Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring

Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Three Porzio Practice Groups and Six Porzio Attorneys

5/26/2017| News

Porzio is pleased to announce that the firm’s Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Environment and Litigation: Products Liability practices have been recognized by Chambers USA 2017 for excellence, and six firm attorneys have been recognized as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas in the prestigious directory of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” 

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The Chambers USA 2017 directory, published May 2017, is compiled based on thousands of interviews of lawyers and clients conducted by a team of 50+ full-time researchers to obtain a consistent market view of which firms and attorneys are considered leaders in their field. The qualities on which rankings are based include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.

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Porzio Principals Bill Krais and John Mairo Selected to the 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 List

4/10/2017| News

Porzio proudly congratulates principals William (Bill) A. Krais and John S. Mairo on their selection to the New Jersey Super Lawyers 2017 Top 100 list. 

Bill handles a wide variety of medical malpractice and serious personal injury cases, including cases involving babies injured during childbirth, orthopedic injuries, delayed diagnosis of cancer, surgical errors, traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, and those injured in accidents. In addition to representing victims of serious personal injuries, he also counsels attorneys in respect to issues of legal ethics. Bill is also a former chair of the District X Attorney Ethics Committee, has carried out multiple appointments by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve as a Special Ethics Master, and is a requested speaker nationwide at seminars addressing attorney ethics. Bill has been recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list annually since 2012.

John concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, workouts, financial reorganizations and creditors’ rights. He is certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board Of Certification and received the highest rating by his peers in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. In addition, John successfully completed the INSOL Global Insolvency Practice Course and is recognized as an INSOL International Fellow. He was named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2009, and has been recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list annually since 2010. 

The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers. Each year, the research team undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

To view the complete list and to learn more about Super Lawyers and the selection process, please click here.

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"Bootstrap" Plans Not Just A Thing Of The Past

2/20/2017| Article

By Warren J. Martin Jr. and Rachel A. Parisi

New Jersey Law Journal, February 20, 2017.

Over the past decade or longer, bankruptcy practitioners have witnessed the rise of the 363 sale bankruptcy case in lieu of the more traditional chapter 11 "stand alone" or "bootstrap" reorganization. Some credit the surge in 363 sale cases to debtor-in-possession financing deals, particularly those with existing prepetition lenders, where the lender sets tight sale deadlines or other similar milestones. These provisions can take away a debtor's flexibility to explore other restructuring options. Others point to the speed and efficiency of a 363 sale—important benefits to a debtor-in-possession who may be in extreme financial distress and may not be able to survive for an extended period of time.  This speed, coupled with the company’s distress, is enticing to potential purchasers who are bargain hunting.

A bootstrap plan, by contrast, allows a current owner with institutional knowledge to continue owning and running the business, while paying the creditors a distribution over time. Typically, bootstrap plans involve the debtors investing "new value" back into the company in order to obtain approval of the bankruptcy plan. 

The full article was published by the New Jersey Law Journal. Subscribers may read the full article here.

Petersburg Regency: A Case for Structured Dismissals that is Stronger than Jevic

2/6/2017| Article

By Warren J. Martin Jr. and Rachel A. Parisi

New Jersey Law Journal, February 6, 2017.

In Petersburg Regency, all that remained of the debtor was a $10.2 million pool of insurance proceeds resulting from a Virginia hotel that was irretrievably damaged by a hurricane in 2003. See Petersburg Regency, 540 B.R. at 512. The main issue before the court during the bankruptcy case was whether to grant the creditors’ motions to approve a settlement among them that provided for the distribution of the debtor's only significant asset—the insurance proceeds—under a consensual settlement among those creditors (the "Settling Creditors") and thereafter dismiss the case. Id. The Settling Creditors, who represented all secured and unsecured non-insider claims against the debtor, reached a settlement among themselves, consented to the proposed distribution and unanimously opposed the debtor's and the debtor's principals' proposal to proceed with a different distribution scheme under a chapter 11 plan of liquidation. Id. at 512-13. The Settling Creditors took the position that the debtor was using the bankruptcy to hold them hostage and to muscle out a distribution to equity holders who were not entitled to a distribution. While a simple dismissal, for example as a bad faith filing, provided one alternative for the creditors, that alternative would return the creditors to lengthy and costly state court litigation. Thus, the creditors quickly realized that a deal, if it could be reached, was the best approach. Surprisingly, twelve classes of creditors with differing levels of priority and different types of claims agreed to the deal, with only the former owners of Petersburg Regency objecting.  As owners, they were at the bottom of the waterfall and would receive nothing. Id. at 519. 

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Healthcare Update: Bad Times for Hospital in the Bayou State

2/7/2017| Article

Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Bulletin

By Robert M. Schechter and Rachel A. Parisi

On January 30, 2017, Louisiana Medical Center and Heart Hospital, LLC, a 132-bed acute-care hospital located in the heart of St. Tammany Parish in Lacombe, Louisiana, filed for bankruptcy. As reported in papers filed with the bankruptcy court, Louisiana Medical failed in its effort to sell its hospital as a going concern prior to commencing its bankruptcy case and is now swiftly winding down its operations due to continuing losses. Louisiana Medical has outstanding secured and other demand note debt of over $110 million and its 20 largest non-insider unsecured creditors alone are owed in excess of $4.3 million. The value of Louisiana Medical's assets, while pegged at between $1 million - $10 million in the hospital's bankruptcy petition, is uncertain at this time. Louisiana Medical attributes its current financial challenges to falling admissions and net outpatient revenues paired with increasing salaries, wages and benefits.

On Sunday, February 5, matters took a turn for the worse for Louisiana Medical, as it was hit with a class action lawsuit alleging that the hospital failed to give employees 60 days' notice of mass layoffs required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The hospital's state of affairs now requires its creditors to act quickly and to be creative - in their efforts to extract any value that may be left in what is often referred to as a "melting ice cube" situation. As a strategy for better returns, creditors of this hospital and others should keep a close eye on the hospital's relationship with, and support from, government and the surrounding community. Indeed, it was this support (specifically, an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates for the hospital as a result of coordinated private and legislative efforts) that allowed another Louisiana hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, to recently reach greater financial stability after years of unprofitability.[¹]

The earlier that a hospital and its creditors, employees and community identify a collective path for securing financial well-being aided by government support, the more likely that the parties will experience positive results and financial stability. Even in chapter 11, it is not too late to employ this approach to maximize returns and increase the likelihood of a beneficial outcome for all parties-in-interest. Louisiana Medical is a co-debtor with LMCHH PCP LLC in jointly administered bankruptcy cases pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, Case Nos. 17-10201 and 17-10202.

¹ Hilburn, Greg. "State deal saves St. Francis for now." The News Star, Feb. 1, 2017.

Law360 Reports on Oakley's Objection to Performance Sports Group's Proposed $575M Asset Sale

1/31/2017| News

Law360.com reported on Porzio client Oakley Inc. in the article, "Oakley Objects to Performance Sports' $575M Asset Sale," by Vince Sullivan, on January 31, 2017. 

Oakley filed an objection opposing sports equipment maker Performance Sports Group Ltd.'s proposed $575 million sale of assets, stating that Oakley holds trademark rights to some of the products included in the sale. 

Oakley is represented by Porzio principal Brett S. Moore, alongside attorneys from Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP. Mr. Moore is a member of Porzio's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Department, serves as the firm's Commercial Practice Group Chair and is Managing Principal of the firm's New York Office. His practice primarily involves the representation of creditors and commercial debtors in insolvency/restructuring matters. 

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Principal Warren J. Martin Jr. Featured in TMA's Journal of Corporate Renewal

7/19/2016| News

Porzio principal Warren J. Martin Jr. is featured in the article "Back on the Boardwalk," by Maura Sage, in the Spotlight section of the July/August 2016 issue of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Journal of Corporate Renewal

The article focused on the 2016 TMA Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium, held June 8-9 in Atlantic City. Mr. Martin was a member of the lead panel, "The Future of Atlantic City," which explored the financial problems facing Atlantic City, as well as the strategies and prospects for a successful turnaround. The esteemed panel debated the benefits to the city of a Chapter 9 proceeding, versus those of a takeover by the state. 

TMA is an organization focusing on the business of financial restructuring, with a majority of members coming from non-legal circles. 

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Porzio Congratulates Principal John S. Mairo on INSOL Global Fellowship

4/11/2016| News

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. (Porzio) is proud to congratulate principal John S. Mairo on his new distinction as an INSOL International Fellow, following successful completion of the elite 2014-2015 INSOL Global Insolvency fellowship program.

INSOL International is a global alliance of associations for accountants and attorneys who specialize in bankruptcy and financial restructuring, comprised of a network of more than 40 associations world-wide and totaling over 10,000 professional members. INSOL also includes ancillary groups across legal, political, financial and academic sectors. All of these members have helped to shape INSOL's reputation as the world's foremost insolvency association. 

INSOL's goal is to foster leadership in international insolvency and credit-related issues and to develop effective mechanisms for dealing with cross-border issues. The Global Insolvency Practice Course focuses on the concepts of reorganization, bankruptcy and the various means by which financially-distressed international corporations can be addressed. Emphasis is also placed on how insolvency is regulated world-wide and the related legislation.

Participants who successfully complete the INSOL Global Insolvency program are bestowed the title of "INSOL Global Fellow," and are recognized for exceptional knowledge of the legal and financial factors that affect distressed businesses, and how to best address them in an international forum. Following a strict admittance review, this distinction is the result of months of rigorous research, writing and in-person testing, both in the US and abroad.

John S. Mairo is co-chair of Porzio's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Department.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, workouts, financial reorganizations and creditors’ rights. Mr. Mairo received the AV rating (highest rating) by his peers in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and was recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2015 and Chambers USA 2014. He has been selected as a New Jersey Super Lawyers 2016 Top 100 attorney, a distinction bestowed only upon the fraction of attorneys who receive the highest point totals during Super Lawyers' extensive selection process.

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Nineteen Porzio Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers of America, 2016

8/17/2015| News

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman is pleased to announce that 19 firm attorneys, in 20 practice areas, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2016 edition.

Porzio Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, 2016:

Principals

  • Timothy L. Barnes - Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Steven P. Benenson - Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Roy Alan Cohen - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr. - Education Law; Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Douglas R. Henshaw - Land Use & Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  • William A. Krais - Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs; 
  • John S. Mairo - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Warren J. Martin Jr. - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Stephen C. Matthews - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Brett S. Moore - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Michael L. Rich - Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Labor and Employment; Litigation - Real Estate
  • Robert G. Shepherd - Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Thomas Spiesman - Environmental Law
  • Charles J. Stoia  - Commercial Litigation
  • Peter J. Wolfson - Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation - Real Estate; Real Estate Law

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Porzio Principal John S. Mairo Selected to the 2016 New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100

3/30/2016| News

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman proudly congratulates principal John S. Mairo on his selection to the New Jersey Super Lawyers 2016 Top 100 list.

John concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, workouts, financial reorganizations and creditors’ rights. He is certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board Of Certification and received the highest rating by his peers in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.  In addition, John successfully completed the INSOL Global Insolvency Practice Course and is recognized as an INSOL International Fellow. He was named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2009, and has been recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list annually since 2010.

The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers. Each year, the research team undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

To view the complete list and to learn more about Super Lawyers and the selection process, please click here.

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