Suzzanne Uhland

Partner

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Suzzanne Uhland is a partner in O’Melveny’s New York and San Francisco offices  and and Chair of the U.S. Restructuring Practice. Suzzanne represents parties in Chapter 11 reorganizations and out of court restructurings and buyers and sellers in Bankruptcy Code Section 363(b) sales and other distress transactions. She also practices with the Firm’s Transactions attorneys, both in bankruptcy cases and in structuring transactions to avoid bankruptcy-related risks. Suzzanne has substantial experience in bankruptcy and insolvency-related litigation, frequently working with members of O’Melveny’s Litigation Department. She also provides advice in bankruptcy compliance matters. Suzzanne has a significant range of experience in real estate, energy, technology, and municipal financings and restructurings.

Suzzanne is consistently recognized as one of the leading restructuring lawyers in the United States. Chambers and Partners USA has recognized Suzzanne for her restructuring work over a number of years (2008-2016). In particular Chambers recognizes Suzzanne as “an extremely accomplished lawyer” with “excellent industry knowledge” and lauds her for being “exceptionally talented and smart.”

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Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • Yale University, J.D., 1988: Co-Editor in Chief, Yale Journal on Regulation 
  • Stanford University, M.A., 1986 
  • Stanford University, A.B., 1984: with distinction; Phi Beta Kappa 

Professional Activities

Clerkships

  • Honorable Mariana Pfaelzer, US District Court, Central District of California, 1989-1990

Fellow

  • American College of Bankruptcy

Member

  • Board of Governors, 2013-2016
  • Financial Lawyers Conference

Adjunct Professor

  • Secured Transactions, Southwestern University School of Law, 1990

Member

  •  Yale Law School Fund Board

Speaker

  • “Bankruptcy, Restructurings and Workouts”, PLI Commercial Real Estate Institute, November 2015
  • “Makewhole Mishaps, Collateral Gaps and Interest Caps,” Financial Lawyers Conference, March 2015
  • “What’s Termination Got to Do With It: Termination After Sunbeam,” Financial Lawyers Conference, October 2012
  • “Workout Lenders,” Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, June 2012
  • “Post-GM Ch 11: Is Nothing Sacred?” California Bankruptcy Forum, May 2010
  • “Treatment of Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy,” PLI Advanced Licensing 2011 and 2010
  • “Circuit Splits: Will Recent Decisions on Several Key Issues Result in Forum-Shopping,” ABI Winter Leadership Conference, December 2009
  • “Derivatives and Insolvency,” The Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of The Bar Association of San Francisco, January 2009
  • “Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property: When Worlds Collide,” Financial Lawyers Conference, February 2006; “Can It Be Done By the Numbers?” Turnaround Managers Association, 2003 Spring Conference
  • “Current Issues in Bankruptcy Litigation,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Battleground West, 2003

Author

  • “The 1st of Several Legal Roadblocks Ahead for Puerto Rico,” Law360 (July 2015) 
  • “Better Watch Your Assets in Bankruptcy Sales,” Financier Worldwide (March 2014)
  • “The Increased Importance of Intellectual Property in the Context of Distress and Bankruptcy,” Turnaround Management Association (July 2012)
  • “Will SLVs Hold Water in Shipping Bankruptcies?” Law360 (May 2012)
  • “Recent Developments Affecting Workouts of Secured Loans,” 8 Pratt’s J. Bankr. L. 679 (2012)
  • “When Worlds Collide: Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy Court,” New Matter (Vol. 34, No. 4, 2009)
  • “Acquisition of Assets from a U.S. Company in Bankruptcy - Another Option for Overseas Merger and Acquisition for Chinese Companies” (in Chinese), Capital Shanghai (April 2006)

  • Cal Dive International in its pending bankruptcy proceedings. Cal Dive was the recipient of a Turnaround Atlas Award for “Cross-Border Distressed M&A Deal of the Year” (Middlemarkets)
  • Ad Hoc Group of First Lien lenders in Foresight Energy
  • A major financial institution as administrative agent under the revolving credit facility in connection with the restructuring of Stone Energy Corporation
  • Suntech Power Holdings in its pending bankruptcy proceedings in the US and Cayman Islands
  • Beach Point Capital as secured creditor in the bankruptcy of Variant Holding
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