Maria J. DiConza

Partner

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Maria J. DiConza represents debtors, creditors, purchasers, lenders, and other parties-in-interest in Chapter 11 reorganizations, out-of-court restructurings, and bankruptcy litigation. Over the course of more than 20 years in practice, Maria’s experience spans various industries including health care, manufacturing, energy, financial services, and for-profit education.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, Maria was a shareholder at another major law firm.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers (2020)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in New York, NY
  • The Legal 500 United States (2012-2013, 2015, 2019)
  • Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2018)

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Education

  • St. John’s University, J.D. 1997: magna cum laude; Articles and Notes Editor, St. John's Law Review; Dean's List; St. John's School of Law Scholarship; CALI Award for Excellence in Corporate Taxation
  • William and Mary, B.A., Government, 1994:  Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society

Professional Activities

Member

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Catholic Renewal
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation

Articles, Publications & Lectures

  • Speaker, “Unprecedented Times in the Municipal Market,” Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors’ (AIRA) 34th Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference (June 15, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Municipal Bankruptcies,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) 20th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference (May 24, 2018)
  • Speaker, “The Most Important Bankruptcy Cases Ever,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) 36th Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. (April 20, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Healthcare and Education,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) 19th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference (May 18, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Multiple Debtors: Best Practices for Corporate Governance in Multi-Debtor Cases,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) 18th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference (May 18, 2016)
  • Quoted, "Fewer Stalking Horse Perks Discourage Distressed Buyers," Law360 (March 14, 2014)
  • Mentioned, "Sager Creek Nabs Defunct Allens With $160M Bid," Law360 (February 7, 2014)
  • Mentioned, "Sealing The Deal: Greenberg Guides Consol's $3.5B Mine Sale," Law360 (December 3, 2013)
  • Mentioned, "Greenberg Among Firms on Consol Deal: Business of Law," Bloomberg (October 29, 2013)
  • Mentioned, "Five Firms Advise on $3.5 Billion Consol Coal Mine Deal," The Am Law Daily, (October 28, 2013) 
  • Presenter, "Notable Trends in Restructuring: The Latest in Exit Financing Structures," Greenberg Traurig presentation (June 30, 2011)

Complex Financial Restructurings

  • Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority in in-court and out-of-court debt restructuring under PROMESA.
  • City of Hartford, Connecticut, as restructuring counsel.
  • Consol Energy, Inc. in US$3.5 billion sale of its subsidiary that owned and operated five thermal coal mines to a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp. 
  • Mexican satellite company Satélites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. in restructuring of more than US$400 million in debt through a prepackaged Chapter 11 case.

Debtor Representations

  • Women’s clothing retailer, Fancesca’s Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries.
  • Optima Specialty Steel, Inc., one of North America’s leading independent manufacturers of specialty steel products.
  • SFX Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries, producers and promoters of live electronic dance music events throughout the world. 
  • MIG, Inc. (f/k/a Metromedia International Group, Inc.), owner of communications and media business that operates in the Republic of Georgia. 
  • For-profit higher educational companies Florida Career College, Anthem Education, and their subsidiaries. 
  • Canned vegetable producer Allens, Inc. 
  • Fast casual restaurant chain and franchisor BackYard Burgers, Inc. and its subsidiaries. 
  • Chem Rx Corp., long-term care pharmaceutical company, and its affiliates. 
  • Valeo Electrical Systems, Inc., leading auto parts manufacturer 
  • Neogenix Oncology, Inc., a clinical stage biotherapeutic company. 
  • Liquidating trust of Fruehauf Trailer Corp. 
  • Former securities broker-dealer GCO Services and Gruntal Financial. 

Lender/Creditor Representations

  • Secured creditor and purchaser of United Road Towing.
  • Secured creditor and purchaser of American Laser Centers. 
  • Multiple customer, creditors, and parties-in-interest in the MF Global and Lehman Brothers SIPC and bankruptcy cases. 
  • International financial institution in Adelphia Communications Chapter 11 cases.