‘What does the committee think?‘ is often a question asked by a bankruptcy judge at hearings in Chapter 11 cases. Yet the divergent goals of a committee’s constituents pose a unique challenge for committee counsel that requires a unique understanding of the law. At Robins Kaplan LLP, our committee representation lawyers focus on fostering creditor relationships and providing an organizational structure that promotes the unsecured creditor body’s common goals and interests. We help the committee set, harmonize, prioritize, and meet concrete goals that fit the common needs of the entire unsecured creditor body and the individual needs of separate unsecured creditor constituencies. We’ve represented ad hoc and official committees in workouts and Chapter 11 cases ranging from small and mid-size corporations to complex cases of national importance.
The firm’s active practice in all aspects of corporate insolvency and distressed situations and world-class litigation experience informs our unique perspective on the Chapter 11 strategies employed by secured creditors, debtors, and other parties active in bankruptcy matters. We recognize the uniqueness of each corporate bankruptcy case and remain focused on maximizing unsecured creditor recoveries and employing the strategy dictated by the situation – either a cooperative or an adversarial interaction with the debtor-- as necessary, to achieve that goal. Having experienced trial lawyers available as a backdrop to all negotiations brings strategic and practical advantages and results.
Our committee representation attorneys have experience in:
- Investigation of the debtor’s past business transactions and practices, preferences and fraudulent conveyances, director and officer liability, and the validity of secured claims and transactions
- Preservation of unencumbered assets in new financing arrangements
- Review of equitable distribution issues
- Negotiation of a plan of reorganization or liquidation that maximizes return to unsecured creditors.
We have also separately handled litigation against secured creditors and insiders for the benefit of the unsecured creditor body.