My Chi To is a corporate partner and a member of the firm’s Business Restructuring & Workouts Group. She has experience representing corporations, creditors and investors in complex restructurings and bankruptcies in the U.S. and other jurisdictions. Ms. To also regularly advises clients in connection with distressed acquisitions in and out of court, including cross-border transactions, intercreditor disputes and insurance insolvency matters.
Ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US, clients describe Ms. To as a “really business-oriented” lawyer with “excellent judgment,” who “thinks through all the permutations and is great at tackling complex situations” and has the “ability to straddle that line between legal advice and practical judgment.”
Ms. To is the recipient of the Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award, which is the highest honor granted by the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association.
She is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy and restructuring topics.
Ms. To is an editor-in-chief of the Debevoise Women’s Review and a member of the Steering Committee of the US 30% Club, a business leadership group focused on achieving 30% women on S&P 100 boards by 2020. Ms. To received the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s “Best Lawyers Under 40” award.
Ms. To received an LL.L. and LL.B. in civil law and common law from the University of Ottawa and was a law clerk to the Hon. Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, Supreme Court of Canada.
She received an M.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. During her tenure at Debevoise, Ms. To was seconded to Nishimura & Asahi in Tokyo, focusing on distressed cross-border acquisitions and restructurings. Ms. To is fluent in French.
- Capital International, as minority shareholder of QGOG Constellation, Brazil’s leading offshore drilling company, in the company’s debt restructuring to be implemented through a recuperação judicial proceeding in Brazil and a Chapter 15 proceeding.
- Cascade Investment, L.L.C., as lender under a secured real estate loan to Sears and certain of its affiliates, in the company’s Chapter 11 proceedings.
- Gramercy Funds Management, as debtor-in-possession lender and one of the largest shareholders and creditors of Banro Corporation, a Canadian mining company with operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which successfully restructured under CCAA proceedings in Canada.
- Crescent Capital Group, KKR Credit Advisors, LLC and GoldPoint Partners, LLC, as prepetition noteholders and debtor-in-possession lenders to The Rockport Company and its subsidiaries, in connection with the company’s Chapter 11 proceedings.
- Crescent Capital Group and GoldPoint Partners, LLC, as Holdco PIK noteholders of Catalina Marketing Corporation in connection with the company’s Chapter 11 proceedings.
- Ambac Assurance Corporation, a Wisconsin domiciled insurance company, in a holistic restructuring transaction that involved three exchange offers of existing debt securities and other payment obligations for approximately $2.2 billion of newly-issued debt securities, as well as a new-money financing collateralized by the future proceeds of certain litigation claims against RMBS originators.
- Syncora Holdings, as insurer of power revenue bonds issued by PREPA, Puerto Rico’s troubled electric utility, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, in connection with the ongoing highly-publicized and complex restructuring negotiations relating to PREPA’s and the Commonwealth’s extensive funded debt.
- The D. E. Shaw Group and Madison Dearborn Partners, as holders of notes and other claims against SunEdison, relating to a complex transaction arising from the $2.4 billion sale of wind farm operator First Wind.
- Oaktree Capital Management in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Energy Future Holdings and its subsidiaries. With over $49 billion in debt, EFH is the largest leveraged buyout ever to file for bankruptcy.
- Assured, as insurer of $2 billion of bonds and swaps issued by the toll road operator of the Chicago Skyway, which was sold for $2.8 billion to a consortium of Canadian pension plans.
- Hastings Fund Management Limited, as one of the sponsors of the operator of Texas toll road SH 130, in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings of SH 130 involving $1.3 billion of debt.
- ACP Re, National General Management and AmTrust North America in the negotiation and implementation of a conservation and liquidation plan for CastlePoint National Insurance Company, the remaining insurance company member of the Tower Group after the consolidation of 10 Tower Group insurance companies from six states to facilitate the conservation and liquidation of such companies for the benefit of policyholders.
- The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Essar Steel Algoma in connection with the company’s CCAA proceedings in Canada.
- Boomerang Tube LLC in its pre-arranged Chapter 11 proceedings and successful restructuring of approximately $300 million of ABL and term loan debt obligations.
- Kelso & Company, the private equity sponsor of Logan’s Roadhouse Inc., in connection with Logan’s pre-arranged Chapter 11 proceedings and in a privately negotiated exchange offer to holders of Logan’s senior secured notes resulting in the issuance of over $220 million in new senior secured notes.
- Berkshire Hathaway as secondary insurer under special revenue water and sewer bond obligations of the City of Detroit totaling $800 million, in connection with Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy case.
- American Airlines and AMR, as special aircraft counsel, in their successful Chapter 11 proceedings involving the restructuring of complex financing arrangements relating to more than 400 aircraft generating savings in excess of $1.8 billion and to the raising of more than $9 billion of new financing through various capital markets, syndicated lending and other financing transactions. This restructuring was honored by Turnarounds & Workouts as one of a dozen “Successful Restructurings – 2013.”
- A group of holders of convertible senior notes issued by Tower Group in the September 2014 maturity of the notes and Tower Group’s now completed merger with Bermuda-based reinsurer ACP Re Ltd.
- The U.S. Department of Energy as senior secured lender in its $529 million loan awarded to green car manufacturer Fisker Automotive under the DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.
- Beijing Galloping Horse Film and Galloping Horse America in their acquisition of the visual effects and other assets of Digital Domain Productions in a Section 363 sale under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
- University of Oxford, 1998, M.Phil.
- University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, 1995, LL.B.
- University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, 1994, LL.L.
- New York
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