Experience

Welded Construction, L.P

Welded Construction was one of the largest mainline pipeline construction contractors in the United States overseeing pipeline projects in lengths ranging from a few hundred feet to over 200.  Young Conaway was retained as lead restructuring counsel for the company after Welded Construction began facing operating cash flow and liquidity issues stemming from a series of discrete challenges related to in-process pipeline projects, including cost-overruns, weather, regulatory delays, government/regulatory mandated shut downs and other matters that, in many instances, were not specific to Welded Construction. Since the commencement of the chapter 11 cases on October 22, 2018, Young Conaway worked with Welded Construction to obtain post-petition financing and negotiated a series of agreements with Welded Construction’s customers to arrange for compensation to complete the pipeline projects that were in various stages of completion. Absent the agreements with the customers to pre-fund ongoing operations, the projects would not have been completed resulting in significant claims and potentially conversion of the chapter 11 cases to chapter 7.

After the completion of the in-process pipeline projects, Welded Construction commenced a marketing process for the company and its assets.  With the assistance of Young Conaway, the company obtained authority to enter into an agency agreement with Gordon Brothers and Richie Brothers to sell the company’s extensive inventory of heavy equipment and machinery. The proceeds from the sale and auction process satisfied the postpetition financing facility and are funding the wind down and the chapter 11 cases while the company pursues litigation against certain parties.

RMH Franchise Holdings, Inc. and affiliates

Young Conaway serves as restructuring counsel to the Debtors.  Prior to the filing of their chapter 11 cases in May 2018, the Debtors formed what is believed to be the second-largest franchisee operator of Applebee’s restaurants, operating 159 restaurants across 15 geographically diverse states. The Debtors filed their chapter 11 cases to further the restructuring efforts they had commenced out-of-court in 2017 through additional lease renegotiations and optimization of their restaurant portfolio, and to avoid the forfeiture of their valuable franchise rights as a result of certain precipitous actions threatened by their franchisor, Applebee’s Restaurants LLC and certain of its affiliates. As sole restructuring counsel to the Debtors, Young Conaway guided the Debtors into the chapter 11 process on an expedited basis, preparing the “first day” pleadings necessary to ensure a smooth transition into chapter 11 for the company’s business operations, and working with the Debtors to further their restructuring efforts by, among other things, closing certain underperforming restaurant locations and rejecting the associated leases and franchise agreements, obtaining authority to make certain post-petition severance payments to their employees in connection with the closed locations, and obtaining Court approval of the Debtors’ sale of certain real property. Most importantly, Young Conaway defeated Applebee’s efforts to terminate the Debtors’ franchise agreements, and ultimately guided the Debtors through a consensual new value restructuring whereby the Debtors’ existing equity holder remained in place and the Debtors emerged with a significantly de-levered balance sheet. Young Conaway continues to advise the Debtors as they analyze claims and various other matters.

Capmark Financial Group, Inc.

Young Conaway served as co-counsel to NREF II Acquisitions, LLC in the chapter 11 proceeding of Capmark Financial Group, Inc. in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

AES Thames, LLC

Young Conaway served as counsel for Smurfit-Store Container Corporation, creditor and contract counter-party, in the chapter 11 proceeding of AES Thames, LLC in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

AgFeed USA, LLC

Young Conaway served as lead counsel to AgFeed USA, LLC and its affiliated debtors in their chapter 11 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  At the time of their bankruptcy filing, the debtors were one of the largest hog producers in China and the United States.

Ambassadors International, Inc.

Young Conway served as counsel for Wippoorwill Associates, Inc.m pre- and post-petition secured lender in the chapter 11 proceeding of Ambassadors International, Inc. and its affiliated debtors in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Solyndra LLC

Young Conway served as co-counsel to Argonaut Ventures I, LLC., et al, post-petition DIP lender in the chapter 11 proceeding of Solyndra LLC in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc.

Young Conaway acted as co-counsel, with Troutman Sanders LLP, to Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc. and certain of its affiliates in their chapter 11 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Debtors were one of the leading operators of family-dining and casual-dining restaurants, under their two highly recognized brands : Perkins Restaurant and Bakery and Marie Callender’s Restaurant and Bakery. With Young Conaway’s assistance, the Debtors successfully confirmed their joint plan of reorganization and emerged from bankruptcy protection in 2011.

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Young Conaway acted as co-counsel, with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, to Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and certain of its affiliates, in their chapter 15 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Debtors are a specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company that develops, manufacturers and markets innovative technologies with acute and surgical applications.

Gems TV (USA) Limited

Young Conaway acted as lead counsel to Gems TV (USA) Limited in its chapter 11 proceedings. Prior to the petition date, the Debtor was a U.S. retailer of colored gemstone jewelry. The Debtor sold its products through its 24/7 home shopping channel and its internet-based storefront. With the assistance of Young Conaway, the Debtor confirmed its chapter 11 plan of liquidation and emerged from bankruptcy protection on November 18, 2010.

EarthRenew IP Holdings LLC

Young Conaway acted as counsel for RSM Richter Inc., in its capacity as the court-appointed Receiver and Foreign Representative of EarthRenew Corporation and certain of its affiliates in Canadian receivership proceedings commenced under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada), R.S.C. 1985, c. B-3, as amended, pending before the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta in the Judicial District of Calgary.

Pitcairn Properties

Young Conaway served as co-counsel to Pitcairn Properties Holings, Inc. a holding company for a full0service real estate organization active in acquiring, managing, leasing and selling commercial real estate, in its chapter 11 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Heartland Publications, LLC

Young Conaway acted as lead counsel to Heartland Publications, LLC and certain of its affiliates in their chapter 11 case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Debtors operated a media business that primarily focused on newspaper publishing, through which they produced approximately 50 paid publications consisting of community newspapers (dailies and weeklies) and specialty publications in medium and small sized markets. With Young Conaway’s guidance, the Debtors successfully confirmed a joint plan of reorganization and emerged from bankruptcy in 2010.

Building Materials Holding Corporation

Young Conaway acted as co-counsel, with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, to Building Materials Holding Corporation and certain of its affiliates in their chapter 11 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Prior to their bankruptcy filing, the Debtors were one of the largest providers of residential building products and constructions services in the United States. With the assistance of Young Conaway, the Debtors successfully confirmed their chapter 11 plan of reorganization and emerged from bankruptcy protection on January 4, 2010.

GWLS Holdings, Inc.

Young Conaway served as co-counsel with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP to GWLS Holdings, Inc. and certain of its affiliates in their chapter 11 proceedings. Prior to the petition date, the Debtors were non-asset based logistics providers focused on ground transportation and related services within the trucking and third-party logistics services. The Debtors provided these services through 6,0000 independent contractor owner-operators, 20,000 independent third-party carriers, 380 independent commissions-based sales agents, and leased equipment and warehouses. With the assistance of Young Conaway, the Debtors confirmed their plan of liquidation and emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

Questex Media Group, Inc.

Young Conaway acted as co-counsel, along with Kirkland & Ellis, to Questex Media Group, Inc. and its affiliates, in their chapter 11 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Debtors were a leading, diversified, global business-to-business integrated media and information provider. With Young Conaway's assistance, the Debtors successfully liquidated their assets, wound down their operations and the case was dismissed in 2009. 

Distributed Energy Systems Corp.

Young Conway acted as lead counsel to Distributed Energy Systems Corp. and Northern Power Systems Inc. in their chapter 11 proceeding before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Prior to their bankruptcy filing, the Debtors were involved in a wide range of businesses, including the design and sale of power generation equipment; engineering, procurement and construction of distributed power systems; the design and sale of direct drive wind turbines; and the servicing of fossil fuel power generation equipment. With the assistance of Young Conaway, the Debtors successfully liquidated substantially all of their assets in a series of 363 sales.

Randa Luggage Holdings Corp.

Young Conaway acted as lead counsel to Randa Luggage Holdings Corp. and its affiliates in their chapter 11 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Debtors were a leading manufacturer, distributer, and marketer of luggage, casual bags, backpacks, and business cases for men and women. With Young Conaway's assistance, the Debtors successfuly liquidated their assets, wound down their operations and the bankruptcy cases were dismissed in 2009.

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation

Young Conaway acted as co-counsel to Smurfit-Stone Container and certain of its affiliates in their chapter 11 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Debtors were one of the leading integrated manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging in North America and one of the world's largest paper recyclers, selling a broad range of paper-based packaging products to manufacturers of both industrial and consumer products. With the assistance of Young Conaway, the Debtors successfully sold certain real property and timberlands and confirmed a plan of reorganization in 2010.

DBSI, Inc.

Young Conaway acted as lead counsel to DBSI, Inc. and certain of its affiliates in their chapter 11 proceeding before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Debtors collectively comprised a network of real estate entities which had interests in numerous commercial real estate projects and businesses.

GW Limited 51, Inc., f/k/a GWLS Holdings, Inc.

Young Conaway served as co-counsel with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP to GWLS Holdings, Inc. and certain of its affiliates in their chapter 11 proceedings. Prior to the petition date, the Debtors were non-asset based logistics providers focused on ground transportation and related services within the trucking and third-party logistics services. The Debtors provided these services through 6,0000 independent contractor owner-operators, 20,000 independent third-party carriers, 380 independent commissions-based sales agents, and leased equipment and warehouses. With the assistance of Young Conaway, the Debtors confirmed their plan of liquidation and emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

American Fibers and Yarns Company

Young Conway acted as lead counsel to American Fibre & Yarns and certain of its subsidiaries, the largest supplier of solution-dyed Polypropylene filament yarns, in their chapter 11 case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. With the assistance of Young Conaway, the Debtors received approval for the sale substantially all of their assets to Maynards Industries (1991) Inc. for a purchase price of $1,550,000.