About Jeff J. Friedman

Jeff Friedman has spent more than 30 years solving complex bankruptcy and creditors' rights issues for debtors and creditors in and out of court. He advises stakeholders in large-scale Chapter 11 cases nationwide, including parties possessing secured or unsecured claims against or contractual relationships with troubled companies. Jeff offers pragmatic, business-oriented solutions aimed at reducing the need for and costs of litigation. He also has extensive experience representing parties seeking to acquire assets out of bankruptcy; defendants in bankruptcy litigation, including fraudulent transfer and preference actions; and parties seeking bankruptcy opinions in connection with lending and structured finance transactions.

Business-focused bankruptcy counsel

Jeff has represented institutional lenders, corporations, hedge funds, trade creditors and individuals in many of the largest Chapter 11 cases in recent years, including Lehman Brothers, The Tribune Company, TWA, Bernard L. Madoff Securities, The Weinstein Company, W.R. Grace, Dow Corning, LTV Steel, Bethlehem Steel, Enron, Global Crossing and WorldCom. Jeff has extensive experience representing debtors, including Continental Airlines, Texaco, The Consumers Trust, Prins Recycling Corporation and General Textiles in Chapter 11 cases.

In addition to his other clients, Jeff frequently represents banks and other financial institutions in Chapter 11 cases. In that work, he has built up significant knowledge about the intersection between bankruptcy and creditors' rights law, and how the relationship between the two impacts financial services providers, mortgage lenders and others engaged structured finance transactions. He also instructs and provides bankruptcy opinions to municipal borrowers on special bankruptcy laws that can improve the terms on which they borrow. For lenders and clients across a range of industries, Jeff has extensive experience structuring bankruptcy-remote entities commonly used in real estate and other lending transactions.

Ultimately, Jeff's goal in every engagement is to provide practical solutions to his client's business problem. In doing so, he seeks to minimize surprises for his clients, whether he is attempting to maximize their recoveries as a claim holder or minimize their exposure as a defendant.

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Practice Focus

  • All aspects of bankruptcy and creditors' rights law
  • Chapter 11 reorganization, recapitalization, debtor-in-possession financing agreements, asset acquisition agreements and structured finance agreements
  • Bankruptcy analysis, structuring and opinions for transactions with special-purpose, bankruptcy-remote entities
  • Bankruptcy analysis and opinions for public finance transactions
  • UCC foreclosures

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