Suzzanne Uhland is a partner in O’Melveny’s New York and San Francisco offices and Chair of the US Restructuring Practice. Suzzanne represents parties in Chapter 11 reorganizations and out of court restructurings and buyers and sellers in Bankruptcy Code Section 363(b) sales and other distress transactions.
She also practices with the Firm’s Transactions attorneys, both in bankruptcy cases and in structuring transactions to avoid bankruptcy-related risks. Suzzanne has substantial experience in bankruptcy and insolvency-related litigation, frequently working with members of O’Melveny’s Litigation Department.
She also provides advice in bankruptcy compliance matters. Suzzanne has a significant range of experience in real estate, energy, technology, and municipal financings and restructurings.
Suzzanne is consistently recognized as one of the leading restructuring lawyers in the United States. Chambers and Partners USA has recognized Suzzanne for her restructuring work over a number of years (2008-2018).
In particular Chambers recognizes Suzzanne as “an extremely accomplished lawyer” with “excellent industry knowledge” and lauds her for being “exceptionally talented and smart.”
In addition, Suzzanne was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, was named by Orange Coast magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Orange County, and is listed in Who’s Who Legal Insolvency & Restructuring in California.
Suzzanne has considerable experience representing:
- Debtors-in-possession, creditors, and DIP lenders in business chapter 11 cases of public and private companies
- Private equity and hedge fund clients in distressed investments and portfolio company restructurings
- Financial institutions and public and private companies in connection with credit financing transactions
- Licensors and licensees of intellectual property in connection with preserving or acquiring intellectual property rights in distressed situations
- Real estate lenders, landlords, and owners, including the reorganization of one of the largest office complexes in Orange County
- Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority in the restructuring of debt obligations of Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities, including the Puerto Rico Government Development Bank
- Cal Dive International in its pending bankruptcy proceedings. Cal Dive was the recipient of a Turnaround Atlas Award for “Cross-Border Distressed M&A Deal of the Year” (Middlemarkets)
- Ad Hoc Group of First Lien lenders in Foresight Energy
- A major financial institution as administrative agent under the revolving credit facility in connection with the restructuring of Stone Energy Corporation
- Suntech Power Holdings in its bankruptcy proceedings in the US and Cayman Islands
- Beach Point Capital as secured creditor in the bankruptcy of Variant Holding
- The Ad Hoc Group of Second Lien Lenders in the bankruptcy of AMF Bowling and its affiliates
- Three of Gramercy Capital’s distressed debt funds as leading creditors in the international reorganization of PT Berlian Laju Tanker, a shipping company based in Indonesia and Singapore
- Spyglass Entertainment in connection with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s prepackaged chapter 11 restructuring
- New Century Financial Corporation, one of the largest subprime lenders to file chapter 11, in general bankruptcy, corporate and litigation matters as debtor in possession
- Saga Investments, LLC in its acquisition of the assets of deCODE genetics, Inc., the genetics research giant, through a section 363 sale in deCODE’s chapter 11 case
- Printronix, an entity controlled by Vector Capital, in its acquisition of assets from TallyGenicom LP in TallyGenicom’s chapter 11
- Western Digital in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Read Rite Corporation and related proceedings pertaining to intellectual property license rights
- SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc., as special litigation and corporate counsel in its chapter 11 case
- Cable Internet company Excite/At Home in its chapter 11 proceeding, and the At Home Liquidating Trust in the winddown of the estate
- Private equity fund Harrington Partners in its bankruptcy acquisitions
- BNP Paribas as agent in the restructuring of US$80 million of senior and mezzanine financing of a private equity-owned company engaged in institutional furniture manufacturing
- Technology company Roxio, Inc. in its acquisition of the Napster assets from chapter 11
- Wherehouse Entertainment, Inc., one of the nation’s largest music retailers, in its chapter 11 proceeding
- Bourns, Inc. as the purchaser of substantially all of the assets of Micro Electronics Modules, Inc.
- Private equity fund Westar Capital in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of LifeCare Solutions
- Time Warner entities and other copyright holders in the chapter 11 case of Scour, Inc.;
- BNP Paribas as agent in the restructuring of US$60 million of senior financing of a privately owned skilled nursing home operator
- District of Columbia
- New York
- US District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
- US District Court, Southern District of New York
- US District Court, Arizona
- Yale University, J.D., 1988: Co-Editor in Chief, Yale Journal on Regulation
- Stanford University, M.A., 1986
- Stanford University, A.B., 1984: with distinction; Phi Beta Kappa
- Honorable Mariana Pfaelzer, US District Court, Central District of California, 1989-1990
- Board of Governors, 2013-2016
- Financial Lawyers Conference
- Yale Law School Fund Board
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