Christopher M. Winter

Partner

  • Christopher M. Winter
  • Phone: +1 302 657 4904
    Fax: +1 302 397 2455

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1600
    Wilmington, DE 19801-1659
    USA

Christopher M. Winter is co-chair of the Finance and Restructuring Transactions division of Duane Morris' Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice Group and serves as a team lead for the Duane Morris Banking and Finance industry group. He is also the managing partner of Duane Morris' Wilmington office.

Mr. Winter focuses his practice on commercial finance and Chapter 11 bankruptcy law and proceedings. He represents agents, lenders, borrowers and other parties in secured lending transactions, including debtor-in-possession and exit facility loans, and in workouts, restructurings and enforcement actions. He regularly advises clients on federal bankruptcy matters and represents their interests in proceedings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, including in the District of Delaware.

Mr. Winter also regularly advises clients and provides legal opinions under Delaware law. He is a member of the firm's opinion committee.

Admitted to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania, Mr. Winter is a member of the Corporate and Commercial Law Sections of the Delaware Bar Association, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

The listing of areas of practice in the foregoing profile does not represent official certification as a specialist in those areas.

Representative Matters

    Bankruptcy and Restructuring

  • Represented iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. which owns, operates, and partners with regulated cannabis operations across the United States, as US Counsel for a comprehensive strategic review process culminating in a Restructuring Support Agreement with 100% of its Secured Lenders and over 91% of the Unsecured Debentureholders to effect a proposed recapitalization transaction, as well as provide Interim Financing of $14 million.

  • Represented ethanol and gluten manufacturers as debtors in possession in chapter 11 reorganization proceeding in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware from first-day hearing through confirmation of chapter 11 plan of reorganization.
  • Represented pharmaceutical start-up company in chapter 11 proceeding in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court from first-day hearing through confirmation of a creative plan of reorganization that provided for a reverse merger with a medical technology development company.
  • Finance

  • Represented cannabis company TILT Holdings, Inc. in the private placement of $35 million of senior secured notes and the restructuring of $36 million of junior obligations.
  • Represented lender in negotiating and documenting $87 million securities based loan and $40 million secured term and revolving loans to a series of affiliated companies secured by a ranch, automobile museum, collectibles, and other unique collateral. This was a large complex deal for a very important customer of the client.
  • Advised Global Net Lease Inc. (NYSE: GNL), a publicly traded real estate investment trust, on the U.S. law aspects of its £230 million syndicated loan from U.K.- based Lloyds Bank.
  • Represented Hill International Inc., a global leader in managing construction risk, in a $165 million debt refinancing transaction.
  • Represented Beneficial Savings Bank in connection with a $21.7 million leveraged loan to an investment fund of U.S. Bank. The fund advanced the loan, together with New Markets Tax Credit equity, to Campus Apartments to develop a 225-unit Homewood Suites extended-stay hotel near the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Represented The Salvation Army in connection with the enhancement of $45 million of Kroc Trust funds through the federal New Markets Tax Credit Program to generate $17 million of additional tax-credit equity for the development of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago, Ill. Five community-development entities provided tax-credit allocation for the project, and JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. invested in the tax credits generated from the transaction.
  • Corporate

  • Represented an affiliate of Spain-based Eurostars parent Hotusa Group in its $37 million acquisition of Downtown Miami’s historic Eurostars Langford boutique hotel, providing advice on Delaware law to the worldwide chain of over 2,000 hotels.
  • Regularly advise clients with respect to, and issue legal opinions under, Delaware law, including the Delaware corporate and alternative-entity statutes.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Finance
  • Commercial and Corporate Transactions
  • Corporate and Alternative Entity Law

Admissions

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Education

  • Rutgers School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2001
    - Articles Editor, Rutgers Law Journal
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1995

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2010-present
    - Associate, 2003-2007; 2009
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
    - Corporate Associate, 2007-2009
  • Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, Wilmington, Delaware
    - Associate, 2001-2003

Professional Activities

  • Delaware State Bar Association
    - Section of Commercial Law
  • American Bar Association
    - Section of Business Law
  • Delaware Bankruptcy Inns of Court

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Lien On Me - Intercreditor Issues Today," Commercial Finance Association's 73rd Annual Convention, Chicago, November 9, 2017
  • Speaker, "Legal Ethics," seminar, Wilmington, Delaware, December 2011
  • Speaker, "Business Bankruptcy Law Update," seminar, Wilmington, Delaware, September 15, 2010