W. Austin Jowers

Partner at King & Spalding LLP

W. Austin Jowers

W. Austin Jowers

Partner at King & Spalding LLP

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Austin Jowers is a partner in the Financial Restructuring Practice Group in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office. Mr. Jowers’ practice encompasses a broad range of bankruptcy matters with a focus on distressed M&A transactions and representing lenders and agents in connection with commercial workouts and restructurings.

Mr. Jowers has extensive experience representing financial institutions in connection with all aspects of in and out of court restructuring matters, including debtor in possession financing, exit financing and cash collateral matters, as well as federal and state court receiverships and foreclosure actions. He has served as counsel to secured lenders, debtor in possession lenders, agents for lenders and ad hoc steering committees in a number of significant restructurings, including Boomerang Tube LLC, Southern Regional Healthcare Systems, Inc., AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., Cooper-Booth Wholesale, L.P., TPO Hess Holdings, Inc., NWL Holdings, Inc., Bender Shipbuilding Co., Contract Research Solutions, Inc., Lichtin/Wade, LLC and Potomac Supply Corporation.

In addition, Mr. Jowers specializes in representing purchasers and sellers of distressed assets in chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. In connection with M&A transactions involving financially distressed companies, his clients have included sellers such as Cagle’s Inc., Zacky Farms, LLC, Sea Island Company, Propex, Inc., Rhodes, Inc., Titan Financial Group and Centennial HealthCare Corporation, as well as purchasers such as Lone Star Funds, Prime Healthcare Foundation, Inc., Highland Capital Management, Arcapita, Inc., Rooms To Go, Land South Holdings, LLC and Green Earth Fuels, LLC.

Transaction teams co-lead by Mr. Jowers have twice won the Turnaround Management Association’s Large Transaction of the Year Award: Cagle’s Inc. in 2013 and Cooper-Booth Wholesale, L.P. in 2015.

Mr. Jowers was rated as an “Up and Coming” practitioner in Bankruptcy and Restructuring by Chambers USA in 2014 and 2015 and as a Rising Star in Bankruptcy by Georgia Super Lawyers in 2011 through 2015.

Mr. Jowers is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the Commercial Finance Association, the American Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. Mr. Jowers was also selected as a Barrister in the inaugural class of the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. He serves on the advisory board for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop and the advisory board for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Cole Society. He is also a member of the firm’s associate development committee and lectures frequently on bankruptcy issues before bar groups and in continuing legal education programs.

Mr. Jowers received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Rhodes College in 2000 and his law degree, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University in 2003, where he was awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence.

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Education
J.D., cum laude
Class of 2003

The Washington and Lee University School of Law (W&L Law) is a private American Bar Association-accredited law school located in Lexington in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Facilities are on the historic campus of Washington and Lee University in Sydney Lewis Hall. W&L Law has a total enrollment of approximately 420 students in Juris Doctor and Master of Laws programs and a 9.5-to-1 student to faculty ratio.

B.A., cum laude
Class of 2000

Founded in 1848, Rhodes College provides an outstanding liberal-arts education. The Rhodes experience combines the best of the classroom and the real world—through internships, service, research and other opportunities in Memphis and far beyond. Students learn, play and serve others with a determination to grow personally and to improve the quality of life within their communities. The collegiate-gothic campus sits on a 100-acre, wooded site in the heart of historic Memphis. In this beautiful, supportive environment, our students and faculty comprise a community unmatched in its dedication to learning and a life of honor both on and off campus. In fact, for more than a century, Rhodes has placed its Honor System at the forefront of student life

Memberships
Member
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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American Bankruptcy Institute is an American nonprofit company located in Alexandria, VA, focused on business associations. It was founded by Richard A. Gitlin.

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Turnaround Management Association (TMA) is a non-profit association dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management. Established in 1988, TMA has more than 9,000 members in 48 chapters, including 31 in North America and one each in Australia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Romania, Southern Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, with a chapter in formation in Singapore.The TMA Certification Program recognizes professional excellence and provides an objective measure of expertise related to workouts, restructurings and corporate renewal. Applicants for certification must meet stringent standards of education, experience and professional conduct, pass a comprehensive examination and maintain the credential through continuing education credits.

Career History
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Current

King & Spalding LLP is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in many offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm also represents hundreds of clients with new ventures and mid-sized companies in emerging industries.Long-standing client relationships are one of the surest barometers of a law firm's success in meeting its clients' needs for legal services. The company's lawyers pride themselves on developing continuing client relationships that are productive, professional and collegial. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, its uncompromising commitment to quality and its dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. The company was established in 1885 and it is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Boards & Committees
Member, Advisory Board
Tenure Unconfirmed

United Way of Greater Atlanta, Inc. operates as a non profit organization that raises money for charitable causes. It offers individual and family social counseling, welfare, and referral services including refugee, disaster, and temporary relief services. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Political Donations
$1,500
2007

Former Senator from New York

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Awards & Honors
American Bankruptcy Institute - Medal for Excellence in Bankruptcy
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