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Lauren R. Kanzer
Lauren R. Kanzer
Senior Associate — Restructuring & Reorganization
Senior Associate — Restructuring & Reorganization

Lauren R. Kanzer

Lauren R. Kanzer
New York

The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Lauren R. Kanzer

Lauren’s practice focuses on all aspects of restructuring and reorganization work, including representing debtors, creditors, equity holders, and investors in chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed acquisitions and investments. She has experience representing clients in a variety of industries including energy, transportation, agriculture, finance, health care, and food and beverage.

Experience Highlights

  • Unit Corporation, a diversified, publicly-traded energy company engaged in oil and natural gas exploration and production, contract drilling, and midstream services, and its affiliates in connection with its prearranged chapter 11 cases deleveraging the company by more than $650 million in a debt-for-equity transaction with its subordinated noteholders

  • Riverstone Holdings in its role as private equity sponsor in connection with the prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of UTEX Industries, a leading sealant manufacturer

  • Harvey Gulf International Marine, a Jones Act regulated marine transportation company, in all aspects of its complex balance sheet restructuring involving approximately $1.3 billion in senior secured funded debt, and effectuated through prepackaged chapter 11 cases

  • Cloud Peak Energy and its affiliates, the only pure-play Powder River Basin coal company and the third largest coal company in the United States, in the sale of substantially all their operating assets to Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC, a wholly owned, subsidiary of the Navajo Nation, as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy involving approximately $350 million in funded debt and over $750 million in total liabilities

  • An ad hoc group of convertible noteholders in the prepackaged chapter 11 case of Global Brokerage, Inc.

  • Private equity sponsors including Sixth Street Partners, Riverstone, and Quantum Energy Partners in connection with special situation investments, strategic alternatives, risk mitigation, and liability management transactions

  • Unit Corporation, a diversified, publicly-traded energy company engaged in oil and natural gas exploration and production, contract drilling, and midstream services, and its affiliates in connection with its prearranged chapter 11 cases deleveraging the company by more than $650 million in a debt-for-equity transaction with its subordinated noteholders

  • Cloud Peak Energy and its affiliates, the only pure-play Powder River Basin coal company and the third largest coal company in the United States, in the sale of substantially all their operating assets to Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC, a wholly owned, subsidiary of the Navajo Nation, as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy involving approximately $350 million in funded debt and over $750 million in total liabilities

  • An upstream E&P company in its evaluation of liability management alternatives

  • Harvey Gulf International Marine, a Jones Act regulated marine transportation company, in all aspects of its complex balance sheet restructuring involving approximately $1.3 billion in senior secured funded debt, and effectuated through prepackaged chapter 11 cases

  • Energy XXI, a publicly-traded offshore energy E&P company, in connection with its chapter 11 cases which reduced the company’s funded debt by more than $3.0 billion

  • Bellatrix Exploration in connection with its out-of-court restructuring and private exchange offer

  • Sundevil Power Holdings LLC, a merchant power company, in connection with the sale of its power block assets in its chapter 11 case

  • Sbarro, the largest mall-focused Italian restaurant concept in the world, in connection with its prepackaged chapter 11 cases as well as the company’s restructuring in 2011, in which the company reduced its total funded debt by nearly 70%, from approximately $400 million to approximately $130 million

  • An ad hoc group of convertible noteholders in the prepackaged chapter 11 case of Global Brokerage, Inc.

  • An asset management company in connection with its purchase of subrogation claims against PG&E Corp

  • A private equity firm and its affiliates in their capacity as stakeholders in Exco Resources chapter 11 cases

  • Vitol Group in connection with its analysis of liability management considerations in multiple confidential situations

  • Sixth Street Partners in the refinancing of Northern Oil & Gas, Inc.’s first lien credit facility and subsequent uptier exchange offer of unsecured notes

  • A private equity firm in its capacity as significant stakeholders in the Optim Energy chapter 11 cases

  • Riverstone Holdings in its role as private equity sponsor in connection with the prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of UTEX Industries, a leading sealant manufacturer

  • Private equity sponsors including Sixth Street Partners, Riverstone, and Quantum Energy Partners in connection with special situation investments, strategic alternatives, risk mitigation, and liability management transactions

  • Riverstone Holdings in the out-of-court restructuring of its portfolio company, Dynamic Industries, a leading fabricator and brownfield contractor to the global oil, gas, and energy industries

  • American Infrastructure MLP Funds in the out-of-court restructuring of its portfolio company, Agspring

  • Quantum Energy Partners in connection with the restructuring and sale of Midstream Energy Holdings

  • Affiliates of private equity firm as secured lenders in the chapter 11 liquidation of Coldwater Creek

Credentials

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2013 (Member, Fordham Law Review )
  • Boston University, B.S. Communications magna cum laude, 2007
  • Judicial Extern to The Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Summer 2011
  • New York
  • Southern District of New York