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Garrick  C. Smith

Garrick C. Smith Senior Associate, Restructuring & Reorganization

Garrick is a senior associate in the Restructuring & Reorganization practice group. His primary area of practice includes the representation of debtors, creditors, equity holders, and investors in various aspects of complex corporate restructurings, including chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed acquisitions. He also represents clients in contested matters and adversary proceedings before the state, bankruptcy, and federal district courts. Garrick has represented clients in a range of industries, including energy, finance, retail, gaming, and food and beverage.

Experience Highlights

  • Taco Bueno Restaurants in connection with its prepetition debt sale transaction and subsequent prepackaged chapter 11 cases, which involved equitizing $140 million in senior secured debt, transitioning ownership to an affiliate of Sun Holdings, Inc., renegotiating a substantial portion of the company's lease portfolio, and reaching a global settlement with unsecured creditors in fewer than 45 days
  • Harvey Gulf International Marine, a Jones Act regulated marine transportation company, in all aspects of its complex balance sheet restructuring including $1.3 billion in senior secured debt 
  • Riverstone Holdings in its capacity as second lien lender and private equity sponsor in connection with Fieldwood Energy’s restructuring, including the conversion of more than $1.6 billion in debt to equity, its $525 million new money rights offering, and the acquisition of Noble Energy's deepwater assets in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Goodrich Petroleum, a publicly-traded exploration and production company, in connection with out-of-court restructuring efforts and its chapter 11 cases
  • Mercuria Energy in its capacity as lender, noteholder, and equityholder in connection with Arsenal Energy’s recapitalization and chapter 11 case, including the conversion of $861 million in debt to equity through a plan confirmed in the first nine days of the chapter 11 case filed in Delaware
  • PennEnergy Resources, LLC in connection with its purchase of substantially all of the assets of Rex Energy Corporation for $600.5 million and negotiation of a comprehensive global settlement to the chapter 11 case


Contact Details

Dallas

T +1.214.220.7931
F +1.214.999.7931
gsmith@velaw.com
Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75201
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Garrick's Practices

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2013 (Submissions Editor, Journal of Law & Politics)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. with highest honors, 2010 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas