Ms. DiBlasi’s practice focuses on debtors, creditors, and equity interest holders in all areas of domestic and international restructurings and crisis management, both in and out of court. Most recently, Ms. DiBlasi was named a “Rising Star” for Restructuring and Insolvency in the U.S. by IFLR1000 for 2020. She was selected by the American Bankruptcy Institute as one of its “40 Under 40” honorees for 2018 and was recognized by New York Law Journal as one if its “Rising Stars” for 2018. Ms. DiBlasi was also recognized by Turnarounds & Workouts magazine as one of its “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” for 2016 and previously was named a “Rising Star” for restructuring and insolvency in the U.S. by IFLR1000.
Ms. DiBlasi also represents, on a pro bono basis, the N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund, and has helped several U.S. military veterans seeking assistance with applying for disability benefits. Her pro bono work has also included assisting a non-profit entity in connection with its out-of-court restructuring.
Ms. DiBlasi has served as a teacher’s assistant at Cardozo School of Law and Harvard Law School. She is on the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Advisory Board. She frequently presents at bankruptcy seminars and participates in a variety of firm activities and initiatives focused on training, mentoring, recruiting, and diversity.
Ms. DiBlasi’s experience includes advising
- Waypoint Holdings Ltd., a global helicopter leasing company, in its chapter 11 cases.
- CHC Group, a global helicopter service provider operating on six continents with more than 220 aircraft, in its chapter 11 cases.
- Essar Steel Algoma, Inc. and certain of its affiliates, in connection with the restructuring and refinancing of their $1.2 billion capital structure through a CCAA proceeding and U.S. chapter 15 cases.
- SIGA Technologies, Inc., an American pharmaceutical company which markets pharmaceutical solutions for anti-viral treatments, in its chapter 11 cases, as a result of the imminent entry of a judgment against it in longstanding litigation with PharmAthene, Inc. in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
- Washington Mutual, Inc., the parent holding company of Washington Mutual Bank, in its chapter 11 cases.
Creditor and Distressed Situation Experience:
- GECAS, as an aircraft lessor/finance party in multiple airline restructurings.
- ICBCS Standard Bank, prepetition intermediation facility provider to Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) Holdings, LLC, in the PES chapter 11 cases.
- National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation, in connection with the Title III cases of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and certain of its instrumentalities.
- Krayn Wind LLC, in connection with the FirstEnergy Solutions Corp chapter 11 cases.
- LEGO, as a significant creditor in the Toys R Us chapter 11 cases.
- HPS Investment Partners, in its provision of an exit revolving credit facility to the reorganized J.G. Wentworth entities.
- Ambac Assurance Corporation, in the state court rehabilitation of its Segregated Account.
- A group of secured lenders in a pre-arranged chapter 11 proceeding for Magnum Hunter Resources.
- The Export Import Bank of China, in seeking dismissal of the Baha Mar chapter 11 cases.
- Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC), as a creditor in the chapter 9 cases of the City of Detroit and Jefferson County.
- Superintendent of Financial Services of the State of New York, as the Court-appointed rehabilitator of FGIC in its New York State court rehabilitation proceeding.
- J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC, as investor in certain funds and trusts that underwent a global restructuring.
- Credit Suisse, as creditor in multiple cases, including a CCAA proceeding in Montreal.