Bart Biggers is the chair of both the Corporate, Commercial Transactions & Outsourcing Practice Group and Transportation Industry Group at Winstead. During the past decade, he has established a practice that fulfills most all corporate and commercial transactional needs of his clients, including supply chain management, technology, marketing, business process outsourcing agreements, cross border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, workouts and corporate restructuring, corporate finance (including public and private securities and other capital markets transactions), corporate governance and other general corporate matters. Over Bart’s 15-year career, he has gained experience in the airline, maritime, railroad, trucking, hospitality, manufacturing, industrials, technology, oil and gas, finance, insurance, real estate, communications and pharmaceutical industries. This experience has led to Bart being named a go-to lawyer by one of his Fortune 100 clients.
Bart devotes a significant part of his practice to clients in the airline and aviation industry, including advising a major international airline and its regional subsidiaries on commercial transactions for all functions of the airline’s business: human resources, supply chain (for the corporate offices, nose-to-tail on aircraft and airports), hospitality, travel, affinity programs, regional operations (insourced and outsourced), fuel, fleet transactions, regulatory transactions, flight-related transactions, technology (hardware procurement, content and software licensing, data security and privacy), business process outsourcing, general corporate restructuring and including acquisition and disposition of assets and stock (including in connection with bankruptcy). Bart’s turnaround and workout experience includes the designing, implementing and executing on the assumption, rejection and renegotiation of all the agreements for one of the largest and most successful Chapter 11 bankruptcies in U.S. history.
He has worked closely both with business units and in-house counsel of Fortune 500 companies, as general counsel for both public and private companies, and with private equity and hedge funds.
His international experience spans the globe and includes representations involving Argentina, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela and numerous Caribbean islands.
Commercial Transactions and Outsourcing
- Five-phase acquisition of aircraft from an Israeli aircraft supplier
- Sale of aircraft engines to U.S.-based cargo aircraft supplier
- Sale of regional aircraft engines to global lessor of aircraft engines
- Sale of cargo airframe to cargo aircraft supplier
- Negotiation of master services agreement for aircraft maintenance and modification support services
- Negotiation of master services agreements for provision of air transportation services for regional flights
- Negotiation of purchase agreement for engineering integration services in connection with interior reconfiguration of aircraft
- Negotiation of purchase agreement for aircraft interior furniture and seating for large aircraft
- Sales of regional and large aircraft, air frames, propellers and engines
- Negotiation of master services agreement for airline’s human resources and personnel management, including benefits, recruiting, hiring
Workouts and Reorganizations
- Reorganization of one of the largest U.S. commercial airlines during Chapter 11 bankruptcy, including leading the assumption or rejection of over 51,000 contracts, resulting in creditors receiving over 100% return on pre-petition debt and creating the world’s largest airline through the merger with a major competitor
- Equipment-based lending and leasing transactions
- Representation of U.S. and foreign companies in cross-border transactions
- Acquisitions and dispositions of both assets and stock of privately and publicly-held companies
- Securities Exchange Act of 1934 reporting disclosures and conducting stockholder meeting
- NYSE, NASDAQ and AMEX compliance and corporate governance matters
- Public and private equity offerings, asset-based securities offerings, convertible securities offerings, universal shelf offerings and rights offerings
- Public and private debt offerings (senior and mezzanine), tender offers for public debt, redemptions of public debt