O’Melveny’s The Cramdown podcast analyzes the latest industry and legal trends of today’s economy. O'Melveny partners welcome guests to share their perspectives on the issues of the moment in restructuring and offer practical insights on the many challenges affecting businesses and investors during economic disruptions.
Episode 9: Restructuring Challenges in a Pandemic World
From remote hearings to changes in bankruptcy laws, companies that went through restructuring during the COVID-19 pandemic have had some challenges. In episode nine of The Cramdown, host Daniel Shamah talks with Dan Hugo, senior managing director with FTI Consulting, about how the restructuring practice has changed since the start of the pandemic and some valuable lessons professionals have learned and adapted to along the way.
Episode 8: Introducing O’Melveny’s Dallas-Based Bankruptcy & Restructuring Partners
In a special episode of The Cramdown podcast, host Daniel Shamah introduces us to partners Lou Strubeck, Greg Wilkes, and Scott Drake who recently joined the firm to expand the firm’s footprint in Texas, and bolster its highly-regarded Restructuring practice. Learn about why they made the move to O’Melveny, recent trends in the restructuring world, how the courts may handle future filings, and of course a little Texas BBQ. Link to the video version in the Show Notes.
Episode 7: Lessons Learned from Recent Restructurings by a Non-Restructuring Professional
Restructuring can be complex even for the most experienced professionals. In recent years, many lenders who are not traditional “distressed investors” found themselves in restructuring processes and received a crash course in bankruptcy and reorganization. In episode seven of the Cramdown podcast, host Daniel Shamah talks with Reema Agarwal, Senior Vice President and Director at Franklin Templeton’s Floating Rate Group, about the key lessons learned from some recent restructurings, from the perspective of a non-distressed investment professional.
Episode 6: 24-Hour Chapter 11s: The Ins and Outs
In recent years, numerous companies have filed for and emerged from chapter 11 in less than 24 hours, seemingly setting a new record for “shortest ever bankruptcy” each time. Daniel Shamah and Joe Zujkowski discuss what led to this trend, the ideal conditions for a 24-hour chapter 11, and whether the trend will continue in the future.
Episode 5: Potential Changes to the Bankruptcy Code
Together, the COVID crisis and a new Congress sparked fresh discussion around amending the Bankruptcy Code. In episode 5 of The Cramdown, O’Melveny Restructuring partners Daniel Shamah and Maria DiConza discuss potential changes to the Code, and the effects in three principal areas—treatment of employees and consumers, treatment of insiders, and treatment of private equity.
Episode 4: Lender On Lender Priming
A growing number of non-pro rata and priming transactions in the financial markets are pitting corporate lenders against each other. In episode 4 of The Cramdown, O’Melveny partners Daniel Shamah and Jennifer Taylor join hosts Nancy Mitchell and John Rapisardi to discuss the practice of priming, its permissibility under existing law, and potential actions lenders can take to try and attack these transactions.