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Mike Rupe is the Head of the Firm’s Financial Restructuring practice.

With nearly 25 years of experience, Mike focuses his practice on the representation of various financial institutions in workouts and restructurings, with an emphasis on ad hoc lender groups.

Credentials

J.D., University of Cincinnati

B.A., The Ohio State University

New York

Judicial Extern, Honorable R. Guy Cole, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Finalist for Lawyer of the Year: Restructuring and Insolvency


IFLR1000 US 2020 Awards - IFLR

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Finalist for Lawyer of the Year: Restructuring and Insolvency


IFLR1000 US 2020 Awards - IFLR

Matters

Representing an ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders in the Chapter 11 case of CEC Entertainment (Chuck E. Cheese), a chain of American restaurants and entertainment centers.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 case of APC Automotive Technologies Intermediate Holdings LLC, one of the largest North American aftermarket suppliers of undercar replacement parts.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 cases (and subsequent DIP and exit facilities) of Fairway Group Holdings Corp. and its affiliates, a leading food retailing destination in the Greater New York City metropolitan area.

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Representing an ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders in the Chapter 11 case of CEC Entertainment (Chuck E. Cheese), a chain of American restaurants and entertainment centers.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 case of APC Automotive Technologies Intermediate Holdings LLC, one of the largest North American aftermarket suppliers of undercar replacement parts.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 cases (and subsequent DIP and exit facilities) of Fairway Group Holdings Corp. and its affiliates, a leading food retailing destination in the Greater New York City metropolitan area.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the restructuring of a leading provider of dental facilities, support staff and business services to multidisciplinary dental group practices throughout the United States.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the restructuring of a provider of design services, equipment and supplies to the foodservice industry.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the restructuring of a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of licensed apparel.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the restructuring of a car rental company.

Representing the senior lender in the Chapter 11 cases (and DIP facility and successful credit bid for substantially all of the debtor’s assets) of CraftWorks Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, a multi-brand casual dining restaurant chain operator.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of totes Isotoner Corporation, a leading designer, distributor and marketer of high-quality rain gear in North America, France and the United Kingdom.

Represented the agent and term loan lender in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Hollander Sleep Products, Inc., one of the country’s largest suppliers of pillows, mattress pads and other bedding products to the retail industry.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of MoneyGram International, Inc., a global leader in cross-border P2P payments and money transfers for individuals and businesses.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with an out of court transaction for Life Verdesian Sciences, LLC, a developer and producer of nutrient management and efficiency technologies for agricultural industries.

Represented the sole term loan lender and DIP lender, in connection with the Chapter 11 cases of Gymboree Group, Inc. and its affiliated debtors filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 cases of Joerns Healthcare, LLC, and its affiliated debtors filed in the District of Delaware.

Represented a cross-over secured and unsecured term loan lender group in the Chapter 11 cases of Nine West Holdings, Inc. and its affiliated debtors filed in the Southern District of New York.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 cases of Charlotte Russe, Inc. and its affiliated debtors in the Chapter 11 cases filed in the District of Delaware.

Represented the ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 cases of Payless Holdings LLC and its affiliated debtors filed in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with an out of court transaction for Vince, LLC.

Represented the largest lender in the Chapter 11 cases of Roadhouse Holding Inc. (a/k/a Logan's Roadhouse) and its affiliated debtors filed in the District of Delaware.

Represented the agent under a senior secured credit facility (and subsequent DIP and exit facilities) and an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders, in the prepackaged Chapter 11 cases of Fairway Group Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries filed in the Southern District of New York. Fairway’s Chapter 11 has been recognized as the 2017 Consumer Staples Deal of the Year (Over $100 Million) by The M&A Advisor and the 2017 Turnaround Atlas Award for Pre-Pack Restructuring of the Year (Under $1 Billion) by Global M&A Network.

Represented the agent under a senior secured credit facility, and an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in an out-of-court restructuring of Smile Brands Group Inc., one of the largest dental services organizations (DSOs) in the United States.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders under a senior secured credit facility (and subsequent DIP and exit facilities) in the Chapter 11 cases of Boomerang Tube, LLC and its affiliates.

Represented the agent and lender under a senior term loan facility, in connection with the out-of-court restructuring (and related merger transaction) of Harlan Laboratories, Inc.

Represented the agent and sole lender, in connection with a senior secured asset-based lending facility in favor of Brookstone Company, Inc., the proceeds of which financed, in part, Brookstone’s acquisition out of bankruptcy by affiliates of Chinese investment fund The Sanpower Group.

Represented the agent on behalf of a group of prepetition first lien lenders under a first lien credit facility (and subsequent DIP facility) in the chapter 11 reorganization of AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., the world's largest owner and operator of bowling centers and a leader in the bowling industry.

Matters

Representing an ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders in the Chapter 11 case of CEC Entertainment (Chuck E. Cheese), a chain of American restaurants and entertainment centers.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 case of APC Automotive Technologies Intermediate Holdings LLC, one of the largest North American aftermarket suppliers of undercar replacement parts.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 cases (and subsequent DIP and exit facilities) of Fairway Group Holdings Corp. and its affiliates, a leading food retailing destination in the Greater New York City metropolitan area.

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Matters

Representing an ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders in the Chapter 11 case of CEC Entertainment (Chuck E. Cheese), a chain of American restaurants and entertainment centers.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 case of APC Automotive Technologies Intermediate Holdings LLC, one of the largest North American aftermarket suppliers of undercar replacement parts.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 cases (and subsequent DIP and exit facilities) of Fairway Group Holdings Corp. and its affiliates, a leading food retailing destination in the Greater New York City metropolitan area.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the restructuring of a leading provider of dental facilities, support staff and business services to multidisciplinary dental group practices throughout the United States.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the restructuring of a provider of design services, equipment and supplies to the foodservice industry.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the restructuring of a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of licensed apparel.

Representing an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the restructuring of a car rental company.

Representing the senior lender in the Chapter 11 cases (and DIP facility and successful credit bid for substantially all of the debtor’s assets) of CraftWorks Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, a multi-brand casual dining restaurant chain operator.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of totes Isotoner Corporation, a leading designer, distributor and marketer of high-quality rain gear in North America, France and the United Kingdom.

Represented the agent and term loan lender in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Hollander Sleep Products, Inc., one of the country’s largest suppliers of pillows, mattress pads and other bedding products to the retail industry.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of MoneyGram International, Inc., a global leader in cross-border P2P payments and money transfers for individuals and businesses.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with an out of court transaction for Life Verdesian Sciences, LLC, a developer and producer of nutrient management and efficiency technologies for agricultural industries.

Represented the sole term loan lender and DIP lender, in connection with the Chapter 11 cases of Gymboree Group, Inc. and its affiliated debtors filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 cases of Joerns Healthcare, LLC, and its affiliated debtors filed in the District of Delaware.

Represented a cross-over secured and unsecured term loan lender group in the Chapter 11 cases of Nine West Holdings, Inc. and its affiliated debtors filed in the Southern District of New York.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 cases of Charlotte Russe, Inc. and its affiliated debtors in the Chapter 11 cases filed in the District of Delaware.

Represented the ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in the Chapter 11 cases of Payless Holdings LLC and its affiliated debtors filed in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in connection with an out of court transaction for Vince, LLC.

Represented the largest lender in the Chapter 11 cases of Roadhouse Holding Inc. (a/k/a Logan's Roadhouse) and its affiliated debtors filed in the District of Delaware.

Represented the agent under a senior secured credit facility (and subsequent DIP and exit facilities) and an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders, in the prepackaged Chapter 11 cases of Fairway Group Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries filed in the Southern District of New York. Fairway’s Chapter 11 has been recognized as the 2017 Consumer Staples Deal of the Year (Over $100 Million) by The M&A Advisor and the 2017 Turnaround Atlas Award for Pre-Pack Restructuring of the Year (Under $1 Billion) by Global M&A Network.

Represented the agent under a senior secured credit facility, and an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders in an out-of-court restructuring of Smile Brands Group Inc., one of the largest dental services organizations (DSOs) in the United States.

Represented an ad hoc group of first-lien term loan lenders under a senior secured credit facility (and subsequent DIP and exit facilities) in the Chapter 11 cases of Boomerang Tube, LLC and its affiliates.

Represented the agent and lender under a senior term loan facility, in connection with the out-of-court restructuring (and related merger transaction) of Harlan Laboratories, Inc.

Represented the agent and sole lender, in connection with a senior secured asset-based lending facility in favor of Brookstone Company, Inc., the proceeds of which financed, in part, Brookstone’s acquisition out of bankruptcy by affiliates of Chinese investment fund The Sanpower Group.

Represented the agent on behalf of a group of prepetition first lien lenders under a first lien credit facility (and subsequent DIP facility) in the chapter 11 reorganization of AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., the world's largest owner and operator of bowling centers and a leader in the bowling industry.

Credentials

J.D., University of Cincinnati

B.A., The Ohio State University

New York

Judicial Extern, Honorable R. Guy Cole, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Finalist for Lawyer of the Year: Restructuring and Insolvency


IFLR1000 US 2020 Awards - IFLR

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Recognition

Finalist for Lawyer of the Year: Restructuring and Insolvency


IFLR1000 US 2020 Awards - IFLR