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- Chambers USA, Band 1 for Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Nationwide and NYC) and "Bankruptcy Law Firm of the Year" in 2019
Utilities, Coal, Power and Other Energy
Our restructuring department fields large, multidisciplinary teams that leverage the resources of our firm as a whole. We act on all sides of cutting-edge restructuring transactions across a range of industries.
W Wind Down's Restructuring
An ad hoc group led by The Baupost Group, L.L.C. in acquiring more than $7.5 billion in claims against Westinghouse Electric Company LLC and its affiliates and subsequently negotiating the Westinghouse plan that centered on a $4 billion asset sale. Pursuant to the Plan, the ad hoc group took ownership of W Wind Down Co., the entity responsible for resolving all claims in the Westinghouse chapter 11 cases.
Pacific Gas & Electric’s Chapter 11 Case
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in the chapter 11 cases of PG&E Corporation and its primary operating subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, California’s largest investor-owned public utility and the largest public utility in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, with a reported $71.4 billion in assets and $51.7 billion in liabilities. Paul, Weiss also represented CPUC in PG&E’s previous bankruptcy proceedings, including related litigation and appeals, from which PG&E emerged in 2003.
Halcón Resources' Prepackaged Chapter 11 Case
An ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders in connection with the prepackaged chapter 11 cases of Halcón Resources Corporation.
TCEH’s Chapter 11 Case
An ad hoc committee of certain first lien senior secured creditors of Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company LLC in the company’s chapter 11 case involving approximately $32 billion of secured and unsecured debt.
Foresight Energy’s Out-of-Court Restructuring
Foresight Energy LP, a U.S. thermal coal producer and marketer, and its subsidiaries in connection with an out-of-court restructuring of approximately $2 billion of secured and unsecured debt and a follow-on refinancing of more than $1.3 billion of outstanding indebtedness.
Walter Energy’s Chapter 11 Cases
Walter Energy, Inc., a leading producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry, in its U.S.-Canadian cross-border restructuring, including all aspects of its chapter 11 case, resulting in the discharge of over $4 billion of secured and unsecured debt and the going concern sale of the company’s core mining operations to its senior lenders. This matter was recognized by The M&A Advisor as the “Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (Over $1B)” and “Section 363 Sale of the Year (Over $1B).”
Westinghouse Electric’s Financing Facility
Apollo Capital Management, L.P., on behalf of certain funds and accounts it manages, in providing an $800 million debtor-in-possession superpriority term loan financing facility to Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, and certain of its affiliates, a global business that builds, maintains and services more than half of the nuclear power plants in the world.
Arch Coal’s Pre-arranged Chapter 11 Case
An ad hoc group of certain first lien debtholders of Arch Coal, a leading producer and marketer of coal in the United States, in connection with Arch Coal’s restructuring through a pre-arranged chapter 11 case and certain related postpetition financing. As a result of the restructuring, the ad hoc group received substantial cash payments, $326.5 million in principal amount of new first lien debt, and 94 percent of Arch Coal’s common stock in exchange for $1.9 billion of secured prepetition loans. This matter was recognized by The M&A Advisor as the “Restructuring Deal of the Year ($5B-$10B).”
Dynegy’s Pre-arranged Restructuring
An ad hoc committee of noteholders of Dynegy in connection with the commencement and settlement of litigation arising from a prepetition transfer of assets, the company’s bankruptcy cases and pre-arranged restructuring of $3.6 billion of unsecured claims. Paul, Weiss was recognized by The Financial Times for our “Highly Commended” work on this matter.
GenOn Mid-Atlantic and NRG REMA’s Restructurings
The holders of pass through certificates issued to finance two separate leveraged lease transactions of certain coal-fired power plants operated by GenOn Mid-Atlantic, LLC and NRG REMA, LLC, subsidiaries of GenOn Energy, Inc., one of the 10 largest wholesale power generation companies in the United States, in GenOn’s restructuring efforts.