ERIC W. SLEEPER
Eric Sleeper, for more than a quarter of a century, has focused his practice on creditor-debtor rights, workouts, restructurings, reorganizations, corporate bankruptcy, bankruptcy-related litigation, corporate insolvencies and commercial foreclosures. Mr. Sleeper has represented each of the significant constituencies in workouts, insolvency matters and bankruptcies including secured creditors, lenders, hedge funds, corporate debtors, creditor committees, institutional investors, trustees, receivers, landlords and lessors, buyers and sellers of assets and claims from distressed entities, investment advisors and funds, and other primary interested parties.
He has practiced before courts throughout the country, including regionally in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware and has represented businesses in a variety of industries including real estate, hospitality, health care, retail, trucking, automotive, airlines, general manufacturing and finance.
Eric’s practice also encompasses commercial litigation, general corporate legal advice, cannabis and hemp law, unmanned aircraft systems (i.e., drones), and artificial intelligence.
At Emory University School of Law, Mr. Sleeper was the Editor-in-Chief of the Bankruptcy Developments Journal. He has authored several articles on bankruptcy law and lectured on bankruptcy and creditor rights issues.
- Bankruptcy-Related Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Corporate Restructurings
- Corporate Reorganizations
- Commercial Foreclosures
- Sales of Distressed Assets & Claims
- Fraud Claims
- Real Estate
- Health Care
Quotes, News & Publications
- “Cannabis Law Updates.” Blog. (December 2018).
- “East Coast Cannabis: Legal Restrictions Demise May Soon Allow it to Fly High.” Blog. (October 2018).
- “Drones (a/k/a Unmanned Aircraft Systems): A 21st Century (Regulated) Gold Rush.” Blog. (October 2018).
- “The Feds, Cannabis and Hemp: Imperfect Together.” Blog. (July 2018).
- “Bankruptcy Safe Harbor Part II.” Blog. (July 2018).
- “Just How Safe a Harbor Is Bankruptcy For Pre-Bankruptcy Securities-Related Transactions?” Blog. (October 2017).
- “Cannbis: It’s An Industry and Not Just Mother Jones Anymore.“ Blog. (September 2017)
- “5 Things General Motors Needs To Do Right Now.” (April 2014).
- “Lender Found to Bear Burden of Mortgage Fraud by Identity Theft.” Lending and Restructuring Alert. (Summer 2007).
- “Hedge Funds: Further Privacy Considerations in Bankruptcy Proceedings.” Complinet. (May, 2007).
- “Hedge Funds: Privacy Considerations in Bankruptcy Proceedings.” Complinet. (March, 2007).
- “Hedge Funds and Corporate Insolvencies.” (2007).
- “Second Lien Lenders: New Bankruptcy Battleground?” (2006).
- “The Amended Bankruptcy Code A Year Later: Impact on Corporate Reorganizations.” (2006).
- “The Recent Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code.” (2005).
- “White Collar Crimes: Fraud, Receiverships and Bankruptcy.” (January 2002).
- “The Bankruptcy Police: Identifying Criminal Bankruptcy Fraud Activity and Making a Referral.” (January 2002).
Representative Matters Include:
- Debtor representation (education business) of one of the largest corporate entities, with an annual revenue of more than $60 million, developed under the federal “No Child Left Behind” law to provide special education and tutorial services, principally to urban school districts, throughout the United States.
- Creditor representation (real estate/construction) of New York-based construction management company for a 45-story luxury hotel and residential mixed-use complex in mid-Manhattan valued in excess of $100 million.
- Representation of hedge funds in several distressed corporate financing and bankruptcy situations.
- Representation of hedge funds in bankruptcy-related discovery and litigation.
- Creditor committee representation (manufacturing) in the Chapter 11 case of a leading designer and manufacturer in the plastics industry with annual revenues of more than $100 million.
- Representation of lenders, investors, and/or other creditors and interested parties in the Chapter 11 cases of: Calpine Corporation (utilities), WorldCom (telecommunications), Exide Technologies (manufacturing), Dana Corp (automotive), Bally Total Fitness (health clubs), Refco (financial services),Pliant Corp (packaging), Nellson Nutraceutical (health foods),Advanced Marketing/Publishers Group (book distributing/publishing), Earth Biofuels Inc. (alternative fuels), American Home Mortgage (financial services), KB Toys (retail), Marcel Paper Mills (paper manufacturing), Bayonne Medical Center (health care),Barnert Hospital (health care), DOBI Medical (health care), Kara Homes (real estate), Solomon Dwek (real estate), New Jersey Affordable Homes (real estate), Rockaway Bedding (retail), Levitz Furniture (retail), Jazz Photo Group, and Kiwi and UAL Airlines (airline industry).
- Representation of several official or ad hoc trade creditor, bondholder and equity security holder Chapter 11 Committees, including in the cases of Oskar Huber Fine Furniture (retail), HPG International (manufacturing), Lakeview Subacute Care (heath care), Southmark Corporation (real estate), Circle K Corporation (retail), Merry-Go-Round Enterprises, Inc. (retail) and Zale Corporation (retail).