Press Release

Morgan Lewis Adds 3-Partner Corporate Restructuring, Transactional Finance Team

September 04, 2019

HARTFORD and NEW YORK, September 4, 2019: Morgan Lewis announced today that three veteran finance lawyers are reuniting as partners at the global law firm. Joining from Bracewell, Kurt Mayr and Jennifer Feldsher focus on corporate restructuring. Joining from Proskauer, Kristen Campana focuses on transactional finance with significant restructuring experience. All three once practiced together at Bracewell. Several members of their team will be joining the firm.

Kurt will be resident in Hartford and New York, while Kristen and Jennifer will be resident in New York. Kurt, who joins the leadership team of Morgan Lewis’s global finance practice, served at his prior firm as chair of the financial restructuring department and managing partner of the Connecticut office. He has deep experience representing creditor groups on complex matters such as the current restructuring of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s debt.

Kristen represents a wide variety of direct and alternative lenders, particularly those involving private sources of capital, in domestic and cross-border financings. Jennifer has spearheaded all aspects of the bankruptcy process for debtor and creditor clients, including Chapter 11 proceedings for national and international clients.

“We are delighted that Kurt, Jennifer, and Kristen are reuniting at Morgan Lewis,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “They are well known to creditors around the world for their wide-ranging industry experience and our clients will benefit from their skill, experience, and reputation for representing traditional lenders and private investment funds in large, complex financing and insolvency scenarios. These three new partners will play a key role in strengthening our capabilities in all facets of direct lending/alternative lender representations.”

Kurt represents creditors, debtors, private equity sponsors, acquirers, and other interested parties in transactions both out-of-court and under court supervision. He particularly focuses on representing creditors in complex restructurings, including senior bank lenders and ad hoc noteholder groups. Kurt advises clients in a broad array of industries, including financial services, energy, automotive, and tribal gaming.

Jennifer represents secured creditors, special situations investment funds, ad hoc groups, and acquirers of assets in all aspects of distressed situations. She also represents troubled corporate debtors in in-court and out-of-court reorganizations, asset sales, and restructurings. Jennifer has advised companies involved in many of the largest restructurings, including in the energy, retail, telecommunications, technology, healthcare, airline, automotive, gaming, and financial services industries.

Kristen advises private debt funds, hedge funds, specialty finance companies, business development companies, private equity investors, and issuers in connection with acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, convertible debt, equity investments, letters of credit, and project financings. Her restructuring experience includes bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations, work-outs, and distressed debt purchases and sales, as well as second lien and mezzanine financings, and other subordinated debt financings.

“Kurt, Jennifer, and Kristen are recognized industry leaders who further enhance our capabilities to respond to the needs of our clients,” said Jonathan Bernstein, the leader of Morgan Lewis’s finance practice. “They will benefit from the combined experience of these new partners in all phases of the lifecycle of financial assets and the wide variety of counterparties involved in transactions involving those assets.”