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About Jonathan Friedland

Jonathan Friedland

Jonathan Friedland is a senior partner in Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP’s Chicago office. He is ranked AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale.com, has been repeatedly recognized as a “SuperLawyer”, by Leading Lawyers Magazine, is rated 10/10 by AVVO, and has received numerous other accolades. He has been profiled, interviewed, and/or quoted in publications such as Buyouts Magazine; Smart Business Magazine; The M&A Journal; Inside Counsel; LAW360; Business Week.com; Dow Jones LBO Wire; and The Daily Deal. Jonathan graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, magna cum laude, in 1991 (after three years of study) and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1994. Jonathan is also an active angel, venture capital, and private equity investor, and is the founder and publisher of DailyDAC and Financial Poise.  Click here to see his full biography.


Articles by Jonathan Friedland

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, […]


Consignment agreement for goods in bankruptcy

Consignment Arrangements: Dos & Don’ts to Avoid Getting Hurt

What Happens When Your Consignee Becomes Distressed and What You Can Do I was speaking with a client yesterday about consignment arrangements. What we discussed should be of interest to any company that sells goods using a consignment arrangement, and I thought I would share. What is a Consignment Arrangement? In a consignment arrangement, the […]


Subchapter V: Need for Speed

Rich Man, Poor Man . . . Hurry Up, Man: Wash Away Personal Guarantees Quickly

Facing Personal Liability for Business Debts? Who Ya’ Gonna Call?1 People who are not bankruptcy experts but who know something about the subject tend to put all bankruptcy attorneys into one of two buckets: (a) attorneys who help people file bankruptcy; and (b) attorneys who help businesses file bankruptcy. This distinction is mostly correct. Generally […]


Bankruptcy Filings Mounting

“Bankruptcy filings are mounting. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg” – – – A Dissection & Analysis

[Editor’s Note: This is a republished article. The original article was published on LinkedIn on September 20, 2020.]   There has been a significant uptick in the number of articles appearing in mainstream media (e.g. newspapers) about the wave of bankruptcies that has already started to appear. One article (linked here), authored by Matt Egan […]


Force majeure clause in lease agreement In Re Hitz Restaurant Group

Force Majeure, MAC Clauses & COVID-19: A Court Speaks to Every Commercial Tenant in the United States

Why You Should Include a Force Majeure Clause in Lease Agreements     The Northern District of Illinois delivered a victory last month for a tenant who could not operate its leased space as contemplated at the time it entered into the lease (and as it had been operating up until COVID-19), because continuing to […]


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 […]


Dealing with Corporate Distress 03: Welcome to the Jungle: The Animals of the Corporate Restructuring Industry

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy, & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency Who are you? Maybe your company needs to file chapter 11. Or one of your customers recently filed. Or maybe a competitor is in (or is rumored to be close to filing) chapter 11. Maybe you’re thinking about getting into the corporate restructuring industry yourself. Regardless […]


Two groups of chess pawns representing the players in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, such as debtors, creditors, chapter 11 trustees, and asset buyers

Dealing with Corporate Distress 02: These Are the People in Our Neighborhood: An Overview of Parties in Chapter 11

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency Since a judge presides over a chapter 11 proceeding, one might assume that a chapter 11 case is like any other commercial litigation matter, with one party on each side of the case: a plaintiff and a defendant. One would be wrong (Felix […]


A candle glowing in the dark, symbolizing investors dealing with corporate distress

Dealing with Corporate Distress 01: Hello Darkness, Our Dear Friend

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency Greetings, dear reader: It seems you’re interested in learning how to deal with corporate distress, and we’re glad you’re here. But let’s first make sure you got on the right plane. Maybe you . . . Are a C-suite executive of a business […]


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