Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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What the team is known for Supports clients in matters such as corporate restructuring, workouts and Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Advises lenders on a range of matters relating to distressed loans, including franchise financing and letters of credit. Also highly regarded for its expertise in bankruptcy litigation, including fraudulent transfer and preference disputes. Serves a broad client base, with particular expertise in the representation of financial institutions and other creditor-side clients.

Strengths One client confirms that "it provides excellent service to me and suits my needs well - my overall impression of the firm is excellent."

Interviewees report that the team is "large enough to have capabilities across multiple disciplines but small enough to provide excellent customer service."

Work highlights Acted for the Bank of America as lender and administrative agent on a syndicated loan secured by assets of an Applebee's franchisee, which included handling an adversary proceeding with the franchisor.

Notable practitioners

Head of department
Frank DeBorde
is particularly commended for his representation of secured creditors in proceedings at all levels of court, while also handling workouts. "He is very knowledgeable in bankruptcy," states a client, while peers commend his "robust lender practice."

Jason Watson
is adept in handling distressed matters for a range of financial institutions and companies, advising on liquidations, Chapter 11 proceedings and creditors' rights disputes. "He is very knowledgeable in his area of expertise and easy to work with," reports a client.

Lisa Wolgast
is experienced in matters such as Chapter 7 and 11 proceedings, attracting a strong creditor client base. One client confirms that "my experience with her has been excellent in all aspects," while peers note that she "does a fantastic job."