Polsinelli has one of the largest creditors’ rights practices in the nation. Our lawyers are situated from coast to coast, from New York to Los Angeles, and have practiced for more than 28 years in state courts, federal courts, and bankruptcy courts in more than 40 states.
Our lawyers practice law with an eye – always – toward the business objectives of our clients. We realize that lenders enforcing their rights with respect to special assets are looking to remain constantly informed, want to know their alternatives, and want to maximize return in the shortest period of time and in the most cost-efficient manner possible. Accordingly, we can tell you about differences in enforcement procedures from state to state, the amount of control a lender can expect to assert in connection with those procedures, and the expected timing and cost of such procedures. New York, Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles are different places, and they bring different experiences to enforcing lenders. We can tell you what to expect in each of those locations, and everywhere in between.
Maximization of recovery – and its flipside, minimization of loss severity – is not simply about foreclosures and suits on promissory notes and guaranties, although those remedies are very important to lenders. It is also about speed, for time of resolution is the single most important contributor to loss severity. It is also about preservation of assets during the period of time that it takes to enforce those ultimate remedies. We know this, and we have assisted lenders with moving quickly to protect their collateral – obtaining the appointments of receivers, obtaining restraining orders, obtaining orders of replevin, and obtaining other forms of extraordinary relief that are designed to preserve collateral, and sometimes even add value to it, pending disposition.
Our lawyers have also litigated in a number of cases where desperate borrowers have gone on the offensive – asserting lender liability claims against their lenders, and blaming their lenders for their financial woes. Breach of fiduciary duty, "control" claims, fraudulent transfer, wrongful loan administration, 365/360 class action interest claims – we have seen, and defeated, them all.
We are also well aware that lenders are often required to deal with parties other than wayward borrowers and their principals. We specialize in assisting lenders involved in participated, co-lending, and syndicated loan transactions. We have assisted lead lenders in defending claims brought by participants questioning lead lenders’ loan administration. Conversely, we have prosecuted claims on behalf of participants damaged by faulty loan administration by lead lenders. And we assist loan servicers on a day to day basis, who are subject to constant, conflicting demands from various lenders in a "debt stack" who may insist that their rights are superior to those of others.
Our creditors’ rights lawyers are also experienced in bankruptcy proceedings, particularly in Chapter 11, where borrowers sometimes turn for refuge. From "first day orders," which include a debtor’s temporary use of the lender’s cash collateral, to stay relief and plan confirmation proceedings – which mark the end of a case – the group’s lawyers have vast experience in the bankruptcy courts. We have litigated proceedings affecting lenders’ claims in bankruptcy (including claims for yield maintenance and prepayment consideration), have defended avoidance (preference and fraudulent transfer) actions against creditors, have prosecuted stay relief motions, have litigated to maintain state-court-appointed receivers in possession of collateral after borrowers file bankruptcy, have defeated debtors’ plans of reorganization, and have filed and had confirmed our own liquidating plans as alternatives to debtors’ plans that have not afforded fair value to secured lenders’ claims.
For lenders, we are everywhere and anywhere you need us to be.