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.

George draws from over 20 years of experience advising publicly and privately held companies on corporate governance, debt and equity financings, licensing issues, and risk management. He serves as trusted advisor and corporate counsel to buyers, sellers and private equity firms in complex merger, acquisition, divestiture, and joint-venture transactions.

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 Cineworld Group (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2022), In re OSG Group Holdings, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del. 2022) (pre-pack), 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 

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

“Distressed M&A, Working with Distressed Companies,” ACG Private Equity Summit, 2022

“Top 10 Negotiated Loan Agency Business Points,” Wilmington Trust, N.A., Seminar, 2022

“Distressed Assets Sales,” Ballard Spahr M&A Presentation, 2022

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

"Just Under the Wire: Loan Agent Entitled to Reclaim $500M Mistaken Revlon Payment," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, 2022

“A ‘Bright-Line’ Rule: You Will Pay for Violating Bankruptcy Stay,” Bench & Bar of Minnesota, 2022

"The Shield of Judicial Immunity Protects Receivers," Bench & Bar of Minnesota, 2022

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