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John Weber
Partner

Tel: +1-212-373-3656
Fax: +1-212-492-0656
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+1-212-373-3656
New York

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: +1-212-492-0656

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A partner in the Restructuring Department, John Weber focuses his practice on representing debtors, equity owners, creditor groups and distressed investors in a broad range of restructuring matters, including chapter 11 cases, cross-border insolvency matters, out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy-related acquisitions. John has a broad range of experience across a number of industries, including media and communications, healthcare, retail, energy and manufacturing.

John is recognized as a “Rising Star” and “Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney” by Super Lawyers. He was the recipient of the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal for Excellence in the Study of Debtor-Creditor Law.

EXPERIENCE

John’s representative company-side experience includes:

  • The Collected Group, an international fashion group headquartered in California which is recognized globally as a leading designer, distributor and retailer of the Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliot brands, and its debtor subsidiaries, in their chapter 11 cases in the District of Delaware
  • Revlon, a leading global beauty company, in its subsidiary’s successful out-of-court exchange offer
  • Jack Cooper Ventures, a leading provider of finished vehicle logistics in North America for new and used vehicles and diversified logistical services in select non-automotive markets, and 18 of its subsidiaries and affiliates, in their chapter 11 cases in the Northern District of Georgia
  • David’s Bridal, the nation’s leading bridal and special occasion retailer, in an out-of-court recapitalization transaction which provided for $55 million of new capital from existing lenders and the exchange of more than $275 million in existing term loan debt into new preferred and common equity securities
  • Preferred Sands, one of the leading producers of sand and resin coated proppants for North America’s oil and gas industry, in a comprehensive out-of-court restructuring that involved the equitization or renegotiation of more than $1.4 billion of funded indebtedness, the issuance of new debt and the carve-out of certain of its in-basin production assets into a new entity, Signal Peak Silica

John’s representative creditor and sponsor-side experience includes:

  • An ad hoc group of prepetition and postpetition lenders in the chapter 11 cases of Country Fresh and its affiliates, a provider of fresh-cut fruit, vegetable and snack foods, involving approximately $132 million in secured debt
  • An ad hoc group of senior noteholders in the prearranged chapter 11 restructuring of Hi-Crush, a fully integrated provider of proppant and logistics services used in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells
  • Chatham Asset Management and its affiliated or managed funds in its approximately $325 million acquisition of substantially all of the assets of The McClatchy Company, a Sacramento-based publishing company that operates 29 daily newspapers in 14 states, through a cash and credit bid under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, in The McClatchy Company’s chapter 11 cases
  • Certain funds advised or otherwise managed by Oaktree Capital Management in their capacity as holders of David’s Bridal’s term loans and unsecured notes in the negotiations, implementation and consummation of a prepackaged chapter 11 plan to right-size the company’s balance sheet and rationalize operations. Oaktree was the company’s single largest creditor
  • An ad hoc committee of cross-holders holding approximately 45% of PetSmart’s secured and unsecured debt in challenging certain spin transactions
  • An ad hoc group of first lien lenders in the out-of-court restructuring of Country Fresh, a provider of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and snacking solutions. The company’s restructuring provided for, among other things, (a) the exchange of approximately $400 million of existing secured indebtedness into $60 million of second lien debt and 100% of the company’s reorganized equity, and (b) a new-money cash infusion of approximately $35 million to afford significant financial flexibility to support the company's long-term growth prospects
  • An ad hoc group of debtholders of Concordia Healthcare, an international specialty pharmaceutical company based in Canada, in the restructuring of the company and its affiliates
  • The first lien lender of Willbros Group, a global engineering and contractor company, in the company’s restructuring and sale

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