George H. Singer

Partner
Minneapolis

George Singer provides corporate and financial services to companies and institutions in a broad range of situations, including legal services relating to debt and equity transactions, restructuring matters, capital recovery and bankruptcy issues. He is a personally committed advisor to his clients and strives to achieve tailored and results-oriented solutions to complicated problems.

George negotiates senior and subordinated financing arrangements and has experience with structuring credit facilities, perfecting finance documentation, and closing secured and lease finance transactions. His former experience as a business analyst for Dun & Bradstreet provides a solid foundation for a background in business and the extension of credit. George regularly represents lenders, lessors, funds, committees, business debtors, guarantors, and creditors in financial workouts, restructurings, distressed-sale transactions, intercreditor disputes, lender liability claims, successor liability issues, and preferential and fraudulent transfer litigation.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Corporate Counsel. George serves as corporate counsel to clients in a variety of industries regularly advises on matters of corporate governance, fiduciary duties, capitalization, finance, extensions of credit, collections, and business strategy. George also represents buyers and sellers in a variety of industries in connection with merger and acquisition transactions.
  • Secured Transactions. George regularly represents banks, commercial finance companies, private equity firms, investors, and borrowers in all aspects of structuring, documenting, and enforcing secured loan arrangements and resolving defaults and intercreditor issues. He also serves as legal counsel to parties in connection with factoring arrangements as well as debt purchase and sale transactions.
  • Administrative and Collateral Agents. George serves as legal counsel to administrative and collateral agents in connection with national secured and unsecured financing transactions. He also represents agents in bankruptcy cases, including In re Claire's Stores, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.) and In re Belk, Inc. (Bankr. S.D. Texas 2021).

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Nancy C. Dreher, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota

Hon. William A. Hill, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota

Staff Attorney

National Bankruptcy Review Commission

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Minnesota Bar Association

Association for Corporate Growth

American Bankruptcy Institute

Turnaround Management Association

Commercial Law League

Recognition & Accomplishments

American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow

Best Lawyers in Minnesota, Minnesota Monthly, 2022

U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms – Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Reorganization Law, highest tier nationally (2018 – 2021)

Ballard Spahr Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 & 2022

Speaking Engagements

"Drafting Asset Purchase Agreements: Reps, Warranties, Covenants, Conditions, Indemnity, and Other Provisions," Stafford Law Webinar, 2022

"Farm Business Law (Idaho Guide)," National Business Institute, 2021

"Keeping Your License and Your Legal Fees: Avoiding Conflicts in Client Representations and Identifying Duties in Closely-Held Business Cases," Minnesota Bankruptcy Institute, 2021

"Agricultural Law & Bankruptcy Law Virtual Seminar," State Bar Association of North Dakota, June 1, 2021

Board Memberships & Community Service

The Humanity Alliance, Board of Directors

Sojourner Project, Inc., Director and Chair of Board of Directors

Play for Patrick Heart Foundation, Director

Dakota County Conciliation Court, Judicial Referee, Adjunct Judicial Officer

Publications

"Pay-to-Play Doctrine," LEXIS Practical Guide, 2022

“The Shield of Immunity Protects Receivers,” Bench & Bar of Minnesota, 2022

“UCC Financing Statements: The Search for Certainty in Collateral Descriptions,” Norton Bankruptcy L. & Practice, 2021

Credentials 

Education

University of North Dakota School of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1993)

University of North Dakota (B.B.A. 1987)

Admissions

Minnesota

North Dakota

Wisconsin

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota