Recognizing trends in the business environment, coupled with a desire to serve clients more holistically, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren became the first major Wisconsin law firm to establish a separate business insolvency practice in the early 1980s. Since that time, Reinhart attorneys have played a significant role in virtually every major bankruptcy proceeding in Wisconsin, as well as many bankruptcy proceedings outside of the state, and have established a strong reputation and proven track record of success in insolvency matters. At Reinhart, we understand that business reorganization, when handled properly, can be a necessary step in the overall life cycle of a company.
Reinhart’s Business Reorganization attorneys regularly represent a wide variety of parties in all aspects of insolvency law at the state and federal level, including lenders, borrowers, creditors, debtors, committees, trustees, receivers, landlords, buyers, sellers, shareholders and other equity holders and bondholders. We regularly represent clients in reorganizations of businesses with annual revenue of up to $300 million or more.
Reinhart’s Business Reorganization attorneys have significant experience in the following types of restructuring matters.
We represent lenders, debtors, committees, DIP lenders, landlords, unsecured creditors, trustees, bondholders, equity holders, contract parties, professional advisors, receivers and various other parties-in-interest in bankruptcy proceedings, receiverships and other insolvency proceedings. These engagements encompass every aspect of insolvency proceedings, including reorganizations, liquidations, asset sales, DIP financing, avoidance actions, including preference and fraudulent transfer actions, other adversary proceedings and claims prosecution and transfers. In addition to federal insolvency proceedings, we frequently advise parties in state and federal receiverships.
Reinhart’s Business Reorganization attorneys have a wide range of experience in out-of-court restructurings and workouts and are adept at dealing with the diverse and often competing interests of the various constituencies involved in these types of transactions. We regularly represent money center and international financial institutions and other lenders, borrowers, creditors and equity holders to restructure debt and equity to provide maximum recoveries for creditors, while preserving the viability of the business. We routinely work with members of the firm’s Banking and Finance group to counsel clients about limiting credit risk through advantageous documentation and credit facility structuring, as well as providing representation after borrower default and insolvency.
Our Business Reorganization attorneys have developed a very active practice in the acquisition and sale of businesses and assets out of distressed situations. We bring an expertise in both insolvency and transactional law to the table, along with vast experience in negotiating, structuring and documenting distressed transactions.
Reinhart attorneys regularly counsel secured and unsecured creditors in matters involving the collection of commercial indebtedness. We handle matters involving creditors’ rights litigation, mortgage foreclosures, and the enforcement of security interests.
We have extensive experience in a variety of insolvency matters, and regularly provide counsel on the following types of business reorganization events:
- Bankruptcy proceedings
- Out-of-court workouts
- Debt restructurings
- Distressed acquisitions
- Cross-border insolvencies
- Creditors’ rights
Our attorneys approach every matter from an informed perspective, and make it a point to understand our clients’ business. We provide insolvency counsel to companies in a wide range of industries, with particular prominence in the agricultural, airline, automotive, distribution, financial services, food and beverage, health care, manufacturing, real estate, retail, technology, telecommunications and trucking industries.
The breadth of experience of Reinhart’s Business Reorganization group allows us to offer truly strategic counsel and serve as an extension of our clients’ in-house team. Reinhart attorneys offer unique insight into the reorganization process, the applicable statutory framework and the likely actions of an opposing side. We understand the complexity and time-sensitivity of insolvency matters, and act quickly to analyze the facts, determine alternatives and recommend a practical path that leads to favorable outcomes for our clients. As a result, our attorneys have earned a reputation as being rational, creative, realistic and thorough.
- Represented Air Wisconsin Airlines, Inc., one of nation’s largest regional airlines, as a $125 million Junior Debtor in Possession Lender in the US Airways Chapter 11 case.
- Successfully represented Bankers Bank, as lead lender to 80 member bank group, in connection with its $120 million claim in the Chapter 11 case of Renew Energy, Inc., one of Wisconsin’s largest ethanol producers.
- Represented one of largest cheese company’s in the Eastern United States in a $150 million sale to one of Canada’s largest cheese companies.
- Successfully represented one of Wisconsin’s largest paper converting machine companies in its sale to a large Midwest purchaser.
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® highly ranks Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. (Reinhart) in numerous practice areas within Wisconsin and nationally in the recently released 2017 “Best Law Firms” listings.
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U.S. News – Best Lawyers highly ranks Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. in numerous practice areas within Wisconsin and nationally in the recently released 2015 Best Law Firms listing.
The 7th Circuit rules that private leveraged buyouts will not be protected from avoidance as fraudulent transfers where an intermediary bank is used as a mere conduit, an issue likely bound for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Unpaid post-petition administrative expenses may provide a defense to liability for preferential transfers.
Reinhart hosted a CLE Series geared toward in-house counsel, but applicable to a variety of business professionals. The series included three days of complimentary seminars/webinars presented by Reinhart attorneys.
"Reinhart's professionalism and leadership gave us the confidence needed to make difficult decisions." — Adam Gerstmeier, Former Executive, AFW Foundry Inc.