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Austin Jowers has extensive experience in bankruptcy matters, with a focus on representing lenders, ad hoc committees and agents in connection with commercial workouts and restructurings. A partner in our Financial Restructuring practice, Austin also regularly represents buyers and sellers in connection with distressed merger and acquisition transactions.

Austin’s restructuring experience includes multi-jurisdictional and cross-border matters and spans a number of industries, including retail, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, real estate, consumer lending, infrastructure and energy. Transaction teams co-lead by Austin have twice won the Turnaround Management Association’s Large Transaction of the Year Award: Cagle’s Inc. in 2013 and Cooper-Booth Wholesale, L.P. in 2015.

Austin has been recognized as a leading bankruptcy lawyer in Chambers USA and Georgia Super Lawyers.  Austin is a Director of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, the Secretary of the Georgia State Bar Bankruptcy Section, and a Barrister in the Honorable W. Homer Drake Jr. Bankruptcy Inn of Court.  Austin was also the past Chair for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop.

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Credentials

J.D., Washington and Lee University, cum laude

B.A., Rhodes College, cum laude

Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

American Bankruptcy Institute

Atlanta Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

Turnaround Management Association

Bankruptcy and Restructuring (Georgia)


Chambers USA, 2019

Named a Rising Star in Bankruptcy


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2011–2016

Selected as a Barrister in the inaugural class of the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court


2014

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Recognition

Bankruptcy and Restructuring (Georgia)


Chambers USA, 2019

Named a Rising Star in Bankruptcy


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2011–2016

Selected as a Barrister in the inaugural class of the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court


2014

Matters

Represented Barings Finance, LLC, as 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.

Represents Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, as term loan lender, in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Gymboree Group, Inc., a national children’s clothing retailer operating over 800 stores under the Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack banners.

Represented an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC as successful stalking horse bidder for the West Lorain Power Plant (a 545 MW, periodic start, combustion-turbine generating station near Lake Erie) in the chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of FirstEnergy Generation, LLC.

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Represented Barings Finance, LLC, as 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.

Represents Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, as term loan lender, in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Gymboree Group, Inc., a national children’s clothing retailer operating over 800 stores under the Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack banners.

Represented an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC as successful stalking horse bidder for the West Lorain Power Plant (a 545 MW, periodic start, combustion-turbine generating station near Lake Erie) in the chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of FirstEnergy Generation, LLC.

Represented Fortress Investment Group, as exit lender, in connection with the successful chapter 11 reorganization of RMH Franchise Corporation, the second largest Applebee’s franchisee worldwide, operating 140 restaurants across 15 states.

Represented Lone Star Funds in its capacity as owner and bondholder in the prepackaged chapter 11 cases of Southeastern Grocers, LLC, one of the largest supermarket companies in the United States.

Represented the ad hoc committee of first lien term lenders in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Payless Holdings LLC, the largest retailer of specialty family footwear in the western hemisphere.

Represented Credit Suisse AG, as agent and lender, in connection with the prepackaged chapter 11 cases of Fairway Group Holdings, an iconic New York supermarket chain. 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 Cortland Capital Market Services LLC, as agent to the term loan lenders, in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Boomerang Tube LLC, a leading manufacturer of oil country tubular goods.

Represented a private equity fund and its portfolio company as purchaser of substantially all of the assets of Canada’s largest payday lender in connection with its Canadian insolvency proceeding under the Companies’ Creditor Arrangement Act (CCAA).

Represented Alostar Bank, as exit lender, in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Cooper-Booth Wholesale Co., a full service convenience store wholesale distributor. The Cooper-Booth chapter 11 restructuring was recognized as the 2015 Large Transaction of the Year Award by the Turnaround Management Association.

Represented Credit Suisse AG, as agent and lender, in connection with the chapter 11 cases of AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers.

Matters

Represented Barings Finance, LLC, as 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.

Represents Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, as term loan lender, in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Gymboree Group, Inc., a national children’s clothing retailer operating over 800 stores under the Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack banners.

Represented an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC as successful stalking horse bidder for the West Lorain Power Plant (a 545 MW, periodic start, combustion-turbine generating station near Lake Erie) in the chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of FirstEnergy Generation, LLC.

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Matters

Represented Barings Finance, LLC, as 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.

Represents Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, as term loan lender, in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Gymboree Group, Inc., a national children’s clothing retailer operating over 800 stores under the Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack banners.

Represented an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC as successful stalking horse bidder for the West Lorain Power Plant (a 545 MW, periodic start, combustion-turbine generating station near Lake Erie) in the chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of FirstEnergy Generation, LLC.

Represented Fortress Investment Group, as exit lender, in connection with the successful chapter 11 reorganization of RMH Franchise Corporation, the second largest Applebee’s franchisee worldwide, operating 140 restaurants across 15 states.

Represented Lone Star Funds in its capacity as owner and bondholder in the prepackaged chapter 11 cases of Southeastern Grocers, LLC, one of the largest supermarket companies in the United States.

Represented the ad hoc committee of first lien term lenders in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Payless Holdings LLC, the largest retailer of specialty family footwear in the western hemisphere.

Represented Credit Suisse AG, as agent and lender, in connection with the prepackaged chapter 11 cases of Fairway Group Holdings, an iconic New York supermarket chain. 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 Cortland Capital Market Services LLC, as agent to the term loan lenders, in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Boomerang Tube LLC, a leading manufacturer of oil country tubular goods.

Represented a private equity fund and its portfolio company as purchaser of substantially all of the assets of Canada’s largest payday lender in connection with its Canadian insolvency proceeding under the Companies’ Creditor Arrangement Act (CCAA).

Represented Alostar Bank, as exit lender, in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Cooper-Booth Wholesale Co., a full service convenience store wholesale distributor. The Cooper-Booth chapter 11 restructuring was recognized as the 2015 Large Transaction of the Year Award by the Turnaround Management Association.

Represented Credit Suisse AG, as agent and lender, in connection with the chapter 11 cases of AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers.

Credentials

J.D., Washington and Lee University, cum laude

B.A., Rhodes College, cum laude

Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

American Bankruptcy Institute

Atlanta Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

Turnaround Management Association

Bankruptcy and Restructuring (Georgia)


Chambers USA, 2019

Named a Rising Star in Bankruptcy


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2011–2016

Selected as a Barrister in the inaugural class of the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court


2014

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Recognition

Bankruptcy and Restructuring (Georgia)


Chambers USA, 2019

Named a Rising Star in Bankruptcy


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2011–2016

Selected as a Barrister in the inaugural class of the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court


2014