Matt focuses on chapter 11 business bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, reorganization, and restructuring.

He represents international, national and regional clients, including debtors, official and ad hoc committees, asset purchasers, debtor-in-possession (DIP) lenders, secured and unsecured creditors, petitioning creditors in involuntary bankruptcy filings, and other parties in interest.

His experience includes in- and out-of-court restructuring transactions for publicly-traded and private companies, and he has represented clients in bankruptcy litigation and appeals, as well as commercial litigation.  Matt also has substantial experience representing debtors, foreign representatives, and others in cross-border cases.

Matt devotes a portion of his time to pro bono matters, such as serving as an attorney guardian ad litem in the Family Court for the State of Delaware.  He is also a volunteer attorney for the Federal Civil Panel of the US District Court for the District of Delaware.

In 2021, Matt was selected to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s “40 Under 40” program for emerging leaders in insolvency practice. He was also one of a dozen corporate restructuring lawyers under the age of 40 recognized as a 2021 outstanding young restructuring lawyer in Turnarounds & Workouts magazine.

In 2017, he participated in the renowned National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) Next Generation Program.  Each year, the NCBJ NextGen program selects forty “up-and-coming” bankruptcy practitioners “who show the potential to distinguish themselves in future years as highly respected members of the bankruptcy bar.” In 2017, Matt also was one of eight attorneys selected for the Bankruptcy Trial Practice Seminar sponsored by the US District Court for the District of Delaware and the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. The seminar included court practicum sessions before the judges of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, as well as a speaker series led by the judges and nationally recognized bankruptcy professionals.

Experience

Chapter 11 debtors

Creditors/parties-in-interest in chapter 11 cases

Chapter 15 cross-border restructuring cases

Led chapter 11 representation of a tier 1 supplier to Boeing and other commercial and defense aviation companies in restructuring and going concern sale.  Impresa Aerospace

Co-counsel representing workspace solutions company Knotel, Inc., in its cross-border chapter 11 cases pursuing a going concern sale of its assets.  Knotel, Inc.

Co-counsel to noteholder group in prepackaged chapter 11 case of FerrellGas Partners.  FerrellGas Partners, L.P.

Represented the foreign representative in the cross-border restructuring of The Aldo Group Inc., a multi-national retailer with 3,000 locations worldwide. Successfully achieved chapter 15 recognition of the Canadian foreign main proceedings and obtained what DebtWire described as first-ever critical vendor relief in a chapter 15. The Aldo Group Inc. 

Led the representation of MidCap Financial in defeating priming DIP loans in ZPower’s chapter 11. ZPower, LLC

Represent prepetition lenders, DIP lenders, and potential acquirers in Wellness and health retailer GNC chapter 11 case. GNC Holdings Inc

Co-counsel to prepetition lender and acquirer in restructuring of Borden Dairy, one of the largest US dairy producers. Borden Dairy Co.

Represented prepetition lender in chapter 11 case of national fast-casual food chain. Cosi Inc.

Led representation of chapter 11 trustee, including through an emergency asset sale. Tough Mudder Inc.

Represented national boutique confectionary shop retail chain in its chapter 11 cases including a going concern 363 sale. Lolli & Pops

Represented prepetition/DIP/exit asset-based revolving loan (ABL) lender in Blackhawk Mining’s chapter 11 proceedings. Blackhawk Mining LLC

Represented lender regarding prepetition loan and separate disputes in trucking firm Celadon’s bankruptcy cases. Celadon Group Inc.

Represented unsecured creditors with claims totaling $500M+ in individual chapter 11 case. Yueting Jia

Represented going concern purchaser. Forever 21

Represented midstream service provider. Rex Energy

Represented mezzanine lenders in contested sale. CST Industries

Lead counsel to New England-based restauranteur, guiding the company through the chapter 11 process and 363 asset sale. Papa Gino’s, Inc.

Represented foreign representative to broadcast equipment company. Unique Broadband Systems

Represented foreign representative of international marketing company. Mundo Media

Represented foreign representative of international carpet manufacturer/supplier. Kraus Carpet

Represented reinsurance company in complex, cross-border bankruptcy recapitalization and reorganization cases, successfully addressing a host of novel issues. Scottish Holdings Inc.

Represented prepetition lender, DIP lender, and stalking horse purchaser in chapter 11 cases of specialty pharmaceutical company. Sancilio Pharmaceuticals Company, Inc.

Represented debtors and foreign representative in cross-border chapter 15 cases and asset sales. RCR International Inc.

Represented litigation counterparty in successfully obtaining dismissal of chapter 11 case of Searchmetrics, Inc. Searchmetrics Inc.

Represented Terminal Investment Limited S.à r.l. in cross-border acquisition from Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd. of a controlling stake in Total Terminals International, owner/operator of port terminal assets on the U.S. West Coast. Hanjin Shipping Co.

Bankruptcy co-counsel and conflicts counsel to offshore oil drilling and jack-up rig operator in contested chapter 11 wind-down. Hercules Offshore, Inc. II

Co-counsel to debtor in successful reorganization and recapitalization of specialty biopharmaceutical company. KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Represented midstream services provider in chapter 11 cases of Magnum Hunter Resources, including successfully opposing rejection of midstream services agreement. Magnum Hunter Resources

Bankruptcy co-counsel to offshore drilling and jack-up rig operator in prepackaged chapter 11 cases. Hercules Offshore, Inc.

Represented specialty robotics company in successfully confirming a plan of reorganization and in related litigation. Seegrid Corporation

Member of a team that represented the debtors and the post-confirmation liquidation trust in the chapter 11 cases of Rouge Steel, a vertically integrated U.S. steel manufacturer. Rouge Steel

Represented manufacturer and distributor of specialty coffees and teas in successful chapter 11 reorganization and recapitalization. Javo Beverage Company, Inc.

Involved in successfully representing North American natural gas and oil acquisition, development and production company in chapter 11 reorganization. Teton Energy Corp.

Member of a team that counseled the Official Committee of Syms Corp. Equity Security Holders in the chapter 11 cases of Filene’s Basement, LLC and Syms Corp., regional off-price, high-end clothing retailers. Filene’s Basement LLC (Syms Corp.) 

Served as a co-counsel to Manistique Papers, Inc., a premier North American producer of 100% recycled fiber specialty papers, in its chapter 11 case. Manistique Papers, Inc.

Member of team that served as Delaware counsel to chapter 11 debtor, Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, in obtaining access to judicial records in twelve asbestos-related bankruptcy cases. Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC

News & Insights

Professional & Civic

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

Delaware Family Court (guardian ad litem)

Delaware State Bar Association (Bankruptcy Section)

Federal Civil Panel, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (volunteer attorney, 2015-present)

Turnaround Management Association

US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware Local Rules Committee

Education

Boston College Law School, JD, 2008
Duberstein National Bankruptcy Memorial Moot Court

Florida State University, BA, English Literature, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2005

Admissions

  • Delaware, 2008
  • Maine, 2013
  • US District Court for the District of Delaware, 2009
  • US District Court for the District of Maine, 2013
  • US Supreme Court, 2019

Matt participated in the renowned National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) Next Generation Program and he was one of eight attorneys selected for the prestigious Delaware Bankruptcy Trial Practice Seminar.

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