Jeff Smith combines his legal and business experience, along with an M.B.A. in finance, to efficiently understand and deliver practical, results-oriented solutions to complex financial and legal matters. Jeff represents individuals, businesses and business owners on matters involving corporate and commercial law, finance, secured transactions, workouts and financial restructurings, and bankruptcy.
Much of Jeff’s practice focuses on representing lenders, borrowers, creditors, trustees and receivers in all matters relating to distressed assets and companies, workouts, debt restructuring, asset protection, collateral recovery and bankruptcy, including preference and fraudulent transfer litigation. Jeff’s also represents clients in all aspects of structuring and negotiating commercial and financial transactions, including asset sales and acquisitions.
Jeff seeks to maximize value and minimizes exposure for his clients.
Awards & Recognition
- Minnesota Lawyer, Attorney of the Year (2016)
- North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2014-2015)
- Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2015, 2016)
- Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Raeder Larson Public Service Award (2014)
- Secured Transactions. Advise and represent banks, commercial finance companies, private equity firms and other lenders as well as borrowers in all aspects of structuring, documenting and enforcing secured transactions, defaults and intercreditor issues.
- Mergers & Acquisitions. Advise and represent buyers and sellers of assets and the negotiation, structure and documentation of the purchase or sale of assets or businesses, both as Section 363 transactions in bankruptcy cases and outside of bankruptcy.
- Chapter 11 Debtor Representation. Represent Chapter 11 debtors as bankruptcy, corporate and M&A counsel, including In re Polaroid Corporation, et al. (Bankr. D. Minn.) involving the auction and sale of business assets in multiple Section 363 sales that resulted in more than $90 million for the benefit of creditors.
- Receiver and Chapter 11 Trustee Representation. Represent the Receiver appointed by the U.S. District Court (D. Minn.) in the $3.8 billion Ponzi scheme of Thomas Petters and the Chapter 11 Trustee in the related bankruptcy cases of In re Petters Company, Inc., et al. (Bankr. D. Minn.), including more than 100 adversary proceedings to avoid fraudulent transfers and recover assets.
- Secured Creditors Representation. Advise and represent secured creditors regarding cash collateral, adequate protection, recovery of collateral, plan disclosure and confirmation issues and other matters both inside and out of bankruptcy.
- Preferential and Fraudulent Transfer Litigation. Advise and represent parties regarding preference and fraudulent transfer claims, both under bankruptcy law and state law, including analysis of potential defenses and negotiating a resolution of claims.
- Claims and Bankruptcy and Contested Matter Litigation. Advise and represent clients in all aspects of bankruptcy and as contested matter litigation, including claim objections and the assumption or rejection of contracts and leases and resulting damages or cure amount obligations.
Media & Presentations
"Pro Bono Services for Bankruptcy Cases"
Minnesota Bankruptcy Institute
“Mediation Skills and Opportunities in Bankruptcy,” Minnesota Bankruptcy Institute
“Bankruptcy and Fraud Update,” Advanced Lending Seminar
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