Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law, 1996
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1992

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

    American Bankruptcy Institute

    Turnaround Management Association
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Andrew J. Currie

Partner

Andrew Currie is a partner in the firm's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Group. Andrew concentrates his practice on debt restructuring, reorganization, insolvency, general bankruptcy matters and transactional work.

Andrew represents commercial debtors, creditors’ committees and individual unsecured and secured creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy and reorganization. Andrew has been heavily involved in negotiating, structuring and closing complicated, multi-million dollar DIP financing and cash collateral transactions on behalf of major lenders and debtors across many industries, and has been instrumental in liquidating and restructuring companies both in the middle market and those with more than $1 billion in debt.

Andrew also has experience advising landlords, managing distressed investments, conducting contested 363 sales and going-out-of-business sales, negotiating and managing sales of assets in and outside bankruptcy court, negotiating and pursuing known and unknown assets in remnant deals, negotiating, reconciling and objecting to claims, litigating preference demands, and working on out-of-court restructuring and assignments for the benefit of creditors.

Representative Clients

His recent engagements include serving as counsel to the unitholder committee for Woodbridge Group; debtors' counsel for Advance Watch Company, Ltd.; co-committee counsel for School Specialty, Inc.; and counsel for asset purchasers, creditors, landlords, and utilities in Bertucci's, Verso Paper, USA Living, USA Discounters, WP Steel Venture LLC, and significant investors in MS Grand, Inc. He has acted as debtors' counsel to Smitty's Building Supply Incorporated, US Office Products, and Nation's Capital Child and Family Development and was formerly counsel to Iridium LLC. In addition, he has acted as counsel to various liquidating trusts, secured and unsecured creditors, lenders, bondholders, purchasers of assets, financial advisors, and interested parties in Chapter 11 cases such as Bearing Point, Inc., RadioShack, Fisker Automotive, RG Steel, Lehman Brothers, A&P, Grubb & Ellis, Blockbuster, River Road Hotel Partners, Tweeter, Budget Group, Inc., Exide Corp., LTV Steel Company, Bethlehem Steel Corp., Federal-Mogul Global, HomeLife Corporation, National Steel Corporation, and Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc. He also works on out-of-court restructurings for debtors and lenders.

Significant Matters

Andrew's recent significant matters include:
  • Completing an out-of-court restructuring for a middle-market government contractor in the healthcare area;
  • Working with several creditors and swap participants owed in excess of $1 billion in the bankruptcy cases of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Lehman Brothers OTC Derivatives Inc.;
  • Defending and prosecuting fraudulent conveyance actions in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases;
  • Negotiating and obtaining approval for debtor-in-possession financing with loan sizes ranging from $3 million to over $500 million;
  • Handling restructuring for $60 million investment management company with private equity, LBO and venture funds and fund of funds;
  • Assisting in preparing briefs in Lamie v. US Trustee at the United States Supreme Court;
  • Representing an investment fund managing its distressed investments;
  • Handling all aspects of liquidating or restructuring companies of all sizes from $10 million to more than $1 billion in debt;
  • Preparing and negotiating plans of reorganization and liquidation;
  • Conducting contested 363 sales and going-out-of-business sales of retail, real estate and other businesses;
  • Acting as counsel to creditors in the steel and automotive industries;
  • Advising and negotiating deals in New York and Delaware for both buyers and sellers of assets and businesses in and outside of bankruptcy court;
  • Negotiating and pursuing known and unknown assets in so-called remnant deals;
  • Preparing and negotiating debtor in possession financing and cash collateral agreements;
  • Negotiating, reconciling and objecting to over 7000 claims;
  • Litigating over 2000 preference demands including over $100 million in preference actions against critical vendors; and
  • Working on out-of-court restructuring and assignments for the benefit of creditors.

Activities

Andrew is a guest lecturer on bankruptcy and restructuring for Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, a featured speaker and panelist for Norton Institutes on Bankruptcy Law, an Ambassador for the American Bankruptcy Institute, a contributing editor for Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation, 2010 Edition, and chapter author for Inside the Minds: Creditors’ Rights in Chapter 11 Cases, 2011 Edition.

He also serves on the advisory board of DailyDAC (Deal Acquisition Central), a publication which provides opportunities to invest in, loan to, or buy, non-public companies and assets requiring a quick turnaround. Additionally, Andrew is chapter counsel to the board of directors of the Maryland–National Capital Area chapter of the March of Dimes, which is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.