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Harris Bricken’s Financial Restructuring team applies deep knowledge of local laws and business and regulatory environments to a complex area of the law, resolving complex multi-jurisdictional restructurings, recoveries and insolvencies to our clients’ best advantage.

Especially in these volatile times it is vital to stay out in front of potential business obstacles such as supply chain disruption or dramatic changes in operating conditions, maintaining financial flexibility and managing short-term challenges to maximize long-term opportunities.

As a leading provider of cross-border legal solutions globally, we have deep experience not only representing U.S. firms overseas, but also representing firms from Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region in bankruptcy proceedings and insolvency litigation in the United States.

Our Financial Restructuring lawyers expertly meld their experience in various jurisdictions (e.g. ChinaVietnamThailandSpainMexicoBrazil, and the United States) with legal practices that often prove relevant in financial restructurings (e.g., intellectual propertyreal estate or manufacturing law), to pursue the strongest legal strategies for our clients.

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Harris Bricken Develops Strategic, Cost-Effective Winning Solutions

We have represented a wide range of clients – including senior secured creditors, banks and financial institutions, special servicers, purchasers, private equity and hedge funds, lessors and landlords, and Fortune 500 debtors – in every aspect of bankruptcy proceedings and insolvency litigation, from first day motions through plan confirmation, as well as appeals of adverse decisions. We have also assisted clients with purchasing assets out of bankruptcy estates – including the purchases of a powerplant and large real estate projects.

In addition to bankruptcy, we have been involved in hundreds of receivership actions. We have represented secured creditors, receivers and other interested parties across a variety of insolvent asset classes, including hotels and luxury resorts, restaurant chains and franchises, gas stations and c-stores, medical device companies, computer re-distributors, energy and power plants, as well as office buildings and strip malls.

Also, we have assisted clients in the structuring of securitizations and pre-securitized loans, including providing non-consolidation opinions, true sale opinions and other opinion work.

In approaching financial restructuring challenges on behalf of our clients, Harris Bricken draws on our deep multi-jurisdictional knowledge of bankruptcy law, tax law, international law, corporate law and regulatory law. Our advice takes into account all these elements, as well as our deep knowledge of local business and regulatory environments, as we develop strategic cost-effective winning solutions for our clients.

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Some of our representative engagements include:

  • Debtors’ counsel for a Fortune 500 company that resulted in 100% payment plan
  • Senior secured creditor’s counsel for two luxury hotels where creditor was owed over $300 million
  • Senior secured creditor’s counsel for an office building where creditor was owed approximately $30 million
  • Lead counsel to financial institution for a package of defaulted loans valued over $50 million
  • Lead counsel to financial institution in multi-state federal receivership matter
  • Lead counsel for purchaser of a power plant out of a bankruptcy estate
  • Lead counsel for purchaser of two hallmark condominium buildings out of several bankruptcy estates
  • Counsel for creditors in a medical device company bankruptcy where creditors confirmed a reorganization plan
  • Special regulatory counsel to a Durable Medical Equipment company in Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Lead counsel to major Wall Street bank in a highly contested receivership matter where bank owed over $20 million
  • Lead counsel to a bank in a hotel receivership and bankruptcy case
  • Lead counsel to bank in a gas station/c-store bankruptcy matter, where bank paid 100% of pre-petition plus attorneys’ fees and interest
  • Litigated over 375 preference actions, with some ranging into the hundreds of millions of dollars in exposure
  • Counsel to an international monetary fund owed over $50 million for fraud and embezzlement by an insider
  • Counsel to international bank owed over $20 million for fraud by a client
  • National bankruptcy and litigation counsel to one of the largest financial institutions in the world; handled hundreds of litigation and bankruptcy matters
  • Represented almost every large national bank in bankruptcy, receivership and defaulted loan proceedings
  • Represented most of the largest special servicers in bankruptcy proceedings
  • Prepared and negotiated hundreds of settlement and forbearance agreements, including extremely complex agreements
  • Represented clients in appeals of adverse bankruptcy decisions in United States District Courts and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
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This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Bricken is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

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Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Bricken have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Bricken quickly made things right.

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I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Bricken is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

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I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Bricken for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Bricken provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Bricken’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Harris Bricken has represented our company in the legal cannabis industry for years. Harris Bricken has advised us in a wide variety of legal matters, and they are truly experts in their field. I would highly recommend Harris Bricken to anyone with questions about cannabis law, or any legal matters. They have been great for our Company, and will continue to guide us as our industry evolves

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You won’t find a better partner than Harris Bricken when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

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When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Bricken as our legal counsel.

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We use Harris Bricken on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Bricken’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Bricken was a big factor in that.

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We have used Harris Bricken for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

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