Jennifer Taylor


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Jennifer Taylor is a partner in O’Melveny’s corporate finance and restructuring practice groups. She is also a member of O’Melveny’s Crypto & Blockchain and Emerging Technologies industry groups. Jennifer has deep experience negotiating debt financing transactions of all varieties, including financings for leveraged buyouts, asset based facilities, secured and unsecured working capital facilities, venture debt loans, and other structured financings, including mezzanine loans, high yield, and DIP financing for debtors in bankruptcy.

In the restructuring realm, Jennifer represents clients in connection with workout transactions and Chapter 11 reorganizations. She also regularly represents investors in connection with distressed acquisitions of businesses and debt.

Jennifer has been ranked in Chambers (2021-2023), recognized among The Best Lawyers in America (2023), named one of the “500 Leading Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers in the US” by Lawdragon (2021-2023), and honored as one of the “Top Women Dealmakers of 2022” by The Deal Magazine. She was selected as a member of ABI’s 40 under 40 Program (2019) and recognized as a “Rising Star” by Law360 (2016) and the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (2014).

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law in San Francisco (2024)
  • Named as one of the “Top Women in Dealmaking” by The Deal Magazine (2022)
  • Chambers USA "Up & Coming" in Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2021-2023)
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading US Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers (2020-2023)
  • Selected as a member of ABI’s 40 under 40 Program (2019)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US for Finance - Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy) - Corporate (2017, 2022)
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” and one of the “top bankruptcy attorneys under 40” by Law360 (2016)
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (2014)
  • Recognized as a Northern California “Rising Star” by Law & Politics Media Inc. (2012-2015)
  • Warren Christopher Values Award (2013)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence (2004)


Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.: cum laude; Member: Hastings Law Journal; Recipient: American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence, Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Bankruptcy, CALI Awards in Legal Writing and Research, Bankruptcy, and Secured Transactions
  • Stanford University, B.A., Political Science and Economics

Professional Activities


  • Hon. Leslie Tchaikovsky, US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California


  • Hon. Whitney Rimel, US Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California
  • Hon. Maxine Chesney, US District Court, Northern District of California


  • Financial Lawyers Conference (Board of Governors)
  • Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco
  • Northern California Chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (former Co-Chair)
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden (Board of Directors)


  • “Some Bargain: How Bankruptcy Courts May Now Require a Debtor to Relinquish Expectations of Privacy as a Condition of the Bankruptcy Bargain,” 56 Hastings L.J. 609 (2005)


  • “Lenders Guide to Priming Exploitation,” O’Melveny (November 30, 2022)
  • “2022 Private Credit and Middle Market Update:  Key Trends and Developments,” International Comparative Law Suite (April 7, 2022)
  • “2021 Private Credit and Middle Market Update:  Pandemic Priming Shifts Debt to Defense,” International Comparative Law Suite (April 8, 2021)
  • “Legal Considerations for Distressed Debt Investors,” The Recorder (August 26, 2020)
  • “CARES Act Expands Simpler Bankruptcy Restructuring Under New Subchapter V to Businesses With up to $7.5 Million in Debt,” Journal of Bankruptcy Law (August 18, 2020)
  • “Best Practices for Agents and Trustees Dealing with Distressed Credits,” ABI Journal (July 2020)
  • “The Cryptic Case of Cryptocurrency Security Interests: Have You Properly Perfected Your Interest In Cryptocurrency And Blockchain-Based Assets?,” BlockTribune (2019)
  • “Recent Developments Affecting Workouts of Secured Loans,” 8 Pratt’s J. Bankr. L. 679 (2012)
  • “Seventh Circuit Takes the (River) Road Less Traveled, Creating a Circuit Split on the Issue of Right to Credit Bid a Sale Pursuant to a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Plan,” 7 Pratt's J. Bankr L. 708 (2011)
  • “Bad Bankruptcy Citizen,” The Deal (April 2010)
  • “Working Through a Workout: A Practitioner's Guide from the Perspective of Private Equity Sponsors, Venture Capital Funds and Other Significant Equity Investors,” 5 Hastings Bus. L.J. 101 (2009)
  • “Travelers and the Implications on the Allowability of Unsecured Creditors’ Claims for Post-Petition Attorneys’ Fees Against the Bankruptcy Estate,” 81 Am Bankr. L.J. 123 (2007), reprinted in 29 Cal. Bankr. J. 379 (2007)
  • “Sustaining Power: Applying 11 U.S.C. § 366 in Chapter 11 Post-BAPCPA,” 22 Bankr. Dev. J. 371 (2006)


  • “Pre-Chapter 11 Priming Transactions: Creating Liquidity, Delaying Maturities, Removing Covenants,” Strafford (July 12, 2023)
  • “Hot Topics in Bankruptcy,” Northern District Judicial Conference (April 22 2023)
  • “Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcy,” The Bar Association of San Francisco & The Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum (November 1, 2022)
  • “One Year Into COVID-19: Trends and Forecasts in Commercial Restructurings,” The Bar Association of San Francisco (April 20, 2021)
  • “Distressed Company Priming Transactions,” International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (March 2021)
  • “Fraud and the Implications for Claims Trading and Plans,” American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference (December 4, 2020)
  • “Musings of a Chapter 11 Mind,” National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (October 23, 2020)
  • “Insolvency in the Time of COVID-19: Guidance for Directors and Officers,” Forum for Corporate Directors OC (September 10, 2020)
  • “Perfecting and Enforcing Security Interests in Cryptocurrencies”, International Women’s Insolvency Confederation Regional Conference, Napa (September 2018)
  • “Bankruptcy Issues Related to FinTech & Cryptocurrency,” The Bar Association of San Francisco (June 2018)
  • “Drilling Down: Issues in Oil and Oilfield Services Bankruptcies”, Financial Lawyers Conference, Los Angeles (January 2017)
  • “Nuts & Bolts of Real Estate Restructurings,” Financial Lawyers Conference, Los Angeles (June 2016)
  • “Emerging Technologies in Big Law,” Stanford Law School, Palo Alto (April 2016)
  • “Makewhole Mishaps, Collateral Gaps, and Interest Caps,” Financial Lawyers Conference, Beverly Hills (February 2015)
  • “IP Issues in Business Transactions 2014,” Practising Law Institute, San Francisco (February 28, 2014)
  • “The Ins and Outs of DIP Financing: Good Money After Bad (How to Make DIP Financing Better),” American Bankruptcy Institute, Incline Village (August 23, 2013)
  • “ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Tucson (November 30, 2012)
  • “DBSD v. DISH: Designation, Gifting, and Standing . . . Did the Second Circuit Get it Right (And what are the implications for the loan market?),” Loan Syndications and Trading Association, New York (March 9, 2011)
  • “After Philly News, Pacific Lumber, Chrysler, and Metaldyne: Plans, Sales, Secured Lenders' Objections (And More),” Financial Lawyers Conference, El Segundo (December 9, 2010)
  • “Bankruptcy Practice: A Practical Primer Taught by Court Attorneys,” Pincus Professional Education, San Francisco (May 10, 2007)

Illustrative Restructuring and Distress Experience

  • Secured lender, UBS, in the chapter 11 bankruptcy of HVI Cat Canyon, recognized with the M&A Advisor’s Turnaround Award for “Restructuring of the Year ($10-$50mm)” (2021)
  • Secured lender, Franklin Templeton, in the chapter 11 reorganization of Appvion, producer of specialty coated paper and pulp. Franklin's acquisition of Appvion was the recipient of the M&A Advisor's Turnaround Award for “Distressed M&A Deal of the Year” (2019) 
  • Secured lender, Franklin Templeton, in the chapter 11 reorganization of Fieldwood Energy, the recipient of the M&A Advisor's Turnaround Award for “Restructuring of the Year (Over $1B to $5B)” (2019)
  • BeachPoint Capital as secured creditor in the chapter 11 bankruptcy Variant Holding Company, owner and operator of multifamily residential, self-storage and office properties, which was recognized as “Restructuring Deal of the Year ($250m to $500m)” by the M&A Advisor's Turnaround Awards (2018)
  • Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Authority in the restructuring of the debt obligations of Puerto Rico
  • Cal Dive International, offshore construction and services, in its chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Cal Dive matter garnered the Turnaround Atlas Award for “Cross-Border Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (Middlemarkets)” (2016)
  • Clearlake Capital in the successful acquisition of clothing retailer Ashley Stewart through a section 363 name. The acquisition was named as M&A Advisor's “Restructuring of the Year” (2014)
  • The Ad Hoc Group of Second Lien Lenders in the chapter 11 case of AMF Bowling, including the acquisition of the company and merger with Bowlmor. The matter received the Turnaround Atlas Award for “Restructuring of the Year” (2014)
  • Official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 reorganization of Philadelphia Newspapers
  • Lennar as the largest unsecured creditor and 16% equity holder in the chapter 11 of LandSource, a developer of master planned communities. The LandSource restructuring was awarded Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Awards for the Reorganization of the Year (2010)

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