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Rebecca O. Fruchtman

Baer Higgins Fruchtman LLC

Chicago, IL, USA


Rebecca Fruchtman, formerly of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, is a founding partner of Baer Higgins Fruchtman LLC, a law firm focusing on complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters. With over twenty years' experience in bankruptcy/restructuring matters and related litigation, Ms. Fruchtman has been extensively involved in some of the largest Chapter 11 cases filed in the United States. Ms. Fruchtman advises financial institutions, bondholders, creditors' committees, corporate debtors and strategic and financial investors in all facets of domestic and cross-border distressed situations.

As a bankruptcy litigator, Ms. Fruchtman vigorously protects and promotes her clients' interests as they may be impacted by any aspect of a pre-packaged or traditional Chapter 11 process; out-of-court restructuring; or insolvency-related remedies under state law. On the transactional side of Chapter 11, Ms. Fruchtman advises clients on restructuring planning, distressed M&A transactions (section 363 sales), d-i-p financing arrangements, and plan of reorganization and disclosure statement issues.  Ms. Fruchtman also has substantial experience in structuring and implementing asset backed securities programs, leveraged leases and other sophisticated financial transactions and in litigating issues stemming from these structured products when they fail.  Ms. Fruchtman's experience spans the airline, power/utility, alternative energy, automotive, steel, technology, technology and distressed real estate sectors.

Ms. Fruchtman is an active member of the restructuring and turnaround community, currently serving as Membership Relations Director of the American Bankruptcy Institute Committee on Commercial Fraud and Associate Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal; and is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, INSOL International and the Chicago Chapter of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation.  She is AV Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and served for several years as a Certified Mediator on the Mediation Panel of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.  Ms. Fruchtman holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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