George H. Singer

Partner
Minneapolis

George Singer practices in the areas of corporate and commercial law, including finance, financial restructuring, capital recovery, and bankruptcy. He 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 provided 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 has been practicing for over 20 years and regularly advises publicly and privately held companies on corporate governance, debt and equity financings, licensing issues, and risk management. He serves as corporate counsel on behalf of buyers and sellers and venture capitalists 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.
  • 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

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

Minnesota Lawyer, Attorney of the Year, 2016

Speaking Engagements

"Fulton and New Covid-19 Relief Legislation," Agricultural Law & Bankruptcy Virtual Seminar, 2021

"Successor Liability in Distressed M&A Transactions: Mitigation Strategies,” Strafford Publications Webinar, 2021

"Distressed M&A," Association of Corporate Counsel Private Equity Summit, 2020

Board Memberships & Community Service

Sojourner Project, Inc., Director and past Chairman of Board of Directors

Play for Patrick Heart Foundation, Director

Dakota County Conciliation Court, Judicial Referee, Adjunct Judicial Officer

Publications

"Supreme Court Decides: 'Mere Retention' of Property Does Not Violate Automatic Stay," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, 2021

"New COVID-19 Relief Legislation Amends Bankruptcy Code," Bench and Bar of Minnesota, 2021

"Force Majeure Hitz Home and Excuses Rent Obligation," Bench and Bar of Minnesota, August/September, 2020 

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