Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy

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The attorneys in Lindquist & Vennum’s bankruptcy practice are more than experienced bankruptcy lawyers with in-depth knowledge of the Bankruptcy Code and the Uniform Commercial Code. The group was “Tier 1” metropolitan-ranked in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for 2015. We routinely handle matters involving complex financing transactions and provide a full range of sophisticated legal services involving loan workouts and restructurings, bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

The complexities of financial restructuring command transactional and litigation skills, as well as a depth of experience in addressing issues arising under the Bankruptcy Code and the Uniform Commercial Code. Because Lindquist's financial services group consists of a team of transactional, workout, bankruptcy, and litigation attorneys, we are able to provide our clients a full complement of services and advice that answers the many questions that arise from financial distress. Secured and unsecured creditors face many risks when dealing with a financially distressed situation. But there are also opportunities, and we know how to preserve the value of collateral, maximize opportunities for a successful restructuring or reorganization, and minimize loss of value. Because of our long-standing representation of many debtors, creditors, and trustees, we offer our clients a unique perspective. Lindquist's multi-faceted experience equips us with the skill to represent financial institutions, investment funds, receivers, trustees, and companies in all phases of a company’s lifecycle.


Because we are a premier restructuring practice in the upper Midwest and Rocky Mountains, our attorneys were retained by both the court-appointed Receiver and the Chapter 11 Trustee of a family of companies that were used by Tom Petters to orchestrate a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme, the largest in Minnesota history. The fully integrated nature of our financial restructuring and bankruptcy team is exemplified by our representation of the Petters companies, which continues to involve an intertwining of domestic and international criminal, civil, receivership and bankruptcy matters. As counsel for the Receiver, our team administers the orderly liquidation of assets, including structuring sales of companies, and works in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Office to maximize recovery for the benefit of Petters’ victims. As counsel for the Chapter 11 Trustee, we commenced more than 200 adversary proceedings to pursue preference and fraudulent transfer claims on behalf of creditors, the litigation of which involves numerous legal issues of first impression in the District of Minnesota and the Eighth Circuit. Our team conducts all litigation necessary to unwind the years of fraud perpetrated by Tom Petters, and drafts and closes the transactional deals necessary to liquidate assets and restore enterprise value to those companies able to be salvaged. For example, we represented Polaroid in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and managed a contested Section 363 sale process that generated over $87.6 million for the benefit of creditors. Our experience demonstrates that we are well-equipped to provide this same type of seamless and efficient depth of services on behalf of all of our clients.

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Moderator, Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute
"Alternatives to Bankruptcy: Receiverships, ABCs, Self-Managed Liquidations"
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