Eric Wilson chairs the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring group. His practice is focused on protecting and enforcing creditors’ rights in some of the country’s largest and most complex bankruptcy cases. In his twenty-year tenure, Eric has successfully resolved high-stakes matters involving billions of dollars on behalf of clients in both out-of-court restructurings and chapter 11 reorganizations.
Eric’s pragmatic approach to client engagements has earned him a national reputation as a trusted advisor to virtually every player in the distressed arena. His clients include secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, vendors, landlords, lenders, holders of public debt, acquirers of distressed assets and trustees. He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in bankruptcy-related litigation, including avoidance actions, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, directors and officers liability and corporate waste. Eric’s practice spans a wide variety of industries, including energy, financial services, gaming, manufacturing, retail, and technology.
Because bankruptcy proceedings are typically fast-paced and high-stakes, Eric is committed to offering his clients viable and practical solutions to their most difficult challenges as efficiently as possible. Clients appreciate Eric’s understanding of the business implications of legal disputes, as well as his ability to develop and execute strategies that minimize exposure, maximize recovery and realize the best possible outcome.
Eric has been included among the “best of the best” lawyers in his field by publications such as Chambers USA, the Legal 500, New York Super Lawyers, the Daily Deal and Turnarounds & Workouts Magazine.
Official Committees of Unsecured Creditors
Anchor Blue; AMS Associates; Brendan Jewelers; Chevys, El Torito and Acapulco Restaurants; Delfasco; dELiA*s; Dickinson Theatres; Flat Out Crazy; Fuddruckers and Koo Roo; Gividi USA; GT Advanced Technologies; Kid Brands; Logan’s Roadhouse; OCZ Technology; RadioShack; Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation; The Fuller Brush Company; TMT Procurement Corporation; USA Discounters; Verestar; Women’s Apparel Group; and Z Gallerie.
Deutsche Bank (Pacific Gas & Electric Company); HSBC (Calpine); UMB (Afren plc, Airplanes Group, Arch Coal, iHeart Communications, Residential Capital, and Vanguard Natural Resources); U.S. Bank (Hawaiian Telecom, Lightstream Resources, Trump Entertainment Resorts, and Vion Pharmaceuticals); and Wilmington Savings Fund Society (Caesars Entertainment).
Anchor Blue; Calpine; Copperweld; Fuddruckers; Getty Petroleum; KSL Media; OCZ Technology; VeraSun Energy; Wet Seal; and Women’s Apparel Group.
BP (SemCrude, Lehman Bros., ASARCO, and Lyondell); KBC Bank (Sobelmar Shipping); PBGC (Delta, Delphi, Nortel Networks, and US Airways); and Sun Life Insurance Company (Saint Vincents Catholic Medical Centers I and II).
Representation of the official committee of unsecured creditors of numerous restaurant chains, including Fuddruckers, Koo Roo, Chevys, El Torito, Acapulco Restaurants, Flat Out Crazy, Logan’s Roadhouse, Sweet Tomatoes, and Souplantation.
Representation of Wilmington Savings Fund Society as indenture trustee for $3.7 billion of secured, second lien bonds in the chapter 11 case of Caesars Entertainment and related multibillion-dollar litigation.
Representation of UMB Bank, N.A. as the indenture trustee for $2.1 billion of junior secured bonds in the chapter 11 case of Residential Capital and related multibillion-dollar litigation.
Representation of UMB Bank, N.A. as the indenture trustee for $860 million of unsecured bonds in the U.K. arrangement and subsequent administration of Afren plc.
Representation of U.S. Bank as indenture trustee for $650 million of secured, second lien bonds in the Canadian restructuring of Lightstream Resources under the Canada Business Corporations Act and subsequently the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
“Top 100 Restructuring & Turnaround Professional,” Global M&A Network, 2017.
“Leading Individual, Bankruptcy and Restructuring,” Chambers USA, 2011-2017.
The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2018.
“New York Super Lawyer,” 2013-2016.
“Legal 500,” Legal 500 Series, 2009-2013.
“Up-and-Coming, Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyer,” Chambers USA, 2009-2010.
“Top Bankruptcy Lawyer,” Daily Deal, 2008-2009.
“Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer Under 40,” Turnarounds & Workouts Magazine, 2008.
“The Burton Award for Legal Achievement,” The Burton Foundation in association with the Library of Congress, 2008.
American Bankruptcy Institute
Credit Research Foundation
Practising Law Institute