Overview

Louis Chiappetta is a partner in Mayer Brown's Chicago office and a member of the global Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency practice as a resident partner in Chicago. He focuses his practice primarily on troubled company mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and financing transactions — particularly those including balance sheet, environmental, labor and litigation issues. Louis has significant experience representing board members, debtors, creditors, bondholders, and equity security holders in all transactional and litigation aspects of bankruptcy cases. He also represents lenders and borrowers in out-of-court operational and financial restructuring matters and has represented various clients with respect to debtor-in-possession financing and cash collateral agreements, sales of assets in bankruptcy, reorganization plan structuring and confirmations, multinational insolvency proceedings, motions for relief from the automatic stay, dischargeability litigation, fraudulent conveyance and preference litigation, and other issues. 


Experience

Debtor/Company Representations

  • SunEdison, Inc., and certain of its domestic and international subsidiaries, which at the time of their filings were the world’s largest renewables developers, as one of the principal attorneys that led all aspects of their Chapter 11 restructuring, including their successful emergence from Chapter 11 resolving more than $11.7 billion in reported debt.
  • Exide Technologies, a global transportation and industrial battery manufacturer, in all aspects of its Chapter 11 reorganization, including the confirmation of its plan of reorganization, resulting in a more than $600 million de-leveraging as well as one of the lead attorneys responsible for successfully litigating hundreds of millions of dollars of non-dischargeability, fraudulent conveyance and claims issues.
  • TORM A/S, one of the largest shipping companies in Denmark, in its successful $1.8 billion out-of-court restructuring.
  • GlobalStar, Inc., a provider of mobile satellite voice and data services, in its out-of-court debt restructuring via an exchange offer.
  • Delphi Corporation, one of the largest global suppliers of vehicle electronics, transportation components, integrated systems and modules, and other electronic technology, in its successful emergence from Chapter 11 and as one of the lead attorneys spearheading the resolution of billions of dollars in asserted claims.
  • A Brazilian company in preparation for its chapter 15 filing in the United States seeking to restructure more than $300 million in reported debt.
  • LifeCare Holdings, Inc., an operator of long-term acute care hospitals, and its debtor affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Synagro Technologies, a leading waste management and provider of biosolids and residuals solutions, in its Chapter 11 restructuring in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
  • VeraSun Energy Corporation, an ethanol producer, in its Chapter 11 corporate restructuring, including a $215 million debtor-in-possession financing and its approximately $477 million sale via an auction of seven ethanol facilities to Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC.
  • Circuit City Stores, Inc. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and its $1 billion liquidation in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated, a telecommunications provider, in its Chapter 11 restructuring in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Mark IV Industries, Inc., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners and manufacturer of automotive technology, and its subsidiaries (including Dayco Products LLC), in their prenegotiated Chapter 11 reorganization filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Mark IV Industries emerged from Chapter 11 a little more than six months after filing, receiving an exit facility consisting of a $50 million asset-based loan credit facility provided by Wachovia Bank, N.A. and JP Morgan Chase & Co., a $145 million term loan credit facility and a $228 million term loan distributed to first lien prepetition secured lenders.
  • Interstate Bakeries Corporation in its successful emergence from Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Neumann Homes Inc. in its Chapter 11 restructuring and proposed liquidation in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Creditor/Investor Representations

  • First Solar, Inc., Atlantica Yield Plc and Mojave Solar Inc., as power purchase agreement creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers, one of the nation’s leading supply chain companies in the food industry, in its position as co-chair of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.
  • Unified Grocers, one of the nation’s leading grocery wholesale companies, in its position as co-chair of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Haggen, Inc.
  • Ryan Kavanaugh, the CEO and founder of Relativity Media, in the acquisition of all of the company’s assets except for its television business and the acquisition of Trigger St. Productions.
  • SuperValue Inc. in connection with its relationship with Haggan Inc. and its affiliates.
  • A bidder in the auction by Syncora Holdings Ltd. for its American Roads LLC's bridge and tunnel P3 assets in Alabama and Michigan.
  • An affiliate of Fortress Capital Corporation in a US$150 million Shariah-compliant debtor-in-possession murabaha facility for a subsidiary of Arcapita Bank, B.S.C(c), a provider of investment banking services in Bahrain, in connection with Arcapita's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. 
  • Black Diamond Capital Management, a private equity firm, and its affiliates in various intercreditor agreements.
  • Blackstone in connection with the acquisition of certain oil and gas-fired power plants.
  • Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated as sole lead arranger and sole lead bookrunner and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. as administrative agent in connection with the $95 million financing of Altra Inc.’s acquisition of Phoenix Bio Industries, LLC, the owner and operator of an ethanol plant in California. The financing included a $30 million first lien facility and a $65 million second lien facility. In addition to the credit facilities, this transaction included the first ethanol hedge ever put into place. Morgan Stanley Capital Group, Inc. entered into hedging arrangements with Altra Inc. to hedge the commodity risks related to the sale and purchase of ethanol, natural gas and corn. Altra Inc. is owned by several private equity firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Omninet Private Equity, LLC, Sage Capital Partners, L.P., Angeleno Group, LLC, and Khosla Ventures.
  • OAO Severstal (Russia) as the largest unsecured creditor and a secured creditor in the Chapter 11 cases of RG Steel, LLC filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, and in various related litigation matters, including reaching a settlement of the various claims between the parties for a payment by Severstal to RG Steel of US$30 million in exchange for RG Steel Wheeling, LLC’s right, title and interest in Mountain State Carbon, LLC.
  • Trustees of the Reader's Digest U.K. pension fund in the Chapter 11 reorganization of The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
  • SPO Advisory Corp. (a private investment firm and sponsor of hedge funds) and SPO Partners II, L.P. (a private equity and investment fund of SPO Advisory Corp.) as creditor and co-chair of the creditors' committee in the Chapter 11 case of Calpine Corporation, a natural gas and electric utility, an independent power producer, an owner of gas-fired power plants and a producer of geothermal power.

Education

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD, magna cum laude

Northwestern University, BS

Saint Xavier University, MA magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Illinois

Memberships

  • Member, Board of Directors of the Golden Apple Foundation, a charitable organization focused on recognizing, recruiting and training teachers in schools in need in Illinois.
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Named as one of the Top Attorneys in Illinois by Chicago Magazine in 2018 and 2019
  • Named as a Top Rising Star in Illinois by Super Lawyers in 2018 and 2019
  • Recipient of the 2014 Crystal Apple Award for Education
  • 2009 Veterans Pro Bono Service Award
  • William Hennessy Award Nominee (2001-08)