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Michael A. Garza
Michael A. Garza
Senior Associate — Restructuring & Reorganization
Senior Associate — Restructuring & Reorganization

Michael A. Garza

Michael A. Garza

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002

Michael A. Garza

Experience Highlights

  • Jonah Energy in an out-of-court restructuring involving a deleveraging of the company’s balance sheet by approximately $580 million through a rights offering, tender offer, and redemption of non-tendered notes, together with an amended and restated credit agreement of Jonah’s $750 million credit facility

  • Riverstone Holdings as sponsor in the prepackaged chapter 11 cases of its portfolio company UTEX Industries, a leading sealant manufacturer

  • Lilis Energy in an in-court sale process in which substantially all of the company’s operating assets were sold to Ameredev Texas LLC as part of its chapter 11 cases involving approximately $400 million in total liabilities

  • CARBO Ceramics Inc. and certain of its affiliates, who were engaged in the manufacturing of ceramic proppant and other industrial ceramic materials and oilfield products, in their chapter 11 bankruptcy cases filed in Houston, Texas; pre-negotiated chapter 11 plan confirmed within 80 days of case filing

  • Riverstone Holdings and HPS Investment Partners as equity owners in connection with the restructuring of Alta Mesa Resources and its subsidiaries involving approximately $862 million of funded debt

  • Angelo Gordon as administrative agent for a prepetition secured credit facility and a debtor-in-possession credit facility, and stalking horse bidder and purchaser of certain upstream oil and gas assets in the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Weatherly, Oil & Gas, LLC

  • Metalmark Capital in its capacity as an equity owner and counterparty to a tax receivable agreement in connection with Jones Energy’s restructuring and chapter 11 cases

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

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

  • Ad hoc group of holders of, and the indenture trustee for, legacy bonds in the iHeartCommunications, Inc. chapter 11 cases

  • First-lien lender and purchaser in the La Paloma Generating Company, LLC chapter 11 cases

  • Agent and lender under a senior secured term loan facility in the Toisa Limited chapter 11 cases

  • Official committee of unsecured creditors and post-confirmation settlement trust in the Samson Resources Corporation chapter 11 cases


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2015
  • Rice University, B.A. (Economics), 2012
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Brendan L. Shannon of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, 2015-2016
  • New York State Bar, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Not admitted in Texas)
  • Spanish (conversational)