Paul J. Keenan, Jr.

Paul J. Keenan, Jr.: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Attorney Awards

Biography

Paul Keenan is a shareholder in the Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice. Paul’s practice includes the representation of corporate debtors and creditors in bankruptcy cases, receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, loan workouts, asset sales, wind downs and UCC foreclosures. He represents clients in courts across Florida and nationwide, including wide-ranging experience before the bankruptcy courts in Delaware. Paul also provides insolvency-related structuring advice and legal opinions in connection with complex financial transactions. He is a past President of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida.

Paul has substantial experience in cross-border bankruptcies and restructurings. He speaks Spanish and has experience living and working in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a fellow of INSOL International for having completed an intensive course in cross-border restructurings. Among other accomplishments in this area, Paul was one of the lead restructuring lawyers for Satelites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V., whose restructuring of $420 million of debt was awarded the Restructuring Deal of the Year Award by Latin Lawyer magazine. Paul was also one of the lead attorneys in obtaining official recognition in Colombia of a U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy case under the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency for a company operating in both the United States and Colombia, which was the first time the courts of Colombia had granted such recognition.

Before attending law school, Paul served as an officer in the United States Navy on active duty for seven years.

Concentrations

•Domestic and cross-border corporate restructurings
•Bankruptcy litigation
•Sales of distressed assets
•Loan workouts
•Secured transactions
•Receiverships
•Assignments for the benefit of creditors
•UCC foreclosures
•Insolvency opinions

Recognition & Leadership

Awards & Accolades

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2017-2019
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2014-2019
•Member, Winning Team, Global M & A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Award, Chapter 11 Restructuring of the Year - Middle Markets, for the restructuring of Optima Specialty Steel, 2018
•Winner, Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers, 2018
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2011, 2016, and 2018
•Member, first Next Generation class of the International Insolvency Institute
•fellow, INSOL International
•Member, Winning Team, M & A Advisor Awards, Healthcare and Life Sciences Deal of the Year (from $10mm to $500mm) for the Chapter 11 sale of ATLS Acquisition, LLC, dba Liberty Medical Supply, Inc., 2015
•Member, Winning Team, Global M & A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Awards, Turnaround of the Year - Small Markets for the restructuring and sale of ATLS Acquisition, LLC (dba Liberty Medical), 2015
•Member, Winning Team, M & A Advisor’s Turnaround Awards, Restructuring of the Year (Over $100mm to $500mm) and Consumer Services Deal of the Year” for the restructuring and sale of ATLS Acquisition, LLC (dba Liberty Medical), 2015
•Member, Winning Team, Global M & A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Award, Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Over $100 million to $1 billion), for the Chapter 11 reorganization of HMX, LLC, 2014
•Member, Winning Team, U.S. News - Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2013
•Finalist, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate (International) Category, 2012
•Member, Winning Team, Latin Lawyer's Deal of the Year - Restructuring Award, 2012
•Member, team selected by Chambers and Partners, Corporate & Finance - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based) Award, Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2010
•Team Member, Focus on Latin America - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based), Chambers Latin America Inaugural Awards for Excellence, 2009

INSOL International
•Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Award, Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Over $100 million to $1 billion), for the Chapter 11 reorganization of HMX, LLC, 2014
•Member, Winning Team, U.S. News - Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2013
•Finalist, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate (International) Category, 2012
•Member, Winning Team, Latin Lawyer's Deal of the Year - Restructuring Award, 2012
•Member, team selected by Chambers and Partners, Corporate & Finance - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based) Award, Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2010
•Team Member, Focus on Latin America - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based), Chambers Latin America Inaugural Awards for Excellence, 2009

Noteworthy Experience

•Summer Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1998
•Responsible for drafting and translating legal documents for numerous transactions, including the privatization of a Central American telephone company.
•Officer, United States Navy, 1990-1997
•USS Nassau (LHA-4)
•Military advisor to Colombian Navy and Coast Guard, U.S. Embassy, Bogota, Colombia

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.16.16 130 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

08.16.16 55 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

06.17.16 35 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

06.16.16 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

06.01.16 32 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

05.27.16 53 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

11.20.15 Greenberg Traurig Wins 2 M&A Advisor Awards

10.26.15 Greenberg Traurig's Nancy A. Peterman to Speak at ABI's Mid-Level Professional Development Program

07.06.15 Greenberg Traurig Receives Accolade at 2015 Turnaround Atlas Awards

05.22.15 55 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2015 Chambers USA Guide

Published Articles

04.02.14 How To Reduce Or Eliminate The Need For Exit Financing

05.29.13 Understand Your Options For Exit Financing

06.20.12 In Re Vitro -- Clarity Pending

09.01.11 Central & South America: Pre-packaged and pre-negotiated bankruptcies in Latin America

05.19.11 The Latest In Exit Financing Structures

02.23.11 Uncertainty For Prepackaged Bankruptcies In Mexico

01.01.07 Chapter 15: The US Cross-Border Insolvency Law

05.01.06 Reforming Latin American insolvency law

06.01.05 Protection for Foreign Debtors and Creditors

Alerts

12.17.13 Second Circuit Adds Eligibility Requirement for Chapter 15 Cases

12.12.13 Another U.S. Court of Appeals Decision Protects U.S. Creditors from the Effects of Foreign Bankruptcy Law

12.21.12 Second Circuit Adheres Strictly to the Rules of Contract in Sovereign Debt Restructurings

06.20.12 Texas Bankruptcy Court Denies Recognition to Mexican Financial Restructuring Plan; Decision to be Appealed to the Fifth Circuit Member:

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Member, Broward Navy Days, Inc., Board of Directors, 2014-Present
•Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
•Membership Relationship Manager, International Committee, 2014-2015
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, INSOL International
•Chair, Latin America Committee
•Chair, Model Law Implementation Steering Committee
•President, Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida, 2009-2010 Fellow: INSOL International
•Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Award, Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Over $100 million to $1 billion), for the Chapter 11 reorganization of HMX, LLC, 2014
•Member, Winning Team, U.S. News - Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2013
•Finalist, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate (International) Category, 2012
•Member, Winning Team, Latin Lawyer's Deal of the Year - Restructuring Award, 2012
•Member, team selected by Chambers and Partners, Corporate & Finance - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based) Award, Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2010
•Team Member, Focus on Latin America - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based), Chambers Latin America Inaugural Awards for Excellence, 2009

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.16.16 130 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

08.16.16 55 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

06.17.16 35 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

06.16.16 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

06.01.16 32 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

05.27.16 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide

05.27.16 53 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

11.20.15 Greenberg Traurig Wins 2 M&A Advisor Awards

10.26.15 Greenberg Traurig's Nancy A. Peterman to Speak at ABI's Mid-Level Professional Development Program

07.06.15 Greenberg Traurig Receives Accolade at 2015 Turnaround Atlas Awards

Published Articles

04.02.14 How To Reduce Or Eliminate The Need For Exit Financing

05.29.13 Understand Your Options For Exit Financing

06.20.12 In Re Vitro -- Clarity Pending

09.01.11 Central & South America: Pre-packaged and pre-negotiated bankruptcies in Latin America

05.19.11 The Latest In Exit Financing Structures

02.23.11 Uncertainty For Prepackaged Bankruptcies In Mexico

01.01.07 Chapter 15: The US Cross-Border Insolvency Law

05.01.06 Reforming Latin American insolvency law

06.01.05 Protection for Foreign Debtors and Creditors

Alerts

12.17.13 Second Circuit Adds Eligibility Requirement for Chapter 15 Cases

12.12.13 Another U.S. Court of Appeals Decision Protects U.S. Creditors from the Effects of Foreign Bankruptcy Law

12.21.12 Second Circuit Adheres Strictly to the Rules of Contract in Sovereign Debt Restructurings

06.20.12 Texas Bankruptcy Court Denies Recognition to Mexican Financial Restructuring Plan; Decision to be Appealed to the Fifth Circuit

Noteworthy Experience

•Summer Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1998
•Responsible for drafting and translating legal documents for numerous transactions, including the privatization of a Central American telephone company.
•Officer, United States Navy, 1990-1997
•USS Nassau (LHA-4)
•Military advisor to Colombian Navy and Coast Guard, U.S. Embassy, Bogota, Colombia Member:

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Member, Broward Navy Days, Inc., Board of Directors, 2014-Present
•Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
•Membership Relationship Manager, International Committee, 2014-2015
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, INSOL International
•Chair, Latin America Committee
•Chair, Model Law Implementation Steering Committee
•President, Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida, 2009-2010 Fellow: INSOL International
•Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Award, Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Over $100 million to $1 billion), for the Chapter 11 reorganization of HMX, LLC, 2014
•Member, Winning Team, U.S. News - Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2013
•Finalist, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate (International) Category, 2012
•Member, Winning Team, Latin Lawyer's Deal of the Year - Restructuring Award, 2012
•Member, team selected by Chambers and Partners, Corporate & Finance - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based) Award, Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2010
•Team Member, Focus on Latin America - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based), Chambers Latin America Inaugural Awards for Excellence, 2009

Internship

•Summer Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1998
•Responsible for drafting and translating legal documents for numerous transactions, including the privatization of a Central American telephone company. Member:

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Member, Broward Navy Days, Inc., Board of Directors, 2014-Present
•Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
•Membership Relationship Manager, International Committee, 2014-2015
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, INSOL International
•Chair, Latin America Committee
•Chair, Model Law Implementation Steering Committee
•President, Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida, 2009-2010 Fellow: INSOL International
•Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Award, Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Over $100 million to $1 billion), for the Chapter 11 reorganization of HMX, LLC, 2014
•Member, Winning Team, U.S. News - Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2013
•Finalist, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate (International) Category, 2012
•Member, Winning Team, Latin Lawyer's Deal of the Year - Restructuring Award, 2012
•Listed, Legal 500 United States, 2011
•Member, team selected by Chambers and Partners, Corporate & Finance - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based) Award, Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2010
•Team Member, Focus on Latin America - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based), Chambers Latin America Inaugural Awards for Excellence, 2009

Areas of Concentration

•Domestic and cross-border corporate restructurings
•Bankruptcy litigation
•Sales of distressed assets
•Loan workouts
•Secured transactions
•Receiverships
•Assignments for the benefit of creditors
•UCC foreclosures
•Insolvency opinions

Internship

•Summer Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1998
•Responsible for drafting and translating legal documents for numerous transactions, including the privatization of a Central American telephone company. Member:

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Member, Broward Navy Days, Inc., Board of Directors, 2014-Present
•Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
•Membership Relationship Manager, International Committee, 2014-2015
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, INSOL International
•Chair, Latin America Committee
•Chair, Model Law Implementation Steering Committee
•President, Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida, 2009-2010 Fellow: INSOL International
•Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Award, Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Over $100 million to $1 billion), for the Chapter 11 reorganization of HMX, LLC, 2014
•Member, Winning Team, U.S. News - Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2013
•Finalist, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate (International) Category, 2012
•Member, Winning Team, Latin Lawyer's Deal of the Year - Restructuring Award, 2012
•Listed, Legal 500 United States, 2011
•Member, team selected by Chambers and Partners, Corporate & Finance - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based) Award, Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2010
•Team Member, Focus on Latin America - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based), Chambers Latin America Inaugural Awards for Excellence, 2009

Internship

•Summer Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1998
•Responsible for drafting and translating legal documents for numerous transactions, including the privatization of a Central American telephone company. Member:

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Member, Broward Navy Days, Inc., Board of Directors, 2014-Present
•Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
•Membership Relationship Manager, International Committee, 2014-2015
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, INSOL International
•Chair, Latin America Committee
•Chair, Model Law Implementation Steering Committee
•President, Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida, 2009-2010 Fellow: of INSOL International

05.07.12 18 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized by Daily Business Review During its 2012 Top Dealmakers of the Year Awards

04.04.12 Greenberg Traurig Team Receives 'Deal of the Year -- Restructuring' Award at Sixth Annual Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year Awards

Published Articles

04.02.14 How To Reduce Or Eliminate The Need For Exit Financing

05.29.13 Understand Your Options For Exit Financing

06.20.12 In Re Vitro -- Clarity Pending

02.01.12 Latin American M&A Spotlight

09.01.11 Central & South America: Pre-packaged and pre-negotiated bankruptcies in Latin America

05.19.11 The Latest In Exit Financing Structures

02.23.11 Uncertainty For Prepackaged Bankruptcies In Mexico

01.01.07 Chapter 15: The US Cross-Border Insolvency Law

05.01.06 Reforming Latin American insolvency law

06.01.05 Protection for Foreign Debtors and Creditors

Alerts

12.17.13 Second Circuit Adds Eligibility Requirement for Chapter 15 Cases

12.12.13 Another U.S. Court of Appeals Decision Protects U.S. Creditors from the Effects of Foreign Bankruptcy Law

12.21.12 Second Circuit Adheres Strictly to the Rules of Contract in Sovereign Debt Restructurings

06.20.12 Texas Bankruptcy Court Denies Recognition to Mexican Financial Restructuring Plan; Decision to be Appealed to the Fifth Circuit Member:

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

•Membership Relationship Manager, International Committee, 2014-2015

•Member, INSOL International

•Chair, Latin America Committee

•Chair, Model Law Implementation Steering Committee

•Member, American Bar Association

•President, Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida, 2009-2010

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Restructuring & Bankruptcy
  • Structured Finance
  • Latin American & Iberian Practice
  • Banking & Financial Services

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
305.579.0805  Phone
305.579.0717  Fax
www.gtlaw.com/People/Paul-J-Keenan-Jr
University Attended:
University of Rhode Island, M.M.A., 1996; University of Salamanca, Spain, 1989; Tufts University, B.A., 1990
Law School Attended:
University of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Editor and Contributing Author, University of Miami Law Review, Foreign Student in Residence at the University of Buenos Aires School of Law, 2000
Year of First Admission:
2001
Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Massachusetts; Florida
Memberships:

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Member, Broward Navy Days, Inc., Board of Directors, 2014-Present
•Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
•Membership Relationship Manager, International Committee, 2014-2015
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, INSOL International
•Chair, Latin America Committee
•Chair, Model Law Implementation Steering Committee
•President, Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida, 2009-2010

Military:
Officer, United States Navy, 1990-1997; USS Nassau (LHA-4); Military advisor to Colombian Navy and Coast Guard, U.S. Embassy, Bogota, Colombia
Languages:
Spanish
Birth Information:
Syracuse, New York, 1967
Reported Cases:
Experience: Domestic: Represented Optima Specialty Steel, a steel manufacturing company with 900 employees and manufacturing facilities in five different states, in the restructuring of $320 million in debt through a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization filed in Delaware.; Represented Liberty Medical, a nationwide provider of medical supplies and equipment, in its Chapter 11 reorganization case filed in Delaware.; Represented Satelites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican satellite company, in its restructuring of more than $400 million in debt through a prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed in Delaware.; Represented Wickes Furniture, a national retail furniture chain with more than $400 million in annual revenue, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed in Delaware.; Represented the debtor-in-possession lender for HMX, LLC, the manufacturer of men's clothing by Hickey Freeman and Hart Schaffner Marx, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed in the Southern District of New York.; Represented a private equity firm in securing the stalking horse position in a $60 million 363 asset sale in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Arch Aluminum & Glass filed in Florida.; Represented an ad hoc committee of aircraft purchasers in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed in Delaware for Eclipse Aviation, a jet aircraft manufacturer.; Represented an ad hoc committee of off-track betting facilities in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed in Delaware for Magna Entertainment, a national owner and operator of horse racetracks.; Represented a national mortgage loan originator and servicer in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in Arizona.; Represented a Chapter 11 trustee in the bankruptcy case filed in Florida for a regional retail chain with over 60 stores in the southeastern United States.; Represented a South Florida automobile dealership in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed in California for an automobile manufacturer.; Represented the largest creditor in the receivership of a 500-unit condominium association in South Florida.; Represented a major cruise line in the negotiation, drafting and bankruptcy court approval of a DIP financing facility to facilitate the restructuring of one of its crucial vendors in Florida.; International: Representing foreign representative of Recaudo Bogota S.A.S. (Colombia) in connection with its Chapter 15 case involving approximately $100 million in debt; Represented a large Caribbean telecommunications company in all aspects of its corporate reorganization and restructuring of $500 million in debt.; Represented a Mexican satellite company in its prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed in Delaware.; Represented the largest creditor ($20 million) in the bankruptcy case of an engineering and design company filed in Germany.; Represented creditors in various bankruptcy cases and out-court-restructurings in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina.; Represented U.S. investors in the corporate restructuring of an Argentine charter airline.; Previous Experience: Summer Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1998; Responsible for drafting and translating legal documents for numerous transactions, including the privatization of a Central American telephone company.; Military Experience: Officer, United States Navy, 1990-1997; USS Nassau (LHA-4); Military advisor to Colombian Navy and Coast Guard, U.S. Embassy, Bogota, Colombia
ISLN:
915286650
Payment Information:
  • Accepts American Express

Peer Reviews

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