Mr. Fisher is a leading member of Akin Gump's corporate practice and primarily represents large-cap private equity and hedge funds in distressed and special situations and restructurings transactions, and the portfolio companies of those funds in M&A, securities, and finance transactions.

Mr. Fisher also has extensive experience advising public and private companies on negotiated and contested acquisitions and divestitures, tender offers, exchange offers, joint ventures, spin-offs, proxy contests, corporate governance and general corporate matters.  

Practice & Background

Mr. Fisher’s practice sits at the nexus of M&A, restructuring, securities and finance transactions, and he has market-leading experience in the unique issues raised by distressed and special situations.

Mr. Fisher’s regularly acts as counsel to companies and official and informal creditors committees in chapter 11 reorganizations, out-of-court restructurings and exchange offers. In addition, Mr. Fisher has developed a distinct corporate practice focused on companies emerging from the restructuring process, whether in-court or out-of-court.

Mr. Fisher also has significant ‘regular-way’ M&A and securities experience.  He has advised a wide variety of healthy companies on matters relating to securities regulation, corporate governance and other general corporate matters. 

Mr. Fisher also serves as outside general counsel to several public companies.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Fisher practiced in the New York and Washington offices of another leading international law firm.

Mr. Fisher has authored several articles on significant issues in corporate and securities laws, including articles that address the SEC’s internal control rules, corporate governance reforms and director elections, the SEC’s Securities Act reforms, and mandatory expensing of stock options.

Mr. Fisher was executive research editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transactional Law.

Representative Matters

Mr. Fisher’s transactions include representing:

Mergers and Acquisitions and Joint Ventures

  • the financial advisor to a bank holding company in its $58 billion acquisition by another bank holding company
  • the special committee of the board of directors of an energy company in its consideration and ultimate acceptance of a $22 billion acquisition proposal by its CEO and a consortium of four private equity investors
  • a utility in its $8.5 billion merger with another leading utility
  • a business process outsourcing company in its consideration of an $8.2 billion acquisition proposal by its CEO and a private equity investor
  • several bank holding companies in their acquisitions of, or by, other bank holding companies in separate transactions valued at $7 billion, $6.3 billion, $800 million and $500 million
  • an international stock exchange in its $5 billion acquisition of another international stock exchange and its entry into a series of joint ventures and investment agreements with global exchange partners
  • the financial advisors to a bank holding company in its $1.6 billion acquisition by another bank holding company
  • the special committee of the board of directors of a publicly traded equipment rental company in its $1.3 billion sale
  • a chemical company in its $1 billion petro-chemical joint venture with another chemical company
  • a bank holding company in its 18-month defense against an unsolicited takeover attempt by another bank holding company, involving litigation, regulatory appeals, legislation, proxy contests and tender offers that ultimately culminated in a $400 million acquisition
  • a sovereign entity in its $213 million disposition of a high-profile utility asset to a private equity investor
  • a utility in its sale of 11 hydro-electrical plants to a private equity buyer

Restructuring

  • Allied Nevada Gold Corp. (as chapter 11 debtor in possession)
  • Archbrook Laguna (as chapter 11 debtor in possession)
  • the tendering noteholders of Arch Coal, Inc.
  • Atari, Inc, (as chapter 11 debtor in possession)
  • an ad hoc group of first lien lenders of Avaya Inc.
  • an ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders of Breitburn Energy
  • an ad hoc group of second lien noteholders of Cobalt International Energy
  • the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Dynegy Holdings, Inc.
  • the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Excel Maritime
  • the exchanging convertible noteholders of GSAT
  • an ad hoc group of second lien lenders of Indianapolis Downs, LLC
  • the tendering noteholders of Intelsat
  • an ad hoc group of first lien lenders of LifeCare Holdings
  • an ad hoc group of second lien noteholders of Milagro Oil & Gas
  • the secured lenders of Outcome Health
  • the board of directors of Paragon Offshore Ltd.
  • the secured lenders of Rentech, Inc.
  • an ad hoc group of second lien noteholders of Sorenson Communications
  • an ad hoc group of second lien lenders of Templar Energy LLC
  • an ad hoc group of convertible noteholders of USEC Inc.
  • an ad hoc group of senior secured lenders and noteholders of Walter Energy, Inc.

Post-Restructured Companies—General Representation

  • Aliante Gaming
  • American Media, Inc.
  • American Zinc Recycling LLC
  • Aspect Software
  • CHC Group, LLC
  • Culligan
  • Eagle Bulk Shipping, Inc.
  • LifeCare Holdings LLC
  • Merisant Company
  • Neff Corp.
  • Sorenson Communications LLC
  • Warrior Met Coal, Inc.

Corporate Finance

  • a bank holding company in its $600 million private placement and subsequent exchange offer
  • a manufactured home community operator in its $500 million initial public offering
  • a met coal company in its $350 million secured notes offering
  • a met coal company in its $317 million initial public offering
  • a wireless telecommunications company in its $250 million private placement and subsequent exchange offer
  • a manufactured home community operator in its $125 million offering of preferred stock
  • a manufactured home community operator in its $80 million rights offering.

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognized by IFLR1000 US as a Notable Practitioner in Capital Markets: Equity and M&A (2019)
  • Recommended by Legal 500 US in Corporate and Commercial: M&A Middle-Market (2016-2018).