Strategic advisory and restructuring

As strategic advisory and restructuring lawyers, we enable our clients to achieve their business and legal objectives. According to Chambers USA, the McDonald Hopkins Strategic Advisory and Restructuring team is "particularly active in the midmarket space," with clients noting the team’s "high caliber" and “solutions-focused” approach that, “find[s] ways to get a deal done.” We provide more than legal advice – we partner with clients and their teams to formulate and implement global solutions. Our practice ranges from advising companies in addressing governance, and balance sheet, liquidity, and operational challenges; to avoiding and resolving business disputes and other issues; to advising sellers and financial and strategic buyers on transaction alternatives and structures; to advising lenders and other creditors on financing and other decisions.  Almost all our engagements are multi-faceted, addressing business, corporate and litigation strategy, as well as labor, employee benefit, tax, intellectual property and other issues.

Our decades of experience in distressed and non-distressed business situations, for public and private companies, investors, suppliers, customers, lenders, and other stakeholders, allows us to ask the right questions, quickly assess situations, and provide creative and well-informed strategic counseling. As strategic advisors, our focus is on efficiently providing guidance under oftentimes difficult circumstances, and in achieving the optimal result.

We have one of the largest and most active middle-market bankruptcy and restructuring practices in the country – and certainly in the Midwest. The common characteristic among all the clients we serve is their need for sophisticated and responsive services that enable them to accomplish their goals. Our clients consist of private equity firms, Fortune 1000 companies and boards, family owned businesses, private and commercial lenders, directors and officers, and high net worth and other individuals, as well as other key stakeholders, who place their trust in McDonald Hopkins, including through company-side engagements, creditors’ committee appointments, cross-border matters, secured lender representations, distressed M&A matters, litigation, and litigation finance transactions. 

The team includes several former big law attorneys who have transplanted their practices to McDonald Hopkins. In doing so, they have leveraged the firm’s business focused and efficient platform to deliver high-value services to clients.


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