Dan Merrett has substantial experience representing clients in some of the most significant corporate and municipal restructurings in recent years. He represents companies across a variety of industries, municipalities, secured lenders, unsecured creditors, potential purchasers, and other significant constituencies in distressed situations. In the course of these representations, Dan regularly assists clients navigating all manner of transactions, disputes, and other business activities, including issues relating to acquisitions and divestitures, credit facilities, securities, environmental obligations, suppliers, vendors, contractors, customers, employees, labor, taxation, corporate governance, and executive compensation.
Among Dan's latest representations, he served as counsel to a subsidiary of Adecco Group in its acquisition of Hired, Inc. and OmniMax International in connection with its acquisition. Dan also recently represented owners of several significant projects in connection with contractor bankruptcies, including the owner of a $7 billion LNG liquefaction project in Louisiana, and Georgia Power and the other owners of the Alvin W. Vogtle nuclear power plant. Dan's chapter 11 debtor representations include leading roles in the cases of PET producer M&G Chemical; Alpha Natural Resources, one of the country's largest coal companies; and aftermarket automotive distributor, Transtar. Dan was also an important member of the restructuring teams in the historic bankruptcies of the City of Detroit and Chrysler.
Dan has written and presented extensively on bankruptcy topics. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and is recognized in the field of restructuring by Chambers USA.
Acceleration Enforceable Under State Law Following Non-Monetary Control Covenant Default Prevents Reinstatement of Loan Under Chapter 11 Plan
Unimpaired Unsecured Creditors in Solvent-Debtor Chapter 11 Case Entitled to Postpetition Interest, Presumably at Contract or Default Rate
Eleventh Circuit Rules that Coal Act Payment Obligations Arising in 2016 Were Discharged by 1995 Chapter 11 Plan
Liquidating Chapter 11 Debtor Excused from Providing WARN Act Notification of Employee Layoffs Due to Pandemic Natural Disaster
- December 2016
Taking Stock: United States Supreme Court Presented With Opportunity to Settle Meaning of Section 546(e), Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 25 No. 6 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. NL Art. 1 (December 2016)
- May 2012
Safe Harbor Supernova: Is Section 546(e)'s Stellar Protection of Private LBO Transactions About to Burn Out?, Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 21 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 3 Art. 1 (May 2012)
- September 30, 2020
Key Bankruptcy Issues for Benefits Lawyers; ABA Tax Section Fall Meeting
- January 13, 2017
Sherlock Holmes and Ethical Rules Addressing Discrimination: A Cinematic Journey, Jones Day CLE Academy
- April 23, 2015
The Decline and Rebirth of Detroit
Urban Fellows of Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology
- Georgia State University (J.D. magna cum laude 2007; Managing Editor, Georgia State University Law Review); University of Leeds, England (B.A. Hons. in French & Linguistics 1995)
- Georgia and solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
- Judicial intern to: the Honorable Marvin H. Shoob, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (2006) and the Honorable John J. Goger, Fulton County Superior Court, Georgia (2005)