Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights & Workout

Our Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights and Workout Group helps clients craft a strategy to effectively deal with troubled companies. Our attorneys have the deep expertise and insight necessary to help you smoothly navigate often-complex insolvency proceedings - whether they are in bankruptcy court, state law receivership proceedings or out-of-court restructurings. Clients include borrowers, lenders and creditors (secured and unsecured). We offer a full spectrum of services related to bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, including:

Bankruptcy Issues
Our attorneys offer skilled representation to:

–  borrowers and lenders who need to restructure credit facilities

–  trade creditors who are seeking protection of their rights both in and out of bankruptcy court

–  buyers who are purchasing assets at bankruptcy court sales or secured party sales

–  secured creditors who are seeking enforcement of their rights under their security documents

–  landlords in addressing rejection of, or assumption and assignment of, leases in bankruptcy court

–  creditors in the defense of preference actions

–  construction companies in navigating the intersection of bankruptcy, surety law and construction-specific issues

Our attorneys handle sophisticated corporate restructuring and insolvency proceedings. We advocate on behalf of creditors and lenders (both secured and unsecured) as well as landlords, developers, contractors and trade creditors. Our attorneys also represent companies acquiring assets in bankruptcy sales.

Creditors’ Rights
Our work often goes beyond the bankruptcy court. For example:

–  We represent both borrowers and lenders in out-of-court restructurings. This often involves negotiating intricate workout transactions.

–  We frequently assist clients in structuring complex transactions to securitize loans for “bankruptcy remote” purposes.

–  We structure settlements to ensure the maximum protection for our clients.

Who We Serve
Our clients include borrowers, lenders and creditors (secured and unsecured), and public and private companies. Although we serve a wide variety of corporate clients, we have developed particularly deep expertise in the following areas:

–  Construction – We have represented numerous construction companies in the bankruptcy of general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, addressing issues including project close-out, mechanics’ liens, settlement of claims and joint venture issues.

–  Real Estate – We serve as counsel to landlords, tenants and developers to address the assumption, assignment or rejection of leases, legal issues involving ground leases in bankruptcy, and the purchase of assets from bankruptcy.

–  Fortune 500 Manufacturers – We have represented Fortune 500 manufacturers in many of the nation’s largest retail bankruptcies.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Review for Wendy Kennedy Venoit by a Member on 07/27/13 in Construction Law

    I know Ms. Venoit as a result of having served as chair of an arbitration panel for a 20 day hearing in New York as well as pre-hearing matters. The disputes arose from a construction contract in the Virgin Islands. The other arbitrators and I wer... Read more

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    I know Ms. Venoit as a result of having served as chair of an arbitration panel for a 20 day hearing in New York as well as pre-hearing matters. The disputes arose from a construction contract in the Virgin Islands. The other arbitrators and I were extremely impressed with Ms. Venoit in every respect -- her knowledge, preparation, judgment and demeanor. She impressed us as a fine person and a superb lawyer. I have rated her as "5" for each of five categories without reservation. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Review for Wendy Kennedy Venoit by a Partner on 07/11/13 in Constitutional Law

    Attorney Venoit is an extremely talented attorney. Her ability to handle large, complex construction disputes is unparalleled.

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Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity

EEO Policy:
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder is committed to equal employment opportunity in the workplace. Individuals are recruited, hired, and promoted for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, genetic information, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or ancestry. We will provide a work place environment that is free of discrimination, prejudice and bias.

Commitment to Diversity:
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder believes that diversity is important to our success as a law firm as well as our individual and professional growth. A diverse and dynamic work force strengthens our firm by helping us attract individuals with exceptional talents and abilities, resulting in the delivery of the highest quality services to our clients. Our firm supports the recruitment and advancement of individuals of diverse backgrounds who represent the make-up of the broad communities which we serve and in which we live. We actively promote diversity both through our recruiting activities and our emphasis on acceptance of diversity in the workplace. To further these goals, the firm has an active Diversity Committee. Chaired by a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, the Diversity Committee is composed of lawyers and non-lawyers who are dedicated to improving the Firm's workforce through diversity initiatives.

Charge to the Diversity Committee:
The Diversity Committee is charged with the responsibility of cultivating a positive work environment in which individuals of diverse backgrounds are provided opportunities for growth and advancement.

Goals and Responsibilities of the Diversity Committee:

  • Facilitate a firm-wide understanding of Firm policy as it pertains to diversity
  • Recommend educational programs pertaining to diversity issues to educate lawyers and staff
  • Recommend strategies to recruit and retain lawyers and staff of diverse backgrounds
  • Recommend operational, cultural and firm policy changes that will foster a positive and diverse work environment
  • Participate in community activities relating to workplace and law firm diversity
  • Submit an annual report, with recommendations for enhancements to our diversity initiatives, to the Executive Committee

 Boston Lawyers Group
The firm is a member of the Boston Lawyers Group, (BLG) ( BLG is a consortium of local law firms, corporate law departments and governmental legal services organizations dedicated to making the legal community in Boston a reflection of the city itself. Hinckley, Allen & Snyder proudly supports BLG’s efforts in encouraging its members to recruit, develop, advance and retain attorneys of color.

Programs for Students
The Firm supports the improvement of diversity in the legal community and beyond. Within our formal Summer Associate Program, the Firm actively recruits talented law students of color.

Other related programs include:
The firm was the host of the first Boston Lawyers Group seminar for law students of color in Providence, RI, on March 30, 2005, including several interactive sessions led by leaders of BLG law firms in Rhode Island.

The Firm also participates in the BLG Summer Internship program, offering a summer experience for promising undergraduates from diverse backgrounds interested in exploring the legal field.

Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture Series, Roger Williams University Ralph R.Papitto School of Law
The Firm is the sponsor of the annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture Series at Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law. The most recent lecture in the series was held on April 6, 2006 and featured Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Dr. Austin's lecture entitled "Documenting Injustices:  Katrina, Class, and Visual Legal Advocacy focused on race and class in the wake of hurricane Katrina.

Prior lectures featured David B. Wilkins marking the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

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