Overview

Tye Hancock is a partner in Holland & Knight's Houston office. Mr. Hancock focuses his practice on business bankruptcy, commercial litigation and insolvency-related matters. He represents creditors, lenders, official committees, shareholders and other stakeholders in out of court workouts, restructurings, complex business bankruptcy cases and other related litigation proceedings, including preference and fraudulent conveyance litigation.

Mr. Hancock takes a proactive, strategic approach to representing his clients. He has represented the interests of large and small corporate clients in a broad range of industries. He has represented virtually every constituency involved in upstream oil and gas restructurings and has represented a broad range of clients in the energy, real estate, healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, transportation, commercial construction and retail industries. Mr. Hancock has represented oil and gas companies, banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, vendors, trade creditors, landlords, tenants, and oil and gas interest owners, among others.

Representative Experience

  • In re Sanchez Energy Corporation, Case No. 19-34508, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented a large financial institution as collateral trustee and senior secured lender
  • In re HVI Cat Canyon, Inc., Case No. 19-11573, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Northern Division; represented an upstream oil and gas company in connection with its purchase of upstream assets in Chapter 11 bankruptcy sale and auction process
  • In re Victerra Energy Holding Co., LLC, Case No. 20-32487, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented a sell-side counterparty in bankruptcy litigation involving purchase price reserve escrow
  • In re Whiting Petroleum Corporation, Case No. 20-32021; in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented a substantial working interest owner and contract counterparty to Chapter 11 debtor
  • In re EXCO Resources, Inc., Case No. 18-30155, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented an upstream oil and gas company as working interest owner, mineral owner and contractual counterparty to the debtor
  • In re Geokinetics, Inc., Case No. 18-33410, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented creditor and contractual counterparty to the debtor with senior liens on certain equipment used in seismic data collection and surveying
  • Represented a commercial bank as administrative agent in connection with an out of court workout of a senior secured credit facility with a borrower in the aerospace industry
  • Represented a private equity-backed exploration and production company in an out of court workout and resolution of a senior secured credit facility
  • In re Lockwood Holdings, Inc., Case No. 18-30197, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented a manufacturer and supplier of specialized equipment in the bankruptcy of a downstream distributor
  • In re ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, Case No. 12-36187, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; OHA Investment Corporation v. ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, Case No. 17-20224, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit received victory involving the dismissal of statutory mineral lien claims asserted against certain term overriding royalties (production payments) purchased in certain outer continental shelf oil, gas and mineral leases; the case was one of first impression in the Fifth Circuit – and the first of its kind in American jurisprudence
  • In re Samson Resources Corporation et al, Case No. 15-11934, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; represented an upstream oil and gas company in the purchase of oil and gas properties from a Chapter 11 debtor
  • In re Paladin Energy Corp., Case No. 16-31590, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas; represented a commercial bank in connection with a revolving credit facility secured by upstream oil and gas assets
  • In re Linn Energy, LLC et al, Case No. 16-60040, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented upstream oil and gas companies as working interest owners and contract counterparties to a Chapter 11 debtor
  • In re Stone Energy Corporation et al, Case No 16-36390, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented a seismic data company as a contract counterparty under certain non-exclusive data licenses held by a Chapter 11 debtor
  • In re Tristream East Texas, LLC, Case No. 16-31521; in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented a commercial bank in connection with a revolving credit facility secured by midstream oil and gas assets
  • In re Chaparral Energy Inc. et al, Case No. 16-11144, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; represented working interest owners and contract counterparties to a Chapter 11 debtor
  • In re Stone Panels, Inc., Case No. 16-32856; in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas; represented a commercial real estate construction company as counterparty to supply contract with Chapter 11 debtor manufacturer
  • In re LoneStar Geophysical Survey LLC, Case No. 15-11872; in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Oklahoma; represented a seismic equipment lessor as a counterparty to Chapter 11 seismic data company
  • In re M3 Technology Incorporated, Case No. 12-34444; in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented software company as the largest creditor and stakeholder in Chapter 11 case involving a final judgment for misappropriation of trade secrets and a permanent injunction related thereto
  • In re ATP Oil & Gas Corp., Case No. 12-36187; in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented a term overriding royalty holder as a counterparty to a Chapter 11 debtor
  • In re OHA Investment Corporation v. Bennu Oil & Gas, LLC, Case No. 12-03443; in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; represented a royalty owner in connection with recharacterization claims and claims for disgorgement asserted by statutory lien claimants
  • In re Lon Morris College, Case No. 12-60557; in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas; represented secured creditor in case involving historic college and real property in East Texas

  • Advised large corporate client in connection with counterparty risk issues involving joint venture and properties in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf.
  • Represented a commercial bank as lead arranger and administrative agent in the negotiation of intercreditor agreements relating to senior financing on midstream oil and gas assets

Credentials

Education
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D.
  • Texas Tech University, B.B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Memberships
  • Houston Bar Association; Bankruptcy Section
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Commercial Finance Association
  • Steer Auction Committee, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • "Horspitality" Committee, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guideBankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy, 2019-2022
  • Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers magazine, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Business Litigation, 2005-2015
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas magazine, 2010-2013, 2015, 2017

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