Attorneys Christopher M. Candon

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Chris focuses his practice on the problems of financially distressed companies, assisting clients with transactional and litigation matters involving commercial law and insolvency issues. Chris frequently represents debtors, creditors, committees, purchasers, landlords and trustees in workouts, out-of-court restructurings, Chapter 11 reorganizations and sales and Chapter 7 liquidations. He also has experience in the negotiation and documentation of key business contracts and complex commercial transactions, including asset purchase agreements, secured and unsecured financings, letters of credit, DIP and exit financing transactions.

Chris maintains a business litigation practice that involves all aspects of insolvency law, representing both creditors and debtors in bankruptcy, workouts, foreclosures, and creditors’ rights matters. Chris regularly represents parties in claim and plan negotiation and litigation, relief from stay, valuation, cash collateral and DIP financing, fraudulent transfer and preference litigation. Chris has substantial experience in handling bankruptcy appellate matters in New England and across the country.

Chris has completed the ABI/St. John’s University bankruptcy mediator training program. He serves as a mediator in state and federal civil commercial litigation as well as provides mediation services in bankruptcy cases.

Chris frequently lectures and authors articles and program materials for the American Bankruptcy Institute, Boston Bar Association and other associations on various bankruptcy and insolvency topics.

Key Cases

  • Counsel to a leading heating oil and propane company in New England. Represented company in expansion and successful acquisition of fuel business in a Chapter 11 sale.
  • Represented clients in action brought by Chapter 7 Trustee seeking to hold them responsible for debtor's liabilities pursuant to theories of alter-ego and veil piercing. Successfully obtained dismissal of the claims alleged to be worth millions of dollars.
  • Counsel to a biopharmaceutical manufacturer of radiotherapeutic drugs for use in oncology. Represented company in its successful Chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Counsel to a nationwide operator of car washes, quick lube centers, gas stations, and convenience stores with liabilities of $130 million. Represented company in its successful Chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Counsel to a manufacturer of flexible packaging in the United States and Canada with sales of $150 million. Represented company in selling its business, on a going-concern basis, under Chapter 11.
  • Counsel to a chain of 150 convenience stores and gas stations in the northeast, with revenues of $175 million. Represented company in selling its retail locations through Chapter 11.
  • Represented workers, family and community members injured by exposure to asbestos in the Chapter 11 case of a specialty chemicals and materials company with billions of dollars in asbestos-related liabilities.

Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • State of New Hampshire
  • State of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Boston Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Consumer and Commercial Finance Committee of the Bankruptcy Section
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association

Civic Involvement

  • Trustee, Harvard Conservation Trust

Awards

  • Denis Maguire Pro Bono Award from the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) of the Boston Bar Association for his representation of VLP clients
  • “Honor Roll” listing of pro bono volunteers by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • New England Super Lawyers