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Eric Howe concentrates his practice on debt restructurings, distressed mergers and acquisitions, and related litigation. He advises businesses, investors, committees, indenture trustees, and other parties in complex restructuring transactions, both in and out of court.

Concentrations

  • Corporate restructurings and bankruptcy
  • Health care/senior living restructuring
  • Agribusiness restructuring

Capabilities

Experience

  • Representation of YouFit Health Clubs, operator of more than 80 fitness centers, with respect to all facets of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, including the sale of substantially all of its assets through a 363 sale process.
  • Representation of American Addiction Centers in its Chapter 11 case, including confirmation of its debt-for-equity plan of reorganization that improved its balance sheet and preserved jobs for its 2,000 employees.
  • Representation Shale Support Holdings, a frac sand supplier, with respect to all facets of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, including confirmation of a debt-for-equity plan of reorganization.
  • Representation of a sporting goods manufacturer with respect to its out-of-court restructuring.
  • Representation of a grain-trading company in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of more than $200 million in term and revolving credit facilities.°
  • Representation of a private equity-owned direct sales jewelry company offering necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings with respect to its out-of-court restructuring.°
  • Representation of a large apparel company with respect to all facets of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, including the sale of substantially all of its assets through a 363 sale process.°
  • Representation of one of the largest shipping companies in Denmark with respect to its out-of-court restructuring.°
  • Representation an Indian Tribe with respect to the restructuring of its $150 million of senior notes pursuant to an exchange that was consummated pursuant to a trust instruction proceeding in Minnesota state court.°
  • Representation of the creditors’ committee and the post-confirmation liquidation trust in The Antioch Company, LLC’s Chapter 11 case, which resulted in 50 percent recoveries for general unsecured creditors.°
  • Representation of the indenture trustee of $150 million of secured bonds used to finance a hotel project with respect to multiple defaults under the indenture.
  • Representation of the indenture trustee of $325 million senior secured notes in Chapter 11 proceedings of oil and natural gas exploration and production company, successfully litigating a dispute related to a make-whole premium, and assisting the exchange of the notes for substantially all of the equity in the reorganized issuer.°
  • Representation of the indenture trustee with respect to the settlement of claims related to second lien notes issued by the River Rock Entertainment Authority, an instrumentality of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. The settlement was approved pursuant to a trust instruction proceeding filed in Minnesota.°
  • Representation of the indenture trustee of $200 million of second-lien notes in the cross-border (U.S. and Canada) insolvency proceedings of Indalex Holdings Finance, Inc. and its affiliates, including with respect to a settlement between the indenture trustee and the Chapter 7 trustee of Indalex’s bankruptcy estates, which settlement was approved pursuant to a trust instruction proceeding in Minnesota state court.°
  • Representation of the trustee for the University of Puerto Rico’s deferred compensation plans in connection with the ongoing Puerto Rico restructuring, including litigation as to the solvency of such plans.°
  • Representation of the indenture trustee of $300 million senior secured notes in CCAA (Canadian Bankruptcy) proceedings and Chapter 15 proceedings in the U.S. of Lone Pine Resources, an oil and gas exploration company.°
  • Representation of the indenture trustee for $53 million revenue bonds used to finance the construction of a biomass power plant in Texas. Holders of the bonds directed the trustee to loan additional funds to the borrower and to enter into a forbearance agreement to allow the company sufficient time to complete the project and apply for a cash grant from the United States Department of Treasury under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Led a marketing effort that resulted in a foreclosure sale, pursuant to a state court foreclosure process, of the power plant and related assets.°
  • Representation of the owner and operator of more than 40 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities with respect to strategic options related to its capital structure.
  • Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of Gulf Coast Health Care, LLC.
  • Representation of the landlord in the Chapter 11 cases of PNW Healthcare Holdings, LLC.
  • Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of Senior Care Centers, LLC.
  • Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Hospital Acquisition, LLC (aka LifeCare Holdings, LLC).
  • Representation of a senior housing operator with respect to multiple acquisitions of distressed senior housing facilities.°
  • Representation of a secured lenders in connection with defaults under $60 million credit facility and equipment finance arrangement with an oilfield services company.
  • Representation of secured lender with respect to multiple distressed credit facilities.
  • Representation of a private equity company as owner and subordinated lender with respect to the restructuring of term and revolving credit facilities of its portfolio company.°
  • Representation of a senior secured lender in connection with the restructuring of a large turkey producer’s credit facility.°
  • Representation of a senior secured lender in connection with the restructuring of a large cotton seed cooperative’s credit facility.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Howe prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Winning Team, Turnaround Management Association, “TMA Annual Turnaround/Transaction of the Year Award,” 2021
  • Member, Winning Team, The M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards, “Restructuring of the Year ($500 MM - $1B),” for the restructuring of American Addiction Centers, 2021
  • Member, Hero Committee, Still Kickin 
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association     
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., with distinction, University of Iowa College of Law, 2005
  • B.S., Justice Systems, Truman State University, 2002
Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • Illinois