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Nashville's Go-To




Law Firm

EmergeLaw is Nashville's preeminent insolvency boutique firm. Our experienced professionals routinely represent debtors, creditors' committees, secured and unsecured creditorsinvestors, avoidance action defendants, and every other constituency in commercial bankruptcy cases and out-of-court workouts. We know financial distress situations inside and out and from every angle, and we approach every engagement with insight, sophistication, and efficiency.

Distressed Company Representation

Representing distressed companies is the heart of our practice. Our attorneys have reorganized more than 1,000 companies, involving billions of dollars of debt, from closely-held family businesses to public companies, and across the spectrum of industries.

Creditors' Committee Representation

  • Maximizing Recovery for Unsecured Creditors

  • Minimizing Administrative Cost Through Efficiencies

Our attorneys have substantial experience representing Unsecured Creditors' Committees in Chapter 11 cases before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Our deep understanding of how to maximize value in financial distress situations, and our unparalleled familiarity with insolvency practice in Nashville, makes EmergeLaw the right choice as Committee counsel.

Secured Creditor Representation

  • Workout-Related Services

  • Litigation-Related Services

  • Chapter 11 Representation

  • Senior Secured Debt

  • Subordinated Debt

  • Term Loans, Lines of Credit, Asset Based Lending

  • Real Estate Lending

Secured creditors 

Unsecured Creditor Representation

  • Trade Debt

  • Construction Claims

  • Service Providers

  • Equipment Lessors

  • Other Uncollateralized Obligations

This is where we talk about representing unsecured creditors. It's always important to avoid throwing good money after bad, so figuring out if there will be funds available for unsecured creditors is crucial. If there's a committee, we work with committee counsel to help maximize recovery. Also very important to look for other avenues for getting paid, like non-bankruptcy guarantors or co-obligors.

Investor / Asset Purchaser Representation

  • Stalking Horse Bidders

  • Other 363 Buyers

  • Chapter 11 Plan Sponsors

EmergeLaw has deep experience representing purchasers of assets in business bankruptcy cases. Whether it's a stalking horse bidder in a 363 sale, or a competing bidder, or a plan sponsor, we have the skills and knowledge to help business clients accomplish their goals.

Avoidance Action Defendant Representation

  • Preference Defense

  • Fraudulent Transfer Defense

EmergeLaw swings a heavy bat when it comes to defending preference and fraudulent conveyance actions, particularly in Nashville Bankruptcy Court.

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Out-of-Court Workouts

When we negotiate with banks and other creditors on a client’s behalf, it’s with the company's overarching goals, concerns, and priorities in mind. The aim of these negotiations – or workouts – is to reduce debt or extend payment terms. Often called an "out-of-court restructuring," a workout is designed to get a company the relief it needs short of filing for Chapter 11 protection.  Read more »

Chapter 11 Reorganizations

Chapter 11 is a complex legal action, and no company would choose it as a first resort. But when survival is on the line, Chapter 11 protection is a powerful tool that can be the difference between revitalization and liquidation. Our attorneys have reorganized more than one thousand companies, involving billions of dollars of debt. We know how to achieve maximum value for our clients in a Chapter 11 case. And we also understand that it's never a place our clients want to be.  Read more »

Chapter 11 Sales & Orderly Wind Downs

Chapter 11 is most often used as a reorganization tool, but there are other situations where an entity might need the relief only Chapter 11 can provide. These involve the sale of a financially strained operating business or significant assets, or when a company seeks to go out of business in an orderly manner.  Read more »

Other Business Bankruptcy Representation

While much of our practice is focused on guiding companies through workouts and Chapter 11 cases, our attorneys have extensive experience representing unsecured creditors' committees, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, asset purchasers, defendants in preference and fraudulent conveyance actions, and every other party-in-interest in business bankruptcy cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee at Nashville. Read more »

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