Experience

Energy Company Bankruptcy

Representing major creditor in multi-billion dollar energy company bankruptcy, including complex litigation appealed to Federal Court of Appeal.

International Food and Beverage Company Insolvency

Successfully negotiated and documented complex multi-million dollar settlement for international food and beverage company.

Lake Tahoe Resort Bankruptcy

Successfully foreclosed on resort development property in Lake Tahoe area, overcoming concerted legal actions by debtor, including lawsuits and bankruptcy filing.

Cascade Acceptance Corporation

Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Cascade Acceptance Corporation, a mortgage investment company with more than $100 million of assets and liabilities, pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.  Subsequently, we also represent the Chapter 7 trustee after conversion of the case in complex litigation against insiders and affiliates. 

Ng Bankruptcy

Represent debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of real estate magnate who ran mortgage investment funds with assets of hundreds of millions of dollars, including complex dealings with affiliated entities, the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors and thousands of  individual creditors, litigants and other interested parties in the bankruptcy case.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Representing Thomas Morone, the Court-appointed Receiver for the Ritz-Carlton Highlands Hotel and Residences at the Northstar ski resort in Lake Tahoe.  Among other things, we have been assisting the Receiver with respect to issues regarding the proposed sale of the Hotel property, disputes involving the sale of a dozen penthouse condominium units, a number of construction and mechanics' lien matters and various other litigation issues.

Firm Highlights

Publication

Treatment of Commercial Leases in Tenant Bankruptcy - The Basics

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc with the nation’s economy, we have started to see bankruptcy filings by well-known companies such as GNC, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s...

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Non-Residential Lease Default Workouts, Security Deposits and Bankruptcy

What are the bankruptcy implications of the treatment of a tenant’s security deposit following a payment default?  Many non-residential tenants are now or are likely in the future to be unable to pay rent...

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How Grape Growers Can Protect Their Interests When a Winery Approaches Insolvency

A lot goes into the making of great wine, and when a winery becomes financially unstable, there are multiple competing interests that need to be satisfied, including the banks that provide the winery with...

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News

Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named to 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Forty-one Farella Braun + Martel attorneys across practice areas were named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists of top attorneys in Northern California for 2020. Farella attorneys named among 2020 Northern California...

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Questions Wineries Need to Answer Before Talking With Lenders About Coronavirus-Caused Financial Woes

The coronavirus pandemic and public health efforts to combat it will impact different wine businesses in different ways. Those that depend upon on-premise and direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales — such as restaurant, hospitality, and tasting room...

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Hospitality Companies and Their Lenders: Preparing for Difficult Conversations

In a sudden reversal of generally expansionary trends, the hospitality business has been among the most immediate and badly hit economic sectors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting stay-at-home and...

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PG&E Bankruptcy: Lessons Learned and a Path Forward

Farella's Unplugged Renewable Energy Series features Nick Moore (moderator) and Gary Kaplan (panelist) discussing "PG&E Bankruptcy: Lessons Learned and a Path Forward." The California power giant, PG&E, has emerged from the country’s largest utility bankruptcy proceeding as...

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Wine Businesses, Lenders, and Difficult Conversations

The COVID-19 pandemic and public health efforts to combat it will impact different wine businesses in different ways. Those that depend on on-premise and direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales, such as restaurant, hospitality, and tasting room...

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Protecting Suppliers and Customers of Insolvent or Bankrupt Companies

Some 3,600 companies having already  filed for Chapter 11 protection  in the first half of 2020—more than in any year since 2012—and many are bracing for an even greater surge of bankruptcy filings before...

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