Oren Buchanan Haker

Oren Buchanan Haker

Portland, OR
Seattle, WA

About Oren

Oren Haker focuses on the representation of a wide range of parties in workouts, debt restructurings, receiverships, and bankruptcy cases, including corporate debtors, trade and financial creditors, creditors’ committees, lessors, and strategic and financial investors acquiring assets of troubled companies. Oren’s experience includes pre­bankruptcy planning, including advising directors and officers on insolvency issues, and exploring out-of-court and non­bankruptcy options in the first instance. In bankruptcy cases, Oren’s experience includes cash collateral and DIP financing matters, intercreditor disputes, reclamation and section 503(b)(9) issues, bankruptcy sales under section 363, chapter 11 plan and post-confirmation trust formation issues, fraudulent transfer and preference litigation, and application of safe harbor provisions of the Bankruptcy Code.

During the 2008 financial crisis, Oren was a member of the legal team advising President Obama’s Auto Task Force in the General Motors, Chrysler, and Delphi Automotive chapter 11 cases. More recently, he has advised Oregon municipalities on public pension matters and local non-profits and businesses with operational and financial distress.

Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Oren practiced business bankruptcy law in New York City, including with the business finance and restructuring departments of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

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Chapter 11 Debtor Representations

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

Distressed Buy-Side Representations

  • Investor in solar generation projects in connection with its acquisition of distressed assets located in North Carolina, New Mexico, and Massachusetts.
  • Strategic acquirer and financial investor in section 363 asset acquisitions in SunEdison chapter 11 cases (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • California wine producer in Evergreen Aviation Airlines chapter 7 cases (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Shopping mall owner in Waterloo Restaurant Ventures chapter 11 cases (Bankr. N.D. Tex.)

Creditor Representations

  • Paper pulp supplier in West Linn Paper Company chapter 7 case (Bankr. D. Or.)
  • Data center landlord in Avaya chapter 11 cases (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • Foreign vendor in Toys R Us chapter 11 cases (Bankr. E.D. Va.)
  • Senior mortgage lender in DePaul Industries chapter 11 cases (Bankr. D. Or.)
  • Largest utility provider in Caesars Entertainment Operating Company chapter 11 cases (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Distressed debt fund in adversary proceeding in Albina Bancorp chapter 7 case (Bankr. D. Or.)
  • Financial investor in WestMountain Gold and Terra Gold chapter 11 cases (Bankr. D. Colo.)
  • Utility provider in Touch America Holdings adversary proceeding (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Retail landlord in Waterloo Restaurant Ventures chapter 11 cases (Bankr. N.D. Tex.)
  • Trustee in successful appeal of Bankruptcy Court’s decision in In re Watt, on forced vesting in chapter 13 plan (9th Cir.)
  • Equipment lessor in Peak Web chapter 11 case (Bankr. D. Or.)

Ad Hoc and Creditors Committee Representations

  • Creditors’ Committee in Cordon Selections chapter 11 case (Bankr. W.D. Wash.)
  • Creditors’ Committee in Boston Generating chapter 11 cases (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • Creditors’ Committee in Champion Homes chapter 11 cases (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Bank steering committee in the Owens Corning chapter 11 cases (Bankr. D. Del.), including lead counsel on Third Circuit Appeal of District Court’s decision on substantive consolidation of non-debtor entities in chapter 11 cases
  • Bank steering committee in the Truvo (World Directories) chapter 11 cases (Bankr. D. Del.)
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Washington) by Chambers USA (Bankruptcy/Restructuring), 2022–2023
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law), 2022–2024
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Bankruptcy), 2023
  • Adjunct Professor of Law in Bankruptcy at the University of Washington School of Law
  • Advisory Board Member, American Bankruptcy Institute, Southwest Conference
  • Teaching Assistant, Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy, Columbia Law School

Civic Activities

  • Oregon State Bar New Lawyer Mentor
  • Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor CLE/Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • Northwest Bankruptcy Institute Planning Committee member
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