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The new general counsel of Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc., Patrick Cauley, knows that working in the legal department of the Northville, Michigan-based auto supplier is anything but an easy ride. Having served as interim GC for a year and a half, the 44-year-old Cauley has already steered the company around some dangerous curves. Two years after joining Hayes Lemmerz � he was brought on in 1999 by the company’s former GC � Cauley got a crash course in bankruptcy law when Hayes Lemmerz filed for Chapter 11. Cauley, who had handled a range of corporate work during his years at the Detroit-based firm Bodman, Longley & Dahling, had no real bankruptcy experience. “It was like baptism by fire,” he says. He and the other lawyers at Hayes Lemmerz came up with new articles, bylaws, corporate governance guidelines, and a new board of directors. But even after the company emerged from Chapter 11 in June 2003, the onslaught of bankruptcy-related work continued. Cauley and his colleagues recently put together a senior notes offering, arranged a credit facility, and oversaw a couple of small acquisitions. “If the process doesn’t kill you, the experience is great,” he says of the bankruptcy years at Hayes Lemmerz. Looking back, however, Cauley is upbeat about the crises he has weathered at the company. “I don’t know what’s going to happen next month, but I know it’s going to be interesting.”

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