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Tania Moyron

Tania Moyron

US Region Co-Chair, Global Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Group

Dentons US LLP

Tania M. Moyron is a partner in Dentons’ Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy group. Tania has significant experience in bankruptcy, corporate restructuring and related litigation matters. She has represented Chapter 11 debtors, creditors’ and equity committees, liquidating trustees, principals and secured and unsecured creditors in all aspects of corporate bankruptcy. She also has advised buyers and sellers of assets in bankruptcy and receivership cases, including representation of a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) and restaurant franchise.

Tania’s representations span a variety of industries, including health care, retail, entertainment, trucking, commercial and residential real estate and restaurant franchise industries. She also has litigation experience in state and federal courts and appellate experience before the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, District Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining Dentons, Tania gained experience in complex and challenging Chapter 11 cases at top-ranked national firms for business restructuring and bankruptcy. Tania also served as a judicial and appellate law clerk to the Honorable Christopher M. Klein, Chief Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California and former member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Experience

  • Verity Health System of California, Inc. (Chapter 11 – Central District of California, August 2018-2021): Tania co-led the representation of Verity Health System, and 16 related entities (collectively, “Verity”), including 6 acute care operating hospitals, in their chapter 11 cases—the second largest hospital bankruptcy case in American history with more than $1.4 billion of debt. During the cases, the Court approved the sale of Verity’s hospitals and senior living facility, and confirmed the joint plan of liquidation, which resolved complex litigation and created a liquidating trust for the benefit of creditors. The sale of Verity Health’s nonprofit assets raised unique issues related to the transfer of healthcare assets in bankruptcy, including the scope of the powers of the Attorney General and the transfer of medical provider agreements, which led to groundbreaking decisions. During the cases, Verity also collaborated with the Attorneys for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to reopen St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, and to set aside beds at Seton Medical Center in the Bay Area to treat COVID-19 patients.
  • Air Force Village West, Inc. dba Altavita (Chapter 11 – California): Representing Air Force Village West, Inc., in chapter 11 proceedings that will pave the way for the sale of its continuing care retirement community. The Riverside, CA–based company, which does business as Altavita Village, filed in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. They have lined up a stalking horse bidder, with the consent of the secured creditors, to sell the 220 acre facility for $58 million in cash and assumption of certain liabilities. A bid procedures motion was approved on May 14, 2019, with an auction to be held on or about June 5, 2019.
  • Gardens Regional Medical Center & Hospital, Inc. (Chapter 11 – Central District of California, June 2016-October 2018): Tania played a pivotal role in representing this 137 bed not-for-profit hospital in connection with the California Attorney General’s appeal of the Bankruptcy Court’s sale order. The hospital was initially sold under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code in a very successful auction (the purchase price went from $8.5 million to $19.5 million). The California Attorney General approved the sale, but imposed such onerous economic conditions on the buyer that the sale failed, which led to the hospital’s closure. The hospital sold again, now as a closed hospital, for approximately $7 million, over the objection of the Attorney General. When the Attorney General appealed the sale order, the firm successfully obtained a dismissal of the appeal. The case resulted in three published opinions, all on cutting edge issues of bankruptcy law, and a distribution to unsecured creditors.

Recognition

  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers, 2013–2015
    In the Media
  • “The coronavirus pandemic impact on a hospital bankruptcy,” The Bond Buyer, April 30, 2020
  • “AHMC Healthcare to Buy Two San Francisco-Area Hospitals for $40 Million” The Wallstreet Journal, April 23, 2020
  • “Verity Cleared to Sell Two Hospitals,” The Deal, April 13, 2020
  • “Verity Collects Approval to Sell Remaining Hospitals,” The Deal, April 18, 2019
  • “Altavita Village Latest Retirement Community Casualty,” The Deal, March 12, 2019
  • “$610M Stalking Horse Bid For 4 Verity Hospitals Approved,” Law 360, February 20, 2019
  • “Verity Reveals Sale of Remaining Hospitals,” The Deal, January 18, 2019
    Insights
  • Co-author, “Medicare, Medicaid Provider Agreements May Transfer Free and Clear in Bankruptcy,” Journal of Corporate Renewal, September 2020
  • Co-author, “The Effect of the Global Pandemic on Hospitals in America: The Rich Get Richer, But for the Rest …” in Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Vol. 29, No. 4 (August 2020)

Activities and Affiliations

  • Community Involvement and Pro Bono
  • Cycle for Survival, Team Lead
  • LA Beats Cancer, Board Member

Presentations

  • Panelist, “How to Effectuate Distressed Hospital Sales Where Prior Efforts have Failed,” Distressed Investing Conference
  • Panelist, “Nonprofits in Distress Never Say Never,” Western Conference on Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Panelist, “Today’s Health Crisis: Behavioral Health and Opioids,” ABI Health Care Program: The New Reality in Health Care
  • Speaker, “Appellate Ethics and Frivolous Appeals,” 4th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium, Federal Bar Association
  • Speaker, “What’s up with Attorney Civility?,” 5th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium, Federal Bar Association
    Memberships
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2004, Juris Doctor
  • University of California, San Diego, 1999, BA
    Admissions and qualifications
  • US Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California
  • US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California
  • US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California
  • US Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of California
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Central District of California
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Languages: English and Spanish

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