The Haynes and Boone bankruptcy practice named three new partners with established practices in Dallas and throughout the country.
Eli Columbus, Matt Ferris and Frasher Murphy join the Dallas office from Winstead, adding to Haynes and Boone’s bankruptcy bench.
Columbus, who chaired his former firm’s bankruptcy group, focuses his practice primarily on business reorganization matters and out-of-court debt restructurings in a wide range of matters for a diverse group of clients, including banks and other financial institutions, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, creditor committees, debtors, plan trustees and buyers of distressed assets.
Ferris has more than 10 years of experience in corporate restructuring, debtors’ and creditors’ rights and insolvency proceedings. His clients include secured lenders, debtors, unsecured creditors, bondholders, indenture trustees, landlords, equipment lessors and purchasers of distressed assets both in and out of court. He also has represented clients in bankruptcy litigation.
Murphy served as the chair of his previous firm’s Turnaround and Workout Industry group. He focuses his practice primarily on complex Chapter 11 cases, but he also has substantial experience representing parties in out-of-court restructuring and workout matters. Chambers USA 2016, Chambers & Partners, called Murphy one of the “Up and Coming” bankruptcy lawyers in Texas.
“These three professionals bring extensive experience in significant Chapter 11 cases in Texas and nationally, including substantial work for national and regional banks,” said Ian Peck, head of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Section. “Their practice syncs well with our current client base and adds substantial heft to our profile in the restructuring sector. We are extremely proud to welcome Eli, Matt and Frasher to our partnership and believe their arrival will ensure that Haynes and Boone remains a dominant player in the bankruptcy market for years to come.”
Peck said it is particularly noteworthy that the new Haynes and Boone partners have recently amassed significant representations as part of the surge of oil and gas bankruptcies, which have been the focus of his group over the last several months.