Representative Experience

Helped Louis Berger Group develop and implement operational restructuring plan, realigning business lines and legal entities worldwide, integrating functions across subsidiaries.

Advised a nonprofit organization on $860 million acquisition of bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp.’s assets. The innovative deal paired subterranean coal mining with carbon credits generated by tree planting and other reclamation efforts.

Advised Daughters of Charity Health System regarding its restructuring and subsequent sale to private equity firm Blue Mountain Capital, the largest-ever and most complex nonprofit hospital transaction in California history.

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  • Bankruptcy
    • Represented Specialty Hospital of America as debtor counsel in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in D.C. and assisted with DIP financing and sale of client’s long-term acute-care hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities.
    • Represented petrochemical company LyondellBasell, reducing billions of dollars of secured debt and resolving massive environmental liabilities through Chapter 11 and post-Chapter 11 resolution of thousands of pending claims against it.
    • Represented Brazilian Viacao Aerea Rio-Grandense (Varig S.A.) in its bankruptcy proceedings and debt restructuring. Recognized by Latin Lawyer as a “Deal of the Year.”
  • Creditors’ Rights & Indenture Trustee Representation
    • Achieved precedent-setting win for Wells Fargo regarding permissibility of imposing freezes on bankruptcy debtor bank client accounts when Ninth Circuit held that such freezes were allowed to preserve bankruptcy estate assets.
    • Represent Wells Fargo bank in workout and bankruptcy in connection with loans to Cocopah Nurseries, the largest supplier of date palm trees in the U.S., and its affiliates.
    • In a pro bono engagement, representing 15 unpaid employees in recovering wages from post-bankruptcy liquidated day care employer. Under applicable Massachusetts law, employer is personally liable for unpaid wages, trebled, attorneys’ fees, interest and costs.
    • Represented BNY Mellon and Wilmington Trust Company regarding equipment trust certificates, leveraged leases and other aircraft finance transactions in American Airlines bankruptcy. Matter value: $3 billion.
    • Represented Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas as indenture trustee for $200 million of subordinated notes in K-V Pharmaceutical Company et al. Chapter 11 cases.
    • Obtained for Wells Fargo Bank stay relief and initiated receivership regarding loans to two hotel-owner limited partnerships that filed bankruptcy.
    • Representing Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, on behalf of bondholders, regarding Grupo Aralco’s bankruptcy filing in Brazil and Chapter 15 bankruptcy filing in the Bankruptcy Court SDNY.
    • Representing Deutsche Bank, on bondholders’ behalf, in restructuring of $1 billion+ of senior notes issued by OAS Finance Limited and OAS Investments GMBH. Received Latin Lawyer “Deal of the Year” recognition.
  • Distressed M&As
    • As counsel to MedLab in bankruptcy case filed in response to Medicare and other reimbursement reductions and creditor demands, obtained Bankruptcy Court authorization for MedLab to sell its three divisions through court-supervised auctions.
    • Represented Grupo Camarero in extensive Chapter 11 litigation, including three competing reorganization plans, resulting in the client’s acquisition of Puerto Rico’s only horseracing facility.
  • Out-of-Court Restructurings
    • Advising Dormitory Authority of the State of New York on Brooklyn-area healthcare services restructuring, potential hospital mergers, consolidations and delivery model changes, development and financing through tax-exempt bonds and grants and transition to new system.
  • Cross-Border Matters
    • Representing three Japanese companies exiting their investment in the shipping industry in Brazil.
    • Representing Deutsche Bank in restructuring of senior notes issued by Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona S.A.I.C. of Argentina and guaranteed by Wind Power Energia S.A. of Brazil, which sought bankruptcy protection in Brazil.
    • Represented Deutsche Bank in connection with the restructuring of a loan to San Antonio Oil and Gas Services Ltd. (Argentina).

Practice Area Highlights

Best Lawyers recognizes our Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor practice as among the top in the nation and U.S. News & World Report gave top-tier national recognition to Pillsbury for bankruptcy litigation.

Our Insolvency & Restructuring practice was recognized by IFLR 1000 in 2015 and Chambers USA recognizes individual Bankruptcy/Restructuring lawyers in our California and New York offices.

Received multiple “Deal of the Year” and other accolades from publications such as The Financial Times, M&A Advisor and Latin Lawyer.