Emory Ireland

Foley & Lardner LLP

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East Wisconsin Avenue 777
Milwaukee 53202 WI US

Emory Ireland is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the Finance & Financial Institutions and Privacy, Security & Information Management Practices and the Sports Industry Team. He is a former chair of the Finance Practice.

Mr. Ireland has more than 40 years of experience representing clients in:

  • Sophisticated financing transactions
  • Loan workouts and bankruptcies
  • Derivative transactions
  • Bank regulatory matters
  • The federal and state regulation of consumer credit transactions, payment systems, and a broad range of other financial services

Education : Mr. Ireland is a graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School.

Professional Memberships :

Mr. Ireland has been chairman of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s committee on Standard Forms of Legal Opinions, chairman of its subcommittee on Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, chairman of its subcommittee on Revised Article 5 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and a member of the board of directors of its Business Law Section. He has also received the President’s Award from the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Representative Matters :

  • Foley represented Plan Trustee and Oversight Committee in the 10th largest bank failure in the nation, in connection with the liquidation of GFGI’s assets and prosecution of recovery actions.
  • The case included representation of the interests of the bankruptcy estate and FDIC, in prosecuting claims by assignment jointly on behalf of the Estate and FDIC, recovering nearly $300 million for creditors and the FDIC, in one of the most successful bank holding company restructurings nationally.
  • Foley represented Quad Graphics in the issuance of the private placement of $300 million of 7% senior notes due 2022, followed by a registered exchange offer.
  • Represented a utility holding company and its utility subsidiaries in obtaining several billion dollars of bank financing over the years, including related derivative transactions.
  • Counseled a higher education finance client who was party to certain swap and cap agreements with Lehman Brothers Special Financing, Inc. (LBSFI) related to student loan asset-backed securities issued by the client.
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., the Lehman parent entity, guaranteed LBSFI’s obligations under the swap and cap agreements.
  • Represented a major insurance company in structuring investments in a private equity fund to avoid control issues under the Bank Holding Company Act.
  • Represented a consumer finance company in a complete revision of its contract forms and related compliance issues.


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