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Jeff Dutson is a financial restructuring partner in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office, with a focus on representing lenders and agents in connection with large commercial workouts and restructurings. Jeff has also represented debtors and other investors in a variety of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and insolvency matters. Jeff frequently represents institutional senior-secured lenders in syndicated credit facilities, with particular experience in the restaurant, healthcare, energy, transportation, manufacturing, and media industries.

Jeff has been selected as a “Rising Star” for Financial Restructuring in IFLR 1000’s Financial & Corporate guide. Jeff is a fellow of the American College of Investment Counsel and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association. Jeff frequently speaks and has published a variety of articles on restructuring and insolvency issues. Jeff has served on the board for the NextGen Turnaround Management Association (Atlanta), and he is a member of the firm’s Atlanta office hiring committee.

Jeff is a graduate of the University of Chicago where he earned his law degree, with honors. He obtained a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining the firm, Jeff served as a law clerk for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Selected Publications

Order's Up!: Navigating Complex Restaurant Restructurings, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, July 2018, with Sarah R. Borders.

When Cash Might Not be King: Acquiring Nonprofit Hospitals in Bankruptcy, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, September 2017, with Paul K. Ferdinands.

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold! (Maybe): Reopening Auctions, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2014, with W. Austin Jowers.

Successor Liability under the FLSA: Buyers of Distressed Companies Beware, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, June 2013, with Paul K. Ferdinands.

“Unfinished Business" after Geron and Coudert Brothers, Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review, September 11, 2012, with Mark M. Maloney.

Viewpoint: Creditors of Delaware LLCs Beware, Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review, November 16, 2011, with Mark M. Maloney.

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Credentials

J.D., University of Chicago, with honors

B.A., University of Georgia, cum laude

Georgia

Law Clerk, Hon. E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Rising Star: Financial Restructuring


IFLR 1000 US, 2018

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Rising Star: Financial Restructuring


IFLR 1000 US, 2018

Matters

Served as Debtors' counsel to Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc., and its affiliates, in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of Texas.

Represented Ignite Restaurant Group in the successful out of court sale of its Macaroni Grill casual dining business.

Served as Debtor’s counsel to AstroTurf, LLC in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and sale of its business.

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Served as Debtors' counsel to Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc., and its affiliates, in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of Texas.

Represented Ignite Restaurant Group in the successful out of court sale of its Macaroni Grill casual dining business.

Served as Debtor’s counsel to AstroTurf, LLC in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and sale of its business.

Represented Medical Staffing Network Healthcare, LLC in the sale of its business.

Served as Debtors’ counsel to Cagle’s, Inc. and Cagle’s Farms, Inc. in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and sale of their businesses. King & Spalding was recognized in connection with the Cagle’s transaction, which was named 2013 National Transaction of the Year (Large Company Category) by the international Turnaround Management Association.

Served as Debtor’s counsel to MFM Industries, Inc. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and sale of its business.

Represented Zacky Farms, LLC in the Chapter 11 sale of its businesses.

Served as Debtors’ counsel to Sea Island Company and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and sale of their businesses.

Represented GE Capital as lender and debtor-in-possession lender in the Chapter 11 cases of Scovill Fasteners Inc. and its affiliates.

Represented GE Capital as lender in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Black Crow Media Company in the restructuring of several radio stations in the Middle District of Florida.

Matters

Served as Debtors' counsel to Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc., and its affiliates, in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of Texas.

Represented Ignite Restaurant Group in the successful out of court sale of its Macaroni Grill casual dining business.

Served as Debtor’s counsel to AstroTurf, LLC in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and sale of its business.

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Matters

Served as Debtors' counsel to Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc., and its affiliates, in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of Texas.

Represented Ignite Restaurant Group in the successful out of court sale of its Macaroni Grill casual dining business.

Served as Debtor’s counsel to AstroTurf, LLC in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and sale of its business.

Represented Medical Staffing Network Healthcare, LLC in the sale of its business.

Served as Debtors’ counsel to Cagle’s, Inc. and Cagle’s Farms, Inc. in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and sale of their businesses. King & Spalding was recognized in connection with the Cagle’s transaction, which was named 2013 National Transaction of the Year (Large Company Category) by the international Turnaround Management Association.

Served as Debtor’s counsel to MFM Industries, Inc. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and sale of its business.

Represented Zacky Farms, LLC in the Chapter 11 sale of its businesses.

Served as Debtors’ counsel to Sea Island Company and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and sale of their businesses.

Represented GE Capital as lender and debtor-in-possession lender in the Chapter 11 cases of Scovill Fasteners Inc. and its affiliates.

Represented GE Capital as lender in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Black Crow Media Company in the restructuring of several radio stations in the Middle District of Florida.

Credentials

J.D., University of Chicago, with honors

B.A., University of Georgia, cum laude

Georgia

Law Clerk, Hon. E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Rising Star: Financial Restructuring


IFLR 1000 US, 2018

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Recognition

Rising Star: Financial Restructuring


IFLR 1000 US, 2018