Matthew M. Murphy is a partner in the Finance and Restructuring practice, a member of the Special Situations Group, and the chair of the Chicago Office. He advises a variety of clients in complex business reorganizations, debt restructurings, and troubled company M&A. Mr. Murphy has counseled clients in many areas of the capital structure through out-of-court and Chapter 11 restructuring initiatives, value maximization strategies, the purchase of or investment in distressed companies, the sale of distressed assets, and post-petition lending strategies.
In addition, he has represented Stakeholders in their pursuit of value maximization strategies through out-of-court and Chapter 11 restructuring initiatives.
Accolades and Recognitions
In 2012, M&A Advisor recognized Mr. Murphy among the winners of its 40 Under 40 Central award, which recognizes emerging leaders of the M&A, financing and turnaround industries.
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1998
University of Michigan, B.A., 1995
"Asset Sales: Navigating the Bumps in the Road," March 4, 2011
"Understanding Intercreditor Agreements," July 18 2012
"Are Special Purpose Vehicles Bankruptcy Proof," November 2011
"Releases, Indemnification and Exculpation in Plans of Reorganization," October 2014
Private Debt Investor Forum (New York): Panel Moderator: Capturing Yield in Special Situations," September 2018
Member, Turnaround Management Association
Board Member, Downtown Chicago Region of the American Cancer Society
Mr. Murphy has represented numerous clients through out-of-court and chapter 11 restructuring initiatives including:
The Term Loan Agent in the chapter 11 bankruptcy of Aerosoles
The sponsor in the restructuring of its portfolio company in the manufacturing industry
The senior secured agent in the out-of-court restructuring of a company in the cloud-based services and hosting industry.
The company in the healthcare industry in its out-of-court restructuring
The company in the oil and gas exploration and production industry in its restructuring
The Agent in the work-out of a company in the communications industry
The company in the retail industry in its out-of-court restructuring
The Senior Secured Agent in the out-of-court restructuring of a company in the defense industry
The Senior Secured Agent in the bankruptcy of a salt water disposal company in West Texas (served as stalking horse and ultimate owner)
The private equity firm in the out-of-court restructuring of a company in the oilfield services industry
The out-of-court restructuring of a company that operates a power plant
ALCO Stores, Inc., a retail chain of over 200 stores in 23 states, in its organized wind-down and sale of assets
The out-of-court restructuring of an advertising and marketing business
The out-of-court restructuring of a company engaged in the manufacture and sale of soils, mulches and organic fertilizers
Velti, Inc., a leading mobile marketing and advertising company, during its chapter 11 and the sale of its US and UK assets
Education Holdings 1, Inc. in its prepackaged chapter 11 proceedings
The out-of-court restructuring of a leading provider of quality cake and pie products
The Clare, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, in its proceedings under chapter 11
Access Industries in its role backstopping a US$2.8 billion rights offering for Lyondell Chemical Company
Interstate Bakeries Corporation (a/k/a Hostess Brands), the largest wholesale baker and distributor of fresh baked bread and sweet goods in the US, in its chapter 11 reorganization
Mark IV Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of highly engineered systems and components for transportation, infrastructure vehicles and equipment, in its chapter 11 reorganization and international restructuring
McLeodUSA Incorporated, one of the largest independent telecommunications service providers in the US, in its restructuring pursuant to a prepackaged plan of reorganization
National Steel Corporation, at one time one of the largest integrated steel producers in the United States, during its chapter 11 case and sale of assets to US Steel
Comdisco, Inc., a global technology services provider, during its chapter 11 and sales of assets in the US and Europe
Mr. Murphy has also represented financial institutions, private equity and hedge funds in financing transactions and the acquisition of distressed assets, including:
A potential purchaser of assets in the retail space
A lender in providing a subordinated loan to a company that manufactures and distributes sporting goods and apparel
Macquarie Trading USA, LLC in providing a $500 million Term Loan to Vertex Pharmaceuticals
A private equity firm as the debtor-in-possession lender to videogame maker THQ, Inc. as well as the "stalking horse" bidder for the assets of THQ, Inc.
A private equity firm in the acquisition of the assets of Mformation Technologies, Inc. pursuant to Article 9 public sale process
A private equity firm as potential "stalking horse" bidders for assets in a 363 sale in the retail industry
A private equity firm as a "stalking horse" bidder for certain of the assets of Vitro America
An ad hoc group of secured creditors in their exchange of debt for equity pursuant to the chapter 11 reorganization of Insight Health Services Holdings Corp.
A private equity firm in its acquisition of the assets of White Birch Paper Company in both Canada and the United States
A private equity firm in its acquisition of the assets of Werner Ladder
On the lender side, Mr. Murphy has represented Bank of America, Black Diamond Commercial Finance, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley as debtor-in-possession lenders or buy-side lenders.