Joe Wielebinski is a member of Winstead’s Business Restructuring/ Bankruptcy Practice Group. For more than 30 years, his practice has concentrated on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and financial restructuring, and he is active throughout the United States in a variety of complex restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy matters and related litigation.
Joe has represented numerous victims in matters involving complex financial fraud, theft, money laundering and other white collar crimes. He has also served as a Federal District Court receiver at the request of the SEC in cases involving national and cross-border fraud schemes.
Joe is the Executive Director Emeritus of ICC-FraudNet, a London-based, invitation-only organization consisting of lawyers throughout the world who have significant experience in complex commercial fraud and offshore asset identification and recovery. Joe is a member of FraudNet’s Advisory Board, the International Bar Association, International Association for Asset Recovery, American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association and recently served on the Law360 Editorial Advisory Board.
Consistently ranked by Chambers USA as a ‘Leader in Their Field’ since 2005, Joe is a frequent speaker and a prolific author on a broad range of topics involving corporate reorganization, insolvency, financial restructuring, fraud, asset recovery and cross-border insolvencies.
Represent (i) the five member Governing Trust Board appointed under the Joint Plan of Reorganization in the Life Partners case, who are charged with overseeing the two trustees of the trusts established thereunder and the implementation of the Joint Plan and (ii) the Trustee of the so-called Creditors’ Trust, who is charged with pursuing all claims and causes of action preserved under the Joint Plan and distributing the proceeds thereof to creditors/victims as required by the Joint Plan.
Served as lead counsel for the Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committee for Life Partners Holdings, Inc., which filed for Chapter 11 after entry of a $47 million judgment in favor of the SEC. Life Partners managed a $2.4 billion insurance portfolio of “life settlements.” The Committee’s and Trustee’s Joint Plan was confirmed after a 5 week contested confirmation hearing, making it the first “life settlement” company to successfully emerge from bankruptcy with a confirmed Chapter 11 Plan.
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