Chris L. Dickerson

Partner at Paul Hastings LLP

Chris L. Dickerson

Chris L. Dickerson

Partner at Paul Hastings LLP

Biography

Chris Dickerson is a partner in DLA Piper's Restructuring group, based in Chicago.

His practice includes the representation of a variety of clients in complex business reorganizations, debt restructurings and insolvency matters, including purchasers of and investors in distressed companies and lenders to and creditors of such companies.

Mr. Dickerson has assisted numerous large corporations both inside and outside chapter 11, including The Antioch Company; Circuit City Stores, Inc.; CIT Group, Inc.; Diamond Brands Incorporated; The IT Group, Inc.; Refco, Inc.; US Airways, Inc.; Washington Group International Inc.; and Zenith Electronics.

Mr. Dickerson also has assisted numerous investors in and acquirors of distressed assets including in the Chapter 11 cases of Bordiers, Inc.; Central Illinois Energy, Inc.; Insight Health Co.; Pacific Energy, Inc.; Propex, Inc.; PTC Alliance Corp; Werner Ladder Co.; and White Birch Paper Company.

Mr. Dickerson also often assists secured lenders and providers of debtor-in-possession financing, such as Citibank, N.A. as debtor-in-possession lender to Solutia Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. as debtor-in-possession lender to Kaiser Aluminum Corporation and BNP Paribas as debtor-in-possession lender to Propex, Inc., and in a number of other out-of-court lending transactions.

Mr. Dickerson frequently lectures and writes on restructuring topics, including prepacks, mergers and acquisitions in distressed situations, distressed investing, fiduciary duties of board of directors, zone of insolvency issues, confirmation issues and general and basic bankruptcy analysis.

Following graduation from the United States Naval Academy, Mr. Dickerson was a naval flight officer in the US Navy for 11 years, assigned to Fighter Squadrons 101, 142 and 124.
Mr. Dickerson has regularly been listed as one of the Top Bankruptcy M&A Lawyers by The Deal magazine and was listed as the number one lawyer in that category in both the October 22, 2009 and the September 23, 2010 issues. He is named in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, which in 2012 said his "creativity and approach and overall client service are most impressive." Chambers also noted his "particular expertise in acting for secured lenders in the acquisition of distressed assets." Mr. Dickerson is also named in The Best Lawyers in America 2011.
Admissions

Illinois

Publications

Co-author, "Exploring the Outer Limits of Credit Bidding," The Journal of Corporate Renewal, January/February 2011

EDUCATION

J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School cum laude
Order of the Coif
M.A., National Security Studies, Georgetown University
B.S., United States Naval Academy


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Restructuring

Related United States Services

Restructuring

Related Regions

United States

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Chambers ranks 21 DLA Piper lawyers in Chicago among leaders in business law
Chris Dickerson joins DLA Piper’s Corporate and Finance practice in Chicago

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Career History
Partner
2015 - Current

Paul Hastings is a leading international law firm that provides innovative legal solutions to many of the world's top financial institutions and Fortune Global 500 companies. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., they have the global reach and extensive capabilities to provide personalized service wherever their clients’ needs take them.

Partner
Prior - 2015

DLA Piper provides legal services covering a broad range practice areas. It was created in 2005 by the merger of DLA, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, followed by growth in the CIS, Germany, Spain, Asia, the Middle East and US markets. Core practices include Litigation and Arbitration, Corporate and Finance, Real Estate and Real Estate Capital Markets, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Intellectual Property and Technology, Employment and Tax

Attorney
Prior

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP provides legal advisory services. The company's practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate finance, insurance, tax, labor and employment, political law, private equity, corporate, antitrust, white collar crime, international, regulatory, and legislation. Its customers include corporate, industrial, and financial sectors. The company was founded by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps in April 1948 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Political Donations
$1,000
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

Transactions
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Vector Capital Management LP purchases Aspect Software, Inc. from Aspect Software Parent, Inc.

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GGP, Inc., Simon Property Group, Inc., Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC, Hilco Merchant Resources LLC, Authentic Brands Group LLC, Aeropostale, Inc. /Private Group purchase ARO Liquidation, Inc.

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BCE Inc., The Bell Telephone Company of Canada purchase InterTAN Canada Ltd. from Circuit City Stores, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the Illinois Bar
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Chris L. Dickerson is affiliated with Paul Hastings LLP, DLA Piper, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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