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John H. Rowland

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Nashville
T: 615.726.5544
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John H. Rowland, shareholder in the Nashville office and chair of the Firm's Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group, represents a variety of clients in complex business reorganizations, restructurings and financing transactions.

Featured Experience

Church Street Health Management, LLC (Nashville, Tennessee) – Lead counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 proceedings of a Tennessee-based pediatric dental management company with over 60 clinics located in several states; case resulted in a significant dividend to unsecured creditors and the preservation of insurance-related assets for the benefit of existing and potential claimants.

Wextrust Development Group, LLC (New York, New York) – Representation of large secured creditor in Federal Securities Receivership Action in the Southern District of New York; recovery of property and collateral valued in excess of $85 million.

Oreck Corporation (Nashville, Tennessee) – Representation of post-petition lender and primary secured creditor in bankruptcy of national vacuum cleaner manufacturer/distributor.

Professional Biography

Overview

John regularly counsels companies facing financial challenges, and has extensive experience in representing various constituencies, creditors and individuals in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings.

He represents buyers and sellers of distressed assets under the Bankruptcy Code, as well as parties who wish to proceed outside of bankruptcy. John also represents lenders seeking to provide debtor-in-possession and exit financing under Chapter 11.

Mr. Rowland is a frequent presenter on bankruptcy-related topics.

Representative Matters
  • Church Street Health Management, LLC (Nashville, Tennessee) – Lead counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 proceedings of a Tennessee-based pediatric dental management company with over 60 clinics located in several states; case resulted in a significant dividend to unsecured creditors and the preservation of insurance-related assets for the benefit of existing and potential claimants.

  • Wextrust Development Group, LLC (New York, New York) – Representation of large secured creditor in Federal Securities Receivership Action in the Southern District of New York; recovery of property and collateral valued in excess of $85 million.

  • Oreck Corporation (Nashville, Tennessee) – Representation of post-petition lender and primary secured creditor in bankruptcy of national vacuum cleaner manufacturer/distributor.
  • WesterN SizzliN Corporation (Dallas, Texas) – Successful representation of acquirer of $200 million national restaurant chain in competing plan Chapter 11.
  • Service Merchandise Company, Inc. (Nashville, Tennessee) – Representation of nearly 60 commercial landlords in bankruptcy of national jewelry and home goods retailer; subsequent representation of more than 50 defendants in avoidance and claim litigation.
  • Murray, Inc. (Nashville, Tennessee) – Representation of approximately 30 preference defendants in bankruptcy of national lawn and garden equipment manufacturer.
  • Four Stones Properties, Inc. (Memphis, Tennessee) – Representation of majority bondholder in contested Chapter 11 confirmation hearing resulting in acquisition of multi-family housing complex; competing plan case.
  • Regal Cinemas, Inc. (Nashville, Tennessee) – Representation of large landlord group in Chapter 11 reorganization of national movie theater chain.
  • Graphic Arts, Inc. (Portland, Oregon) – Representation of significant equity and debt participant in successful Chapter 11 restructuring of prominent West Coast publisher.
  • RGVP II, L.P. (Nashville, Tennessee) – Successful representation of owner of multi-family housing complex in contested confirmation hearing and subsequent cramdown of primary lien holder's claim.
  • Uncle Bud's, Inc. (Nashville, Tennessee) – Representation of acquirer of regional restaurant chain from Chapter 11.
  • United Shows, Inc. (Nashville, Tennessee) – Representation of primary secured lender in Chapter 11 and subsequent liquidation of regional fair and exhibit company.
  • Represented numerous secured lenders in workouts and out-of-court restructurings.

  • Represented secured lenders and commercial landlords in contested matters, including stay relief and related proceedings.

  • Represented operating trustees in Chapter 11 proceedings.

  • Successfully represented Chapter 11 debtors in manufacturing and service sectors, as well as successful reorganization of debtors in single asset real estate cases.

  • Successfully negotiated asset sale on behalf of two sister pharmaceutical companies. The purchaser was a buyer affiliated with and funded by a Chinese entity.  Assets sold consisted of realty and personality in Kentucky and Puerto, and purchase price, including tax credits and earnouts, equaled $36 million. Representation involved significant negotiations with secured and unsecured creditors, the assignment of contracts with government agencies, a minor recall ordered immediately prior to closing and other regulatory and compliance matters.

    (2016)
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005; Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2017 Nashville Litigation - Bankruptcy "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed since 2008 in Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • President – Midsouth Commercial Law Institute (2010 – 2011); Board of Directors (2006 – 2011)
  • Chair – Bankruptcy Court Committee, Nashville Bar Association (2004)
  • Selected "Best of the Bar," Nashville Business Journal (2005)
  • Member – American, Tennessee (Executive Committee Member, Commercial, Bankruptcy, and Banking Law Section) and Nashville Bar Associations

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