Matt Barr

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Matt Barr

Matt Barr is Co-Chair of the Business Finance & Restructuring Department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Mr. Barr has extensive experience leading representations of debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, bondholders, ad hoc groups, private equity funds, acquirers of assets, hedge funds and other institutions acquiring controlling positions in financially distressed companies, and other major stakeholders in chapter 11 reorganization cases and out-of-court restructurings both in the United States and internationally. Mr. Barr’s engagements have ranged across a wide array of industries, including retail, telecommunication, chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, energy, oil and gas, automotive, apparel, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, project finance and shipping. He has drawn upon his broad experience to develop and advise clients on practical solutions and build the consensus required to implement these solutions.

Mr. Barr has consistently been listed over the years in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, IFLR1000, Lawdragon, Legal 500, Guide to World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers (Legal Media Group), and Super Lawyers, among others. Commentators in Chambers USA have called him “tremendously bright, responsive and reliable,” and “a measured, strong advocate” that knows “how to get to a resolution in a case.” IFLR 1000 called him “a very strong and commercial lawyer. He never loses his cool and always finds a way to get to yes.”

Mr. Barr’s experience includes advising:

  • Counsel to Angelica Corporation, a leading healthcare linen and medical laundry servicer, in its chapter 11 case and related asset sale to KKR.
  • Counsel to China Fishery Group, an investment holding company that sources, harvests, onboard processes, and delivers fish worldwide, in its chapter 11 and cross-border restructuring of its approximately $2B in debt.
  • Counsel to Fairway Group Holdings, an iconic New York supermarket chain, in its prepackaged chapter 11 cases.
  • Counsel to large regional supermarket chain in connection with potential restructuring efforts. 
  • Counsel to large E&P company in connection with potential restructuring efforts.
  • Counsel to publicly listed healthcare company in connection with its potential restructuring efforts.
  • Counsel to international renewal energy company in connection with its out-of-court restructuring.    
  • Counsel to American Gilsonite Company, the world's principal commercial miner and processor of uintaite, in its prepackaged chapter 11 cases.
  • Counsel to power company in connection with potential restructuring efforts.
  • Counsel to LightSquared, holder of substantial satellite spectrum proposed to be repurposed for wireless broadband use, in its chapter 11 cases.
  • Counsel to Lernout & Hauspie/Dictaphone, voice recognition software company and dictation/recording machines, in its chapter 11 cases.
  • Counsel to Parking Company Airports America (PCAA), one of the largest domestic, privately-owned operators of off-site airport parking services, in its chapter 11 cases.
  • Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the chapter 11 cases of leading solar power company SunEdison, Inc.; listing assets of $20.7 billion and liabilities of $16.1 billion, SunEdison’s chapter 11 filing was the largest bankruptcy of 2016.
  • Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (and bondholders prepetition) in the chapter 11 cases of Winn-Dixie, one of the largest supermarket chains in the southern U.S.
  • Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (and bondholders prepetition) in the chapter 11 cases of Charys Holding Company, a remediation and construction company.
  • Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the chapter 11 cases of Enron Corporation, a U.S. energy-trading and utilities company; and one of the largest chapter 11 cases in U.S. history.
  • Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the chapter 11 cases of Refco, Inc., a New York-based financial services company.
  • Counsel to the Consenting OpCo Noteholders, in the prepackaged chapter 11 plan of reorganization of Seventy Seven Energy, Inc., an Oklahoma-based company that offers drilling, pressure-pumping, oilfield rental tools and trucking services.
  • Counsel to an ad hoc consortium of holders of unsecured 2019 notes issued by Cobalt International Energy that raised $500M in new capital for the company and participated in a $715M debt exchange.
  • Counsel to secured lender and equity sponsor in large international oil & gas exploration company.
  • Counsel to Bain Capital, the equity sponsor of The Gymboree Corporation., in Gymboree’s chapter 11 cases.
  • Counsel to a group of Prepetition Term Loan Lenders in the chapter 11 cases and Canadian CCAA Proceedings of Performance Sports Group, owner of iconic sporting good brands Bauer and Easton, among others. 
  • Counsel to the Term Loan DIP Agent as well as the Tranche B Term Loan Lenders in the chapter 11 cases of BCBG Max Azria Group, a global fashion house that encompasses over 20 brands. 
  • Counsel to the Secured Lenders (and ultimately equity holders) in the chapter 11 cases of Capmark Financial Group Inc., a large commercial real estate lender.
  • Counsel to secured lenders in connection with Pathmark Stores, a large northeastern grocery chain, chapter 11 cases.
  • Counsel to secured lender and equity sponsor in international logistics provider.
  • Counsel to an ad hoc group of term loan lenders in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of Stallion Oilfield Services, the largest provider of auxiliary rentals and services for oil and gas operations in the U.S.
  • Counsel to the secured lenders in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of Targus Corporation, a U.S.-based manufacturer of accessories mostly related to mobile computing, photography, and locks.
  • Counsel to ad hoc group of secured lenders in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Aspect Software, a leading cloud provider of fully-integrated consumer engagement, workforce optimization and back-office solutions.
  • Counsel to an ad hoc group of secured lenders in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp., a Tennessee-based producer of primary aluminum and rolled aluminum coils.
  • Counsel to an ad hoc group of lenders to the independent exploration and production company, Energy & Exploration Partner, in connection with its chapter 11 cases.
  • Counsel to an ad hoc group of secured lenders in connection with the restructuring of Dex Media, Inc., a print and digital marketing company.
  • Counsel to an ad hoc group of secured lenders in connection with U.S. Shale Solutions, a premier technology-enabled, strategic solutions provider to the unconventional oil and gas industry.
  • Counsel to an ad hoc group of secured lenders of the oil & gas exploration company, Endeavour International Corp., in its reorganization, which concluded with a structured dismissal of its chapter 11 cases.
  • Counsel to certain lenders and backstop parties in connection the chapter 11 cases of Lee Enterprises, owner of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other newspapers. 
  • Counsel to an ad hoc of secured third lien lenders of NextWave Corp., a communications service provider.
  • Counsel to an ad hoc group of bondholders in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Quebecor, Inc., an integrated communications companies in the industry.
  • Counsel to purchasers of assets, both in and out of court, including senior living facilities, energy and power assets, among others.

Mr. Barr joined Weil in 2015 from a major international law firm, where he was a senior equity partner, resident in that Firm’s New York office. Mr. Barr has contributed to various publications over the years on topics ranging from valuation litigation, in- and out-of-court remedies of creditors and emergency asset sales. Mr. Barr has participated on a variety of panels, including Views from the Bench: Trends in Secured Financing, DIP Lending, Cash Collateral and Exit Financing, among others.


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