George H. Singer

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George H. Singer
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4200 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.2493
F 612.371.3207
Carmel A. Laney
T 612.371.3556
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin

George Singer practices in the area of corporate and commercial law, including finance, financial restructuring and bankruptcy. He negotiates senior and subordinated financing arrangements, structuring credit facilities, perfecting finance documentation and secured transactions. George regularly represents lenders, lessors, funds, committees, business debtors, guarantors and creditors in financial workouts, restructurings, distressed-sale transactions, lender liability claims, successor liability issues, and preferential and fraudulent transfer litigation.

George advises publicly and privately-held companies regarding corporate governance, debt and equity financings, licensing issues and risk management. He serves as corporate counsel on behalf of buyers and sellers and venture capitalists in complex merger, acquisition, divestiture, and joint-venture transactions.

Awards & Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America - Minneapolis Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2015, 2017)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers (2006–2016)
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2013-2015)
  • Raeder Larson Public Service Award, MSBA Bankruptcy Section
  • Leonard Lindquist Pro Bono Recognition Award
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Commendation
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Commendation
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Distinguished Service Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated
Experience
  • Corporate Counsel. George serves as corporate counsel to clients in a variety of industries and regularly advises on matters of corporate governance, capitalization and business strategy.
  • Secured Transactions. George regularly represents banks, commercial finance companies, private equity firms and borrowers in all aspects of structuring, documenting and enforcing secured loan arrangements and resolving defaults and intercreditor issues.
  • Loan Participations. George has served as counsel for lead lenders in loan participations, and handled participant disputes as well as the restructuring, workout, and foreclosure of participated loan projects.
  • Distressed Transactions and Workouts. As bankruptcy and restructuring counsel to a financial institution debtor, George was able to save the subsidiary bank from being closed by federal and state regulators through a recapitalization. George regularly represents lenders and borrowers in out-of-court restructurings and workouts, including distressed sale transactions.
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Representation. As bankruptcy, corporate and M&A counsel to Chapter 11 debtors in In re Polaroid Corp. et al., George oversaw the auction and sale of assets in a contested section 363 sale that generated in excess of $87.6 million for the benefit of creditors. George also represented American Bancorporation in its Chapter 11 as bankruptcy and M&A counsel which resulted in the sale of the debtor's subsidiary, American Bank of St. Paul, and confirmation of a plan that provided a substantial return to the holders of Trust Preferred Securities (TRuPs).
  • Chapter 11 Trustee and Receiver Representation. George serves as counsel for the Chapter 11 Trustee and Receiver in connection with Thomas Petters Ponzi scheme and related bankruptcy cases of In re Petters Company, Inc. et al. (Bankr. D. Minn.), which involve claims in excess of $3.8 billion and the prosecution of over 200 “claw-back” actions commenced on behalf of the Trustee.
  • Section 363 Sales. George serves as bankruptcy and M&A counsel to buyers in Section 363 sales throughout the country, including In re Genmar Holdings, Inc. (Bank. D. Minn.), In re Hitchcock Industries, Inc. (Bankr. D. Minn.) and In re Fleming Co. (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Creditors Committees. George served as co-counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, as well as the designated litigation representative, in the Chapter 11 proceeding of In re Intrepid U.S.A., Inc. (Bankr. D. Minn.), which along with its affiliated debtors was one of the largest home healthcare providers in the United States.
  • Private Equity. George represented a consortium of private equity firms holding subordinated secured debt and equity instruments in connection with resolution of intercreditor disputes, renegotiation of senior secured credit facility and restructuring of debt in the Chapter 11 reorganization of In re M.A. Gedney Co. (Bankr. D. Minn.).
  • Ethanol Industry. George has represented ethanol lenders, bondholders and creditors in ethanol bankruptcy cases and complex workouts throughout the country, including In re Aventine (Bankr. D. Del.), In re Gateway Ethanol, LLC (Bankr. D. Kan.), In re Northeast Biofuels, LLC (Bankr. N.D.N.Y.), In re Pine Lake Corn Processors, L.P. (PLCP) (Bankr. D. Iowa), In re Otter Tail Ag Enterprises, LLC (Bankr. D. Minn.) and NEDAK Ethanol, LLC (Nebraska)
  • Consignment Transactions. George represented major consignment vendors in the Chapter 11 retail bankruptcy proceedings of The Sports Authority, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.), which involved litigation and appeals relating to the rights and priorities of various parties with respect to consignment inventory.
  • Equipment Lessors. George represented equipment lessors in connection with their claims and interests in various bankruptcy proceedings, including In re HomeBanc Mortgage Corp. et al. (Bankr. D. Del.), In re S&B Surgery Center (Bankr. C.D. Cal.) and In re Winona Printing Co. (Bankr. D. Minn.).
  • Landlords. George represented landlords and landlord groups in various bankruptcy matters throughout the country, including In re Sun Country Airlines (Bankr. D. Minn.), In re WorldCom (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.), In re Allegiance Telecom (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.), In re 2nd Swing, Inc. (Bankr. D. Minn), In re Video Update (Bankr. D. Del.) and In re VICORP (Baker’s Square) (Bankr. D. Del.).
Media & Presentations
Media Mentions
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Publications
01.01.12
“TOUSA: Fraudulent Transfer Risks in Loan and Restructuring Transactions," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law
04.01.10
“The Art of the (Bad) Deal: Securing the “Break-Up Fee” in Bankruptcy Sales,” Lindquist & Vennum, Dealmaker Counsel
07.01.09
“A Snapshot of the Polaroid Sale and Certain Considerations in 363 Sales,” Lindquist & Vennum, Dealmaker Counsel
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Events
                     
"Big Ideas for Small Businesses in Financial Distress"
Minnesota Bankruptcy Institute
“Hidden Liens and the Search for First Priority: Select Issues under the UCC and Other Applicable Law for Bankruptcy Lawyers,” MSBA Bankruptcy Section Presentation 
“Bankruptcy Sales-Section 363, Liquidation Auctions,” Minnesota CLE Distressed Assets Seminar 
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Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin
Professional & Community

Clerkships

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota, Honorable Nancy C. Dreher
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota, Honorable William A. Hill

Prior Professional Experience

  • George previously served as staff a attorney at the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, which reported to the President, Congress, and U.S. Supreme Court and made recommendations for reform that were considered in connection with the adoption of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Turnaround Management Association, Member
  • Commercial Law League, Member

Community Involvement

  • Sojourner Project, Inc., Chairman of Board of Directors
  • Dakota County Conciliation Court, Judicial Referee, Adjunct Judicial Officer
  • Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law), Adjunct Professor (Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy)
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Adjunct Professor (Secured Transactions)
4200 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.2493
F 612.371.3207
Carmel A. Laney
T 612.371.3556
  • University of North Dakota School of Law

    (J.D., with distinction, 1993)

  • University of North Dakota

    (B.B.A., 1987)

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin

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