J. Eric Ivester represents clients including borrowers, creditors, investors, sellers, purchasers and other parties in interest in all stages of complex restructuring transactions, such as in-court and out-of-court reorganizations, debt restructurings, acquisitions and divestitures.
Mr. Ivester was lead counsel to SunEdison, Inc., one of the world’s largest renewable energy developers, in its Chapter 11 case (the largest filed in 2016) and its successful emergence from bankruptcy. He also recently helped steer Exide Technologies through its successful Chapter 11 restructuring.
Mr. Ivester led Skadden’s representations of Hostess Brands, the maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies, in its emergence from Chapter 11; Hayes-Lemmerz, the largest global producer of wheels for passenger cars and light trucks; and Mark IV/Dayco Products, a tier-one automotive supplier.
In the retail sector, Mr. Ivester was one of the partners that led the firm’s representation of Kmart Corporation and its affiliates in their successful emergence from Chapter 11. He also led the firm’s representation of Einstein Bros./Noah Bagel Corporation and its affiliate in their restructuring and played a key role in the firm’s representation of Montgomery Ward.
Other restructuring engagements for which Mr. Ivester has had primary responsibility include Haynes International, a leading producer of specialty metals; FPA Medical Management, Inc., one of the nation’s largest physician practice and management companies, and its affiliates; County Seat Stores, Inc., a casual wear specialty retailer; and Air Transport International, Inc., a large cargo charter airline.
Representing either debtors or creditors, Mr. Ivester has worked on several other restructurings, both in- and out-of-court, including UDC Homes, Inc., Witmark, Inc., Peregrine, Inc., MCorp, Lomas Financial Corporation, Lone Star Steel Company, First RepublicBank Corporation, Insilco Corporation, Magic Circle Energy Corporation, Peter J. Schmitt Co., Inc. and HSSI, Incorporated.
- J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1985 (Highest Honors; Order of the Coif)
- B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1982
- New York
- Board Member, ABI Law Review
- American College of Bankruptcy
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- Turnaround Management Association
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