Erica assists clients in a broad range of matters, including representing debtors, creditors and creditors’ committees, and court-appointed examiners, as well as representing third parties in connection with the purchase of distressed assets.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Erica was an associate with a New York-based financial services law firm, where her practice focused on structured finance transactions including whole-company securitizations, CLOs, and CAT bond offerings.
During her tenure at Washington and Lee University School of Law, Erica was the lead articles editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review.
(Bankr. S.D. Tex.) Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Valaris plc and its affiliated debtors in their chapter 11 cases. Valaris is a leading provider of offshore drilling services to the international oil and gas industry. It currently operates the industry’s largest modern offshore drilling fleet of 67 rigs, maintains drilling operations in nearly every major offshore market spanning 24 countries. Valaris’s customers include many of the leading national and international oil companies, in addition to numerous local and independent offshore exploration and production companies. The company listed total assets of approximately $13 billion and total debts of approximately $7.85 billion in its first day filings.
(Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Grupo Aeroméxico, S.A.B. de C.V. and its affiliated debtors in their chapter 11 cases. Aeroméxico is the leading airline in Mexico and a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Aeroméxico offered approximately 4,000 weekly passenger flights to 42 destinations in Mexico and 41 destinations in the United States, Canada and abroad. Aeroméxico generated $3.1 billion in annual revenues during 2019 and had approximately 14,750 employees and $1.9 billion in funded debt as of its petition date.
(Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Avianca Holdings S.A. and its 38 affiliated debtors in their chapter 11 cases. Avianca is the largest airline in Colombia and El Salvador and the second largest in Latin America. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Avianca offered passenger services on more than 5,350 weekly flights to more than 76 destinations in 27 countries, and generated approximately $3.9 billion in annual revenues. As of the petition date, Avianca had approximately 18,900 employees and reported outstanding indebtedness of approximately $5.4 billion.
(Bankr. Del.). Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Murray Energy Holdings Co. and its affiliated debtors, in its chapter 11 bankruptcy. Murray filed for chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio in October 2019 after struggling with deteriorating coal prices, decreased demand for coal, increased use of renewable energy sources, and regulatory burdens. At the time of its bankruptcy filing, Murray was the largest privately-owned coal company in the United States, with approximately US$2.5 billion in annual revenues and nearly 5,500 employees.
Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of supermarket retailer Tops Holding II Corporation and affiliates in their chapter 11 cases. The company filed for chapter 11 in February 2018 with over $748 million in funded indebtedness and substantial pension liabilities.
Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors for international telecom company Avaya Inc. and its affiliated debtors. Avaya had more than $6 billion of secured debt at the time of its filing and was saddled with significant pension underfunding liabilities for its domestic and certain foreign affiliates.
Counsel to Sungevity, Inc. and its affiliates in their chapter 11 cases. Prior to its 363 sale, Sungevity was one of the largest private residential solar installation companies in the United States. Sungevity filed for chapter 11 with approximately $185 million in prepetition debt, including funded debt, trade debt, and potential employee related claims.
Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of UCI International, one of North America's largest manufacturers of automotive replacement parts.
Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and its affiliated debtors in their chapter 11 cases. Republic provides regional passenger services through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Shuttle America and Republic Airlines, which operate approximately 1,000 daily flights through codeshare agreements with United Continental Holdings, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., and American Group, Inc.
Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Walter Energy, Inc. and its affiliates. Walter, a major producer of metallurgical coal, struggled as a result of the precipitous fall in the price of metallurgical coal in recent years and eventually was forced to seek bankruptcy protection in July 2015 in an effort to restructure its more than $3.1 billion in debt.
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.
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.
Representation of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the chapter 11 cases of In re Global Aviation Holdings Inc., et al.
Representation of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the chapter 11 cases of Pinnacle Airlines Corp., et al. Pinnacle Airlines operates as Delta Connection for Delta Airlines, the Debtors’ largest customer and post-petition lender. At the time of filing of their bankruptcy petitions on April 1, 2012, the Debtors had 8,000 employees, over $1 billion in annual revenue and operated over 800 flights a day.
Representation of the official committee of unsecured creditors of the Los Angeles Dodgers in its chapter 11 bankruptcy. A plan of reorganization was confirmed by the bankruptcy court on April 13, 2012, pursuant to which the baseball team was sold for a record $2 billion. Unsecured creditors received a 100% cash recovery under the plan, in what is the largest and most successful restructuring of a sports franchise in U.S. history.
Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of Hawaiian Telcom, the leading provider of telecommunications services in the State of Hawaii.
Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of Mesa Air Group, Inc.. in its chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
Represented Glitnir Bank hg. and Landsbanki Islands hf., two of the largest banks in Iceland, in chapter 15 proceedings.
Representation of the official committee of unsecured creditors of Innkeepers USA Trust in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This is one of the largest national cases, by debt size, filed in 2010 with $1.29 billion in prepetition secured debt, which culminated with the sale of 64 of Innkeepers' hotels to affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management for $1.02 billion. Unsecured creditors are estimated to recover approximately 80–90% on their allowed claims, with many to be paid in full.
Represented Amalgamated Bank as secured lender in the RadLax Gateway Hotel, LLC bankruptcy. Successfully defeated, before the Seventh Circuit and United States Supreme Court, the debtors’ attempts to restrict the ability of the secured lender to credit bid in a proposed sale of the hotels pursuant to a reorganization plan.