Raff Ferraioli is of counsel in the Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster.

Raff has worked on a broad range of restructuring matters across various industries. He has experience representing official committees of unsecured creditors, as well as ad hoc groups, creditors, debtors, and other parties-in-interest in all aspects of complex corporate restructuring strategies and bankruptcy cases. Raff has represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in numerous chapter 11 cases, including the NORDAM Group, Windstream Holdings, and Valaris Plc.

Raff earned his J.D. at St. John’s University School of Law, where he was an Articles and Notes editor for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review and the managing director of the Moot Court Honor Society. After law school, Raff received his LL.M. in Bankruptcy from St. John’s University School of Law, earning the highest cumulative grade point average in the program.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Raff served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Kay Vyskocil in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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  • (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 Windstream Holdings, Inc., and its affiliated debtors in their chapter 11 case. Windstream is a leading provider of advanced network communications, technology, broadband, security, entertainment, and core-transport solutions to both consumer and business customers across the United States. Windstream had approximately $5.6 billion in prepetition obligations at the time of its filing.

  • (Bankr. S.D. Tex.): Counsel to the ad hoc group of senior secured noteholders, and special counsel to the indenture trustee, in the chapter 11 cases of EP Energy, an oil and gas exploration company with assets in Texas and Utah and more than $4.5 billion of debt and other obligations.

  • (Bankr. S.D. Tex.): Counsel to the ad hoc group of first lien noteholders, as noteholders and backstop DIP lenders, in the chapter 11 bankruptcy of Sanchez Energy Corp., a Houston–based exploration and production company, with over $2.275 billion in funded debt.

  • (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.

  • (Bankr. D. Del.) Counsel to the ad hoc group of secured and unsecured noteholders in connection with the chapter 11 prepackaged plan of Southeastern Grocers LLC - one of the largest conventional supermarkets in the United States operating under the Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Harveys, and Fresco y Más banners - successfully rationalizing its 704-store footprint and restructuring more than $1.5 billion of debt and other obligations, paying unsecured trade creditors in full.

  • (Bankr. D. Del.) Counsel to Real Industry, Inc., Real Alloy Recycling, Inc., and their affiliated debtors in their chapter 11 cases. Real Industry is a holding company with approximately one billion dollars in tax attributes. Real Alloy, a subsidiary of Real Industry, is a large-scale recycler of aluminum with operations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. The debtors collectively filed for chapter 11 to restructure approximately $400 million in funded debt obligations and approximately $75 million in other obligations. In May 2018, Real Industry’s chapter 11 plan, which preserved its tax attributes, went effective, and Real Alloy closed a sale of all its assets and operations, preserving 2,000 jobs and critical business relationships.



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