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Chris Newcomb

Senior Counsel

New York

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Chris Newcomb

Senior Counsel

New York

Chris is a member of the firm's Restructuring practice. He represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors and other parties in interest in United States bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings.

He also has significant experience representing distressed borrowers and lenders in debt financings and purchasers, sellers and lenders in bankruptcy sales. His practice also encompasses insolvency-related litigation, including avoidance actions and claims resolutions, and advising borrowers and lenders in structured financings. He has represented clients in a wide array of industries, including energy, transportation, retail, banking, healthcare and real estate.

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Publications: 23 September 2022

Fifth Circuit confirms narrow scope of exculpation provisions in chapter 11 plans

In sophisticated chapter 11 cases, chapter 11 plans of reorganization frequently include provisions that exculpate – or limit the potential liability of ‒ parties that participate in the chapter 11…

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New York

1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Other noteworthy experience

Advising:

Company Restructuring Representations

  • Retail electricity provider in its chapter 11 liquidation cases
  • Helicopter services provider in its chapter 11 reorganization cases that resulted in restructuring of $1.6 billion of debt, including implementing debt to equity exchange, restructuring its aircraft leases and aircraft secured debt facilities and raising $535 million in new capital
  • Oilfield services company in its prepackaged chapter 11 reorganization cases that resulted in conversion of $1.1 billion of debt to equity
  • Offshore drilling operator in its prepackaged chapter 11 reorganization cases that resulted in exchange of $1.2 billion of debt to equity with $450 million of new financing

In-Court Sale Representations

  • Purchaser of three business divisions of regional trucking company and related real property in chapter 11 asset sales
  • Purchaser of physician billing and practice management business in chapter 11 asset sale
  • Secured creditor in chapter 11 asset sale and liquidation of security equipment technology company
  • Purchaser of last mile delivery business in chapter 11 asset sale
  • Cellular phone wholesaler in its chapter 11 cases that resulted in sale of its assets

Additional Noteworthy Representations

  • Secured finance lease lenders in chapter 11 restructuring of global commercial aircraft lessor
  • Secured lender in chapter 11 proceedings of oil and gas refinery in which lender successfully liquidated safe-harbored commodities

Pro-bono experience

  • Represented individual seeking to vacate conviction by non-unanimous jury in Louisiana
  • Represented asylum seeker from Honduras in U.S. immigration proceedings
  • Advised immigrant entrepreneur starting new business on corporate formation and related issues
  • Presented at community workshops on the nuts and bolts of launching a small business for entrepreneurs in Brooklyn

Published work

  • Ruling Explains and Extends Application of Good Faith Defense to Fraudulent Transfer Actions in SIPA Context, Bloomberg BNA Bankruptcy Law Reporter, 2014