Bringing a Calm and Collected Approach to the Acquisition of Distressed Hospitals
When seven physician-owned hospitals in Texas filed separate bankruptcy cases in late 2015 and early 2016, an investor-owned health system called on Waller to guide it through the process of acquiring several of those facilities. Waller’s multidisciplinary team, led by partner John Tishler, drew upon its collective wealth of experience in handling mergers and acquisitions in bankruptcy settings – referred to as “363” sales, after the Bankruptcy Code section that authorizes them – to assist our client in achieving its goals. Waller lawyers conducted an initial assessment of the most viable acquisition targets, ultimately advising the client in connection with the purchase of three of the hospitals. One of the three hospitals remained open throughout the sales process, and Waller’s lawyers were able to assist the client in a seamless transaction, addressing everything from real estate, financing, litigation, tax, regulatory and licensure and bankruptcy issues. As the hospitals enter 2017, all three facilities are expected to be immediately profitable.