Tim Dietrich provides strategic advice for businesses, financial institutions and governments in a number of areas, including organization and governance and the structuring, negotiation, and closing of corporate and commercial financial transactions. Tim continues to advise financial institutions and businesses in situations involving financial distress and to provide a wide array of advice to governments, including utilities matters.
Tim leads Barley’s Food and Agribusiness Industry practice. During the years 2008 through 2013, Tim served as Barley Snyder’s managing partner and initiated Barley’s process improvement program called Practice Excellence®. This firm-wide program focuses on quality, knowledge and service. The program also emphasizes efficiency and standardization by applying lean principles to our practice. The program began in 2008 and is being led by Practice Excellence® “Champions” of each of our practice groups.
Tim's practice involves general corporate counseling and representation in acquisitions and other transactions for both privately and publicly held businesses. In some instances, he serves clients in a "general counsel" role, providing representation on general business, corporate and financial matters, while also assisting in the coordination of litigation, regulatory compliance and other matters. He has devoted a significant portion of his practice to counseling businesses involved in the development, manufacturing and marketing of medical devices.
Food & Agribusiness
Tim is utilizing his knowledge of FDA, USDA and other regulatory requirements to assist clients in the food and agriculture areas with their transactional needs and compliance with the more rigorous requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Tim works extensively with lenders and borrowers in various aspects of secured and unsecured credit transactions, including syndicated and participated loans, real estate acquisition and construction financing, asset-based transactions, acquisition financing, loan work-outs and restructurings and tax-exempt financing. The focus of Tim's lending practice is on middle market loan and small loan borrowers.
Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy
Tim began his career as a bankruptcy lawyer and continues to give strategic advice and representation to clients facing various aspects of distressed financial situations. His creditors' rights and bankruptcy practice currently is focused on secured and unsecured creditor representation in bankruptcy proceedings, as well as loan workouts and forbearance negotiation. He has represented businesses as debtors in bankruptcy and collection proceedings, including debtor representation in workouts and distressed settings, including Chapter 11 reorganization cases resulting in plan confirmations. Outside of bankruptcy, he has represented creditors in foreclosure, confession of judgment, execution, debt sale and assignment matters. He has lectured for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference on Chapter 11 issues.
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Tim represents local governments in matters of governance, procurement, finance, land use, code enforcement, utilities and other matters. His clients include boroughs, townships, planning commissions, municipal authorities, redevelopment authorities, and transportation authorities. He has been involved as government counsel or solicitor in construction project issues, sewer and water project issues, proprietary function matters, difficult code enforcement and land use issues related to undergraduate student housing and religious uses, open space preservation issues and police/law enforcement concerns. He provided legal counsel in connection with the financing, construction and operation of the first municipally-owned and operated fiber optic broadband system in Pennsylvania. He also has successfully negotiated complex multi-party sewage treatment agreements, including the formation and financing of joint authorities and capacity/construction agreements involving a mixture of public and private parties (PPP).