Sam Becker concentrates his practice on business matters, including acquisitions and finance. Sam has spent time, depending on the economy, on bankruptcy and out of court restructuring, acquisition and sales of troubled companies, finance, and advising companies on general business issues. Many of his clients are companies that he has helped successfully restructure. Sam specifically counsels clients in areas such as:
- acquisitions and sales of insolvent companies and assets both in Chapter 11 as well as outside of Chapter 11 to deal with risk including successor liability
- business insolvency advice—represented various companies faced with business adversity and advised them in downsizing, refinancing, restructuring, sale, and investment transactions
- Chapter 11 bankruptcies—represented various creditor entities in dealing with Chapter 11 issues including lessors, lessees and utilities as well as a variety of creditors on claims brought by bankruptcy trustees as such as preference and fraudulent conveyance claims
- financing—represented borrowers and lenders in a variety of sophisticated loan transactions, from unsecured loans with “accordions” to increase the amount to asset-based loans and others with special needs or rules including where the borrower had an ESOP in place
- successor liability—helped structure transactions to deal with potential fraudulent conveyance and preference issues
Sam has been recognized by The Deal as a leading bankruptcy M&A lawyer. He was awarded the Chairman’s Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association for his outstanding service as co-chairman of the Bar-wide Survey Committee, a position he has held since 1994.
Mr. Becker has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Outside the Firm
Sam is vice chairperson of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania-based charity PathwaysPA.
On the personal side, Sam loves cycling and has biked over 2000 miles across the U.S.; helps teach a class on real estate development, where he talks about bankruptcy and foreclosure and judges the class presentations; and is 2/3rds through the book 101 Whiskeys to Try.