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Leia Clement Shermohammed is an associate in the Corporate, Finance and Investments practice in the firm's Atlanta office.  Leia’s practice focuses on representing debtors, lenders, and purchasers in chapter 11 reorganization cases.  Leia also frequently represents lenders and agents in connection with complex workouts, restructurings, and bankruptcy matters as well as buyers and sellers in connection with distressed merger and acquisition transactions.  Leia’s practice spans a number of industries, including the restaurant, hospitality, energy, manufacturing, real estate, and healthcare industries.

Leia devotes significant time to the restructuring professional community as the Chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (NextGen) Board of Directors, as a Notes and Comments Advisory Committee Member of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, as a Barrister of the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, and as a member of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Atlanta Bar Association (Bankruptcy Section) and the State Bar of Georgia (Bankruptcy Section).  Leia also speaks on a variety of bankruptcy-related topics, has authored and co-authored numerous articles, and is a guest lecturer at Emory University School of Law. 

Prior to joining King & Spalding, Leia served as law clerk to Chief Judge C. Ray Mullins of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia and Judge Mary Grace Diehl of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

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Credentials

J.D., Emory University School of Law

B.A., Economics, Emory University

Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Law Clerk, The Honorable Mary Grace Diehl, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Law Clerk, The Honorable C. Ray Mullins, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia

American Bankruptcy Institute

Atlanta Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section

Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program, Volunteer Presenter

Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, Notes and Comments Advisory Committee Member

Emory Law Alumni Board

International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Programming Chair

Turnaround Management Association NextGen, Atlanta Chapter, Board of Directors, Co-Chair

Turnaround Management Association NextGen, National Leadership Conference Committee Member

W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, Barrister

Eleventh Circuit Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student


American College of Bankruptcy, 2015

Medal of Excellence


American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015

Selected by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star"


Super Lawyers, 2022

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Recognition

Eleventh Circuit Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student


American College of Bankruptcy, 2015

Medal of Excellence


American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015

Selected by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star"


Super Lawyers, 2022

News

In the News · Source: WSJ Pro Bankruptcy, Law360, Reuters, MarketScreener and Troubled Company Reporter

May 15, 2022
Michael Handler, Thad Wilson and Leia Shermohammed counsel Pareteum in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings

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Representing Pareteum Corporation and its affiliates as special corporate and finance counsel in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of New York.

Represented JPMorgan in connection with the $200 million acquisition financing, used for various acquisitions including the acquisition of Suja Life, a sponsor-backed California-based producer of cold pressed juices and other organic beverages.

Represented Golub Capital in connection with the $200 million financing for various acquisitions by Audax Private Equity, including the acquisition of S.J. Electro Systems, an industry leader in the integration of engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

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Representing Pareteum Corporation and its affiliates as special corporate and finance counsel in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of New York.

Represented JPMorgan in connection with the $200 million acquisition financing, used for various acquisitions including the acquisition of Suja Life, a sponsor-backed California-based producer of cold pressed juices and other organic beverages.

Represented Golub Capital in connection with the $200 million financing for various acquisitions by Audax Private Equity, including the acquisition of S.J. Electro Systems, an industry leader in the integration of engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

Represented Golub Capital in connection with the $215 million acquisition financing of Regency Pet, a sponsor-backed national leader in the business of providing pet afterlife care and cremation services.

Represented a surety with a large exposure in Frontier Communications.

Represented The Krystal Company and its affiliates as Debtors' counsel in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Northern District of Georgia.

Advised White Oak HealthCare Finance, LLC, in its being repaid in full in connection with a $57.7 million debtor-in-possession revolving loan provided to LifeCare Holdings LLC and certain of its affiliates.

Represented Rimrock Capital, as senior lender, in connection with the Chapter 11 cases of LakePoint Land, LLC, Georgia’s premier mixed use amateur/youth sporting tournament vacation destination.

Served as Debtors' counsel to Jack Cooper Ventures, Inc., and its affiliates, in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Northern District of Georgia.

Represented Lone Star Funds in its capacity as sponsor and bondholder in the prepackaged Chapter 11 cases of Southeastern Grocers, LLC, one of the largest supermarket companies in the United States.

Served as Debtors' counsel to Ignite Restaurants Inc., a public company, and its subsidiaries, in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of Texas.

Insights

Article · Source: American Bankruptcy Institute Newsletter

March 31, 2021
Court Finds No Violation of Wells Fargo Conflict Waiver by Debtors’ Counsel

Article · Source: Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute

March 23, 2018
Judicial Estoppel, Res Judicata, and Collateral Estoppel in Bankruptcy Cases

View all

News

In the News · Source: WSJ Pro Bankruptcy, Law360, Reuters, MarketScreener and Troubled Company Reporter

May 15, 2022
Michael Handler, Thad Wilson and Leia Shermohammed counsel Pareteum in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings

View all

Matters

Representing Pareteum Corporation and its affiliates as special corporate and finance counsel in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of New York.

Represented JPMorgan in connection with the $200 million acquisition financing, used for various acquisitions including the acquisition of Suja Life, a sponsor-backed California-based producer of cold pressed juices and other organic beverages.

Represented Golub Capital in connection with the $200 million financing for various acquisitions by Audax Private Equity, including the acquisition of S.J. Electro Systems, an industry leader in the integration of engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

See more
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Close

Matters

Representing Pareteum Corporation and its affiliates as special corporate and finance counsel in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of New York.

Represented JPMorgan in connection with the $200 million acquisition financing, used for various acquisitions including the acquisition of Suja Life, a sponsor-backed California-based producer of cold pressed juices and other organic beverages.

Represented Golub Capital in connection with the $200 million financing for various acquisitions by Audax Private Equity, including the acquisition of S.J. Electro Systems, an industry leader in the integration of engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

Represented Golub Capital in connection with the $215 million acquisition financing of Regency Pet, a sponsor-backed national leader in the business of providing pet afterlife care and cremation services.

Represented a surety with a large exposure in Frontier Communications.

Represented The Krystal Company and its affiliates as Debtors' counsel in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Northern District of Georgia.

Advised White Oak HealthCare Finance, LLC, in its being repaid in full in connection with a $57.7 million debtor-in-possession revolving loan provided to LifeCare Holdings LLC and certain of its affiliates.

Represented Rimrock Capital, as senior lender, in connection with the Chapter 11 cases of LakePoint Land, LLC, Georgia’s premier mixed use amateur/youth sporting tournament vacation destination.

Served as Debtors' counsel to Jack Cooper Ventures, Inc., and its affiliates, in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Northern District of Georgia.

Represented Lone Star Funds in its capacity as sponsor and bondholder in the prepackaged Chapter 11 cases of Southeastern Grocers, LLC, one of the largest supermarket companies in the United States.

Served as Debtors' counsel to Ignite Restaurants Inc., a public company, and its subsidiaries, in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of Texas.

Insights

Article · Source: American Bankruptcy Institute Newsletter

March 31, 2021
Court Finds No Violation of Wells Fargo Conflict Waiver by Debtors’ Counsel

Article · Source: Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute

March 23, 2018
Judicial Estoppel, Res Judicata, and Collateral Estoppel in Bankruptcy Cases

View all

News

In the News · Source: WSJ Pro Bankruptcy, Law360, Reuters, MarketScreener and Troubled Company Reporter

May 15, 2022
Michael Handler, Thad Wilson and Leia Shermohammed counsel Pareteum in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings

View all

Credentials

J.D., Emory University School of Law

B.A., Economics, Emory University

Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Law Clerk, The Honorable Mary Grace Diehl, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Law Clerk, The Honorable C. Ray Mullins, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia

American Bankruptcy Institute

Atlanta Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section

Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program, Volunteer Presenter

Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, Notes and Comments Advisory Committee Member

Emory Law Alumni Board

International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Programming Chair

Turnaround Management Association NextGen, Atlanta Chapter, Board of Directors, Co-Chair

Turnaround Management Association NextGen, National Leadership Conference Committee Member

W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, Barrister

Eleventh Circuit Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student


American College of Bankruptcy, 2015

Medal of Excellence


American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015

Selected by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star"


Super Lawyers, 2022

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Recognition

Eleventh Circuit Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student


American College of Bankruptcy, 2015

Medal of Excellence


American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015

Selected by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star"


Super Lawyers, 2022