Rahman Connelly is an associate in Morrison & Foerster’s Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group.

Rahman has represented debtors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, bondholders, directors and officers, and other parties in interest in complex bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings, and litigation throughout the country. 

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Rahman was an associate in the New York office of another leading international law firm. Rahman graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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Experience

  • (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. D. Del.): Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Cloud Peak Energy, one of the largest coal producers and suppliers in the United States, and certain of its subsidiaries in its filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

  • Counsel to ad hoc groups of holders of bonds issued by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and certain of its instrumentalities in connection with Puerto Rico’s efforts to improve its fiscal situation and, ultimately, in connection with the restructuring of their debt under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act and related Commonwealth laws.

  • (Bankr. D. Haw.): Defense counsel to a group of funds and former directors in litigation commenced by the bankruptcy trustee of Hawaii Island Air asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims, fraudulent transfer claims, and claims arising under the WARN Act.

  • (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) 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.

  • (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.

  • (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) 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.

  • (Bankr. D. Del.) 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.

  • (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.

  • (Bankr. D. Del). Counsel to Maxus Energy Corporation and four affiliated debtors in their chapter 11 cases, which addressed over $12 billion in claims, predominantly in connection with environmental liability relating to the country's largest superfund site—the Passaic River and related bodies of water. The Maxus chapter 11 cases concluded in July 2017 following confirmation of an innovative chapter 11 plan supported by over 99% of creditors.

  • (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) Special counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors in the chapter 11 cases of SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy developer.

  • (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.

  • (Bankr. Del.) Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of UCI International, one of North America's largest manufacturers of automotive replacement parts.

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