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Paul H. Zumbro

Partner, Corporate

Paul H. Zumbro is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves as the Head of the Firm’s Financial Restructuring & Reorganization practice. His practice focuses on restructuring transactions and related financings, both in and out of court, as well as bankruptcy M&A transactions. The 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business reports Mr. Zumbro is “noted for his expertise across financing transactions, with a particular focus on distressed financings” and quotes a client as saying he is “a master of dealing with chaos” and can “impose order on chaos.” Others praise his “very detail‑oriented and creative approach to matters” (Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017 edition).

Mr. Zumbro’s practice includes advising the Firm’s corporate and financial institution clients on bankruptcy issues and advising on creditor rights in a variety of contexts. His restructuring experience includes both creditor and debtor side representations, and also includes work in the fields of municipal and sovereign debt restructuring.

Representative matters include representing:

Debtor Representation

  • PG&E Corporation in connection with its $5.5 billion DIP financing, its $40+ billion debt and equity exit financing and other advisory matters relating to PG&E’s reorganization proceedings under Chapter 11. This case is one of the largest bankruptcy cases in U.S. history. Through its Chapter 11 proceedings, PG&E intends to address its responsibilities to stakeholders and achieve an orderly, fair and expeditious resolution of potential liabilities resulting from the unprecedented 2017 and 2018 Northern California wildfires.
  • The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC (TWC) in connection with its voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. In connection with the filing, the company entered into a “stalking horse” agreement with an affiliate of Lantern Asset Management, under which Lantern agreed to purchase substantially all of the assets of TWC, subject to certain conditions including approval of the Bankruptcy Court. On May 8, 2018, the Bankruptcy Court approved the sale of the assets of TWC to Lantern for $310 million in cash plus the assumption of up to $127.5 million in liabilities. Following a $21 million purchase price reduction which the Bankruptcy Court approved on July 11, 2018, the sale to Lantern closed on July 13, 2018.

Sovereign/Governmental Debt Restructuring

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, as special counsel, in connection with structuring and negotiating community disaster loans proposed to be made available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and/or their instrumentalities and agencies or local governments thereof, at a time when the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and a number of its instrumentalities have filed for bankruptcy relief under Title III of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act. The loans are provided in accordance with the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017 to supply $4.9 billion in emergency loans to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist in providing essential services and other needs as a result of Hurricane Maria.
  • The Republic of Argentina in connection with its historic sovereign debt litigation settlement and restructuring. Mr. Zumbro acted as special counsel to Argentina in connection with its $16.5 billion bond offering, the largest emerging market debt issuance at the time. Working closely with the Cravath litigation team, Mr. Zumbro helped coordinate the complex settlement payment mechanics among the Republic, the bond underwriters and the lead settling plaintiffs, as well as the bond offering and the court processes, in a manner that minimized execution risk for the Republic in its important return to the international capital markets.

Bankruptcy M&A

  • Stage Stores, Inc., through its operating subsidiary Specialty Retailers, Inc., in connection with its acquisition of select assets of Gordmans Stores, Inc. through a Bankruptcy Code section 363 transaction. Under the terms of the transaction, on April 7, 2017, the Stage Stores subsidiary acquired all of Gordmans’ inventory, furniture, fixtures, equipment and other assets at the 57 store locations and the distribution center as well as trademarks and other intellectual property of Gordmans.
  • Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in connection with the bankruptcy aspects of its $1.3 billion acquisition of TerraForm Global, Inc. and its $3.8 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in and assumption of sponsorship of TerraForm Power, Inc. SunEdison, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2016, in the largest U.S. bankruptcy filing of the year. TerraForm Global and TerraForm Power, the publicly‑traded yieldcos of SunEdison, have entered into settlement agreements with SunEdison and are not debtors in the SunEdison bankruptcy case.
  • Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. on bankruptcy structuring matters related to its acquisition of the Craftsman brand from Sears Holdings Corporation, including with respect to intellectual property licensing issues. The transaction provided Stanley Black & Decker with the rights to develop, manufacture and sell Craftsman‑branded products in non‑Sears Holdings retail, industrial and online sales channels across the U.S. and in other countries. Following the initial signing of the transaction, Mr. Zumbro advised Stanley Black & Decker in connection with issues related to financial disclosures made by Sears Holdings, as well as with respect to the filing for insolvency protection by Sears Canada under the Canadian Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. He has continued to advise Stanley Black & Decker in connection with the recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of Sears Holdings, which may impact its ongoing supply, licensing and other arrangements with Sears.

Other Non‑Financing Bankruptcy Matters

  • The independent monitor appointed to oversee the recall and related matters by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (the NHTSA Monitor) and the independent compliance monitor appointed by the Department of Justice under the Plea Agreement with Takata (the DOJ Monitor), in connection with Takata’s Chapter 11 proceedings and related Japanese insolvency proceedings.
  • A major financial institution in connection with a matter relating to a significant amount of post‑petition interest on claims arising from terminated ISDA swaps in the Lehman Brothers U.S. bankruptcy case and the related U.K. insolvency administration of Lehman Brothers International (Europe). The matter involved complex cross‑border legal issues relating to statutory surplus entitlements, including issues relating to ISDA default rate calculations and questions regarding applicability of statutory versus contractual interest rates. The resolution of the matter was reported to the Joint Administrator of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) on August 2, 2017.

DIP Financing, Exit Financing and Recapitalizations

  • Credit Suisse as sole book‑running manager and initial purchaser of $1 billion of first and second lien notes issued by Pacific Drilling to finance its exit from bankruptcy.
  • Credit Suisse as lender, collateral agent and administrative agent of the senior secured asset‑based revolving credit facility provided to UCI International LLC and certain of its affiliates in connection with financing and court matters relating to UCI’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. UCI, a subsidiary of Rank Group, is a motor vehicle parts and systems business with approximately $469 million in funded indebtedness at the time of its bankruptcy filing, including approximately $69 million in drawn borrowings under its ABL facility, under which the two lenders were Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Islands Branch and an affiliate of Rank Group. Despite various proposals by debtors that would have led to Credit Suisse being impaired on its debt and subject to post‑confirmation litigation, UCI and its affiliated debtors emerged from Chapter 11 in December 2016, with lenders under the ABL facility receiving a hundred cents on the dollar repayment and Credit Suisse receiving litigation releases.
  • A group of holders of first lien notes of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company in connection with the implementation of certain modifications to the “PropCo” side capital structure of Caesars upon its emergence from Chapter 11. The matter also involved the mandatory conversion of certain convertible preferred equity and junior mezzanine debt into common equity of the post-emergence REIT. Caesars announced its emergence from bankruptcy on October 6, 2017.

Mr. Zumbro is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the IBA’s Banking Law and Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Committees, and he was elected to serve on the Thomson Reuters Practical Law Bankruptcy Advisory Board. He co‑authored the United States section in the Practical Law Company’s Cross‑Border Finance Handbook (2006/07; 2008/09 and 2011) and has authored several pieces relating to DIP financings. Mr. Zumbro served on the Advisory Board and as a speaker for the ABI’s 2018 New York City Bankruptcy Conference, and spoke on a panel entitled “Momentive Aftermath.” He also participated in the ABI’s 2018 Annual Spring Meeting and spoke on a panel entitled “Navigating § 552: Pre‑Petition Security Interests in Proceeds,” as well as in the ABI’s 2016 Winter Leadership Conference where he spoke on a panel entitled “DIP Best Practices.”

Mr. Zumbro has been cited by The Best Lawyers in America and The Legal 500 for his skill in bankruptcy and corporate restructuring. He has been repeatedly named by Lawdragon as one of “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” and was featured by Lawdragon in 2018 in a Q&A on Cravath’s Financial Restructuring & Reorganization practice. Mr. Zumbro has also been recognized as a leading finance lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

Mr. Zumbro was born in Bethesda, Maryland. He received a B.A. cum laude and with Distinction in the Major from Yale College in 1992 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1997, where he was a Stone Scholar. Mr. Zumbro joined Cravath in 1997 and became a partner in 2005.

Mr. Zumbro can be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1036 or by email at

Mr. Zumbro is admitted only in New York.

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