Mariel Cruz is a partner in Weil’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice and is based in New York. Ms. Cruz focuses her practice on corporate restructurings and distressed company transactions. Ms. Cruz represents companies, creditors and purchasers in chapter 11 restructurings, 363 sale transactions and out-of-court restructurings. Ms. Cruz’ experience also includes advising public and private companies in connection with domestic and cross-border divestitures, acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and corporate governance matters.
Recent Company-side Restructuring Transactions:
- Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC in its $4.6 billion sale of substantially all of its global business to Brookfield Business Partners L.P. through a chapter 11 plan of reorganization
- Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited in the aggregate $650 million sale in bankruptcy of a) a majority of its aircraft to Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing Limited, and b) the balance of its aircraft to its secured lenders through a series of credit bids
- syncreon Holdings Group B.V. , and its affiliates, in its cross-border balance sheet restructuring involving approximately $1.1 billion of funded debt, effected through an English scheme of arrangement pursuant to the Companies Act 2006 and ancillary processes in the United States and Canada
- Halcón Resources Corporation and its affiliates in its second pre-packaged chapter 11 case
- Catalina Marketing in a $1.9 billion restructuring involving a debt-for-equity exchange with its first-and second-lien lenders, pursuant to a pre-packaged chapter 11 plan of reorganization
- Claire’s Inc. in its prearranged chapter 11 cases involving the restructuring of more than $2 billion in funded debt, and a related rights offering
- Fieldwood Energy LLC (a portfolio company of Riverstone) in its prepackaged chapter 11 cases pursuant to which Fieldwood deleveraged its balance sheet by $1.6 billion, raised approximately $525 million in an equity rights offering and purchased for $710 million all Gulf of Mexico deepwater oil and gas assets of Noble Energy, Inc.
- Tops Markets, LLC in its chapter 11 restructuring
- The Brock Group in its out-of-court debt restructuring
- Breitburn Energy Partners LP in its $775 million sale of certain of its upstream assets to Birch Permian Holdings, Inc. and its $793 million sale of the remainder of its assets to Maverick Natural Resources LLC, via a chapter 11 reorganization
- Central Grocers, Inc. in its 363 bankruptcy sale of 20 Strack & Van Til stores as going concerns and certain other assets to Indiana Grocery Group
- Tidewater Inc. and its subsidiaries in their $2 billion prepackaged chapter 11 cases
Recent Creditor-side Restructuring Transactions:
- Secured lenders to FastMed in connection with its out-of-court restructuring
- Ad hoc group of secured noteholders of Sable Permian Resources in connection with its out-of-court restructuring
- Secured noteholders of Seadrill Ltd. in connection with its chapter 11 restructuring
- Kinder Morgan, Inc. in its $76 billion acquisition of all of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., Kinder Morgan Management, LLC and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P.
- Sanofi in its $25 billion exchange of Merial, its animal health business, for the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH
- General Electric Company in its $6.9 billion sale of its United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand fleet businesses to Element Financial Corporation, and in the sale of its European fleet businesses to Arval Service Lease S.A.
- Eli Lilly and Company in its approximately $5.4 billion acquisition of the animal health business of Novartis and in its acquisition of the North American rights to the oncology product Erbitux®
- Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in its $2.8 billion acquisition of all of the outstanding common shares not already owned by Brookfield Property Partners L.P. of Rouse Properties, Inc.
- Genworth Financial, Inc. as corporate counsel in its $2.7 billion sale to China Oceanwide Holdings Group Company Ltd.
- G&K Services, Inc. in its $2.2 billion merger with Cintas Corporation
- Harsco Corporation in its approximately $525 million sale of its infrastructure division to Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, Inc.
- The Kroger Company in its acquisition via tender offer of Roundy’s, Inc. and in its strategic partnership with, and investment in, Lucky’s Market
- Aéropostale Inc. in its strategic partnership with, and $150 million credit facility from, Sycamore Partners LLC