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Rebecca L. Matthews
Rebecca L. Matthews
Partner — Complex Commercial Litigation
Partner — Complex Commercial Litigation

Rebecca L. Matthews

Rebecca L. Matthews
Dallas

Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, Texas 75201

Rebecca L. Matthews

Experience Highlights

  • Rockall Energy and its subsidiaries in a chapter 11 sales process in which substantially all of the company’s operating assets were sold to Formentera Partners Fund I, LP pursuant to a prepackaged chapter 11 plan with a dual-track sale and back-stop equitization process that was confirmed within 83 days of commencing the chapter 11 cases

  • Represented administrative agent and lender in connection with the successful retail chapter 11 reorganization and equitization of Studio Movie Grill Holdings, LLC and its affiliates as well as related litigation matters

  • Lilis Energy in an in-court sale process in which substantially all of the company’s operating assets were sold to Ameredev Texas LLC as part of its chapter 11 cases involving approximately $400 million in total liabilities

  • Riverstone Credit Partners as administrative agent and lender on behalf of a syndicate of lenders under a $410 million term loan facility in the restructuring of MTE Holdings and its subsequent chapter 11 cases and related litigation; engagement evolved to representation in connection with acquisition of debtor’s assets by lender affiliate pursuant to a chapter 11 plan

  • Wells Fargo Bank as Administrative Agent of a $224 million credit facility to Kingfisher Midstream LLC in its chapter 11 cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank as Administrative Agent, DIP Agent, and Exit Facility Agent  in connection with its $335 million RBL and DIP financing to Approach Resources Inc. and related litigation

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank as Administrative agent and lead lender to Tuesday Morning Corporation in a $100 million debtor-in-possession revolving credit facility in connection with its chapter 11 bankruptcy and related litigation

  • Lead lawyer in representation of the largest creditor of the debtor in an ultra vires bankruptcy filing in West Virginia; the case was filed without the requisite corporate authority to file the bankruptcy petition and involved significant fast-paced discovery and litigation, ultimately resulting in successfully securing dismissal of the case in its entirety

  • Trial counsel defending $25 million claim against accounting firm by bankruptcy litigation trust alleging audit malpractice; client won a take nothing arbitration award in 2018 after full hearing on the merits 

  • Terminal Investment Limited, S.A. and Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd. as purchaser of equity interests and loans of debtor Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. in chapter 15 bankruptcy case pursuant to section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code

  • Represented the debtor in one of the largest chapter 11 personal bankruptcy cases for an individual in the country

  • Highbridge Principal Strategies as restructuring and acquisition party in conjunction with $150 million senior secured lender to effectuate Shoreline Energy’s chapter 11 prenegotiated plan and restructuring/sale of operating assets, as well as in connection with related lien priority litigation

  • Discovery and litigation assistance to administrative agent in restructuring of revolving credit facilities in excess of $2 billion to a family of oil and gas funds pursuant to a prepackaged chapter 11 plan of reorganization

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank in the chapter 11 case of Chaparral Energy, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company, filed in Delaware and related litigation

  • Sanjel Corporation, an oilfield services company headquartered in Canada, in connection with a chapter 15 case and the sale of substantially all of the debtor’s U.S. assets

  • Navistar, Inc. and certain of its affiliates  in the defense of fraudulent transfer litigation brought by the Plan Trustee of the Liquidating Trust of Tango Transport, LLC, et. al.

  • Eureka Hunter Pipeline LLC and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners in connection with resolution of mid-stream contracts and joint venture issues in chapter 11 proceedings in District of Delaware of Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation

  • Chapter 11 trustee in the successful prosecution of fraudulent transfers to insiders and denial of the principal shareholder’s claimed exemptions and discharge; first chaired jury trial of a $31 million fraudulent transfer action in federal district court

  • Liquidating trustee of a bankrupt financial services firm in litigation against former officers and directors

  • Agent to senior secured lenders in the chapter 11 case of Levelland/Hockley County Ethanol, LLC, an ethanol refiner filed in Lubbock, Texas

  • Chapter 11 trustee of corporate debtors providing cross-border telecommunication services; representation included numerous adversary proceedings, contested matters, and appeals (including several successful appeals at Third Circuit level), as well as sales of substantially all of the debtors’ assets for consideration in excess of $250 million

Credentials

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • University of Delaware, B.S. magna cum laude, 2002
  • IWIRC, Rising Star Award Semi-finalist, 2014
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2014 and 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Dallas), 2021–2023
  • Board Member: International Women’s Insolvency & Reorganization Confederation (IWIRC), 2010, 2011, and 2013–2023 (2016 Chair); Turnaround Management Association (TMA), 2017–2023 (2020 DFW Chapter President); Women’s Energy Network (Board Member and Co-Chair of DFW Leadership Conference)
  • Committee Member: Turnaround Management Network of Women (NOW)
  • Philanthropy Committee: Texas Wall Street Women (2015 & 2016 Committee Co-Chair)
  • Member: Attorneys Serving the Community; State Bar of Texas Young Lawyers Committee; Turnaround Management Association (TMA)
  • Bar Association Member: American Bar Association; Dallas Bar Association; Dallas Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • California
  • Texas
  • “Recent Bankruptcy Case Law and Developments,” Northern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference, Dallas, Texas, June 2022
  • “Bonehead Lawyer Moves,” Association of Corporate Counsel, DFW Annual In-House Symposium, Frisco, Texas, April 2022
  • “Negotiation Ethics: Winning Ethically and Effectively,” V&E Continuing Legal Education Presentation, February 2021
  • “Bankruptcy Litigation in Today’s Business and Legal Environment,” GC Netweavers of Dallas Presentation, August 2020
  • “Advocating for Your Client,” V&E Continuing Legal Education Presentation, Women’s Initiative Litigation Panel, December 2019
  • “New Techniques to Cross-Examine the Expert Witness,” Northern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference, Austin, Texas, April 2019
  • “State of the Market – What’s Happening Now & Trends to Watch for in 2017,” Turnaround Management Association, Dallas, Texas, October 2016
  • “Claims and Claim Objections: A Review of the Revised Rules,” CLE presentation to Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas at Starting Out Right Program, November 2015
  • “Exchange Offers & Pre-Packaged / Pre-Arranged Bankruptcies,” V&E Continuing Legal Education Presentation, October 2015
  • “Fraudulent Transfer Litigation – Overview & Case Update,” V&E Continuing Legal Education Presentation, October 2014
  • “Chapter 15 Overview & Case Update,” CLE presentation to Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section, May 2014
  • “Perfect Pitch: A Mock Pitch Event,” 11th Annual Spring Program and Founders Awards, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), Washington D.C., April 2014
  • “Expert Witnesses: Challenges & Issues,” V&E Continuing Legal Education Presentation, April 2013
  • Credit Bidding Under a Plan: To Be or Not To Be, or, To Be and Not To Be,” CLE presentation to Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section, March 2012
  • “Post-confirmation Retention of Claims,” V&E Continuing Legal Education Presentation, January 2012