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- AVEOS Fleet Performance: Advising in connection with its Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings. Founded as Air Canada Technical Services (ACTS), AVEOS was one of the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul providers in the Americas.
- Catalyst Paper Corporation: Advising the Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Lenders of Catalyst Paper Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries in their Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act/Chapter 15 proceedings.
- Official Committee of Retirees for the City of Detroit: Represented the Official Committee of Retirees in the largest Chapter 9 bankruptcy case in US history. The Committee represented the interests of approximately 23,500 public safety and general City retirees, as well as the interests of approximately 9,000 dependents, who were owed approximately US$9 billion in pension and retirement health care benefits. With the assistance of Dentons, almost all pension benefits were protected and health care benefits payments continued.
- Energia Overseas: Representing a Russian reorganization sponsor and Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession funder for Sea Launch that resulted in Sea Launch shedding over US$2 billion in debt and migrating with regulatory approvals in several steps from Delaware to Switzerland.
- Federal-Mogul: Representing the Official Creditors’ Committee in these US Chapter 11 cases. Federal-Mogul is one of the largest auto parts and systems manufacturers and distributors in the world, with operations throughout the US and Europe. A total of 157 companies filed for Chapter 11, and 134 of those companies also commenced insolvency proceedings in the UK with more than US$2 billion in debt. Our skill was called upon in restructuring the company’s business operations and deleveraging its balance sheet. Throughout these proceedings, we successfully represented the Federal-Mogul committee in negotiations with and actions against the debtors, the asbestos claimants, the pre-petition secured lenders and the UK administrators in the UK insolvency proceedings. We successfully sought and won the termination of the debtors’ exclusive period to file a plan of reorganization in the US, which allowed the Creditors’ Committee to propose its own plan of reorganization based on the settlements reached with the other creditor constituencies. The UK counsel from one of our predecessor firms represented the UK administrator in the administration.
- Great Basin Gold: Advising an ad hoc group of bond holders in connection with Great Basin Gold’s CCAA, Chapter 11 and South African Business Rescue proceedings.
- Lehman Bankhaus German (affiliate of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.): Representing in its complex claims against, and transactions with, other Lehman entities. We also represent numerous other clients in a wide variety of matters worldwide arising out of the Lehman collapse, including hedge funds and other financial institutions in connection with the administration of the English Lehman companies. This is especially true in relation to prime brokerage issues and International Swaps and Derivatives Association close-out positions.
- Medican Holding Ltd.: Advising in their proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. This matter involved the restructuring of a number of operating entities and real estate development projects through the innovative use of project-related debtor-in-possession facilities and a chief restructuring officer CRO to supplement management.
- Nortel Networks: Serving as Canadian counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries in the cross-border CCAA/Chapter 11 proceedings.
- Northstar Aerospace: Served as debtors’ counsel in the Chapter 11 case of Northstar Aerospace (USA), Inc. and its affiliates, which filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. The matter resulted in a going concern sale of both the US and Canadian assets for approximately US$120 million of cash and assumed liabilities. There was also a complex international arbitration post-closing related to purchase price adjustment related disputes.
- Omnium Group: Representing following the merger of some activities with parts of the Laurad group. Dentons partners successfully objected to conciliation proceedings, and advised on a favorable settlement agreement allowing Omnium to recover its financial independence and continue its business.
- Perella Weinberg: Representing as majority holder of €495 million F.C.T. Windermere XII bonds issued by Hold in respect of La Tour Cœur Défense, in connection with the debt restructuring, the court imposed safeguard proceedings, and seeking the sale of Cœur Défense.
- PricewaterhouseCoopers: Advising on the administration of two of the UK subsidiaries of Petroplus, which owns and operates a refinery at Coryton and a storage facility at Teeside. The refinery employs about 500 staff and 350 contractors, supplying approximately 20 percent of the fuel for London and the surrounding region.
- European private distressed debt investor: Representing in connection with program purchase of manufacturing company obligations.
- Solarwatt AG: Representing in the first petition for protective shield proceedings as a debtor-in-possession following the recent German reform of insolvency law (ESUG). Under ESUG, the reorganization obtained court approval in three months.
May 22, 2015
April 27, 2015
The 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranks 101 total Dentons practices and lawyers and marks the advancement of key Firm practices and individuals. Read more
December 1, 2014
Dentons’ Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy (RIB) practice was ranked No. 8 in The Deal Pipeline’s Top Bankruptcy Law Firms league table. Read more
Ten Firm practices were included among Law360's lists of the Top 100 largest global practices, with five earning top-five rankings. The Real Estate, M&A and Insurance practices were each ranked fourth in their respective categories, while the Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy practice and the Environmental and Natural Resources practice were ranked fifth in the Bankruptcy category and the Environmental category, respectively. Firm practices also earned spots among the top 25 in the Securities and White Collar, Competition, Employment, IP and Product Liability categories. Read more
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May 22, 2015
April 20, 2015
Following Parliamentary approval in March 2015, there has been a level of uncertainty around the implementation timeline for certain company law and insolvency provisions. In particular, many of the changes to the Insolvency Act 1986 will come into force without transitional provisions and so will apply automatically to existing insolvency proceedings. Read more
April 7, 2015
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. It covers a diverse range of subjects, including changes to companies legislation. These are designed to increase corporate transparency and accountability, remove red tape around company administration and prevent abuse. Read more
In a “loan-to-own” investment, an investor acquires secured debt at a discount to leverage the face amount of the debt in an asset purchase or debt-to-equity swap. For example, if an investor can buy US$50 million worth of debt for US$25 million, it can, in a bankruptcy proceeding, bid on the underlying assets that secure the debt at a 50 percent discount, because the investor can credit bid the face value of the debt as the equivalent of cash in a sale of collateral in bankruptcy, thus creating a competitive advantage over cash or strategic bidders. Read more
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May 25, 2015
April 28, 2015
We are very pleased to announce a successful and groundbreaking result for our client, Wilmington Trust, National Association, with the recent decisions of the courts overseeing the worldwide proceedings involving the Nortel group of companies. After more than six years, Canadian and US courts resolved the long-running bankruptcy proceedings of the now obsolete Nortel and Dentons partners John Salmas and Ken Kraft (Insolvency and Restructuring) were on the winning side of the US $7.3 billion proceeds allocation dispute. The Dentons team also included Sara Van Allen, Robert Kennedy and Derek Pontin. Read more
April 8, 2015
Dentons will increase its restructuring team on 4 May 2015 with Till Buschmann who joins Dentons as Counsel from Ashurst. Buschmann will be part of the restructuring team led by Andreas Ziegenhagen. He will be based in Frankfurt. Read more
A merger of Dentons US LLP (“Dentons US”) and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (“McKenna Long”) has been approved by the partners of both firms. The news builds on the momentum of the previously announced combination between Dentons and 大成, creating the world's largest law firm. Clients inside the US will gain unrivaled access to markets around the world, and international clients will enjoy increased strength and reach across the US. Read more
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