Paul is a seasoned bankruptcy and commercial financing attorney who is nationally recognized for representing bondholders and indenture trustees in workouts and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. He has more than three decades of experience representing various parties in bankruptcy and insolvency matters — as well as lenders and borrowers in originating commercial finance transactions, especially involving secured debt and the Uniform Commercial Code. Paul has particular expertise in litigation arising out of bankruptcies and workouts, including lender liability and intercreditor disputes.
Paul has more than 35 years of experience representing debtors and creditors in workouts, restructurings and commercial bankruptcy proceedings, and in commercial finance transactions. Prior to joining Mintz, Paul was General Counsel to M&T Bank, where he was responsible for the bank’s entire commercial and back office activities.
Paul has developed a national reputation representing bondholders and indenture trustees (particularly in connection with tax-exempt bond debt) in workouts and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases throughout the country. He is also counsel to debtors, secured lenders of various lien priorities, major trade vendors, landlords and tenants, unsecured creditors' committees, equity holders, and buyers of many different types of assets in bankruptcy proceedings, both domestically and internationally.
His industry experience includes health care (particularly medical and psychiatric hospitals, CCRCs, senior living and skilled nursing facilities, and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers), biotechnology, telecommunications, tier I and II automotive and parts suppliers, computer software and hardware manufacturers, retail clothing stores, convenience stores, restaurant and food service chains, real estate management and development firms, construction contractors, large hotels and convention centers, casinos and gaming enterprises (including American Indian casinos), solar power panel manufacturers, arms and weapons manufacturers, book publishers, aircraft manufacturers, space satellite launch and operating companies, insurance companies, sewage treatment facilities, shipping and marine cargo docks and warehouses, textile manufacturers, public housing developments, charter schools and institutions of higher education.
Paul also has extensive experience in commercial finance transactions. His experience includes representing lenders and borrowers in demand, term and revolving loans, syndicated bank loans, asset-based lines of credit, project finance, acquisition loans, highly leveraged loans, cash flow credits, cross-border lending, foreign exchange credits, second lien and mezzanine loans, intercreditor and subordination arrangements, commercial and standby letters of credit, personal property leasing and sale and leaseback transactions, and structures involving vertically and horizontally integrated borrowers and guarantors as well as the use of special purpose entities to create so-called bankruptcy remoteness.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Paul J. Ricotta