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Admitted to Practice

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Drew Cruz Patterson

Drew Patterson represents companies at every stage of their life cycle, from startups and emerging companies to mature public and private companies. He represents banks, financial institutions, and companies in many different industries: food and beverage, health care, real estate, entertainment, hospitality, and information technology.

His experience in corporate and transactional matters include venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, data privacy and security, debt and equity financings, commercial real estate issues, corporate governance, securities law issues, environmental compliance, corporate dissolutions, and loan workouts for bank lenders and borrowers.

He also has experience in a variety of litigation matters, including intellectual property, fraudulent transfer, antitrust, real estate, commercial, and bankruptcy-related disputes. In the courtroom, Drew has successfully litigated and negotiated millions of dollars of bankruptcy claims on behalf of debtors, trade creditors, lenders, investors, and corporate officers. He also has represented purchasers and rights-holders in bankruptcy-related asset sales and intellectual property licensing transactions.

Representative Experience

Sale of

Represented in its sale to Palo Alto Networks for $300 million. (2018)

Acquisition of business for Avatar Integrated Systems, Inc.

Represented Avatar Integrated Systems in the acquisition of substantially all assets of AtopTech Inc., a private microchip design software company in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP received M&A Advisor’s Section 363 Sale of the Year Award ($25MM to $100MM) for its representation of Avatar. (2017)

Complex restructuring

Represented digital agency in cross-border corporate restructuring. (2017)

Acquisition of business for Hardwoods Distribution Inc.

Represented Hardwoods (TSX: HWD) in the acquisition of Rugby Architectural Building Products, a distributor of architectural building products with more than 30 locations around the U.S. (2016)

Acquisition of community bank

Represented HomeStreet, Inc., in its $54 million acquisition of Orange County Business Bank. (2016)

Acquisition for international banking group

Represented international lender in connection with a borrower's acquisition of new US Subsidiary. (2016)

Bankruptcy litigation for major retailer

Represented major retailer in complex litigation across bankruptcy court, state court, and arbitration. (2016)

Financing for health food company

Represented major health food company in dual-track renegotiation with senior lender and new mezzanine lender. (2016)

Complex restructuring

Represented Canadian record label in cross-border internal restructuring of company. (2016)

Sale of mobile payments technology company

Represented seller of mobile payments technology and security company and its affiliates in Canada, France, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. (2016)

Sale of ATA Retail Services

Represented ATA Retail Services, a San Francisco area family-owned consumer products company, in sale to private equity sponsor. (2016)

Westfield Productions LLC

Represented Westfield Productions LLC in the acquisition of Broadway production company. (2016)

Milestone Technologies, Inc.

Represented a leading IT services company in a transaction with a strategic private equity investor.

South San Joaquin Irrigation District

Represented SSJID in administrative proceedings pertaining to SSJID's plan to expand the scope of its services to include retail electric service within its existing service territory in California's Central Valley before the San Joaquin Local Agency Formation Commission.

Equipment finance workout

Represented a major equipment lender in a successful receivership of a nonprofit equipment lessor requiring negotiation and litigation against federal and state regulators, other creditors, debtor, and third-party equipment lessees.

Commercial lender workout

Represented a major commercial bank in a series of successful multimillion-dollar loan workouts involving borrowers in the technology, media, and agriculture industries.

In re Downey Medical Center, Inc.*

Represented a nonprofit community acute care hospital in its successful bankruptcy reorganization via a standalone plan and municipal bond financing. Successfully litigated and negotiated millions of dollars in claims by and against insurers, regulators, health care providers, tort claimants, and hospital employees. (Bankr. C.D. Cal.)

In re Digital Domain*

Representation of major entertainment companies to protect their interests as patent licensees in connection with sale of patents for the conversion of motion pictures to a 3D format. (Bankr. D. Del.)

In re M Waikiki LLC*

Representation of equity holders in successful reorganization of luxury hotel and related litigation with debtor’s former hotel franchisor, which concluded in settlement of litigation and confirmation of joint plan proposed by the debtor and equity holders. (Bankr. D. Haw.)

In re Solyndra*

Represented German equipment manufacturer in settlement with debtor. (Bankr. D. Del.)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Associate, Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring, Arnold & Porter LLP, Los Angeles
  • Law Clerk, United States Department of Defense Office of General Counsel, International Affairs Division, Washington, D.C.