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David A. Agay

Chicago Assistant Managing Member

Practice Focus

Professional Experience

Overview

David leads the Business Restructuring Services in Chicago and also is part of the McDonald Hopkins Corporate Group. He represents public and private companies, strategic and financial investors, directors, officers, lenders, committees, and shareholders in a variety of distress and non-distress engagements. He regularly counsels clients in: financing and M&A transactions, including ESOPs; free-fall, pre-negotiated and involuntary chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcies; cross-border matters; out-of-court exchanges and balance sheet restructurings; and other corporate reorganization and insolvency proceedings.

David also advises boards and management teams on strategic, corporate and governance matters and in the negotiation of commercial and employment contracts.

As a bankruptcy lawyer, David regularly litigates in federal and state courts.

Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins, David was a partner at a major international law firm.

Industry Experience

David has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including: 

  • Media and entertainment 
  • Franchises 
  •  Airlines
  •  Technology
  •  Mining
  •  Telecommunications
  •  Packaging
  •  Energy
  •  Real estate
  •  Gaming
  •  Equipment rental
  •  Manufacturing
  •  Plastics
  •  Industrial
  •  Healthcare
  •  Automotive
  • Food and restaurants
  •  Consumer Products

Cases / Matters

Energy

  • Edison Mission Energy – Represented Edison Mission Energy (EME) as conflicts counsel in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case; represented EME subsidiary, Camino Energy, as primary debtor’s counsel. EME, through its subsidiaries, owned or leased and operated a portfolio of more than 40 electric generating facilities powered by coal, natural gas, wind, and biomass (with aggregate existing project indebtedness of approximately $1.5 billion), as well as an energy marketing and trading operation.
  • Calpine Corporation – Represented world's largest producer of renewable geothermal energy in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

Manufacturing, Retail, and Industrial

  • Kurz-Kasch – Represented leading manufacturer of conventional coils and stators, engineered composite components and subassemblies, magnetic/electrical/electronic sensing devices, and high performance solenoids in its out-of-court restructuring.
  • Keywell, LLC – Representing Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in currently pending chapter 11 bankruptcy case of leading supplier of recycled titanium, high-temperature alloys and stainless steel in North America.
  • MEGA Brands Inc. – Represented Canadian toy manufacturer in its chapter 15 bankruptcy cases and as U.S. counsel in its recapitalization implemented through a Canadian plan of arrangement.
  • Norwood Promotional Products – Represented Norwood, a leader in the market of customizable corporate merchandise, including calendars, writing instruments and awards, in its chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and 363 sale of the business as a going concern.
  • Fortis Plastics – Represented leading manufacturer of produced thermoplastic injection and extrusion molded plastic parts for manufacturers in several industries, including home appliance, furniture, automotive, building products, medical devices and power tools, in its out-of-court restructuring and wind down.
  • Jason, Inc. – Represented private equity sponsor in the out-of-court recapitalization and balance-sheet restructuring of a leading international manufacturer of consumer, automotive, and industrial products.
  • Portola Packaging, Inc. – Led balance-sheet restructuring and chapter 11 prepackaged bankruptcy cases of leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of plastic closures, bottles, and related equipment.
  • Tekni-Plex – Represented private equity sponsor, in the out-of-court restructuring of Tekni-Plex, a major consumer and industrial packaging manufacturer.
  • Euro-Pro – Represented household products company in its involuntary bankruptcy proceedings (eventually dismissed) and out-of-court restructuring.
  • TSC Global, LLC – Represented company involved in the sale, marketing, and distribution of consumer brand products, including “e-cigarettes,” to top retailers, travel centers, and truck stops, in its out-of-court restructuring, wind down, and two UCC Article 9 sales.
  • Hess Industries, Inc. – Represented manufacturer of heavy equipment and metal forming machines in its out-of-court restructuring and eventual chapter 7 filing.
  • Hussey Copper, Ltd. – Represented strategic stalking horse purchaser in proposed acquisition of leading producer of copper bar.
  • Lang Holdings Inc. – Represented private equity client, as provider of DIP financing and stalking-horse purchaser of substantially all assets of Lang Holdings, a leading supplier of art and design driven calendars, back-to-school products, greeting cards, stationary, and specialty products.
  • Propex Inc. – Represented private equity client as provider of debtor-in-possession financing and stalking-horse purchaser of substantially all assets of the world's largest producer of geosynthetic, concrete, furnishing, and industrial fabrics and fiber.
  • Global Home Products – Represented private equity client in its section 363 purchase of Anchor Hocking from Global Home Products.
  • Service Merchandise Company, Inc. – Represented joint venture in purchase of Service Merchandise’s lease designation rights.
  • ASARCO LLC – Represented bondholder group in negotiating complex global settlement eventually incorporated into confirmed chapter 11 plan, and in formulating bid for certain assets of ASARCO, a leading U.S. copper producer.
  • LyondellBasell Industries – Represented bondholder group in connection with chapter 11 plan and related rights offering of LyondellBasell, the third largest independent chemical company in the world.

Gaming

  • Commercial Lender – Representing commercial lending client in asset based loans to multiple gaming companies.
  • Majestic Star Casino – Represented gaming company and multi-jurisdictional operator of casino properties in its chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • Green Valley Ranch & Aliante Station – Represented two Station Casino properties in their pre-negotiated chapter 11 cases resulting in the restructuring of almost $1.0 billion in total debt.

Media, Entertainment, and Communications

  • Sun-Times Media Group, Inc. – Represented publisher, printer, and distributor of newspapers in greater Chicago metropolitan area, including the Chicago Sun-Times, in its chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and 363 sale of the business as a going concern.
  • Musicland Holding Corporation – Represented entertainment retailer in its chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • HiT Entertainment PLC – Represented HiT Entertainment PLC in connection with an out-of-court amendment of the company's secured indebtedness. HiT was the owner of popular children's entertainment properties such as Bob the Builder, Barney, Thomas & Friends, Pingu, Fireman Sam and Angelina Ballerina.
  • Source Interlink Companies – Represented leading publisher and wholesaler of magazines and home entertainment products, including CDs and DVDs, in its balance-sheet restructuring and prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • InPhonic Inc. – Represented private equity client as provider of debtor-in-possession financing and stalking-horse purchaser of substantially all the assets of InPhonic, Inc., a leading marketer of wireless telephone and satellite television services.
  • Regent Communications – Represented private equity client as plan sponsor in pre-arranged chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Regent Communications, and its affiliates, owner and operator of radio stations in mid-sized markets across the United States.

Transportation

  • Sea Containers – Represented the Sea Containers group, a leading London-based marine container leasing company, in its chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and global restructuring.
  • United Air Lines, Inc. – Assisted in all aspects of United’s chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including aircraft finance, union, retiree, and employee benefit matters, and customer loyalty programs.

Automotive

  • Dura Automotive – Represented leading independent automotive supplier in its chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • Autocam Corporation – Led the out-of-court balance restructuring of a leading manufacturer of precision components for primarily the automotive and medical device industries.
  • Raybestos PowerTrain LLC – Represented private equity client in its acquisition of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of transmission and wet-wheel brake friction products, supplying both OEMs and automotive aftermarket customers.
  • Metaldyne Corporation – Represented a secured lender group in its successful credit bid for substantially all assets of Metaldyne, a leading global manufacturer of highly engineered metal components for the global light vehicle market.

Real Estate, Leasing, and Services

  • TOUSA, Inc. – Represented publicly traded homebuilder with substantial operations in Florida, the Mid-Atlantic, Texas, and the West, doing business under trade names, including Newmark, Engle Homes, and Trophy Homes, in its out-of-court restructuring and chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • Cambridge Integrated Services Group, Inc. – Represented assignee in Illinois assignment for the benefit of creditors for national company specializing in risk management, claims services, and specialty loss cost management.
  • Risk Management Alternatives, Inc. – Represented leading provider of accounts receivable management services in its chapter 11 cases.
  • National Equipment Services, Inc. – Represented national equipment leasing corporation in all aspects of its chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and restructuring.
  • American Business Financial Services, Inc. – Represented DIP lender to a publicly-traded subprime lender.

Food and Restaurant

  • Commercial Lender – Representing commercial lender in asset based loan to retailer of beer, wines and spirits in connection with ESOP transaction.
  • Awrey Bakeries – Represented Awrey Bakeries, one of the largest privately owned bakeries in the U.S. (producing fresh and frozen pastries, breads, cakes, donuts, biscuits, and muffins), in its Article 9 sale as a going concern to Minnie Marie Bakers.
  • Mother's Cookies – Represented strategic acquirer in its purchase of Mother's Cookies from Archway through a 363 bankruptcy sale.
  • Fargo, S.A. – Represented bondholders in filing of involuntary bankruptcy petition against Compañia de Alimentos Fargo, S.A., an Argentine producer of packaged baked goods.

Municipalities

  • City of Detroit – Representing Syncora Guarantee and Syncora Capital Assurance in connection with its holdings of certificates of participation of the City of Detroit and as insurers of certain swap obligations.

Representative Pro Bono Matters

  • Represented prisoner in his criminal and sentencing appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Represented political asylum applicant in immigration proceedings.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1998)
  • Pomona College, B.A. (1994)

State Admissions

  • Illinois (1998)
  • New York (2013)

Court Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 
  • Numerous appearances in Bankruptcy Courts across the U.S.

Professional Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute 
  • Turnaround Management Association

Publications

  • "Markets Party Like It's…2007?" Financier Worldwide, March 2010 (co-author)
  • "Crossing Borders: International Reorganizations," Daily Bankruptcy Review, February 10, 2010, (co-author)
  • "Credit (Bid) Where Credit's Due – Part Two," The Bankruptcy Strategist, February 2010, (co-author)
  • "Credit (Bid) Where Credit's Due – Part One," The Bankruptcy Strategist, January 2010, (co-author)
  • "International Insolvencies: New Thinking Required," The Lawyer, September 2008

Presentations

  • Distressed Investing in a Jagged Economy, Turnaround Management Association, November 2011
  • Great Debates – Credit Bidding Under a Chapter 11 Plan, Philly News vs. River Road, ABI Southwest Conference, September 2011
  • Double Dip or Not? – Finding Your Way in Tough Economic Times, McDonald Hopkins Roundtable, September 2011
  • 363 Sales, Chicago Bar Association, March 2010
  • Lecturer, Loyola University School of Law, 2001-2003

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers (2013, 2014)
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Rising Stars (2008-2009, 2012)
  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Paul E. Riley, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Community Activities

  • American Jewish Committee (Chicago, Board)
Phone
312-642-2217
FAX
312-280-8232
Locations
  • 300 N. LaSalle Street
    Suite 2100
    Chicago, IL 60654