Robert LeHane represents secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, asset purchasers, vendors, intellectual property licensors, creditors’ committees, lenders and trustees in all aspects of restructuring, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization. His experience is extensive, and includes asset sales, avoidance actions, liquidations and appeals in significant chapter 11 cases in the retail, restaurant, real estate, telecom and energy industries. He also represents clients with private wealth, corporate formation, trust, estate and succession planning issues. Bob enjoys solving the multidimensional and unique challenges of restructuring, bankruptcy and corporate reorganizations. Given his longstanding experience, he is able to quickly analyze client risks, minimize exposure and create advantages and opportunities moving forward.
Ranked as a leading bankruptcy lawyer in Chambers USA, Bob is singled out by clients for “his enviable grasp of issues surrounding landlords’ rights in bankruptcy, as well as his effective courtroom style.” As a result, Bob is frequently retained to counsel landlords with large portfolios of leases in retail bankruptcy cases across the country. Over the past decade, Bob has taken a lead role protecting landlord rights, working with his clients to ensure debtor compliance with leases and the Bankruptcy Code in connection with debtor-in-possession financing, lease auctions and chapter 11 reorganization plans. Bob frequently participates in the unsecured creditors’ committee process on behalf of landlord clients and has successfully defended unwanted lease assignments and claim objections, terminated leases, acquired designation rights and spearheaded unique complex joint venture retail acquisitions.
Bob has been involved in hundreds of high-profile retail bankruptcy cases valued into the billions of dollars of assets and liabilities. A sampling of such matters includes Aeropostale, A&P I & II, Blockbuster, Borders, Buffets Restaurants I, II & III, Circuit City, dELiA’s, Fresh & Easy I & II, Friedman’s Jewelers, Friendly’s, Goody’s Family Clothing, Hancock Fabrics I & II, KB Toys I & II, Linens ’n Things, Mervyn’s, Movie Gallery I & II, Orchard Supply Hardware, Pac Sun, Sharper Image, Steve & Barry’s I & II, The Limited, The Sports Authority, Vestis Retail Group (Sports Chalet, Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob’s Stores), Wet Seal, Whitehall Jewelers and Wilsons Leather.
Representation of GGP, Inc. in connection with the award-winning joint venture acquisition of Aeropostale for over $250 million, together with Simon Property Group, Hilco/Gordon Brothers and Authentic Brands Group.
Representation of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the chapter 11 case of dELiA’s, Inc. (pending in New York), with $150 million in assets and liabilities.
Representation of RadioShack landlords Basser-Kaufman, Blumenfeld Development Group, DDR Corp., Delco Development Co. of Hicksville, Equity One, Forest City Enterprises, General Growth, Gregory Greenfield & Associates, Jones Lang LaSalle, NewMarket I, Philips International Holding, Regency Centers, Rojo Associates, Rouse Properties, Weingarten Realty Investors and Woodbridge Plaza in the chapter 11 case of RadioShack (pending in Delaware), with over $2.5 billion in assets and liabilities.
Representation of Wet Seal landlords DDR Corp., Equity One, Inc., Forest City Enterprises, General Growth, Gregory Greenfield & Associates, Ltd., Irvine Companies, JLL, Philips International Holding Corp., Regency Centers, Rouse Properties and Turnberry Associates, Ltd. in the chapter 11 case of Wet Seal (pending in California), with $150 million in assets and liabilities.
Representation of A&P landlords Basser-Kaufman, Inc. (UCC Member); Blumenfeld Development Group, Ltd.; DDR Corp.; Delco Development Co. of Hicksville, LP; Equity One, Inc.; JP Morgan Chase; Nassimi Realty, LLC; Onyx Management Group, LLC; Philips International Holding Corp.; Realty Income Corporation; Washington Park Plaza Associates, LLC; and Woodbridge Plaza, LLC in the chapter 11 reorganization and subsequent liquidation of A&P (pending in New York), with $1.2 billion in assets and liabilities.
Representation of Sbarro landlords (Gregory Greenfield, Jones Lang LaSalle, Rouse Properties, Turnberry Associates and Vintage Real Estate) in a successful pre-negotiated restructuring valued at $8.3 million.
Representation of Brookstone landlords (Criterion Santa Monica, DDR Corp., General Growth Properties, Jones Lang LaSalle, Rouse Properties, The Irvine Company and Turnberry Associates) in a successful 363 sale of stock in the parent company valued at $35.4 million.
Representation of Coldwater Creek landlords (BBM Inc., DDR Corp., Forest City Enterprises, General Growth Properties, Levin Properties and Rouse Properties) in a full chain liquidation valued at $51.9 million.
Representation of OA Partners in connection with Fresh & Easy bankruptcy cases; provided real estate and strategic advice in connection with the acquisition of retail development sites and leasehold interests (valued at $55 million).
Representation of The Sports Authority landlords DDR Corp., Equity One, GGP Limited Partnership, Regency Centers Corp., Rouse Properties, Realty Income Corp., 455 Broadway, LLC, Donna M. Lauro Living Trust, Centerco Manchester, LLC, Inc., Garden Commercial Properties, Inc., The Irvine Company, Jones Lang LaSalle, National Realty Development Corp., National Retail Properties, Newmark Merrill, Inc. and Winwalk Realty, LLC in the chapter 11 case of Sports Authority (pending in Delaware and filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2016) valued at $2 billion in assets and liabilities.
Representation of Aéropostale landlords DDR Corp., GGP Limited Partnership, Gregory Greenfield & Associates, Ltd., Jones Lang LaSalle, Rouse Properties, Inc. and Turnberry Associates in the chapter 11 case of Aeropostale (pending in New York and filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2016) valued at $1 billion in assets and liabilities.
Bob was selected for inclusion in 2015-2017 as a leading practitioner in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring area by Chambers USA. A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.chambersandpartners.com/methodology.
He was selected for inclusion in the 2012-2016 New York Super Lawyers lists, issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.
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