September 3, 2008
Curtis Attorneys Represent Gordon Brothers in Its Successful Bid to Liquidate Substantially All Assets of Whitehall Jewelers
Curtis recently represented Gordon Brothers Retail Partners, LLC in connection with its successful bid to act as a “consultant” to Whitehall Jewelers Holdings, Inc. in connection with Whitehall’s liquidation of substantially all of its assets through going out of business sales at its approximately 350 store locations. Whitehall, originally founded in 1895, was a nationwide specialty retailer of fine jewelry, offering a selection of merchandise including diamonds, gold and precious and semi-precious jewelry and watches. Curtis actively negotiated the terms of the transaction at and prior to a hotly contested auction after which Gordon Brothers was declared to have submitted the highest and best bid. After the auction, despite Gordon Brothers’ “highest and best” bid, Whitehall attempted to go forward with a transaction with a rival bidder. In response, Curtis represented Gordon Brothers in filing an objection to the transaction and presented evidence and argued before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in favor of Whitehall consummating the transaction with Gordon Brothers. As a result of the contested sale hearing, a compromise was reached whereby Gordon Brothers was added as a member of the joint venture responsible for the liquidation of Whitehall’s assets. Partner Steven Reisman led the Restructuring & Insolvency group, with support provided by Counsel Jerry Bregman and associate Cindi Eilbott; Partner Eileen Matthews led the Corporate Department team and Partner Turner Smith provided key support from the Litigation Department.