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Eric Prezant heads Bryan Cave's commercial restructuring group in Chicago, and regularly represents lenders and troubled companies throughout the country in commercial restructurings, workouts, loan enforcement actions, Chapter 11 bankruptcies, Article 9 sales, foreclosure sales, receiverships, and similar proceedings. He also regularly represents buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of distressed assets. 

Eric's banking and lending experience includes representing financial institutions and borrowers in structuring, negotiating and documenting commercial loan transactions, including asset-based loans, senior and mezzanine debt, acquisition financing and bankruptcy exit financing in various industries, including manufacturing, distribution, real estate, health care, and many other industries.

Eric was named by The Deal magazine as one of the nation’s Top Bankruptcy Attorneys in 2007, and has been named an Illinois SuperLawyer in 2011.  He was previously named an Illionios SuperLawyer Rising Star in 2009 and 2010.  Eric is regularly invited by commercial trade associations, state bar associations, universities, and continuing legal education providers to lecturer on the topics of commercial workouts, Chapter 11 bankruptcies, lending to troubled companies, purchases and sales of distressed assets, and enforcement of creditor’s rights. 


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 60%
  2. Real Estate: 20%
  3. Banking: 20%



Hourly ($200-1000/hour)

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Bryan Cave

161 North Clark Street
Suite 4300
Chicago, IL, 60601-3315


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199705/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2009
Top Bankruptcy LawyerThe Deal Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner and Member of the Executive CommitteeBryan Cave2007 - Present
PartnerVedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz1999 - 2007
AssociateKamensky & Rubinstein1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Real State Investment AssociationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Association for Corporate GrowthMember and Awards Committee2008 - Present
Turnaround Management AssociationMember2005 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bankruptcy InstituteMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy LawLeveraged Buyouts as Fraudulent Transfers2006
ACC DocketDoing Business with a Customer or Supplier Having Financial Difficulties2006
Practical LawyerWhat To Do When The Customer or Supplier Is In Financial Trouble2004
Commercial Law League of America, Bankruptcy SectionReclamation and Preferences Defense Primer1998
Norton's Annual Survey of Bankruptcy LawInvoluntaries and Abstention– Section 303 and 305 of the Code1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Dominican UniversityN/AMBA1995
Florida State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Midwest Lodging Investors Summit 2010Buying Hotel Debt2010
Educational SeminarHealth Care In Distress2009
Educational SeminarCommercial Sales of Goods When Customers or Suppliers are Experiencing Financial Distress2009
Educational SeminarPanel Discussion on Advanced Commercial Loan Restructuring2009
Annual SummitWorkouts of Distressed Commercial Real Estate2009
Annual MeetingRecent Developments in Bankruptcy and Restructuring and Industry Outlook for 20102009
Advance Bankruptcy WorkshopDealing with Distressed Suppliers, enforcement of rights and remedies under the UCC2009