Mr. Bowling is involved in teams representing debtors, creditors, sponsors, DIP lenders, bidders, and other parties in out-of-court workouts, chapter 11 cases, liquidations, and other distress-related matters. His experience extends to a wide range of sectors including oil & gas, financial services, energy, retail, technology, media, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, industrials, and casino gaming.
From April 2018 through April 2019, Mr. Bowling completed a secondment on the Investment Team at Centerbridge Partners, L.P. From 2012 through 2015, Mr. Bowling served as a teaching assistant to Harvey Miller and Michael Walsh in the Business Reorganizations course at New York University School of Law. From 2009 through 2010, Mr. Bowling served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Bowling graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he served as an Executive Articles Editor on the Annual Survey of American Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics, Philosophy) from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Bowling has authored and co-authored articles that have been published by, among others, The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, The RMA Journal, and the Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions. Mr. Bowling is a contributor to the Weil Bankruptcy Blog and has also devoted significant efforts to pro bono matters.
Mr. Bowling’s experience on Weil teams includes the following representative matters:
- CEC Entertainment, Inc. and its affiliates, an American franchisee company with iconic brands Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza with locations across 47 states and 16 foreign countries and territories, in their chapter 11 cases.
- EP Energy Corporation and its affiliates, a public oil and natural gas exploration and production company, in their chapter 11 cases involving approximately $4.9 billion in funded debt obligations.
- 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 connection with their restructuring efforts. PG&E has approximately 16,000,000 customers, 24,000 employees and estimated liabilities (including contingent and disputed liabilities) in excess of $50 billion.
- Memorial Production Partners, in connection with its prepackaged chapter 11 restructuring of approximately $1.8 billion of funded debt obligations.
- Breitburn Energy Partners, in connection with its chapter 11 restructuring of more than $3 billion of funded debt obligations.
- Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and certain of its affiliates, in their wind-down of the largest chapter 11 estates in history.
- Vantage Drilling Company and Offshore Group Investment Limited, in connection with their prepackaged chapter 11 restructuring of more than $2.6 billion of funded debt obligations and parallel liquidation proceedings in the Cayman Islands.
- The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), in its 2015 chapter 11 cases.
Out-of-Court Company-Side Experience:
- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, in its out-of-court restructuring of $2.3 billion of funded debt obligations related to Foxwoods Resort Casino.
- NexTag, in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of its debt obligations in excess of $150 million.
- A multinational alternative energy company, in connection with its out-of-court wind-down efforts.
Creditor, Sponsor, Ad Hoc Group, Official Committee and Other Experience:
- Liberty Media Corporation, in connection with its multi-hundred-million-dollar debt position in connection with the chapter 11 cases of iHeartMedia.
- An ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders in connection with the chapter 11 cases of SandRidge Energy, Inc.
- Repsol S.A., in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Maxus Energy Corporation.
- Krayn Wind LLC, a U.S.-based turbine wind farm, in connection with the chapter 11 cases of FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.
- Silver Point Capital, Whitebox Advisors, and Pioneer Investment Management, as DIP agent and lenders, plan sponsors, and senior secured noteholders in connection with the chapter 11 cases of K-V Pharmaceutical Company.
- TerraMar Capital and Trive Capital, as senior prepetition lenders in the chapter 11 cases of Fansteel, Inc.
- Special Administrators of MF Global UK, in connection with the chapter 11 cases and SIPA liquidation of MF Global.
- Owner participants and letter-of-credit issuer, in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of the leveraged lease of a power plant.
- Private equity sponsor of a telecommunications company, in the company’s distressed loan workout.
- Private equity sponsor of a retail clothing company, in the company’s out-of-court balance sheet restructuring.
- Three systemically important financial institutions in preparing their initial “living wills” under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.