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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomStandoutRescuing Delphi78823After the financial crisis, the firm engaged the Delphi board in its rescue options over a one-year critical period, and then through extending its debtor-in-possession loan until the auto industry supplier’s final auction sale. Choosing to modify the reorganisation plan was another idea that sustained supplier confidence during a difficult time
Davis Polk & WardwellStandoutFord Motor's $9.9bn debt restructuring78823Advice was instrumental in developing a strategy that would allow Ford to retire nearly $10bn of debt in less than three months without resorting to bankruptcy. With commendable business insight, the firm helped put together an offer that was attractive to the creditors
Cadwalader, Wickersham & TaftStandoutAdvising the US Treasury Department presidential auto task force on General Motors and Chrysler restructurings77923Helped devise the concept to use section 363 of the US bankruptcy code for the asset sales of GM and Chrysler. Key to their success was the litigation strategy the team worked out with the US attorney’s office, which saw Chrysler through the bankruptcy courts in just 42 days and paved the way for a successful restructuring of GM
Weil, Gotshal & MangesHighly commendedLead restructuring counsel to GM67922On one of the biggest restructurings in history, the firm went to work in extreme circumstances that required legal innovation every day. The lawyers were key to developing and implementing the strategy while keeping to the 40-day schedule
Sullivan & CromwellHighly commendedHelped Fiat create a plan to save Chrysler77822Using an investment banker approach to the transaction, the firm managed to secure a deal for Fiat to buy into and eventually gain majority ownership of Chrysler. The lawyers interacted with all the different parties to structure an innovative deal for its client, where Fiat contributes technology in return for equity
Jones DayHighly commendedAdvising Chrysler on its restructuring and section 363 asset sale to Fiat77822Helped develop the plan and get a judge to agree to the accelerated section 363 sale strategy. The firm’s performance in the bankruptcy court was key to getting the deal through
Ropes & GrayHighly commendedPlastech restructuring77620Representing the main credit holders, the firm enabled the company to be sold to its current owners in a way that secured excellent return on investment for clients. Elements of the deal could be considered a precursor to later restructurings, as the deal involved similar innovations such as the use of collective action in the credit bid
Jenner & BlockHighly commendedAdvising GM on the corporate aspects of its section 363 sale67720Acting in its capacity as GM’s corporate counsel, the firm managed to bring together the multiple aspects of GM’s global asset sale to a successful conclusion in 40 days
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