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Experienced and smart. South Florida based, nurtured in New York City Big Law, with the business sense to effectively handle everything from the most complex corporate chapter 11 and international chapter 15 issues to personal chapter 7 liquidations.

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THE PRACTICE

Pack Law was created because of a dearth in the marketplace: a nimble bankruptcy law firm with professionals boasting highly complex bankruptcy experience that can handle roles for massively complicated cases with the efficiency to accept smaller matters. Pack Law includes the representation of financially distressed companies, borrowers, and creditors, including indenture trustees, appointed trustees, investors and financial institutions.

SERVICES

Subchapter V - “Fast Track” Chapter 11  •  CARES Act  • SBA Loans  •  “Non-Traditional” Capital Infusions  •  Lease Negotiation and Rejection  •  WARN Act Issues

Asset and Collateral Protection  •  Exempt Asset Augmentation  •  Lien Disputes

Cash Collateral Stipulations and Secured Creditor Adequate Protection Packages  •  Debtor-In-Possession “DIP” Financing  •  Debt Trading  •  CLOs and CDOs  •  CMBS and RMBS Loans

Bankruptcy Purchases and Sales “Free and Clear”  •  Debt for Equity Equity Exchange  •  “Handing Over the Keys”

“Free Fall,” Pre-Arranged and Prepackaged Chapter 11s  •  Equity Rights Offering Packages  •  “New Value” Capital Infusions  •  Absolute Priority Rule and “Best Interests” Disputes  •  Liquidating Chapter 11  •  Receiverships  •  Objections to Disclosure Statements and Plans

Leveraged Buyout Fallout  •  Adversary Proceedings  •  Avoidance Actions (Fraudulent Transfers and Preferences)  •  Foreclosure  •  Litigation Trusts and Financing  •  Turnover Actions  •  Execution, Garnishment  •  Relief from Automatic Stay  •  Collecting on Pre-Petition Settlements  •  Filing Claims Against a Bankrupt Entity  •  Abstention and Removal Issues  •  Bankruptcy Discharge and Nondischargeability Actions  •  Lender Liability  •  Conflict Work

Mortgage Default and Homestead Protection  •  Jewelry and Vehicle Protection  •  Divorce Settlement Payment and Child Support Obligations • Tax Payment Default • Transfers of Assets to Trusts and Family Members • Student Loans

JOSEPH PACK

Member of the New York Bar and Florida Bar
Florida Certified Public Accountant 

Joseph “Joe” Pack, founder of Pack Law, has an unbridled entrepreneurial spirit that weaves through his practice and results in bespoke and practical solutions for his clients. Mr. Pack has over a decade of experience, which includes handling multi-billion dollar chapter 11 cases from the Miami office of White & Case’s Financial Restructuring Group, and the Manhattan office of Kirkland & Ellis’ Financial Restructuring Group. These include “free fall” bankruptcy cases, pre-arranged and pre-packaged chapter 11 bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings, financings and asset sales. Such sales include inventory worth less than $100,000 to energy companies worth in excess of $10 billion.

Mr. Pack has an understanding of what it means to be in a client-services industry. He prides himself on being a workaholic, producing excellent work, his reachability and responsiveness, and appreciates that every matter deserves top-quality representation, regardless of size and publicity. His career began in high school, while a student of Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, working summers for Soneet R. Kapila, a nationally recognized bankruptcy trustee based in the Southern District of Florida. Before entering the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where Mr. Pack graduated in 2009 and now teaches in the Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar, he graduated in 2006 at age 21, first in his class (summa cum laude), with a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting. Upon graduating, he immediately sat for (and passed on first-attempt) the Certified Public Accounting license examination.

JD, University of Florida, cum laude
MA, Accounting, University of Florida, summa cum laude
BA, Accounting, University of Florida


New York State Bar
Florida State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

EXPERIENCE*

*Prior to formation of Pack Law

The indenture trustee of the “2019” unsecured notes in Nine West Holdings, a leading manufacturer, designer and distributor of women's apparel, in its Manhattan chapter 11 cases, which had approximately $1.6 billion in funded-debt obligations at the time of filing.

United Retail Group, Inc., a leading retailer of plus-size fashions under the Avenue Stores brand. The company utilized Chapter 11 to exit unprofitable store locations and sell its assets to affiliates of Versa Capital pursuant to a section 363 auction with stalking horse bid.

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) in its Chapter 11 cases with respect to its DIP Financing, employment issues, location closures and lease transfers. At the time of its filing, A&P employed more than 40,500 people at 395 stores and listed $2.5 billion in assets and $3.2 billion in debt.

Reader's Digest Association, Inc., a global multi-brand media company offering books, magazines, entertainment products, online networking websites and educational products to more than 130 million customers in 78 countries, in their pre-arranged Chapter 11 cases.

The ad hoc group of crossover lenders and bondholders of Acosta, Inc., a grocery store supply chain vendor, in the negotiation and implementation of a prepackaged chapter 11 that equitized over $3 billion of debt in approximately one month.

Conexant Systems, Inc., a market leader in the microchip industry, in its consensual pre-arranged Chapter 11 restructuring, in which approximately $195 million of secured debt was exchanged for equity (through an investment vehicle backed by George Soros), enabling Conexant to significantly deleverage its capital structure, and shed burdensome real estate leases.

Centerbridge Partners in connection with the restructuring of Aquilex LLC, a leading provider of critical maintenance, repair and industrial cleaning solutions to the energy industry, primarily in the oil and gas refining, chemical and petrochemical production, fossil and nuclear power generation and waste-to-energy industries. Through a debt-for-equity exchange (of both second lien debt and senior notes) in addition to an $80 million equity investment, Aquilex reduced its debt by more than $300 million and became majority-owned by Centerbridge.

Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company, in its bid for the $9.45 billion all-cash acquisition of Energy Future Holdings Corp., which indirectly owns 80% of Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC, an operator of the largest electric transmission and distribution system in Texas. The transaction, which created the largest utility holding company in the US, was named "M&A Deal of the Year" by The Deal in 2018.

The ad hoc group of first lien lenders of Hercules Offshore, Inc., an international owner-operator of jack-up drilling rigs and liftboats, in the negotiation and implementation of a prepackaged chapter 11 plan that contemplated the ultimately-successful payment in full, plus a make-whole and controlled liquidation of the company, against the opposition by equity holders.

Dynegy Inc. in the restructuring of Illinois Power Generating Co. (originally Ameren Energy Resources), an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Dynegy, through a prepackaged chapter 11 case that ultimately resulted in Illinois Power Generating’s reduction of over $600 million of debt. Dynegy’s primary business is the production and sale of electric energy, capacity and ancillary services from its fleet of 50 power plants in 12 states totaling approximately 31,000 MW of generating capacity.

Optim Energy, LLC, an operator of coal-fired and gas-fired power plants throughout Texas, in its chapter 11 restructuring, including with respect to its section 363 auction sale of its coal plant to Major Oak Power LLC, a Blackstone investment vehicle.

Lobo Leasing Limited, a global commercial helicopter leasing company in respect of its lease arrangements with CHC Helicopter (CHC), a leading provider of crew transport, search-and-rescue and MRO services to the world-wide helicopter mark.

Tronox, Inc. and its affiliates, a leading manufacturer and marketer of titanium dioxide pigment, electrolytics and specialty chemicals, in their complex Chapter 11 cases, where Tronox successfully restructured and resolved massive environmental liabilities through one of the largest environmental settlements in bankruptcy history.

Rialto Capital, in connection with the origination, and assumption and assignment, of CMBS loans.