Katie Keane is an associate in the firm's Bankruptcy, Workouts & Reorganization Group. Her practice focuses on the representation of debtors, fiduciaries and other parties in Chapter 11 cases. Ms. Keane also advises clients with regard to claims, out-of-court workouts and bankruptcy litigation matters that include preferences, fraudulent transfers and the automatic stay.
Ms. Keane received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers and was a senior editor of the Alabama Law Review, a member of the National Moot Court Team and a student ambassador. Prior to law school, Ms. Keane received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi.
- Represented a commercial satellite launch provider, whose debts exceeded $1 billion, in successfully confirming its plan of reorganization. Ms. Merrell was also instrumental in obtaining a dismissal of an appeal of the confirmation of the client's plan on the grounds of equitable mootness. The successful turnaround of this company won the Global M&A Network's 2011 Telecom & Technology Turnaround of the Year award, as well as the M&A Advisor Cross-Border Deal of the Year award for Chapter 11 reorganization.
- Secured a dismissal of an action in the District of South Carolina against a bank and a bank-holding company's former board of directors for breach of fiduciary duty asserted by a Chapter 7 trustee on the basis of standing.
- Represents a Chapter 11 trustee of a corporation whose parent was engaged in a massive "pump and dump" scheme in the Southern District of Georgia.
- Regularly defends a major telecommunications company against complaints for recovery of preferential transfers and fraudulent conveyances and for violations of the automatic stay.
- Involved in several out-of-court workouts on behalf of both secured lenders and parties seeking to restructure their secured debt.
- Represented a pharmaceutical company in its Chapter 11 case in the District of Delaware. The client successfully sold the majority of its assets in a Section 363 sale and confirmed a Chapter 11 plan of liquidation that paid unsecured creditors 100 percent of their allowed claims and distributed funds to equity holders.
- Represents an aerospace and defense company with pension and collective bargaining agreement issues in its Chapter 11 case in the District of Delaware.
- American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
- Atlanta Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Member
- Credit Abuse Resistance Education program, Presenter
- International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Georgia Network, Board of Directors, Co-Chair of Membership
- Atlanta’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Foundation, Volunteer Attorney
- The University of Alabama School of Law Farrah Law Alumni Society Board of Trustees