Jennifer Taylor

Partner

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Jennifer Taylor represents clients in connection with the financing for leveraged buyouts, secured and unsecured working capital facilities, and other structured financings, including mezzanine loans, high yield, and the financing of debtors in bankruptcy. She regularly negotiates workout transactions and represents clients in Chapter 11 reorganizations. She also represents opportunity and investment funds in connection with distressed acquisitions of businesses and debt.

Jennifer has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Law360 (2016), the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (2014) and the Northern California edition of Super Lawyers (2012-2015).

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended by Legal 500 for Finance - Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy) - Corporate (2017)
  • 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)

Admissions

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

Education

  • 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

Clerkship

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

Externships

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

Member

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

Author

  • “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)

Co-Author

  • “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)

Speaker

  • "Insolvency Issues in Business Cases," Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum (November 9, 2018)
  • "Restructuring Issues in FinTech and Cryptocurrency," IWIRC on the Vine (September 2018)
  • “Bankruptcy Issues Related to FinTech & Cryptocurrency,” The Bar Association of San Francisco (2018)
  • “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

  • Represented BeachPoint Capital as prepetition secured lender and DIP lender to Variant Holdings, the holding company for the owner and operator of multifamily residential, self-storage and office properties nation-wide
  • Represented the Ad Hoc Group of Second Lien Lenders (Cerberus and a leading financial institution) in the bankruptcy of AMF Bowling
  • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 reorganization of a Philadelphia Newspapers
  • Represented Lennar as the largest unsecured creditor and 16% equity holder in the Chapter 11 of LandSource, a national land developer, focused on horizontal development of master planned communities
  • Represented the senior secured lender in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video
  • Represented Gottschalks, a regional department store chain, as debtor's counsel in its Delaware Chapter 11 case
  • Represented Oaktree Capital in the distressed acquisition of a historic Southern California hotel
  • Represented Saga Investments LLC in connection with its Section 363 acquisition of the assets of deCODE genetics, Inc., a global leader in genetics research, in deCODE’s Chapter 11
  • Represented Printonix, a portfolio company of Vector Capital, in its acquisition of assets from TallyGenicom LP in TallyGenicom’s Chapter 11
  • Represented Advanced Marketing Services, a major distributor of books to retailers, as debtor counsel in its Chapter 11 case, including Section 363 sales of its two major business divisions
  • Represented cable Internet company Excite/At Home in its Chapter 11 proceeding and the At Home Liquidating Trust in the winddown of the estate
  • 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 clients in connection with various out-of-court restructurings involving, among others, the hotel and casino, education solutions, publishing, and wire harness industries

Illustrative Corporate Finance Experience

  • Represented Nektar Therapeutics, a San Francisco-based biopharmaceutical company, in a 144A offering of $125 million of senior secured notes
  • Represented Healthcare Trust of America, a publicly traded REIT and leading owner of medical office buildings, in loan transactions raising up to $1.3 billion
  • Represented Deutsche Bank in connection with $300 million refinancing of a senior secured credit facility to Hexcel Corporation
  • Represented Avenue Capital as lead investor in multiple tranches of debt financing to Nextwave Wireless, a provider of next generation multimedia and wireless broadband technology
  • Represented Corinthian Colleges, one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America, in connection with the refinancing of its syndicated credit facility and its strategic acquisition of Heald College
  • Represented Wells Fargo Bank in connection with the financing of the leveraged acquisition of one of the world’s largest floral marketers
  • Represented a leading U.S. investment bank in connection with the arrangement of $2.1 billion in senior secured credit facilities for the acquisition of the Washington Group by URS Corporation, including a multiple-tranche term loan facility and a revolving loan facility
  • Represented Francisco Partners, L.P. in connection with various credit facilities for its portfolio companies
  • Represented RSI Corporation in connection with its $350 million senior secured credit facility
  • Represented Planet Financial Group, LLC in connection with two fully secured credit facilities of $140 million and the acquisition of existing scratch and dent residential mortgages