David J. Cohen

Biography

David J Cohen
David J. Cohen is a partner in the Restructuring Department of Weil’s New York office. David’s practice includes domestic and cross‑border corporate restructuring (both in-court and out-of-court), distressed financing and distressed M&A.

David represents companies, sponsors, ad hoc creditor groups, DIP lenders, secured lenders and other creditors in a number of in‑court and out-of-court restructurings, recapitalizations, and other matters.

Representative Experience

Debtor/Company-Side Experience:

  • Represented Redbox Entertainment in connection with its financing efforts and merger with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment
  • Represented MedMen Enterprises, in connection with its leading edge out-of-court restructuring involving hundreds of millions in liabilities and resulting in a $100 million new-money equity recapitalization
  • Represented America’s oldest clothier Brooks Brothers in its chapter 11 cases and $325 million going concern sale and its related proceedings under Canada’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (the CCAA)
  • Represented Topgolf in connection with its out-of-court equity recapitalization and credit agreement amendment and merger with Callaway Golf
  • Represented oil and gas exploration and production company EP Energy in its successful chapter 11 cases that resulted in a deleveraging of approximately $4.5 billion in funded debt obligations
  • Represented national Spanish-language media company LBI Media in its successful chapter 11 reorganization
  • Represented nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric Company in its chapter 11 cases and $4.6 billion sale to Brookfield and ongoing matters
  • Represented international retail clothing company Aéropostale in connection with its chapter 11 cases and its related proceeding under Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
  • Represented Canadian steel giant Essar Steel Algoma in connection with its chapter 15 cases and related proceedings under the CCAA, and the chapter 11 cases of Essar Steel Minnesota
  • Represented U.S. sporting goods retailer Golfsmith in connection with its chapter 11 cases and the related CCAA proceedings of its Canadian affiliates operating as Golf Town
  • Represented Paragon Offshore in connection with its chapter 11 cases

Creditor/Sponsor/Acquiror/Other Experience:

  • Represented an ad hoc group of secured lenders to Nordic Aviation Capital, the world’s largest regional aircraft lessor, on bespoke restructuring transactions for multiple aviation financing structures implemented under pre-arranged U.S. chapter 11 proceedings, including a consensual remarketing and mortgage enforcement for certain financing arrangements.
  • Representing the largest secured lender to Parallel in connection with its ongoing restructuring efforts
  • Represented an ad hoc group of secured lenders to Seadrill Limited, one of the world’s largest offshore drilling companies, in connection with its chapter 11 cases
  • Represented equity sponsors Blackstone and Carlyle in the out-of-court recapitalization of Service King
  • Represented SoftBank in its $200 million out-of-court recapitalization of Katerra and in its capacity as DIP lenders in Katerra’s chapter 11 cases
  • Representing the DIP lender and senior secured lender in connection with the chapter 11 case of George Washington Bridge Bus Station Development Venture and in its ongoing litigation with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Represented an ad hoc group of lenders in the out-of-court restructuring of Admiral Permian Resources
  • Represented an ad hoc group of lenders of a global data processing and outsourced technology services provider
  • Represented an ad hoc group of lenders of a global industrial company
  • Represented an ad hoc group of secured noteholders in connection with the out-the-court restructuring of Sable Permian Resources and American Energy Permian Basin
  • Represented an ad hoc group of secured lenders in connection with the chapter 11 cases and CCAA proceedings of Performance Sports Group, owner of iconic sporting good brands Bauer and Easton
  • Represented secured lenders to FastMed, a privately owned operator of over 100 urgent care clinics in connection with its out-of-court restructuring
  • Represented CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries in its acquisition of Logan’s Roadhouse
  • Represented lenders to Alltech, a global agricultural product developer in such company’s out-of-court  recapitalization
  • Represented a secured lender in connection with the out-of-court recapitalization of a regional grocer
  • Represented a bidder for Open Road Films in its chapter 11 cases

Prior to joining Weil, David worked in public policy for the Government of Ontario and worked at a full-service law firm in Toronto where he was a member of teams that worked on a number of restructurings of large Canadian companies under the CCAA, including Nortel Networks, Target Canada, and Connacher Oil & Gas.

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