"He’s very responsive, always very accessible and available, knowledgeable, patient and a great communicator in presenting potentially complex issues in easy to understand terms."
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Joaquin C de Baca is head of Restructuring in the New York office. Joaquin counsels clients in connection with workouts, restructurings, and all manner of distressed areas including bankruptcy proceedings, debtor-in-possession and exit financings, litigations and international insolvency proceedings. He has negotiated restructuring transactions in an extensive scope of distressed contexts. Joaquin regularly helps clients to assess all perspectives and execute strategies to maximize value.

Joaquin proactively provides counsel to companies before legal issues escalate. By addressing issues at the front end he is able to help Mayer Brown clients mitigate risk and build a legal strategy in the event of distressed situation.

Clients include the full range of parties involved in distressed and restructuring transactions, including creditors, private and public companies, individual directors and officers and other interested parties.


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Some of his recent representations include:

  • A non-US broker in connection with plan enforcement issues with respect to Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. and its affiliated debtors.
  • An equipment finance lessor in connection with complex equipment lease assumption and claims resolution issues arising out of the Westinghouse chapter 11 proceedings.
  • A major international bank in connection with the administration of loans to a distressed hospital system.
  • A major international bank in connection with the workout and potential insolvency proceedings related to the financing of a Brazilian oil field business.
  • BNP Paribas/Fortis Bank SA/NV, as agent on behalf of a syndicate of lenders, in connection with the restructuring of loans for four cancer-treatment centers across the United States in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $500 million. This involved novel out-of-court refinance transactions and both consensual and disputed bankruptcy court supervised sale transactions.
  • School Specialty, Inc., a leading provider of educational products and services to the Pre-K- 12th grade market in the US and Canada, in its successful out-of-court restructuring of more than $300 million of debt and consensual sale of substantially all of its assets to an entity formed by TCW Asset Management Company, LLC, Cerberus Capital Management, and Lantern Capital Partners.
  • A non-US financial entity in connection with the defense of constructive fraudulent conveyance claims arising from the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (and various related feeder funds).
  • A major international bank in connection with the DIP financing of PG&E and affiliated debtors and related administration issues.


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD

University of Denver, BM, magna cum laude

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  • New York
  • Rising Star in Bankruptcy - New York Super Lawyers
  • "Health Care Services Restructuring of the Year" - Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Awards
  • "Chapter 11 Reorg of the Year ($500MM to $1B)" - M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards