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About Jack O'Connor

Jack O'Connor

Jack is a corporate and restructuring partner in the Chicago office of Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP. Jack’s practice covers a range of healthy and distressed business engagements. He is widely recognized for his excellent work as a restructuring attorney including recognition by various organizations for his strategic thinking and tactical expertise, including SuperLawyers Magazine, Leading Lawyers Magazine, and the Turnaround Management Association. Jack leads Sugar Felsenthal’s “Vice,” practice, working with business clients in the Beer, Spirits, and Cannabis industries.


Articles by Jack O'Connor

Dealing with Corporate Distress 12 Meet Our Little Friend, The UCC

Dealing with Corporate Distress 12: Meet Our Little Friend, The UCC

In this installment we introduce you to the UCC generally, focusing on Article 9 to illustrate its importance in the context of business distress.


Dealing with Corporate Distress 10 All About “Claims” Outside Bankruptcy

Dealing with Corporate Distress 11: How to Protect Your Claim In & Out of Bankruptcy

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, when it comes to claims there’s a plethora of them. From secured to unsecured, to bankruptcy and trade. Read all the basics in this installment of Dealing with Corporate Distress. This Installment covers how to protect you claim in a bankruptcy case.


dealing with corporate distress 10

Dealing with Corporate Distress 10: All About “Claims” Outside Bankruptcy

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, when it comes to claims there’s a plethora of them. From secured, to unsecured, to bankruptcy, and trade. Read all the basics in this installment of Dealing with Corporate Distress. This Installment expands on the complexity of claims and claim priority in bankruptcy.


All About Claims in Bankruptcy

Dealing with Corporate Distress 09: All About “Claims” in Bankruptcy

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, when it comes to claims there’s a plethora of them. From secured, to unsecured, to bankruptcy, and trade. Read all the basics in this installment of Dealing with Corporate Distress.


stressed old man filing for bankruptcy subchapter V of chapter 11

Subchapter V of Chapter 11: A User’s Guide

Editors’ Note: This article is a preview of a chapter that will be included in the forthcoming 2022-2023 edition of STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES FOR AND AGAINST DISTRESSED BUSINESSES (“Alternatives”) and it is copyrighted by Thomson Reuters. It is published here by DailyDAC with the permission of Thomson Reuters. President Reagan famously joked that “I’m from the […]


Preventing Forest Fires in Chapter 11

Dealing with Corporate Distress 08: Preventing Forest Fires with First Day Motions in Chapter 11

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency In this installment, we take you on a tour of the time leading up to the filing of a chapter 11 case and the days that immediately follow. Mostly, we’re referring to first day motions. Before we dive into first day motions, however, you should understand […]


Non-Bankruptcy Alternative Paths

Dealing with Corporate Distress 07: Chapter 11 is Not Always the Answer: Strategic Alternatives For and Against Distressed Businesses

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy, & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency In Installment 5, we walked through the lifecycle of a hypothetical traditional chapter 11, and in Installment 6 we discussed key concepts you must comprehend in order to understand any chapter 11 case. Now we pull the camera back and turn our focus away from chapter […]


Basic Chapter 11 Concepts

Dealing with Corporate Distress 06: Four Basic Chapter 11 Concepts to Know Before We Go any Further

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy, & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency In the last two installments of this series, we introduced you to things a company should consider before deciding whether to file chapter 11, and a timeline for understanding how a “typical” chapter 11 case proceeds. In this quick little ditty, we want to make sure […]


Chapter 11 Lifecycle

Dealing with Corporate Distress 05: The Lifecycle of a Chapter 11 Case

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency [Authors’ Note: before going any further, read Installment 4: Chapter 11—If You’ve Seen One, You’ve Seen Them All. While you can generally read any installment in this series in any order or even by itself, this one is an exception. . . ]   And now, […]


Dealing with Corporate Distress 04: Chapter 11—If You’ve Seen One, You’ve Seen Them All

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy, & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency This installment of our series is required reading for the next, which attempts the audacious task of describing a “typical” chapter 11. And if you didn’t get it, the title of this installment, “Chapter 11—If You’ve Seen One, You’ve Seen Them All,” is intended to be […]


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