John Zhang


John Zhang
John Zhang is an associate in the Restructuring Department of Weil’s New York office. John’s practice includes domestic and cross border corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions.

John received his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. from The University of California, Los Angeles. At law school, John was selected to participate in the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program. John is an active contributor to the Weil Restructuring Blog. Blog articles he co-authored have been reprinted on or distributed by Law 360, the Harvard Law School Bankruptcy Roundtable, and INSOL International.

John has been a member of teams representing various parties in both in- and out-of-court restructurings and other matters, including:

Debtor/Company-Side Experience:

  • Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of mattresses in North America, in connection with its chapter 11 case with approximately $1.9 billion in debt obligations.
  • Catalina Marketing Corporation, a digital media marketing company, in its prepackaged second chapter 11 cases with approximately $300 million in funded debt.
  • Ruby Pipeline, LLC, a developer and operator of interstate natural gas pipeline and supplier of natural gas to consumers in California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest, in connection with its chapter 11 case.
  • PhyMed Healthcare Group, which provided outsourced anesthesiology, pain management and critical care services to hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in the United States, in the sale of substantially all of its assets.
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, and its affiliates, Arctic Aviation Assets DAC, in their U.S. chapter 15 cases to obtain recognition of the restructuring of $5.9 billion of liabilities through Irish examinership and Norwegian reconstruction proceedings.
  • Briggs & Stratton Corporation, the world's largest small engine producer and a leading U.S. manufacturer of power generation, lawn and garden turf care, and job site products, in its successful chapter 11 case, involving over $500 million in funded debt, and sale to KPS.
  • PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States and the largest utility company in the State of California, in their chapter 11 cases.PG&E has approximately 16,000,000 customers, 24,000 employees and estimated liabilities (including contingent and disputed liabilities) in excess of $50 billion.

Creditor/Sponsor/Other Party Experience:

  • SoftBank Group Corp. and SoftBank Vision Fund II in transactions related to debt and equity investments in WeWork Inc., a global flexible space provider, in connection with WeWork’s chapter 11 cases with $3.8 billion in aggregate principal amount of funded debt.

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