Mr. Harris is an associate in the firm’s Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group. His practice focuses on representing chapter 11 debtors, creditors’ committees, trade creditors, indenture trustees, and other parties in interest in all aspects of complex chapter 11 cases.
Mr. Harris has represented creditors’ committees in numerous recent chapter 11 cases, including Westmoreland Coal Company, Inc., The NORDAM Group, Inc., Armstrong Energy, Inc., Peabody Energy, Inc., Energy Future Holdings, Corp., and 21st Century Oncology Holdings, Inc.; indenture trustees in LBI Media, Inc., Rex Energy Corp., and Molycorp., Inc.; and ad hoc bondholder groups in Aceto Corp. and Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC. Mr. Harris also represented Ciber, Inc., HOVENSA LLC, and Residential Capital, LLC in their recent chapter 11 cases.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Harris served as law clerk to the Honorable Martin Glenn, Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York.
In re Westmoreland Coal Company, et al.(Bankr. S.D. Tex.) Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Westmoreland Coal Company and affiliated debtors. Westmoreland is the sixth largest coal-mining enterprise in North America. After conducting an exhaustive investigation and following weeks of negotiations with the company and the secured lenders, the Committee supported the sale of substantially all of Westmoreland Coal Company’s assets and confirmation of a plan that provides for an ongoing business and the best distribution to creditors under the circumstances.
In re The NORDAM Group, Inc., et al.(Bankr. D. Del.) Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of aerospace manufacturer The NORDAM Group, Inc. and affiliated debtors. At the time of filing, NORDAM had approximately $286 million in funded debt and was engaged in a five-year dispute with Pratt & Whitney Canada Corporation over a long-term agreement for the manufacturing of nacelle systems used in Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. aircraft. The Committee supported NORDAM’s decision to sell its interest in the program to Gulfstream and thereafter negotiated a plan of reorganization that provided for an equity investment and payment of all unsecured claims in full with interest.
In re Armstrong Energy, Inc., et al.(Bankr. E.D. Mo.) Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of leading coal producer Armstrong Energy, Inc. Armstrong Energy had over $410 million in prepetition obligations at the time of its filing. The case concluded with a plan of reorganization supported by the official committee that is expected to provide a significant recovery for general unsecured creditors.
In re Ciber, Inc., et al.(Bankr. D. Del.). Counsel to Ciber, Inc. and its affiliated debtors, industry leaders in information technology, consulting, and outsourcing services, in their chapter 11 cases. Advised the companies in the successful 363 sale of substantially all of their North American and Indian assets for $90.7 million, nearly doubling the initial stalking horse bid, and assisted with the development of a liquidating plan providing for the distribution of sale proceeds and remaining value to stakeholders.
In re 21st Century Oncology Holdings, Inc., et al.(Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of 21st Century Oncology Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates, the largest global provider of integrated cancer care services. At the time of its filing, 21st Century Oncology had more than $1.1 billion of prepetition funded debt that it was seeking to restructure through its chapter 11 cases.
In re Peabody Energy, Inc.(Bankr. E.D. Mo.) Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Peabody Energy, the world’s largest privately owned coal producer, and 153 of its subsidiaries, which collectively held $10.1 billion in prepetition debt.
In re HOVENSA LLC(Bankr. D.V.I.) Counsel to HOVENSA LLC, once owner of one of the ten largest oil refineries in the world, in its chapter 11 case. At the time of its bankruptcy filing, HOVENSA had approximately $2 billion of prepetition indebtedness, exclusive of significant legacy liabilities primarily in the form of environmental obligations, pension obligations, and retiree benefits.
In re Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al.(Bankr. D. Del.) Counsel to the official committee of TCEH unsecured creditors in the chapter 11 cases of Texas power company Energy Future Holdings Corp. and its affiliates, which filed for bankruptcy in April 2014. This is the 10th largest bankruptcy in U.S. history with the debtors holding approximately $40 billion in debt.
In re Residential Capital, LLC, et al.(Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) Acted as counsel to Residential Capital and its affiliates, comprising one of the largest residential real estate finance companies at the time of its chapter 11 filing, with assets and liabilities each in excess of $15 billion. The debtors’ business was comprised primarily of loan servicing and origination. Residential Capital was the largest bankruptcy filing of 2012 and the case represents the first time ever that a mortgage servicer was able to successfully continue servicing and originating mortgages in bankruptcy and be sold as a going concern.
In re USEC Inc.Represented Toshiba Corp. and Toshiba North America Nuclear Energy Corp. as a preferred shareholder and strategic partner, in pre-filing restructuring negotiations and the subsequent chapter 11 case of USEC, Inc. (n/k/a Centrus Energy Corp.), a provider of uranium to nuclear power plants.
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