Insolvency matters are rarely straightforward—for debtors or creditors.

For debtors, our experience gained from decades of guiding financially distressed companies covers early stage evaluations, planning and implementing out-of-court restructurings, and chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations.

Likewise, we offer representation to secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, landlords, and equity holders in creative recovery solutions, as well as strategic purchasers of distressed assets. We also have extensive experience in insolvency-related litigation, including preference and fraudulent transfer claims, along with debt enforcement actions.

We get to know our clients’ businesses—whether debtor or creditor—grow personally involved in the work, and aim for the best possible outcome.

Pre-Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Counsel

A company on the brink of insolvency often will need to restore a level of integrity in their business operations to ensure that others—including vendors, lenders, and employees—believe they are doing all that they can do to make good on their debts and avoid bankruptcy. In pre-bankruptcy matters, our team approaches each client’s particular circumstances, considering their business goals, market trends, and potential outcomes. We can help build and negotiate sustainable workout plans with creditors, restructure finances and operations for more efficiency, and find other solutions to prevent bankruptcy, such as new financings, sales, joint ventures, and licensing deals.

In addition, we work closely with other Farella practice groups, including real estate, insurance coverage, intellectual property, and tax to provide customized, multi-disciplinary assistance, advice, and representation to meet our clients’ needs.

Bankruptcy and Insolvency-Related Litigation

In bankruptcy litigation, we address the compressed time frames common to bankruptcy courts and leverage the unique substantive law and procedural rules that make it different from other commercial litigation. We represent clients in contentious litigation matters brought under the Bankruptcy Code or non-bankruptcy law.

Areas of litigation we regularly handle include:

  • Fraudulent transfer claims (under both Bankruptcy Code and state law)
  • Preference actions
  • Fraud and other misconduct claims
  • Breach of fiduciary duty and other director and officer liabilities
  • Equitable subordination claims
  • Claims seeking to re-characterize debt as equity
  • Alter ego/piercing the corporate veil claims

Additionally, we have decades of litigation experience representing creditors in enforcing debts owed to them. We excel in pursuing provisional remedies, including prejudgment attachment of assets and receiverships, as well as proceedings to locate and seize assets to satisfy debts owed to our clients.

Real Estate Specialty

While our experience covers a range of industries, from wineries and hospitality to alternative energy and insurance, our insolvency specialists are frequently engaged by real estate interests to navigate the unique rules which affect the landlord-tenant relationship both in and outside of bankruptcy. We have particular success in enforcing rights in retail bankruptcy cases that negatively impact commercial shopping center properties, whether through negotiation or litigation.

Clients in real estate-heavy industries also engage us to protect their equity investments and defend claims made or threatened against them as guarantors, directors, or officers, among others.

Asset Sales and Recovery

Buying or selling a distressed business raises a host of risks and potential problems not typically found in the acquisition of a healthy, solvent business. Our lawyers specializing in this area provide savvy, sophisticated counsel, and handle everything from due diligence and negotiations to the preparation of complex closing documentation for both buyers and sellers of financially distressed businesses.

In asset recovery matters related to insolvency, our attorneys excel at drafting agreements to maximize clients’ rights, including perfecting security interests in all types of collateral and negotiating and documenting complex inter-creditor and subordination agreements.

Other Restructuring and Insolvency Services

Firm Highlights

Publication

Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

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Last Major SF Transbay Tower, Affordable Housing at Risk of Delays

Real Estate/Land Use and Development Partner Charles (C.J.) Higley shares his thoughts on why the 546 Howard St. tower project deserves priority for approval. Read the full article here .

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Event

North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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Judge Finds Grounds to Sue California Insurance Commissioner for Refusing to Investigate Industry Fraud in Recent Wildfire Claims

Lawsuit Alleges Insurance Industry Has Illegally Used Unlicensed Out-of-State Adjusters to Cheat Victims of 2017 and 2018 Wildfires SAN FRANCISCO, April 1, 2019: A judge is permitting a survivor of the 2017 Tubbs Fire...

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Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

If the eye-popping damages awards in several recent lawsuits are any indication, companies are increasingly coming to see their private information as one of their most valuable assets—and California juries apparently agree. For example,...

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Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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News

How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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Event

CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Identifying and Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trial

How do you identify the key experts you need for trial? Once you have them, what are the best practices for preparing them for trial? How do these practices vary depending on your venue, and...

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