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Jeff Pawlitz is a partner in our Financial Restructuring practice and a member of the Alternative Capital and Credit Group.  He represents debtors, creditors and investors in a broad range of restructuring matters, including chapter 11 cases, cross-border insolvency matters, out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy-related acquisitions.  Jeff has represented a diverse range of clients spanning numerous industries in some of the most complex and contentious bankruptcies in recent years.  Significant creditor representations in major bankruptcies and restructuring matters include engagements by Apollo Global Management, Barings, Brigade Capital Management, Carlson Capital, CVC Credit Partners, Goldman Sachs, GSO Capital Partners, Invesco and Octagon Credit Investors

Jeff also advises distressed companies in connection with liability management, restructurings, and fiduciary duty considerations.  Recent distressed company representations include advising Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc., GSE Environmental, Platinum Energy Solutions, Stallion Oilfield Services, AMF Bowling, The Dolan Company, Horizon Lines, and Friendly’s Ice Cream Company.

Prior to joining the Firm, Jeff was a Restructuring partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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Credentials

J.D., Washington University in St. Louis, magna cum laude

B.S. Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia, magna cum laude with honors

B.S. Finance & Banking, University of Missouri-Columbia, magna cum laude with honors

B.S. Real Estate, University of Missouri-Columbia, magna cum laude with honors

Matters

Recent nonconfidential creditor engagements include:

The crossover lender group in Nine West, a leading American fashion wholesale and retail company;

The lender group in the Chapter 11 cases of Payless Holdings, the largest retailer of specialty family footwear in the western hemisphere;

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Recent nonconfidential creditor engagements include:

The crossover lender group in Nine West, a leading American fashion wholesale and retail company;

The lender group in the Chapter 11 cases of Payless Holdings, the largest retailer of specialty family footwear in the western hemisphere;

GSO in connection with the senior secured exit financing credit facility in the chapter 11 cases of Optima Specialty Steel, Inc., a leading independent manufactuer of specialty steel products;

GSO, as a fulcrum lender in Roadhouse Holdings (a/k/a Logan's Roadhouse), which operates more than 200 full-service casual dining steakhouses across 23 states;

The lender group in Vince Camuto, a global luxury brand of clothing and apparel;

Peak Rock Capital in its acquisition of Natural American Foods (f/k/a Groeb Farms, Inc.), one of America’s leading producers and distributors of honey and other food products.

Recent nonconfidential company engagements include:

Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, a majority-owned subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, in its Chapter 11 restructuring. CEOC provides casino entertainment services and owns, operates or manages 44 gaming and resort properties in 13 U.S states and in five countries primarily under the Caesars, Harrah's and Horseshoe brand names. CEOC and its debtor subsidiaries had more than $18.4 billion in funded debt obligations as of the commencement of their Chapter 11 cases.

The Dolan Company, a leading publisher of business journals, court and commercial newspapers and other publications, in its prepackaged Chapter 11 reorganization.

GSE Environmental, the leading global manufacturer and marketer of geosynthetic lining solutions, in its prearranged Chapter 11 cases.

hibu (a/k/a Yellowbook), a subsidiary of Yellow Pages Limited, a UK corporation and one of the world's largest providers of print and digital directory services, as U.S. restructuring counsel advising hibu on all aspects of the restructuring of its global operations and representing it in connection with Chapter 15 cases to complement reorganization proceedings pending in the UK.

ITR Concession Company, the operator of the Indiana Toll Road that stretches from Chicago to Ohio, in its prepackaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

Platinum Energy Solutions, a Houston, Texas–based oilfield services provider specializing in premium hydraulic fracturing, coiled tubing and other pressure pumping services, in a comprehensive out-of-court restructuring.

AMF Bowling Worldwide, the world's largest owner and operator of bowling centers and a leader in the bowling industry, in connection with its prearranged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

Friendly's Ice Cream, a leading full-service, family-oriented restaurant chain and provider of ice cream products in the eastern U.S., in Chapter 11 proceeding through which substantially all of Friendly's assets were sold pursuant to a Section 363 sale process which was consummated approximately three months post-filing.

Horizon Lines, the nation's leading Jones Act-compliant ocean shipping and integrated logistics company, in connection with two successful out-of-court restructurings.

U.S. Concrete, a leading provider of ready-mixed concrete and concrete-related products in select markets throughout the U.S., in its prearranged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

SHC KSL Partners (a/k/a Hotel del Coronado), an iconic resort hotel opened in 1888, in a comprehensive out-of-court restructuring.

Stallion Oilfield Services, a provider of a broad and comprehensive range of critical services to support oil and natural gas well-site operations, in its prearranged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

Matters

Recent nonconfidential creditor engagements include:

The crossover lender group in Nine West, a leading American fashion wholesale and retail company;

The lender group in the Chapter 11 cases of Payless Holdings, the largest retailer of specialty family footwear in the western hemisphere;

See more
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Matters

Recent nonconfidential creditor engagements include:

The crossover lender group in Nine West, a leading American fashion wholesale and retail company;

The lender group in the Chapter 11 cases of Payless Holdings, the largest retailer of specialty family footwear in the western hemisphere;

GSO in connection with the senior secured exit financing credit facility in the chapter 11 cases of Optima Specialty Steel, Inc., a leading independent manufactuer of specialty steel products;

GSO, as a fulcrum lender in Roadhouse Holdings (a/k/a Logan's Roadhouse), which operates more than 200 full-service casual dining steakhouses across 23 states;

The lender group in Vince Camuto, a global luxury brand of clothing and apparel;

Peak Rock Capital in its acquisition of Natural American Foods (f/k/a Groeb Farms, Inc.), one of America’s leading producers and distributors of honey and other food products.

Recent nonconfidential company engagements include:

Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, a majority-owned subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, in its Chapter 11 restructuring. CEOC provides casino entertainment services and owns, operates or manages 44 gaming and resort properties in 13 U.S states and in five countries primarily under the Caesars, Harrah's and Horseshoe brand names. CEOC and its debtor subsidiaries had more than $18.4 billion in funded debt obligations as of the commencement of their Chapter 11 cases.

The Dolan Company, a leading publisher of business journals, court and commercial newspapers and other publications, in its prepackaged Chapter 11 reorganization.

GSE Environmental, the leading global manufacturer and marketer of geosynthetic lining solutions, in its prearranged Chapter 11 cases.

hibu (a/k/a Yellowbook), a subsidiary of Yellow Pages Limited, a UK corporation and one of the world's largest providers of print and digital directory services, as U.S. restructuring counsel advising hibu on all aspects of the restructuring of its global operations and representing it in connection with Chapter 15 cases to complement reorganization proceedings pending in the UK.

ITR Concession Company, the operator of the Indiana Toll Road that stretches from Chicago to Ohio, in its prepackaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

Platinum Energy Solutions, a Houston, Texas–based oilfield services provider specializing in premium hydraulic fracturing, coiled tubing and other pressure pumping services, in a comprehensive out-of-court restructuring.

AMF Bowling Worldwide, the world's largest owner and operator of bowling centers and a leader in the bowling industry, in connection with its prearranged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

Friendly's Ice Cream, a leading full-service, family-oriented restaurant chain and provider of ice cream products in the eastern U.S., in Chapter 11 proceeding through which substantially all of Friendly's assets were sold pursuant to a Section 363 sale process which was consummated approximately three months post-filing.

Horizon Lines, the nation's leading Jones Act-compliant ocean shipping and integrated logistics company, in connection with two successful out-of-court restructurings.

U.S. Concrete, a leading provider of ready-mixed concrete and concrete-related products in select markets throughout the U.S., in its prearranged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

SHC KSL Partners (a/k/a Hotel del Coronado), an iconic resort hotel opened in 1888, in a comprehensive out-of-court restructuring.

Stallion Oilfield Services, a provider of a broad and comprehensive range of critical services to support oil and natural gas well-site operations, in its prearranged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

Credentials

J.D., Washington University in St. Louis, magna cum laude

B.S. Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia, magna cum laude with honors

B.S. Finance & Banking, University of Missouri-Columbia, magna cum laude with honors

B.S. Real Estate, University of Missouri-Columbia, magna cum laude with honors