February 20, 2014

George Mesires Adds Strength to Faegre Baker Daniels' Finance & Restructuring Practice

George R. Mesires, an experienced finance and restructuring lawyer, has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as a partner to lead the firm's Chicago financing and restructuring team.

Mesires focuses his practice on finance, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, distressed mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. His experience also includes advising directors and officers on corporate governance, fiduciary duties and strategic matters. Mesires has represented private equity firms, lenders, debtors, receivers, trade creditors and landlords in a variety of insolvency and distressed situations. He has significant experience in the senior housing industry.

"We're very excited that George has joined FaegreBD's strong and growing Chicago office," said Rick Michaels, Chicago office leader. "His wealth of experience in finance, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and distressed mergers and acquisitions will be a valuable addition to our firm and will bolster the Chicago presence of our national finance and restructuring team."

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Mesires was co-chair of the finance and restructuring practice at Ungaretti & Harris in Chicago. Prior to private practice, he was general counsel for a startup telecommunications company, handling all legal matters for the company. Mesires counseled the board of directors and led the company through the distressed sale process and negotiated the sale of substantially all of the company's assets to a regional telecommunications company.

Before serving as in-house counsel, Mesires was an assistant attorney general in the New York state attorney general's office.

Mesires has been named to both Illinois Super Lawyers and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He has been an associate editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal since 2010. Mesires also writes and speaks frequently on restructuring and senior housing topics.

Mesires earned his J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law and MBA from the Syracuse University School of Management, both in 1995. He graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor's degree in 1991.

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