George Howard’s practice focuses on corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and other insolvency-related matters. In addition, he counsels clients on fraudulent conveyance, illegal dividend, preferential transfer, fiduciary duty and corporate formalities issues.

Bio

Mr. Howard has played an active role representing companies, secured lenders, asset purchasers and other significant constituencies in distressed situations, and developed particular experience in Chapter 11 restructurings, the sale and acquisition of assets under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, and the negotiation and approval of debtor-in-possession financings.

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Howard represented the following corporate debtors in their Chapter 11 cases: Peabody Energy (the world’s largest private coal company); Alpha Natural Resources (one of the largest producers of coal by volume in the U.S.); Molycorp (one of the world’s largest rare earth producers and processors); NII Holdings (a leading international mobile communications business); Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets (a chain of grocery stores in the western U.S.); Hostess Brands (producer of Hostess, Dolly Madison, Wonder and other branded bakery products); Franciscan Communities St. Mary of the Woods (a continuing care retirement community); Harry & David (a premium food and gift producer and retailer); and Metaldyne Corporation (a tier-1 provider of metal-based products for the automotive industry). Other representative matters at his prior firm included the representation of the trustee appointed in the Dutch Insolvency Proceedings of Oi Brasil Holdings Coöperatief U.A.; the term loan lenders of rue21; Emory Healthcare in the Chapter 11 filing of Southern Regional Medical Center; Fortress as DIP lender in A&P’s Chapter 11 cases; Mudrick Capital as a secured creditor in the Revel Casino bankruptcy; WL Ross & Co. in connection with its acquisition of Navigator Holdings; and MBIA Insurance Corporation as a secured creditor in the Chapter 11 cases of Forum Health.

Mr. Howard is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association, and previously served on the TMA New York NextGen Committee.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of Arizona College of Law, 2008
  • M.B.A., University of Arizona, 2008
  • A.B., Princeton University, 2002

Admissions

  • New York
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

George R. Howard

Counsel, Corporate Restructuring
george.howard@skadden.com