John Fredericks is a corporate partner in Winston & Strawn’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s restructuring and insolvency and corporate lending group.
He concentrates his practice in bankruptcy, distressed M&A, commercial lending, and finance. Named to the Legal 500 (2010), Mr. Fredericks represents both lenders and borrowers in lending transactions and insolvency related matters. He frequently represents secured creditors in enforcement actions, out-of-court workouts, asset sales and acquisitions, bankruptcies, state law wind-downs, and assignments for the benefit of creditors.
Some of Mr. Fredericks’ recent engagements include:
- Representation of the secured lender/acquirer in connection with the acquisition of a steel mill through CCAA insolvency proceedings of MMFX Steel of Canada and subsequent successful prosecution of a contested debt-for-equity chapter 11 plan for MMFX Technologies.
- Representation of the secured lender in the Scottish and U.S. insolvency proceedings of video game developer Realtime Worlds.
- Representation of a life-settlement investment fund in out-of-court restructuring of a $120 million secured loan facility.
- Representation of the secured lender/acquirer in connection with its bankruptcy court-approved acquisition of the assets of Spa Chakra, a spa and hospitality company.
- Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Entelos, Inc.
- Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Andronico’s Markets, Inc.
- Representation of Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates, Inc., as borrower in a $100 million senior secured term loan financing.
- Representation of SK Foods and RHM Industrial/Specialty Foods, one of the largest tomato processors in the United States, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and ensuing 363 sale.
- Representation the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Redenvelope Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
- Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the cross-border insolvency proceedings of CFM U.S. Corporation.
Mr. Fredericks received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1987 and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco in 1993, where he was an editor of the Law Review.
Mr. Fredericks has appeared as a panelist on a variety of topics, including intercreditor dynamics and insolvencies, technology company bankruptcies and liquidations, solvent tenant bankruptcies, and out-of-court wind-downs and liquidations. He is the author of “Courts Rein in Solvent Debtor Bankruptcies By Handing Landlords Significant Victories,” Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor, Issue No. 5, May 2005; “New Bankruptcy Law May Still Be Applicable to Shifting Strategy in Real-Estate-Driven Cases,” Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review, July 13, 2005; “Intercreditor Dynamics in Bankruptcy—Beyond the Signed Agreement,” LJN Bankruptcy Strategist, Vol. 26, No. 8, June 2009 and LJN Equipment Leasing Specialist, Vol. 28, No. 6, July 2009; “The Right to Bid,” The Recorder, Vol. 136, No. 9, February 27, 2012.
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