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Experience

Tye Hancock focuses his practice on business bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and insolvency-related matters. He represents creditors, lenders, official committees, shareholders, and other stakeholders in out of court workouts, restructurings, complex business bankruptcy cases, and other related litigation proceedings, including preference and fraudulent conveyance litigation. He takes a proactive, strategic approach to representing his clients.

Since starting with the Firm in 2001, Tye has represented the interests of large and small corporate clients in a broad range of industries. He has represented virtually every constituency involved in upstream oil and gas restructurings and has represented a broad range of clients in the energy, real estate, healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, transportation, commercial construction, and retail industries. Tye has represented oil and gas companies, banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, vendors, trade creditors, landlords, tenants, and oil and gas interest owners, among others.

Ranked among the top firms in Texas for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Chambers USA 2019 by Chambers and Partners

National tier-one ranking in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in “Best Law Firms” 2019 by U.S. News-Best Lawyers®

Representative Matters

  • In re EXCO Resources, Inc., Case No. 18-30155, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented an upstream oil and gas company as working interest owner, mineral owner, and contractual counterparty to the Debtor
  • Represented a commercial bank as lead arranger and administrative agent in the negotiation of intercreditor agreements relating to senior financing on midstream oil and gas assets
  • In re Geokinetics, Inc., Case No. 18-33410, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented creditor and contractual counterparty to the Debtor with senior liens on certain equipment used in seismic data collection and surveying
  • In re Parker Drilling Company, Case No. 18-36958, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented key employees in connection with the negotiation of employment agreements with the Debtors and reorganized Debtor
  • Represented a commercial bank as administrative agent in connection with an out of court workout of a senior secured credit facility with a borrower in the aerospace industry
  • Represented a private equity-backed exploration and production company in an out of court workout and resolution of a senior secured credit facility
  • In re Lockwood Holdings, Inc., Case No. 18-30197, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented a manufacturer and supplier of specialized equipment in the bankruptcy of a downstream distributor
  • In re ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, Case No. 12-36187, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; OHA Investment Corporation v. ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, Case No. 17-20224, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals victory involving the dismissal of statutory mineral lien claims asserted against certain term overriding royalties (production payments) purchased in certain outer continental shelf oil, gas, and mineral leases; case was one of first impression in the Fifth Circuit – and the first of its kind in American jurisprudence
  • In re Samson Resources Corporation et al, Case No. 15-11934, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; represented upstream oil and gas company in the purchase of oil and gas properties from a Chapter 11 Debtor
  • In re Paladin Energy Corp., Case No. 16-31590, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas; represented commercial bank in connection with a revolving credit facility secured by upstream oil and gas assets
  • In re Linn Energy, LLC et al, Case No. 16-60040, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented upstream oil and gas companies as working interest owners and contract counterparties to a Chapter 11 Debtor
  • In re Stone Energy Corporation et al, Case No 16-36390, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented seismic data company as a contract counterparty under certain non-exclusive data licenses held by a Chapter 11 Debtor
  • In re Tristream East Texas, LLC, Case No. 16-31521; in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented commercial bank in connection with a revolving credit facility secured by midstream oil and gas assets
  • In re Chaparral Energy Inc. et al, Case No. 16-11144, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; represented working interest owners and contract counterparties to a Chapter 11 Debtor
  • In re Stone Panels, Inc., Case No. 16-32856; in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas; represented commercial real estate construction company as counterparty to supply contract with Chapter 11 Debtor manufacturer
  • In re LoneStar Geophysical Survey LLC, Case No. 15-11872; in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Oklahoma; represented seismic equipment lessor as a counterparty to Chapter 11 seismic data company
  • In re M3 Technology Incorporated, Case No. 12-34444; in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented software company as the largest creditor and stakeholder in Chapter 11 case involving a final judgment for misappropriation of trade secrets and a permanent injunction related thereto
  • In re ATP Oil & Gas Corp., Case No. 12-36187; in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented term overriding royalty holder as a counterparty to a Chapter 11 Debtor
  • OHA Investment Corporation v. Bennu Oil & Gas, LLC, Case No. 12-03443; in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented royalty owner in connection with recharacterization claims and claims for disgorgement asserted by statutory lien claimants
  • In re Lon Morris College, Case No. 12-60557; in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas; represented secured creditor in case involving historic college and real property in East Texas

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law), 2019-2020
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Business Litigation), 2005-2015
  • Houston’s “Top Lawyers,” H Texas magazine, 2010-2013, 2015, 2017

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Member, Houston Bar Association; Bankruptcy Section
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, Commercial Finance Association
  • Member, Steer Auction Committee, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Member, Hospitality Committee, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 2001, South Texas College of Law; Member, South Texas Law Review; Langdell Scholar; Best Brief, Spurgeon Bell Moot Court Competition
  • B.B.A., 1997, Texas Tech University; Member, Texas Tech Student Senate; Order of Omega; Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity President

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas

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