FENNEMORE CRAIG, P.C., a 130 year old full-service business law firm with offices in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada, has one of the largest and most active Financial Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Groups in the Southwestern states, representing clients nationally, regionally and locally. The firm represents a diverse group of clients, including secured lenders, unsecured creditors, financial institutions, bankruptcy committees, debtors, bankruptcy trustees, indenture trustees and purchasers of distressed debt and assets, in just about all industries, including commercial real estate, homebuilders, developers, healthcare, hospitals, mining, hospitality, apartments and student housing, convenience stores, petroleum marketers, utilities, manufacturing, industrial, municipalities, restaurants, grocery stores, retail, non-profits, oil and gas, and other businesses. These representations occur in state and federal court proceedings, chapter 11 cases, debt restructuring, liquidation cases, out-of-court workouts, asset recovery, foreclosure actions, receiverships and other insolvency proceedings. Together with attorneys from other disciplines in the firm, the Financial Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group plans and negotiates complex workouts, restructures and purchases of debt or distressed assets.
Burford Capital is the leading global finance and investment management firm focused on law. Its businesses include litigation finance and risk management, asset recovery and a wide range of legal finance and advisory activities. Burford is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange, and it works with law firms and clients around the world from its principal offices in New York, London, Chicago, Washington DC, Singapore and Sydney.
Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, provides innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges to a broad array of clients. Throughout its more than 100-year history, Duane Morris has fostered a collegial culture, where lawyers collaborate to leverage our collective knowledge and experience. Our lawyers are leaders in a wide range of legal disciplines and are as diverse as the clients they serve.
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (PSZJ) is the nation’s leading corporate restructuring boutique, with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Wilmington (DE), New York and Costa Mesa. PSZJ attorneys are experienced in representing all major constituencies in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court workouts, including debtors, committees, trustees, bondholders, asset-purchasers and third-party plan proponents. PSZJ also handles sophisticated business litigation and transactional matters as part of its renowned U.S. News & World Report “Tier One” Restructuring Practice.
CATHY L. REECE is the chair of the Financial Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group at Fennemore Craig, PC. She has extensive experience in every aspect of corporate workouts and bankruptcies and works with clients structuring complex transactions and purchasing distressed debt or assets. Ms. Reece has been selected as One of the Top 250 Women Litigators in the US by Benchmark for several years, as the 2014 Legal Advisor of the Year by the M&A Advisor, for the 2011 Outstanding Individual Contribution Award by the International Turnaround Management Association, and as One of the Most Influential Business Women in Arizona in 2016, in addition to being listed for several years in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. She received numerous turnaround and transactional awards for her work on the cross border chapter 15 sale of the Veris Gold US gold mines to her client Whitebox Advisors which was the post-petition lender and the buyer, including the M&A Advisor international and turnaround awards for cross border restructuring deal up to $100 million and the mining deal of the year, among others. Ms. Reece has been actively involved in the International Turnaround Management Association, including serving as a Board member and in International Vice President positions, and is a member of and serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She has been involved in many complex bankruptcy cases in the Southwest. Some of her more representative cases include representing the Investors’ Committee and then the liquidating entity that is managing and selling the $900 million loan portfolio of a hard money lender. She represented the Unsecured Committee in the Arizona Baptist Foundation bankruptcy and confirmed a joint plan that liquidated the assets of the 140 debtor entities. She represented secured lender Textron Financial in confirming and implementing the joint plan of the ILX time share bankruptcy case that liquidated the assets and causes of action. In the Arizona Coyotes hockey bankruptcy cases, she represented the City of Glendale which owns the arena where the hockey team played.
A prominent authority in the structuring and underwriting of legal finance deals, with nearly a decade of experience managing high value propositions, Emily Slater is Managing Director of Burford Capital’s underwriting and investment arm in New York.
Ms. Slater has played a significant role in building its globally-recognized, industry-leading investment and underwriting processes. She has assessed thousands of cases and underwritten hundreds of millions in legal finance investments across a broad range of practice areas.
Catherine Beideman Heitzenrater practices in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, creditors' rights, commercial finance and secured transactions. She represents chapter 11 debtors-in-possession, chapter 11 trustees, chapter 7 trustees, liquidating trustees, creditors' committees, insurance companies and secured creditors in all aspects of a bankruptcy case. Ms. Heitzenrater has served as counsel to insurance companies providing prepetition and/or postpetition insurance coverage to debtors in complex chapter 11 cases and has represented both creditors and liquidating trustees in numerous avoidance actions. She has assisted creditors in enforcement of remedies through commercial litigation in federal and state court. Ms. Heitzenrater also maintains an active commercial litigation practice, focusing mainly on complex contract disputes. She is a 2007 graduate of Boston College Law School.
Richard Mikels has extensive experience in commercial law, workouts, and reorganizations. He is known for representing significant debtor companies (both in chapter 11 and in out-of-court workouts), but also represents creditors' committees, boards of directors, insurance companies, hedge funds, claims traders, and acquirers of businesses. He has been listed in Chambers USA since 2003, Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy since 1983, and Massachusetts Super Lawyers since 2004. Mr. Mikels earned his B.S. and his J.D. at Boston University.