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Robert J. Dehney

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Tel: (302) 351-9353
Fax: (302) 425-4673
rdehney@mnat.com

For over 20 years, Rob Dehney’s practice has focused on corporate restructuring and counseling including representation of boards of directors and committees.  A former law clerk to the Honorable Prudence Beatty of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and formerly with Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City, Rob has spearheaded the growth and success of Morris Nichols’ Business Reorganization and Restructuring Group—now top-tier Chambers rated and  regarded by The Daily Bankruptcy Review as one of the most prolific restructuring and reorganizing practices in the U.S.—winner of a 2012, 2010 and 2009 Turnaround Atlas Award and 2009 M&A Advisor U.S. Middle-Market Financing Award. Rob also serves as a member of Morris Nichols' Executive Committee.

Rob’s substantial experience extends to representations of debtors and creditors in all facets of pre- and post-Chapter 11 filings that include out-of-court reorganization and restructuring, acquisitions and specialized lending arrangements. He also provides corporate governance, fiduciary duty and strategic advice to boards of directors, special committees and executives. He works regularly with inside and outside counsel, turnaround professionals, crisis management firms, investment and non-investment bank professionals, and DIP and exit financing lenders.

Rob’s representative engagements span diverse industry segments and include retail, airline, housing, steel manufacturing, insurance, mortgage brokerage and consumer finance on behalf of such companies as Security National Properties Funding III, LLC, RG Steel LLC, Maine Today Media, Trico Marine Services, Inc., and special counsel to DBSD North America, Inc.  Representative engagements for board of directors/special committees include Pinnacle Airlines Corp., Riverstone Networks, Inc., and P&F Industries, Inc.  Representative matters on behalf of other parties include the official equity committees in Syms Corp./Filenes Basement and Owens Corning Corporation, and ad hoc committees in NewPage Corporation, Bicent Power LLC, and Evergreen Solar, Inc.

A frequent speaker before business and professional audiences, Rob has addressed attendees at The Distressed Debt Conference, the Distressed Retail Summit: Turnarounds, Restructurings, Bankruptcies & Distressed Investing Conference, New York Institute of Credit/ABF Journal/TMA Philadelphia Conference, iiBIG’s Alternative Investment All-Star Forum, Distressed M&A and Investments Summit, VALCON and at conferences coordinated by the ABI Journal, the Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, Global Restructuring Practice, and The Journal of Private Equity.

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Rob’s recent representative engagements include acting as company bankruptcy counsel in the bankruptcies of RG Steel, LLC, the fourth largest flat-rolled steel company in the United States, Security National Properties Funding III, LLC, a commercial real estate developer/owner of regional shopping centers and multitenant office buildings across 15 states, J. Silver Clothing, a women’s wear retailer, Oakwood Homes, a vertically integrated housing company, Rouge Steel, a vertically integrated steel manufacturer, and Thaxton Group, Inc., a diversified company providing insurance, mortgage brokering and consumer loans and related services; acting as counsel to EchoStar Corporation in the Delta Airlines bankruptcy cases, Fortistar in NRG’s bankruptcy, Gleacher Mezzanine Fund I, L.P. and Gleacher Mezzanine Fund P, L.P., in the bankruptcy case of Norstan Apparel Shops, Inc., d/b/a Fashion Cents and its affiliated debtors, acting as counsel to the largest unsecured creditor and landlord in Pharmaceutical Formulations, Inc. and the ad hoc committee of bonds in aaiPharma’s bankruptcy cases.  Rob has substantial experience representing purchasers of assets, including McDonalds Corp., Echostar Corporation, IER Corp and Hancock Fabrics.  Rob also advises boards of directors and/or individual members on insolvency related matters, including Pinnacle Airlines, Riverstone Networks, Williams Communication, AOL Latin America and Xybernaut Corporation.

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