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Christopher Samis is “focused, practical and works to get a deal done,” say market sources. He is well regarded for his representation of creditors’ committees in complex Chapter 11 proceedings. Sources also say he is “very good in court and has a nice personal style.”
— Extract from Chambers and Partners USA

Chris Samis focuses his practice on corporate bankruptcy, business restructuring and other insolvency-related matters. He routinely represents debtors, official committees, individual creditors and other parties-in-interest in chapter 11 and chapter 7 bankruptcy cases before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Chris’s bankruptcy and restructuring representations span a wide variety of industries including the retail, manufacturing, restaurant, telecommunications, publishing, pharmaceutical, biotech, energy, finance, entertainment, transportation, real estate and construction industries. Chris also represents assignees for the benefit of creditors in the Chancery Court of Delaware.

Representative Matters

Debtor Representations

  • Counsel to the debtors, Conergy Holding, Inc., et al., Case No. 18-10358 (CSS)
  • Counsel to the debtors, Draw Another Circle, LLC, et al., Case No. 16-11452 (KJC) (Hastings Entertainment and MovieStop stores)
  • Special conflicts counsel to certain of the debtors, Verso Corporation, et al., Case No. 16-10163 (KG)
  • Co-counsel to debtors, Allied Systems Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 12-11564 (CSS)
  • Counsel to debtors, Evergreen Energy Inc., et al., Case No. 12-10289 (KJC)
  • Counsel to debtors, Bionol Clearfield, LLC, et al., Case No. 11-12301 (PJW)
  • Co-counsel to debtors, CB Holding Corp., et al., Case No. 10-13683 (MFW) (Charlie Brown's Steakhouses, Bugaboo Creek Steakhouses and The Office Beer Bar & Grill)
  • Co-counsel to debtors, Haights Cross Communications, Inc., et al., Case No. 10-10062 (BLS)
  • Counsel to debtor, Vion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Case No. 09-14429 (CSS)
  • Counsel to debtor, deCODE genetics, Inc., Case No. 09-14063 (PJW)
  • Counsel to reorganized debtors, 02Diesel Corporation and 02Diesel Fuels, Inc., Case Nos. 09-12585 (KJC) and 09-12586 (KJC)
  • Co-counsel to debtors, Proliance International Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 09-12278 (CSS)
  • Co-counsel to debtors, Mervyn's Holdings, LLC, et al., Case No. 08-11586 (KG) (Mervyn's department stores)
  • Counsel to debtors, Linens Holding Co., et al., Case No. 08-10832 (CSS) (Linens 'n Things department stores)
  • Co-counsel to debtors, New Century TRS Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 07-10416 (KJC)
  • Co-counsel to debtors, Advanced Marketing Services, Inc., et al., Case No. 06-11480 (CSS)
  • Co-counsel to debtors, Three A's Holdings, L.L.C., et al., Case No. 06-10886 (BLS) (Tower Records)

Committee Representations

  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Z Gallerie, LLC, et al., Case No. 19-10488 (LSS)
  • Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Charlotte Russe Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 19-10210 (LSS)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Samuels Jewelers, Inc., Case No. 18-11818 (KJC)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Heritage Home Group LLC, et al., Case No. 18-11736 (KG)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, The Rockport Company, LLC, et al., Case No. 18-11145 (LSS)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Videology, Inc., et al., Case No. 18-11120 (BLS)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, VER Technologies Holdco LLC, et al., Case No. 18-10834 (KG)
  • Co-counsel to the ad hoc committee of noteholders, EV Energy Partners L.P., et al., Case No. 18-10814 (CSS)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Hobbico, Inc., et al., Case No. 18-10055 (KG)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Rentech WP U.S., Inc., et al., Case No. 17-12958 (CSS)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Velocity Holding Company, Inc., et al., Case No. 17-12442 (KJC)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, GST Autoleather, Inc., et al., Case No. 17-12100 (LSS)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Vitamin World, Inc., et al., Case No. 17-11933 (KJC)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Peekay Acquisitions, LLC, et al., Case No. 17-11722 (BLS)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, TK Holdings Inc., et al., Case No. 17-11375 (BLS)
  • Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Tidewater, Inc., et al., Case No. 17-11132 (BLS)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Rupari Holding Corp., et al., Case No. 17-10793 (KJC)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Prestige Industries LLC, Case No. 17-10186 (KG)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Optima Specialty Steel, Inc., et al., Case No. 16-12789 (KJC)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Constellation Enterprises LLC, et al., Case No. 16-11213 (CSS)
  • Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Emerald Oil Inc., et al., Case No. 16-10704 (KG)
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors, Northshore Mainland Services, Inc., et al., Case No. 15-11402 (KJC)
  • Co-counsel to official committee of unsecured creditors, RadioShack Corporation, et al., Case No. 15-10197 (BLS)
  • Co-counsel to official committee of unsecured creditors, Quantum Foods LLC, et al., Case No. 14-10318 (KJC)
  • Co-counsel to official committee of unsecured creditors, EWGS Intermediary, LLC, et al., Case No. 13-12876 (MFW) (Edwin Watts Golf Shops)
  • Co-counsel to official committee of unsecured creditors, TPO Hess Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 13-11327 (KJC)
  • Co-counsel to official committee of unsecured creditors, Ritz Camera & Image, L.L.C., et al., Case No. 12-11868 (KG)
  • Co-counsel to official committee of unsecured creditors, Nortel Networks Inc., et al., Case No. 09-10138 (KG)

Liquidating Fiduciary Representations

  • Counsel to liquidating trustee, GAL Liquidating Corp., et al., Case No. 17-12100 (LSS)
  • Counsel to liquidating trustee, Rentech WP U.S., Inc., et al., Case No. 17-12958 (CSS)
  • Counsel to liquidating trustee, EBHI Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 09-12099 (MFW) (Eddie Bauer clothing stores)
  • Counsel to liquidating trustee, Midway Games Inc., et al., Case No. 09-10465 (KG)
  • Co-counsel to the plan administrator, Mervyn's Holdings, LLC, et al., Case No. 08-11586 (KG) Mervyn's department stores)
  • Counsel to liquidating trustee, CanFibre of Riverside, Inc., Case No. 00-4019 (KJC)

Asset Purchaser Representations

  • Co-counsel to significant asset purchaser, DB Holdings Liquidation, Inc. (f/k/a Directbuy Holdings, Inc.), et al., Case No. 16-12435 (CSS)
  • Co-counsel to significant asset purchaser, Cal Dive International, Inc., et al., Case No. 15-10458 (CSS)
  • Counsel to significant asset purchaser, Allen Family Foods, Inc., et al., Case No. 11-11764 (KJC)
  • Counsel to significant asset purchaser, Townsends Inc., et al., Case No. 10-14092 (CSS)
  • Co-counsel to significant asset purchaser, TallyGenicom, LP, et al., Case No. 09-10266 (CSS)
  • Counsel to significant asset purchaser, Jancor Companies, Inc., et al., Case No. 08-12556 (MFW)

Other Significant Representations

  • Co-counsel to the DIP lender and stalking horse purchaser, Candi Controls, Inc., Case No. 18-10679 (CSS)
  • Co-counsel to significant secured parties protecting their rights in certain collateral, The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC, et al., Case No. 18-10601 (MFW)
  • Co-counsel to the DIP lender, Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., et al., Case No. 18-10518 (KG)
  • Co-counsel to the Defendants in contentious removal litigation, Skye Mineral Investors, LLC, et al. v. DXS Capital (U.S.) Limited, et al., Adv. Pro. No. 18-00101 (LSS)
  • Co-counsel to significant secured party protecting its collateral in complex, cross-border bankruptcy proceedings, Exelco North America, Inc., Case No. 17-12029 (KG)
  • Counsel to the DIP lender and plan sponsor, iON Worldwide, Inc. et al., Case No. 16-11543 (LSS)
  • Co-counsel to the non-consenting lenders, Millennium Lab Holdings II, LLC, et al., Case No. 15-12284 (LSS)
  • Counsel to state government property lessor, Big Island Carbon, LLC, Case No. 12-13023 (BLS)
  • Counsel to indenture trustee for municipal development bonds, Sky Bridge Resorts Community, L.L.C., Case No. 10-10345 (KG)
  • Counsel to the assignee for the benefit of creditors, WeedHire International, Inc., Case No. 11866-CB

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Education

Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2005

University of Delaware, B.A., 2002

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a Future Star, 2016-present; Listed in “40 & Under Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation, 2016-present
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, published by Chambers and Partners, 2016-present
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, 2013-present
  • Named a 2016 “Delaware Lawyer on the Fast Track” by Delaware Law Weekly
  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Program Mentor, Federal Bar Association Delaware Chapter Bankruptcy Trial Practice Seminar
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Chair, ABA Bankruptcy Litigation Subcommittee, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Delaware State Bar Association
  • Barrister, Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court
  • Lecturer, Delaware Law Day
  • Fundraiser, Delaware Combined Campaign for Justice