The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted substantial work for companies dealing with the extraordinary demands of lockdowns, an international health crisis, emergency government financing, and a rapid transformation of the nature of business and work. These efforts have been focused on mid-sized businesses, particularly in the hospitality, construction, manufacturing, and professional services sectors. The key to restructuring advice, as has been true through challenging business cycles always, is to be grounded in the practical realities and concerns of my clients while being flexible and adaptive to changing conditions and circumstances.
Reflecting the nature of today’s business world, Bill’s practice is international. During the 2010s, he represented the US Nortel companies in their cross-border restructuring efforts here, in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has been involved defending various parties in cross-border fraudulent conveyance actions. During the financial crises of 2008 and the succeeding years, Bill advised a number of financial institutions with regard to their lending relationships, brokerage and security agreements, and other transactional arrangements with troubled U.S. financial institutions, including Lehman Brothers, AIG and Bear Stearns.
During the dot.com crisis and the meltdown of the telecommunication industry in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Bill advised troubled companies, or their investors. He was heavily involved on behalf of major financial institutions in a number of restructuring matters arising out of the collapse of the Russian economy in 1998. In the 1980s and 90s he expended significant time representing debtors using Chapter 11 to deal with mass tort liabilities, regulatory issues, or plain old financial distress. As different and difficult as many of these representations have been, the “North Star” of his efforts has been a dedication to serving the client’s needs and providing the best legal advice possible.