Matthew E. Wilkins

  • Location: Birmingham, Michigan
  • Phone: 248-971-1711
  • Cell: 248-882-8496
  • Fax: 248-971-1801
  • Email: Wilkins@BWST-Law.com

Areas of Practice

  • Automotive Customer-Supplier Disputes
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
  • Business and Commercial Litigation

Matt Wilkins has significant expertise in customer-supplier disputes in the automotive industry, including the negotiation and documentation of workout agreements and asset sale transactions.  He also focuses his practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business and commercial litigation for secured and unsecured creditors in complex bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court negotiations, and acquisitions of distressed businesses.

Prior to founding Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco in 2009, Mr. Wilkins was a shareholder at Butzel Long in Detroit. Before joining Butzel Long in 1997, he was a partner in the Chicago firm of Coffield, Ungaretti & Harris. Mr. Wilkins is licensed to practice in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

Recent Experience

  • Representation of many automotive suppliers in distress situations, including the negotiation and execution of complex support, restructuring and exit agreements with their customers and lenders
  • Representation of numerous multi-national Tier One automotive suppliers in their distressed supplier matters throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada
  • Representation of the Receiver in a large Tier One automotive manufacturer, resulting in a positive sale as a going concern
  • Representation of a large, critical Tier One supplier in the restructuring of its Customer relationships type and then sale to an international corporation as a going concern
  • Representation of the Creditors Committee of a significant scrap metal dealer in its consensual liquidation
  • Co-counsel for the Official Committee of Retirees in the City of Detroit Chapter 9 bankruptcy
  • Representation of a distressed aerospace supplier in negotiations with its customers and the sale of its business
  • Representation of the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee and the Liquidating Trustee of a manufacturer with over $500,000,000 in liabilities
  • Representation of real estate developers and guarantors in the negotiation and documentation of workout and discounted payoff agreements
  • As debtors’ counsel, representation of a substantial Michigan not-for-profit hospital in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and ultimate sale as a going concern
  • Advising boards of directors regarding their fiduciary responsibilities in the insolvencies of subsidiary and related entities
  • Representation of the purchaser of substantially all of the operating assets of an insolvent solar energy company
  • Co-counsel for the Official Committee of Retirees in the City of Detroit Chapter 9 bankruptcy
  • Representing a distressed aerospace supplier in negotiations with its customers and the sale of its business
  • Representing the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee and the Liquidating Trustee of a manufacturer with over $500,000,000 in liabilities
  • Representing real estate developers and guarantors in the negotiation and documentation of workout and discounted payoff agreements
  • As debtors’ counsel, representing a substantial Michigan not-for-profit hospital in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and ultimate sale as a going concern
  • Advising boards of directors regarding their fiduciary responsibilities in the insolvencies of subsidiary and related entities
  • Representing the purchaser of substantially all of the operating assets of an insolvent solar energy company
  • Representing a significant trade creditor in one of the largest Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy cases in the United States
  • Prosecution and defense of many preferential transfer and fraudulent transfer actions

Education, Professional Associations and Awards

  • Indiana University School of Law (J.D., 1983)
  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1980)
  • Recognized as a Michigan “Superlawyer”
  • Recognized as a Detroit “Top Lawyer” by Hour Detroit Magazine
  • Recognized as a Michigan “Best Lawyer”
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated
  • Licensed to practice in Michigan (1997), Illinois (1987) and Indiana (1983)
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, American, Michigan and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Past-member of the ABA Young Lawyer’s Divisions’ national Executive Council
  • Past-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Professionalism Committees of the Division
  • Past-Chair, Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • What Creditors Should Know About Municipal Bankruptcies – 26th Annual State Bar of Michigan Business Law Institute
  • “Strategies for OEM Insolvencies – P.O. Terms and Conditions”
    • OESA Annual OEM-Supplier Terms and Conditions Conference
  • “Autos and Auto Suppliers: The Nuts and Bolts of Supplier Restructuring”
    • Beard Group Annual Conference on Corporate Reorganization
  • “OEM Insolvency Risks & Strategies”
    • Precision Machined Products Association, Competitive Strategies Seminar
  • “GM and Chrysler Chapter 11’s”
    • Industrial Fastener’s Institute
  • “Basics of Bankruptcy”
    • Presented to Detroit Automotive News editors and staff

Personal

  • Past President and current Director, Menonaqua Corporation, Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • Member, Wolverine Sports Club, Cadieux Bicycle Club
  • Past Director and Treasurer, Birmingham Blue Dolphins Swim Club Boosters
Specialists in High-Stakes Litigation, Bankruptcy and Supply Chain Counseling.
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