Lara Luo is a restructuring associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Washington Prime Group Inc.: Representation of Washington Prime Group Inc. and eighty-eight of its affiliates (“WPG”) in their prearranged Chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. WPG owns, develops, and manages retail real estate across the United States, including enclosed and open air retail properties, with a portfolio comprising material interests in 102 shopping centers across the United States. As of the petition date, WPG had approximately $3.9 billion of funded debt.
Alex and Ani, LLC: Representation of Alex and Ani and eight of its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Alex and Ani entered bankruptcy with approximately $127.4 million of funded debt and the support of 100% of each tranche of its funded indebtedness and 100% of its equityholders, including private equity sponsor and majority equity owner Lion Capital. The RSA contemplates a dual track plan and marketing process that will completely delever the company’s balance sheet, as well as a global settlement with the company’s lenders and equityholders. Alex and Ani, a premier jewelry company that gained widespread recognition in the early 2010s, faced significant challenges in recent years, most recently from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frontera Generation Holdings LLC — Represented Frontera Generation Holdings LLC and five of its affiliates in their prearranged Chapter 11 cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Frontera owns and operates the only U.S.-based power plant that sells all of its 526MW/year power production to the Mexican wholesale market. The restructuring, which had nearly-universal lender support, enabled Frontera to obtain $70 million of new liquidity through a DIP-to-exit facility, slash more than $850 million of its $944 million debt load, and pay its trade claims in full.
FTS International, Inc.: Representation of FTSI and its affiliates in their prepackaged Chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. FTSI, a publicly-traded company, is one of the largest providers of hydraulic fracturing services in North America and provides customized hydraulic fracturing solutions to exploration and production companies to enhance recovery rates from oil and gas wells drilled in the most active basins in the United States. FTSI commenced its Chapter 11 cases with a restructuring support agreement with over 87% of the holders of the company’s funded secured debt. If the company’s prepackaged Chapter 11 plan is approved, holders of approximately $440 million of funded secured debt will exchange their debt claims for over 90% of the equity in the reorganized debtors, holders of FTSI’s existing equity will receive approximately 10% of the equity in the reorganized debtors, and all ongoing business trade claims will ride through the bankruptcy unimpaired.
California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.: Representation of California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. (“CPK”) and its affiliates in their prearranged Chapter 11 restructuring in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. CPK is an iconic restaurant brand that specializes in California-style pizza with locations internationally and throughout the United States. CPK’s plan received near unanimous approval from all voting classes and allowed CPK to emerge from Chapter 11 in November 2020, reducing its debt obligations by over $225 million.
Salt Creek Midstream: Representation of Salt Creek Midstream, a full-service midstream provider headquartered in Houston, in a comprehensive out-of-court recapitalization that equitized certain existing debt and brought in new investment from its existing lender groups and funds managed by Ares Management.
Macy’s, Inc.: Representation of Macy’s, Inc. in connection with its recent $4 billion financing in response to impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The transactions consist of a $2.8 billion ABL Facility and an additional $300 million bridge commitment secured by Macy’s inventory, and $1.3 billion bond offering secured by the company’s top mall assets and distribution centers. The proceeds of the financing will help Macy’s retire certain of its upcoming debt maturities and fund operations during the crisis.
Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc.: Representation of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. and its affiliates, in its Chapter 11 restructuring in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Hornbeck provides marine transportation and subsea installation services to support the deep water drilling and production needs of their exploration and production, oilfield service, offshore construction, and U.S. military customers. The Hornbeck Chapter 11 cases were filed with a prepackaged plan of reorganization that contemplates a $75 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing and a fully backstopped $100 million rights offering.
Ultra Petroleum Corp.: Representation of Ultra Petroleum Corp. and its affiliates in their comprehensive deleveraging and balance-sheet restructuring, accomplished through prepackaged Chapter 11 cases filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas and a parallel Canadian recognition proceeding filed in the Supreme Court of Yukon in 2020. Ultra is one of the largest oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in Wyoming.
Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC: Representation of Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC and affiliates in their pre-arranged Chapter 11 cases. The Company successfully completed its restructuring of over $5.5 billion of funded indebtedness in under five months. The restructuring plan was confirmed in September 2020, eliminated more than $4 billion of debt and more than $200 million of annual cash interest expense, and preserved more than 13,000 jobs. Neiman Marcus is the first retailer with over $5 billion of debt to reorganize under Chapter 11.
Sheridan Holding Company I, LLC: Representation of Sheridan Holding Company I, LLC and certain affiliates in the first one-day Chapter 11 case in Texas history in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sheridan I obtained confirmation of its prepackaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization by video conference on March 24, 2020, one day after Sheridan I filed for Chapter 11. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Sheridan I is the first of three series of Sheridan oil and natural gas investment funds. Sheridan I’s prepackaged equitization restructuring eliminated approximately $470 million of funded debt and left general unsecured creditors unimpaired.
Sheridan Holding Company II, LLC: Representation of Sheridan Holding Company II, LLC, and certain affiliates in their prepackaged Chapter 11 restructuring in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Sheridan II is the second of three series of Sheridan oil and natural gas investment funds. Sheridan II’s prepackaged restructuring addressed over $1.1 billion of funded debt obligations through an equitization which had near universal creditor support and left general unsecured creditors unimpaired.
Admissions & Qualifications
New York University School of LawJ.D.cum laude2019