Raynor, Brian A.

Brian A. Raynor

Partner
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Brian Raynor is a partner in Locke Lord's Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice Group.

Brian represents clients in a variety of restructuring matters, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and out of court workouts. He represents debtors in reorganizations and liquidations, and has also built a robust practice representing creditors, landlords, and other stakeholders in distressed scenarios. Most recently, he has represented the largest general unsecured creditor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Sears Holdings Corporation and its affiliates.

As part of his restructuring practice, Brian advises clients on litigation strategies, leases, and settlement agreements. This area of his practice involves designing and negotiating agreements that minimize clients’ exposure to distressed scenarios by providing clients with enhanced creditor, lessor, and settling party protections.

Brian’s restructuring experience is complemented by a corporate practice that focuses on dispute resolution among corporate executives, lending structures, and advice on various types of contemplated investments.

Brian Raynor is a partner in Locke Lord's Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice Group.

Brian represents clients in a variety of restructuring matters, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and out of court workouts. He represents debtors in reorganizations and liquidations, and has also built a robust practice representing creditors, landlords, and other stakeholders in distressed scenarios. Most recently, he has represented the largest general unsecured creditor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Sears Holdings Corporation and its affiliates.

As part of his restructuring practice, Brian advises clients on litigation strategies, leases, and settlement agreements. This area of his practice involves designing and negotiating agreements that minimize clients’ exposure to distressed scenarios by providing clients with enhanced creditor, lessor, and settling party protections.

Brian’s restructuring experience is complemented by a corporate practice that focuses on dispute resolution among corporate executives, lending structures, and advice on various types of contemplated investments.

  • Represents Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Sears Holdings Corporation and its debtor-affiliates
  • Represents a serial entrepreneur in a variety of investments and workouts
  • Represented California Proton Treatment Center, LLC as Chapter 11 debtor’s counsel
  • Represented Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in the negotiation and formulation of a pension plan protection and forbearance agreement with Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Represented the proponents of a competing plan of reorganization in In re Life Partners Holdings, Inc.
  • Counseled hedge fund regarding bankruptcy risks associated with multimillion dollar alternative lending product
  • Represented a settling party in the cross-border bankruptcy case of Montreal, Maine, & Atlantic Railway, Ltd.
  • Represented Vasari, Inc. as the acquirer of numerous Dairy Queen franchises in a section 363 asset sale
  • Represented senior lenders in proposing and confirming contested creditor plan in the Whitton Corp. bankruptcies
  • Represented Palm Harbor Homes, Inc. and its affiliates as Chapter 11 debtors’ counsel
  • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Global Capacity Holdings Chapter 11 cases
  • Represented American of Martinsville, Inc. and Barcalounger, Inc. as Chapter 11 debtors’ counsel
  • Representing mortgage servicers and lending institutions in numerous lawsuits alleging violations of consumer and bankruptcy protections
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Education
  • J.D., with distinction, University of Iowa College of Law, 2009
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Marquette University, 2006
    Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois, 2009
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan
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