Bankruptcies are seldom within the creditor’s control and pose a risk to financial institutions of all shapes and sizes. Smith Debnam’s versatile and experienced bankruptcy team is equally adept at representing creditors in both consumer and commercial matters across all Chapters of the Bankruptcy Code. In addition, Smith Debnam has built a reputation for developing innovative and insightful solutions to maximize recovery for creditor clients while mitigating loss.
Our clients include:
Our commercial bankruptcy team is prepared to handle matters throughout the commercial bankruptcy life cycle, including arguing first-day motions, negotiating cash collateral treatment, seeking relief from the automatic stay, compelling assumption, or rejection of executory contracts, negotiating plan treatment, and objecting to confirmation.
Commercial Creditor Bankruptcy Representation
Workouts and Loan Restructuring
Smith Debnam’s bankruptcy attorneys apply their collective breadth of experience, coupled with an understanding of the creditor’s sense of urgency and practical local knowledge, to provide quality statewide representation to a wide variety of consumer creditor clients in all North and South Carolina Bankruptcy Courts.
Consumer Creditor Bankruptcy Representation
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Members of our team have defended numerous avoidance actions on behalf of the agrifinance industry.
In a Chapter 11 involving a large and protracted four-county farming operation, members of our team successfully represented the primary ag input lender, whose claim exceeded $2 million dollars, assisting it in negotiating cash collateral and plan treatment.
In litigation related to a large farming Chapter 11, members of our team successfully recovered over a half-million dollars in crop proceeds which were fraudulently conveyed to third parties.
In the Chapter 11 of a small restaurant chain, the firm represented the SBA lender whose claim exceeded $1 million dollars with respect to cash collateral and plan treatment.
In the liquidating Chapter 11 of a fitness gym chain, the firm served as counsel to a large national bank in securing turnover of its leased gym equipment.
In the Chapter 11 of a multistate builder, the firm served as counsel to a national building supply company in the defense of preference and fraudulent transfer claims.
In the Chapter 11 liquidation of a paper manufacturing company, the firm represented a secured creditor bank regarding a number of related adversary proceedings.
In a single asset real estate Chapter 11, members of our team represented a bank lender with a claim exceeding $800,000 regarding the negotiation of cash collateral, adequate protection, and plan confirmation.
In multiple Chapter 11s involving golf courses, the firm as served as counsel to the financing company or lessor of the golf course equipment with respect to its leases, stay relief, and plan treatment.
Members of our team served as counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors with respect to a resort property’s Chapter 11.
In the Chapter 11 of a large medical practice, the firm served as counsel to a large national software company with respect to its executory contracts.
In the liquidating Chapter 11 of a hospital system, the firm served as counsel to a large national software company regarding the rejection of its executory contracts.
Members of our team served as counsel for the trustee in the Chapter 7 of a condominium development in prosecuting avoidance actions and negotiating the sale of the property at a section 363 sale.
Members of our team successfully defended an investment brokerage firm regarding an avoidance action by the trustee.
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