Robert J. Dehney

Partner

(302) 351-9353 T
(302) 425-4673 F

“Appreciative clients state that Robert Dehney is ‘creative and gets the deal done’ and is a ‘great mix of fighter and deal maker.’”―Chambers USA

For more than 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 U.S. 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 the Morris Nichols Business Reorganization & Restructuring Group—top-tier rated by Chambers USA, regarded by the Daily Bankruptcy Review as one of the most prolific restructuring and reorganizing practices in the United States, and 2012, 2010 and 2009 winner of Turnaround Atlas Awards and 2009 recipient of M&A Advisor U.S. Middle-Market Financing Award.

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 complex lending arrangements.  He also provides corporate governance, fiduciary duty and strategic advice to boards of directors, special committees and executives.  He regularly works 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 that include health companies, retail, airline, housing, steel manufacturing, insurance, mortgage brokerage and consumer finance.  He has worked on behalf of such companies as Security National Properties Funding III, LLC, RG Steel LLC, Maine Today Media, Trico Marine Services, Inc., and served as special counsel to DBSD North America, Inc.  Representative engagements for board of directors/special committees and/or individual members on insolvency related matters include Pinnacle Airlines Corp., Riverstone Networks, Inc., Williams Communication, AOL Latin America Xybernaut Corporation 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.

Professional Activities

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Delaware State Bar Association

Representative Matters

  • Served as debtor’s counsel to an offshore contract drilling and liftboat services company in the oil and gas industry in its prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Represented Optim Energy, LLC and its affiliated debtors in possession in their chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Served as counsel to the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Syms Corp. in the Filene’s Basement bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented Reorganized Syms Corp. in connection with the sale of a valuable leasehold interest.
  • Acted as company bankruptcy counsel in the bankruptcy of RG Steel, LLC, the fourth largest flat-rolled steel company in the United States.
  • Served a bankruptcy counsel to Security National Properties Funding III, LLC, a commercial real estate developer/owner of regional shopping centers and multitenant office buildings across 15 states.
  • Represented J. Silver Clothing, a women’s wear retailer in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Acted as bankruptcy counsel to vertically integrated housing company Oakwood Homes.
  • Served as bankruptcy counsel to Rouge Steel, a vertically integrated steel manufacturer.
  • Represented Thaxton Group, Inc. in bankruptcy proceedings.  The diversified company provided insurance, mortgage brokering and consumer loans and related services.
  • Served as counsel to EchoStar Corporation in the Delta Airlines bankruptcy cases.
  • Served as counsel to Fortistar in NRG’s bankruptcy.
  • Served as counsel to 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.
  • Gained substantial experience representing purchasers of assets, including McDonalds Corp., Echostar Corporation, IER Corp and Hancock Fabrics.

News

Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practice Areas; 25 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 27, 2016) – The 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-five Morris... Continue Reading

17 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2016 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 13, 2016) – Seventeen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2016 Delaware Super Lawyers list.  Jack B. Blumenfeld was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, D. McKinley (Mac) Measley, Curtis S. Miller, and Matthew R. Clark were recognized as... Continue Reading

30 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

Wilmington, DE (August 17, 2015) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Jack B. Blumenfeld was named the Best Lawyers® 2016... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2015 Ranks 23 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 19, 2015) – The 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-three... Continue Reading

16 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 15, 2015) – Sixteen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers.  Jack B. Blumenfeld was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, Curtis S. Miller and Matthew R. Clark were recognized as 2015... Continue Reading

Turnarounds & Workouts Recognizes Morris Nichols on List of Top Restructurings of 2014

Wilmington, DE (January 30, 2015) – Turnarounds & Workouts recognized Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in its annual report identifying “Successful Restructurings” of 2014. Morris Nichols was recognized for work on the chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring of Security National Properties Funding III, just one of 12... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

Wilmington, DE (August 18, 2014) – Twenty-eight attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell were selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 50,000 attorneys. Two partners received special recognition as 2015 Delaware Lawyer of the... Continue Reading

Who's Who Legal: Insolvency & Restructuring 2014 Names Morris Nichols Attorneys

Wilmington, DE (July 1, 2014) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell partners Derek C. Abbott and Robert J. Dehney have been recognized in the Who’s Who Legal: Insolvency & Restructuring 2014. Through client and peer research, the independent guide evaluates hundreds of attorneys worldwide to identify leaders in the field. As... Continue Reading

17 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in Super Lawyers- Delaware Edition 2014

Wilmington, DE (May 19, 2014) – 17 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013. Jack Blumenfeld and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. In addition, attorneys Eric Klinger-Wilensky and Curtis Miller were recognized as 2014... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2014 Names 21 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups as Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2014) – The 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked twenty-one Morris Nichols’ attorneys and four practice groups as best in Delaware.  Chambers annually conducts in-depth interviews of commercial users of legal services to assess the strengths and reputations... Continue Reading

2014 Chambers USA Directory Ranks 21 Morris Nichols Attorneys as 'Leaders in their Field"

Wilmington, DE (March, 2014) – The Firm congratulates its 21 attorneys who will be included in the 2014 Chambers USA “Leaders in their Field” legal directory by Chambers & Partners. Several practices and lawyers are recognized in more than one area. Delaware A Gilchrist Sparks III, Chancery & Corporate /M&A Derek... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America - 60 Practice Specialty Selections; 22 Top-Listed Practice areas; 5 Delaware Lawyers of the Year

Wilmington, DE (August 21, 2013) – Morris Nichols is pleased to announce that two thirds of the firm's partnership have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  The firm was noted for 60 individual specialty selections, 22 "Top-Listed" practice specialties, and five individual 2014 Delaware Lawyers... Continue Reading

22 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2013) – 22 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013.  Rick Alexander and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2013 Names 17 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups as Best In Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 24, 2013) – The 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked seventeen Morris Nichols’ attorneys and four practice groups as best in Delaware.  Chambers annually conducts in-depth interviews of commercial users of legal services to assess the strengths and reputations... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013

Wilmington, DE (August 31, 2012) – 28 Morris Nichols attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in twenty two practice areas. Morris Nichols lawyers were selected for outstanding reputations and distinguished work in their practice areas based on a confidential peer-review survey of the top attorneys in the country, according... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Helps Fox Sports to Successful Outcome in Dodgers Bankruptcy

Wilmington, DE (January 20, 2012) - Partnering with litigation counsel Jenner & Block LLP, bankruptcy attorneys from Morris Nichols helped preserve valuable media rights held by News Corporation’s Fox Sports Net West 2, LLC (“Prime Ticket”) in the face of challenges by the bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers.  Prior to... Continue Reading

18 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2009

Wilmington, DE – June 3, 2009 – Super Lawyers® magazine has named 18 Morris Nichols attorneys as top legal counsel in Delaware for 2009, three more than were listed in 2008. The selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law & Politics who undertakes a rigorous selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers,... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2009 Names 20 Morris Nichols Attorneys and Five Practice Groups as Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE – June 12, 2009 – The 2009 edition of Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked twenty Morris Nichols’ attorneys and five practice groups as best in Delaware. Chambers annually conducts in-depth interviews of commercial users of legal services to assess the strengths and... Continue Reading

Publications

The Importance of Good Corporate Form: Preventing the Involuntary Distribution of Your Assets to Creditors of a Bankruptcy Affiliate or Subsidiary

Robert J. Dehney, Curtis S. Miller, Daniel B. Butz, “The Importance of Good Corporate Form: Preventing the Involuntary Distribution of Your Assets to Creditors of a Bankruptcy Affiliate or Subsidiary,” The Journal of Private Equity...

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Events

12th Annual Wharton Restructuring and Distressed Investing Conference

On February 26, 2016, the Wharton School hosts the largest restructuring and distressed investing-focused school-run conference in the United States. From the Plaza Hotel in New York City, the 12th annual conference will focus on the theme, “Finding Opportunity in a Volatile World”, with keynote speakers and panelists discussing the current... Continue Reading

VALCON 2015

2.25.2015 through 2.27.2015 in Las Vegas, NV - Business Reorganization & Restructuring
Robert J. Dehney

The American Bankruptcy Institute hosts VALCON 2015 from Feb. 25 to 27, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev. The conference brings together dealmakers, fund investors, and financial and legal advisors. Morris Nichols partner Robert J. Dehney serves on the conference advisory board and will participate in the panel discussion, “Absolute vs. Relative... Continue Reading

VALCON 2012

Morris Nichols Business Reorganization & Restructuring Group partner and practice group coordinator Robert Dehney will be a featured faculty panelist for the session entitled Bankruptcy, Valuation and Restructuring in the Middle Market: Current Tools, Issues and Opportunitiesat the VALCON 2012 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 22-24,... Continue Reading

4th Annual New York Institute of Credit/ABF Journal/TMA Philadelphia Education Conference

Robert Dehney, Morris Nichols Business Reorganization & Restructuring Group partner and practice group coordinator will serve on the panel Current Climate in Reorganizations:  Views From the Bench, Legal & Turnaround Practitioners at the 4th Annual New York Institute of Credit/ABF Journal/TMA Philadelphia Education Conference in... Continue Reading

3rd Annual New York Institute of Credit/ABF Journal/TMA Philadelphia Conference

Business Reorganization & Restructuring Group partner and practice group coordinator Robert Dehney will serve on the panel Today’s Climate in Reorganizations – Views From Legal/Turnaround Professionals & Bankruptcy Judges at the 3rd Annual New York Institute of Credit/ABF Journal/TMA Philadelphia Education Conference in... Continue Reading

Strafford Webinar: Prepackaged and Prenegotiated Chapter 11 Reorganizations: Evaluating the Benefits and Risks

Business Reorganization & Restructuring Group partner and practice group coordinator Robert Dehney will be a featured panelist for Prepackaged and Prenegotiated Chapter 11 Reorganizations: Evaluating the Benefits and Risks of Pre-Bankruptcy Restructuring Plans during a live 90-minute legal teleconference produced by Atlanta-based Strafford... Continue Reading