Scott Gautier represents corporate debtors, creditors, committees, equity holders and acquirers in distressed financial situations. He has had significant roles in bankruptcy cases of national prominence. He also represents and reorganizes mid-market companies, including recent Chapter 11 representations for Wagstaff, Inc. (KFC franchise); Sexy Hair, LLC; Ritz Interactive, Inc.; The Halcyon Group (“The Terminator” film franchise); Skyguard (a JD Powers company); Industrial Parts Depot, Inc.; and Applause, LLC.
His most recent engagements have been in the health care, real estate, entertainment, hazardous waste, and restaurant franchise industries. Regardless of the industry, Mr. Gautier’s most rewarding cases are those in which he can help entrepreneurs realize value from their life’s work when faced with financial crisis. Among other major cases, in 2011-2013, he counseled the owner of 77 KFC restaurants in its Chapter 11 proceedings, which included a major challenge to the rights of franchisees to assume beneficial contracts and reject problematic ones in bankruptcy. Mr. Gautier also led Closet World LLC and affiliates through its reorganization and emergence from bankruptcy protection.
In addition to traditional bankruptcy roles, Mr. Gautier has served in various roles in a number of out-of-court financial restructuring matters and advises clients on debtor-creditor issues in non-bankruptcy matters. His recent out-of-court restructuring assignments have included, among others, several significant real estate concerns, one of the nation’s largest produce-processing and packaging concerns, and a specialty manufacturer of art sculpture for one of the world’s top-selling contemporary artists.
Mr. Gautier is a director of the American Bankruptcy Institute and a former director for the Southern California Turnaround Managers Association. He regularly writes and speaks on financial restructuring and insolvency issues for local and national conferences.
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