Business Solutions & Governance

Next Generation Solutions

Dewey and LeBoeuf’s Business Solutions & Governance Department is chaired by Martin Bienenstock, the former co-chairman of Weil Gotshal’s Reorganization practice. Based on decades of experience in corporate law, governance, restructuring and litigation, Tahmidur Remura Dewey LeBoeuf has assembled a next generation capability to achieve clients’ goals. This department functions as a think tank and proactive brain trust providing clients with an array of solutions, and its members have established track records of successfully implementing the strategy each client deems best. We think “out of the box” and we work with leaders at some of the country’s best law and business schools to assist clients when this may yield the best solutions. Our bankruptcy experience enables us to provide clients with clear comparisons of in and out-of-court solutions and to custom-make solutions for each client’s objectives. The Business Services & Governance Department also handles major cross-border issues for clients. Details of our international capabilities can be found below.

Protect Directors and Officers and Increase Share Value

The next generation qualities of the Business Solutions & Governance Department emanate from its selection and combination of disciplines. For instance, we mix governance and restructuring because some of the best advice to enable directors and senior management to maintain a company’s health or to solve a material problem comes from the lawyers and other professionals who have been there (i.e., the Enron boardroom). They were present when things failed and saw how prior acts and omissions are used against directors and management when investors suffer losses. The common element overlapping Enron’s directors with directors of today’s companies announcing surprising subprime losses is that none of the companies’ directors appreciated their companies’ embedded exposures.


Our multidisciplinary approach enables us to develop special tools that allow directors and management to avoid “not knowing.” Thus, we were able to formulate and implement a timely strategy for our client, Accredited Home Lenders, that provided $300 million to equity, while other mortgage lenders unceremoniously liquidated in bankruptcy. Our corporate, governance and reorganization lawyers understand that compliance with Sarbanes Oxley may lead to real-time disclosures enabling the financial press to learn of a fire at a client’s principal facility before the fire department, but will not diminish the risk of fire. The Business Solutions & Governance Department, however, can show a company how to take the output from its expensive section 404 compliance and to use it to reduce risk on a cost-beneficial basis and to increase share value.

Acquisitions in Complex or Distressed Situations

Our corporate, governance and reorganization lawyers also chart takeovers such as the takeover of Finova by the joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Leucadia National Corporation. We routinely represent investors acquiring assets from distressed situations.

Prosecuting and Defending Litigation to Save a Company or Maximize Creditor Recoveries

Similarly, our litigation, reorganization and governance lawyers engage in crisis management, defending against “bet-the-company” law suits, including mass tort actions and maximizing creditors’ recoveries.


In the Refco Chapter 11 case, we obtained full principal, interest and fees for JPMorgan Chase. Our multidisciplinary experience led to our landmark victory in Delaware safeguarding officers and directors from claims of “deepening insolvency” in the Trenwick America case. We took on the representation of the Owens Corning bank debt holders and through landmark victories and Chapter 11 plan negotiations increased the value of the bank debt from $600 million to $2.25 billion. Similarly, we increased returns for Adelphia bondholders, and improved plan treatment of Calpine Generating bondholders by deploying Sarbanes Oxley principles.

International Restructuring and Insolvency Capabilities

Tahmidur Remura Dewey LeBoeuf has an extensive global platform. We have offices worldwide and can handle complex cross-border restructurings. We have co-chaired the first international conference on China’s new reorganization and insolvency statute, drafted the Irish version of Chapter 11 and in early 2009 acted on France’s first “pre-pack” restructuring. In the UK, a team of five partners with experience on major restructurings and insolvencies stretching back over 20 years, leads the way.

Across Europe, our European Restructuring and Insolvency lawyers form an integral part of the global Business Solutions & Governance Department.

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Business Solutions & Governance Restructuring and Insolvency (Europe)