MINNEAPOLIS, MN—July 12, 2016—Robins Kaplan LLP® announced today that Scott Gautier has been named national co-chair of the firm’s Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy Group. Gautier joins current practice co-chairs Howard Weg and H. Jeffrey Schwartz in this role.
“Scott’s appointment to national co-chair of the Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy Group follows the firm’s growth in this practice area and continues our commitment to elevating into the firm’s leadership rising partners who have produced significant results and demonstrated value for our clients,” said Michael Geibelson, managing partner of Robins Kaplan’s California offices.
Although his nameplate hangs in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Gautier represents constituents across the country in all facets of corporate insolvency and distressed acquisitions, both in and out of court proceedings. His most recent roles include counseling affiliated debtors selling hotel properties in a Chapter 11 process in the Southern District of New York and representing an official committee of student creditors in the Corinthian Colleges, Inc. Chapter 11 case in Delaware, where Schwartz served as counsel to the official committee of general unsecured creditors under the auspices of another firm. Some of Gautier’s noteworthy debtor representations include such nationally recognized names as Bugle Boy, Sexy Hair, one of the largest KFC franchisees and the Terminator movie franchise. He has also had significant roles in bankruptcy cases of national prominence representing committees, creditors and buyers.
“Scott’s creativity and diplomacy in highly contentious matters has proven to be an invaluable asset to clients and to our firm,” said Weg, who has been Gautier’s partner and mentor over the past 15 years. “In addition to his service to clients, Scott is proactive in the professional community.”
Gautier has dedicated significant time to lecturing and writing for professional organizations and has served in many capacities, including two terms as a director of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Robins Kaplan’s Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy Group is a national leader in representing debtors and creditors’ committees, as well as other constituents, including investors, lenders, and indenture trustees, in corporate restructuring and business bankruptcy cases. The group has grown significantly this year, with the addition of Schwartz and Doron P. Kenter in New York, and Kevin Meek in Los Angeles.