Eugene Geekie is a partner in the Chicago office of Arnstein & Lehr LLP. He is a member of the Litigation and Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Groups.
Mr. Geekie has more than 27 years of experience representing banks, asset based lenders, and a variety of creditor entities in complex commercial litigation. In addition to representing such clients in recovery of debt obligations and collateral, Mr. Geekie has represented creditors in investigating and litigating with regard to fraudulently obtained loans and misappropriation of collateral, fraudulent transfers of assets, and successor and alter ego liability (piercing the corporate veil) claims against borrowers and their affiliates and principals. He has also litigated cases involving lender liability claims, securities fraud claims, partnership disputes, litigation regarding sophisticated real estate transactions, and foreclosure on large commercial properties, including shopping malls, residential high-rises, condominium complexes, and nationally-recognized golf courses.
Mr. Geekie is also considered a leading authority on issues related to creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, and restructuring matters, with extensive experience representing secured and unsecured lenders in complex bankruptcies, including those in the financial markets, food, energy and automotive industries. He has represented numerous clients in the purchase of the operating assets (including intellectual property) of large bankrupt entities through Section 363 sales, with several transactions exceeding $100 million dollars; most recently leading the bankruptcy team for a client that acquired an extensive portion of a major snack cake business, successfully blocking other unqualified suitors from bidding for the division, thereby saving his client approximately $20 million in acquisition costs.
Prior to joining Arnstein & Lehr, Mr. Geekie was most recently a partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP, where he was a partner in the Litigation Group and served as Chair of the Bankruptcy Litigation Practice Group. Prior to Freeborn & Peters, he was a partner for more than 20 years at the national firm of Schiff Hardin LLP.