is a partner in O'Melveny's Los Angeles office and a member of the Restructuring Practice.
Andrew focuses his practice on both chapter 11 representations and out-of-court restructurings. He also counsels executive teams and boards of directors of distressed and potentially distressed companies on strategic options and fiduciary duties. His industry-specific experience spans a wide range of sectors, including the mortgage, gaming, healthcare, entertainment, commercial real estate, and homebuilding industries.
Andrew's extensive chapter 11 experience includes serving as debtor's counsel, as well as representing official committees, stalking horse bidders, purchasers of assets, debtor-in-possession lenders, private equity sponsors, management teams, intellectual property licensees, and trade creditors.
In the out-of-court context, Andrew advises clients on restructurings (including CMBS restructurings), work outs, pre-packaged chapter 11 plans, and deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure transactions, and provides counseling on structures to minimize risks associated with potential chapter 11 filings.
Illustrative Professional Experience
- Represented New Century Financial Corporation, one of the largest of subprime lenders to have filed Chapter 11, as debtor's counsel
- Represented Lenado Capital Advisors in approximately US$275 million in claims in the Movie Gallery bankruptcy case (including senior secured revolver claims, senior secured term debt and second lien debt)
- Represented Spyglass Entertainment in connection with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s prepackaged chapter 11 restructuring
- Represented non-profit mental health clinic Verdugo Mental Health as debtor’s counsel in the sale of its assets and seamless transition of its services to another provider
- Represented the largest licensee and administrative trade creditor in the chapter 11 of The Sharper Image
- Represented Saga Investments, LLC in its acquisition of the assets of deCODE genetics, Inc., the genetics research giant, through a section 363 sale in deCODE’s chapter 11 case
- Represented Serious Materials, Inc., a developer of eco-friendly building materials, in the Section 363 acquisition of Kensington Windows in the Jancor Companies chapter 11 cases
- Represented debtor-in-possession lender and asset purchaser in the chapter 11 of O2Diesel Corporation
- Represented commercial furniture manufacturer Falcon Products as debtor counsel in its successful chapter 11 reorganization and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in an appeal brought by the PBGC regarding Falcon’s termination of its pension plans
- Represented an equity committee in the USA Commercial Mortgage chapter 11 cases, helping to secure a return of approximately 70% to investors
Honorable Stephen V. Wilson, US District Court, Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice,
US District Court, Central District of California; US Court of Appeals, Eighth CircuitMember,
Insolvency Law Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California (2009-2011); American Bankruptcy Institute; Legal Council of The Williams Institute at UCLA Law School Author
, "Distressed Healthcare: Significant Considerations for Buyers, Sellers, Lenders, and Borrowers," American Health Lawyers Association Annual Conference 2009, Washington, D.C. Co-Author,
"Practitioner's Guide to Pre-packaged Bankruptcy: A Primer" (2011; co-authored with Steven Krause)