Oren Buchanan Haker

Oren Buchanan Haker

Portland, OR

About Oren

Oren Haker practices in the Corporate group of the firm focusing on financial restructuring and business reorganizations, as well as complex commercial disputes. He represents secured lenders, bondholders and trade creditors in both in-court and out-of-court restructurings, strategic investors in distressed companies, chapter 11 debtors, unsecured creditors' committees, acquirers of assets in chapter 11 proceedings and liquidating trustees. Oren's experience includes all aspects of the bankruptcy process including cash collateral disputes, intercreditor disputes, section 363 asset sales, reclamation and section 503(b)(9) issues, section 524(g) asbestos trusts, chapter 11 plan and post-effective date trust formulation, contested plan confirmation, claims resolution, and fraudulent conveyance and preference litigation. He has also advised officers and directors on fiduciary duties and zone of insolvency issues.

Oren has represented clients in the agricultural, automotive, airline, health care, energy, gaming, telecommunications, media, banking, financial services and real estate industries.

Prior to joining the firm, Oren practiced law in the financial restructuring departments at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and with the corporate insolvency group at Milberg LLP. 

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Creditor Representations

  • Senior secured agricultural lender in contested chapter 11 case in United States Bankruptcy Court (Oregon).
  • Senior secured lender in two single-asset real estate cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court (Western District of Washington).
  • Wineries in involuntary bankruptcy case of distributor in United States Bankruptcy Court (Western District of Washington).
  • U.S. Treasury Department Presidential Auto Task Force in the Delphi Corporation chapter 11 case and in connection with the General Motors chapter 11 case.
  • Bear Stearns in connection with the Securities Investor Protection Act.
  • Bank steering committee in the Truvo (World Directories) chapter 11 case.
  • Bank steering committee in the Owens Corning chapter 11 case, including filing an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that reversed the district court's ruling on substantive consolidation.
  • Bondholders committee in the Trump Atlantic City Casinos restructuring.
  • Official committee of unsecured creditors in the Champion Homes chapter 11 case.
  • Official committee of unsecured creditors in the Boston Generating chapter 11 case, and trustee to the post-effective date liquidating trust.
  • Pharmaceutical service provider as the largest unsecured trade creditor in three nursing home/assisted living chapter 11 cases.

Debtor Representations – Chapter 11

  • LyondellBasell Industries
  • Bear Stearns (in its preparation for a chapter 11 filing)
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Adelphia Business Solutions
  • Saint Vincent Medical Center
  • G-1 Holdings 
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Bankruptcy: Business), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2014
  • Under Pressure: Fiscal and Regional Difficulties Facing Local Governments, Willamette University School of Law
  • Teaching Assistant, "Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy," Columbia Law School
  • Adjunct Professor of Law in Bankruptcy at the University of Washington School of Law 

Civic Activities

  • Legal Election Monitor, Philadelphia, People for the American Way Foundation, 2006
  • Legal Election Monitor, Philadelphia, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 2004
  • Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor CLE/Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Newsletter Editorial Board 
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