Henry P. Baer, Jr.

Henry P. Baer, Jr.

Henry P. Baer, Jr.

T: (203) 325-5083 - F: (203) 325-5001

Hank Baer is the head of our Bankruptcy & Corporate Reorganizations practice, and focuses on complex financial transactions involving companies in financial distress. Mr. Baer has significant experience representing buyers and sellers of assets in distressed situations, lenders at all levels of the capital structure, equity participants, retained professionals, and Boards of Directors of insolvent companies and of companies in or near financial or operational crisis.  Throughout his career, Mr. Baer has represented clients in a broad cross-section of industries in cases throughout the United States.  He has written extensively on the reorganization process and frequently appears on panels and at conferences.

Recent transactions include the representation of:

  • a major constituency in the bankruptcy cases of Colt Defense LLC, et al., in connection with the successful reorganization of Colt and the de-leveraging of more than $400 million in debt;
  • a major Irish bank in a bankruptcy case in the District of Connecticut in connection with loans of more than €200 million;
  • a large multi-national company in a $165 million strategic acquisition consummated pursuant to section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code;
  • a hedge fund in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the Southern District of New York;
  • a major financial institution with respect to its participation in and workout of a non-performing senior secured credit facility;
  • a private equity group in the de-leveraging of the balance sheet of one of its portfolio companies;
  • a major financial institution with respect to its participation in a multi-billion dollar DIP financing facility;
  • an investment firm with respect to a non-performing senior secured loan;
  • a technology company with respect to the bankruptcy of several closely related companies; and
  • a French company with respect to an alleged preferential payment by a large U.S. company.

Prior to joining Finn Dixon & Herling, Mr. Baer was a member of the Insolvency group at Latham & Watkins LLP in New York.

“Debtor-in-Possession Financing:  Funding a Chapter 11 Case,” contributing author, published by the American Bankruptcy Institute, 2012. Click Here to purchase a copy of the book.

"Intercreditor Agreements:  Is a Sale Process Different from the Sale?", The Secured Lender, Commercial Finance Association (View Article)

Second Circuit Update, Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute

Delaware Judge Finds That Intercreditor Agreement Permits Second Lien Lenders to Object to Sale Process But Not to Sale Itself

Does the Madoff Trustee Have a Claim Against You? Lessons From In re Bayou Group, LLC, December 22, 2008

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Files For Protection Under Chapter 11; Several European Subsidiaries Placed In Administration By UK Regulators

Supreme Court Decision on Stamp Tax Exemptions Could Have Meaningful Impact on Value in 363 Sales

Executive Compensation under Amendments to the Code – New York Law Journal, Vol. 237

Panelist, 2017 International Insolvency & Restructuring Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, hosted by the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Panelist, "Leveraged Buyout Transactions Challenged in Bankruptcy; Litigating Fraudulent Transfer Claims Against Lenders, Equity Purchasers and Shareholders," Webinar (Click here for course material)

Panel Co-Chair, "Deal Trends, Current Terms, and Recent Developments in 363 Sales," American Bar Association Annual Spring Meeting, Business Law Section (Click here for course material)

Moderator, "Distressed Transactions and Value Opportunities," 2011 Leadership in the Distressed Markets Conference

Panelist, "Acquiring Corporate Assets Out of Bankruptcy," The Distressed Debt Conference New York City

Panelist, "Maximizing Value of Distressed Assets"

Panelist, "Successfully Managing Portfolio Companies Through the Re-Structuring Process," 2010 Leadership in the Distressed Markets Conference

How to Restructure Balance Sheets in 2009 (Hear presentation)

Bankruptcy Fundamentals: What Every Client Wants (Needs) To Know About Bankruptcy (View presentation)

Buying and Selling the Distressed Small Business, Connecticut Bar Association


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1997, Editor in Chief, Environmental Law Journal
  • Bates College, B.A., 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 2009
  • New York, 1998
  • Massachusetts, 1997

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Associations and Memberships

American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Former Co-Chairman of the Business Reorganization Committee

Connecticut Bar Association

New York Bar Association

American Bar Association

Turnaround Management Association