains a significant presence of minorities and women.

Greenberg Traurig creates and supports partner programs with women, minority, gay/lesbian or disability-focused bar associations. We attend and sponsor events at these organizations regularly throughout the United States. The firm works closely with national and local minority bars to address the fostering of diversity and inclusion in the profession on many levels. We support the work of several organizations, including MCCA, NAPABA, NASABA, NBA, NLGBTBA, HRC, HNBA and others.

Additionally, we provide funding through the Holly Skolnick Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation for lawyers and law students to work with public interest groups. Through the Foundation, Greenberg Traurig serves as the largest sponsor of Equal Justice Works Fellowships in the United States and has invested approximately $8 million to support, in whole or in part, almost 127 Equal Justice Works Fellows since 1999.

We invite clients to join us as we work towards:

* Cultivating strategic partnerships with clients and potential clients to leverage our diversity platform to create and deepen relationships and cultivate business opportunities.

* Encouraging our lawyers to facilitate opportunities for our diverse and women lawyers to develop relationships with clients before and after new matters are received.

* Broadening the pipeline of diverse attorneys by expanding relationships with minority bar associations and other legal diversity organizations through our combined support of these networks.

* Focusing on strengthening mentoring programs for female and diverse attorneys at every level.

* Instituting a program that provides a variety of mentoring, rainmaking and training opportunities that can be accessed by a wide range of diverse attorneys across a variety of underserved communities.

* Engaging our Affinity Groups and their allies as a forum for professional development and business development opportunities, as well as for recruiting and retention assistance and as a social exchange to promote inclusion.

Diversity in Action: Employee Resource Networks

Greenberg Traurig's Employee Resource Networks (Affinity Groups) have the goal of addressing the needs of our attorneys and professionals who are diverse. We support Affinity Groups for our attorneys who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, LGBT and women, and we continue to gauge opportunities to expand those groups as our needs and demographics dictate.

The firm's Affinity Groups are as follows:

* African American Affinity Group

* Asian Pacific American Affinity Group

* Hispanic American Affinity Group

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group

* South Asian American Affinity Group

* Women's Initiative

Our goals include:

* Mentoring of junior attorneys within the specific group;

* Recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys;

* Active participation in organizations addressing specific groups; and

* Serving as a forum for group members to discuss and explore issues and opportunities that will add value to client relationships.

Women's Initiative

As an example of our approach, Greenberg Traurig's firm-wide Women's Initiative focuses on retaining and supporting women attorneys through professional development and work/life balance initiatives, as well as through business development training programs and networking opportunities.

We work with like-minded organizations to address these issues on a broader scale in a variety of industries and communities.

Our program targets:

* Attracting and retaining talented women attorneys.

* Supporting business development for women attorneys.

* Serving as industry leaders.

* Impacting the community through leadership and service.

* Maintaining a culture that benefits women attorneys.

Diversity in Action: Suppliers

Greenberg Traurig is committed to the development of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises (DBE & SBE) suppliers.

As such:

* All business concerns, large and small, majority- or minority-owned, are afforded an equal opportunity to compete.

* A national director of procurement within the firm supports this practice.

* We are committed to diversity with respect to our vendors and suppliers.

* We are amenable to using diverse vendors and suppliers recommended by clients.

Diversity from the Top Down

Cesar L. Alvarez, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig, leads our diversity efforts. This is a matter of personal responsibility for him, having entered the U.S. as an immigrant with humble beginnings.

He has previously been honored as follows:

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Hispanic National Bar Foundation

* "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "Top Most Powerful Hispanics," The Black Book of Poder

* "25 Best Latinos in Business," Hispanic Magazine, The Power Issue

* "President's Award of Merit for Diversity Efforts," The Florida Bar

* "Spirit of Excellence Award," ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Chambers USA Awards for Excellence

* "CEO of the Year" award, Multicultural Law Magazine

* "Attorney of the Year Award," Hispanic National Bar Association


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