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Benjamin (Ben) Kadden is the Managing Partner of Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard and co-leader of the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency Section. Ben focuses on several practice areas including bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors’ rights; corporate and commercial law; mergers and acquisitions; litigation; and asset-based finance.

Career

Ben has served as lead counsel for various Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, including acting as lead counsel in the Chapter 11 case of JAB Energy Solutions II, LLC, Burkhalter Rigging, Inc., Whistler Energy II, LLC, Midway Oilfield Constructors, Inc., Harvest Oil & Gas, LLC, A&B Valve and Piping Systems, L.L.C., Graham Gulf, Inc., and Virgin Oil Company, Inc., and as special counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Trico Marine bankruptcy. He has also served as Debtor’s counsel in a number of Chapter 11 proceedings, including Gulf Fleet Holdings, Inc., East Cameron Partners, L.P., and Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co.

Admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas, Ben has served as special or local counsel in several large Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in the Southern District of Texas, including serving as special counsel for the Debtors in the Seadrill Partners, LLC case and serving as local counsel for an Indenture Trustee in the FTS International, Inc. and Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC cases. Ben also acted as local counsel for the debtor-in-possession lender and stalking horse purchaser in the Bouchard Transportation Co. bankruptcy. Each of these matters provide much-needed perspective with respect to the interests, concerns, and goals of secured lenders and related parties.

Ben has also represented numerous liquidating and litigating trusts arising out of confirmed plans of reorganization, including the post-conformation trusts created Burkhalter Rigging, Inc., Whistler Energy II, LLC, Graham Gulf, Inc., Harvest Oil & Gas, LLC, Torch Offshore, Inc., Gulf Fleet Holdings, Inc., and Virgin Oil Company, Inc. He has also participated in a number of merger and acquisition transactions pertaining to numerous businesses based in the Gulf Coast region, with a focus upon representation of non-public buyers and sellers in equity and asset sales. Because of his experience in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, Ben has knowledge regarding the purchase or sale of assets by distressed companies, including navigating the process while a buyer or seller is in bankruptcy.

Ben is admitted to practice and regularly does so in the following jurisdictions: Louisiana, Texas, U.S. Fifth Circuit, and all U.S. District Courts in Louisiana and Texas.

Publications

- "Navigating Bankrupt Seas - For the Benefit of Maritime Operators," Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, with Delos Flint, Jr., 2019

- "What One Court Giveth; Another Court Taketh Away: Understanding LOWLA and the Impact of Recent Decisions on the Breadth of the Protections Afforded to Claimants by the Louisiana Legislature," Mineral Law Institute Papers, with Meredith S. Grabill, 2019

- “Local Bankruptcy Rules: Louisiana (E.D. La.),” Practical Law Practice Bankruptcy & Restructuring, with Meredith S. Grabill, 2018

Work Highlights

- Lead Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case of JAB Energy Solutions II, LLC, et al., United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware

- Co-counsel for the DIP Lenders and an ad hoc group of the Debtors’ (i) 10.50% senior secured priming notes due 2025; (ii) 6.75% senior secured notes due 2025; (iii) Euro floating rate senior secured notes due 2025; and (iv) 11.50% senior secured notes due 2026 in the Bankruptcy Case of Carlson Travel, Inc., et al., United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

- Co-counsel for Atlantic Maritime Services, LLC in connection with the filing, preservation, and enforcement of statutory lien rights under the Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act in the Bankruptcy Case of Fieldwood Energy, LLC, et al., United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

- Lead Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case of Burkhalter Rigging, Inc., et al., United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

- Co-counsel for Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB (WSFS), in its capacity as Trustee under that certain (i) Indenture, dated as of May 27, 1998, among The Neiman Marcus Group LLC (f/k/a The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.), as issuer, and Neiman Marcus Group LTD Inc. (f/k/a Neiman Marcus, Inc.), as guarantor, (ii) First Supplemental Indenture, dated as of July 11, 2006, (iii) Second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of August 14, 2006, and (iv) Third Supplemental Indenture, dated as of June 7, 2019, for the 7.125% Senior Debentures due 2028 in the bankruptcy case of Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC, et al., United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

- Lead Counsel for Kenneth Lefoldt, the Liquidating Trustee, in connection with post-confirmation litigation following confirmation of the Plan in COPsync, Inc., et al., United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District Louisiana

- Special Counsel for the Debtors, in connection with efforts by the Debtors, in the Bankruptcy Case of Seadrill Partners, LLC, et al., United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

- Co-counsel for the initial DIP Lender and Stalking Horse Bidder, Hartree Partners, L.P. in the Bankruptcy Case of Bouchard Transportation Co., et al., United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

- Co-counsel for an Ad Hoc Group of Holders of FTS International, Inc.’s 6.25% Senior Secured Notes Due 2022 in the Bankruptcy Case of FTS International, Inc., et al., United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

- Lead Counsel for Orion Drilling Company, LLC in connection with a workout and restructuring of its indebtedness, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas

- Lead Counsel for CRG Financial, LLC in connection with the investigation, diligence, and acquisition of multiple secured claims held by a significant creditor in the Bankruptcy Case of MTE Holdings, LLC, et al., United States Bankruptcy Court, DE

- Counsel for Gulf Fleet Holdings, Inc., as well as 10 of its subsidiaries and affiliates in Chapter 11 with over $100,000,000 in assets and approximately $65,000,000 in claims, Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette Division

- Debtor’s Counsel for Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. in Chapter 11 with over $100,000,000 in assets and $100,000,000 in claims, Southern District of Alabama

- Debtor’s Counsel for East Cameron Partners, LP in Chapter 11 proceeding with assets of over $100,000,000 and debt of approximately $185,000,000, Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette Division

- Lead Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case of Burkhalter Rigging, Inc., et al., and certain affiliates, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

- Lead Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case of Midway Oilfield Constructors, Inc., et al., Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

- Lead Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case of Whistler Energy II, LLC, et al., Eastern District of Louisiana

- Lead Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases of Saratoga Resources, Inc., Harvest Oil & Gas, LLC, et al., Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette Division

- Lead Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case of A&B Valve and Piping Systems, LLC, et al., Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette Division

- Lead Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case of Graham Gulf, Inc., et al., Southern District of Alabama

- Lead Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case of Virgin Oil Company, Inc., et al., Eastern District of Louisiana

- Special Counsel for the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case of The Trico Marine Group, et al., District of Delaware

- Counsel for Citicorp North America, Inc. in the foreclosure of Oakwood Mall, a shopping mall in metropolitan New Orleans

Awards

Best Lawyers Recognition

Best Lawyers in America

2022

Super Lawyers of Louisiana

Super Lawyers

2022

AV Preeminent Rating

New Orleans Magazine

2022

Top Lawyers in New Orleans

New Orleans Magazine

2021

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Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Louisiana
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Band 2

Benjamin Kadden is well equipped to handle all aspects of Chapter 11 filings and boasts experience representing both debtors and creditor committees.
"Ben is an excellent lawyer."

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