Joseph M. Vann is a business lawyer advising CEO's, entrepreneurs, private equity firms, lenders, real estate developers and owners, and is active in many different industries, such as aviation, pharmaceutical, real estate, manufacturing, publishing, wine, art, jewelry and horse-racing.
Joe brings a business-oriented perspective to providing expertise and experience in corporate and real estate financings and acquisitions, federal and state court litigations, and all matters affecting distressed or bankruptcy transactions and workouts. In matters involving distressed businesses and bankruptcy matters, as well as in transactional matters, Joe provides forward thinking to identify issues and create effective workarounds before before problems arise.
Joe is known to his clients as a trusted advisor and problem solver for their most challenging issues. Indeed, one client named one of his promising young racehorses "Joe Vann" to bank on the winning spirit of Joe Vann, the lawyer. (Watch video of "Joe Vann," the thoroughbred racehorse, winning the 2011 Illinois Derby.)
Joe recently represented clients closing on loans of $250 million against 18th- and 19th-century paintings and other high-end collectibles. Joe also represented a client in closing a $50 million loan to fund a diverse collection of privately held companies in the publishing, real estate and wine industries. He has also recently represented entrepreneurs, developing business and legal strategies in pursuing acquisitions and dispositions.
Joe developed a successful strategy for HFZ Capital Group, LLC, a New York-based real estate developer, to acquire One Madison, a Manhattan high-rise that was mired in a Delaware Chapter 11 case. Joe represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of a $250 million jewelry retailer that emerged from Chapter 11 in a plan of reorganization that provides a 100% recovery to creditors. Joe also represented the owner of a leading racing stable in a hotly contested litigation, bankruptcy and, ultimately successful, workout of a $35 million bank loan.
Joe's other bankruptcy representations have included:
- the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Eos Airlines, Inc.
- the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Shane Co., Inc.
- the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Fortunoff’s Inc.
- the Equity Committee of Actrade Financial Technologies, Ltd.
- the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Ziff-Davis Media, Inc., and
- the Secured Trade Vendor Trustee of Friedman’s, Inc.
Joe has lectured extensively to trade groups and financial institutions on lending, bankruptcy and business law topics.
Joe was included in the 2013 edition of the Super Lawyers publication. It is the seventh time he has been selected. He was also included in 2006 and every year from 2008 to 2012.
After graduating from law school, Joe clerked for the Honorable Alan H.W. Shiff, United States Bankruptcy Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut . He then worked at Shea & Gould, then a nationally known general practice firm, before joining CTSW as a partner.