Jeffrey D. Pawlitz

Partner

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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New York, NY 10019-6099
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Jeffrey D. Pawlitz is a partner in the Business Reorganization & Restructuring Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. He represents debtors, creditors, investors and others in complex restructuring matters including chapter 11 cases, cross-border insolvency matters, out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy-related acquisitions.

Jeff’s restructuring experience includes multijurisdictional and cross-border matters and spans a number of industries including international shipping, manufacturing, retail and hospitality, casino and entertainment, telecom and natural resources, among others. In addition to company-side representations, he advises private equity and hedge fund clients in connection with distressed M&A transactions.

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Jeffrey D. Pawlitz is a partner in the Business Reorganization & Restructuring Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. He represents debtors, creditors, investors and others in complex restructuring matters including chapter 11 cases, cross-border insolvency matters, out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy-related acquisitions.

Selected Significant Matters

Creditor/sponsor engagements include:

  • The Crossover Lender Group of Secured and Unsecured Term Loan Lenders in the chapter 11 cases of Nine West, a leading designer and manufacturer of jeanswear, women’s apparel, jewelry, handbags, and footwear with approximately $1.6 billion in outstanding funded-debt obligations at the time of filing
  • L Catterton, the owner of VER Technologies Holdco LLC, a rental production equipment supplier for the corporate, hotel, and entertainment sectors, in its merger with Production Resource Group (PRG) pursuant to a prearranged chapter 11 plan of reorganization
  • The fulcrum lender group in the chapter 11 cases of Payless Holdings, the largest retailer of specialty family footwear in the western hemisphere, in a prearranged chapter 11 restructuring plan
  • GSO in connection with the senior secured exit financing credit facility in the chapter 11 cases of Optima Specialty Steel, Inc., a leading independent manufacturer of specialty steel products
  • GSO as fulcrum lender in Roadhouse Holdings (a/k/a Logan’s Roadhouse), which operates over 200 full-service casual dining steakhouses
  • The senior lender group in Vince Camuto, a global luxury brand of clothing and apparel, in a strategic stressed refinancing

Company engagements include:

  • PIRCH, a high-end kitchen and bath retailer, in a comprehensive out-of-court operational restructuring
  • Logan’s Roadhouse, a casual dining restaurant chain, in its merger into Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries
  • Caesars Entertainment Operating Company in its chapter 11 restructuring. 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 and newspapers in its prepackaged chapter 11 reorganization
  • GSE Environmental, the leading global manufacturer and marketer of geosynthetic lining solutions, in its prearranged chapter 11 cases
  • Platinum Energy Solutions 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 its prearranged chapter 11 plan of reorganization
  • Friendly’s Ice Cream, a leading full-service, family-oriented restaurant chain, 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

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • "PRIMER: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy," IFLR1000, April 24, 2019 (quoted)
  • Jeff is a panelist and speaker on restructuring and distressed debt-related topics at various industry events, including the ABI New York City Bankruptcy Conference, J.P. Morgan Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference and Debtwire Distressed Mid-Market Conference.