Joanna McDonald

Joanna McDonald

Finance Senior Associate, New York

Overview

Professional experience

Education

Overview

Joanna advises debtors, secured lenders, investment banks, hedge funds and other financial institution creditors in bankruptcies and complex, cross-border restructurings and agents, arrangers, lenders and borrowers in a variety of cross-border financing transactions.

Work highlights

Joanna’s recent representative matters include advising:

  • global fast-fashion retailer New Look Secured Issuer plc in its chapter 15 case recognizing an English law scheme of arrangement to implement the restructuring of £300 million (sterling equivalent) in senior secured notes
  • international retail holding company Steinhoff International Holding N.V. as largest creditor and ultimate beneficial owner in the chapter 11 case of the largest U.S. mattress retailer Mattress Firm, Inc.
  • the administrative agent under a $300 million facility in the out-of-court restructuring of Total Terminals International, LLC (“TTI”) and sale of TTI in the chapter 15 bankruptcy case and Korean rehabilitation proceeding of TTI parent Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd.
  • the administrative agent for the senior secured lender group in the highly litigious chapter 11 case of Sabine Oil & Gas
  • the agent in the $9 billion (USD equivalent) acquisition financing of an automotive components business by a portfolio company of K.K.R. Capital Markets Japan Limited
  • the agent in the $1.4 billion (USD equivalent) acquisition financing of a video solutions business by a portfolio company of K.K.R. Capital Markets Japan Limited
  • Unilever N.V. and Unilever PLC as borrowers in a series of bilateral, general corporate financings

Professional experience

Joanna has co-authored several articles regarding insolvency issues. Her publications include:

  • “Should Underwater Junior Liens Survive Bankruptcy?”, Law360, May 2015
  • “Exploring Temporary Stays of Early Termination Rights of Qualified Financial Contracts”, Distressed Download, March 2015
  • “Overview and Analysis of Select Provisions of the ABI Chapter 11 Reform Commission Final Report and Recommendations”, Distressed Download, January 2015

Education

Joanna studied English at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law, where she also served on the Submissions Board of the Texas International Law Journal.