George Howard has played an active role representing companies, banks, secured lenders, distressed debt investors, asset purchasers and other significant constituencies in stressed and distressed situations, while developing particular experience in out-of-court restructurings, Chapter 11 reorganizations and cross-border insolvency proceedings.

Bio

Mr. Howard also routinely advises clients on structuring and consummating secured financings, distressed sales and acquisitions, ring-fencing transactions, spin-offs and other major corporate transactions, and has experience counseling clients on corporate formalities, fiduciary duties, fraudulent conveyance, illegal dividend, and mass tort, environmental, pension and other legacy liability issues.

Mr. Howard is currently actively involved in representing Quantum Pacific (Gibraltar) Limited as the majority shareholder in the Chapter 11 cases of Pacific Drilling S.A. and its debtor affiliates pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Howard also recently represented Bank of America, N.A. as the agent for the prepetition $1.85 billion revolving credit facility for Toys “R” Us.

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Howard represented the following corporate debtors in their Chapter 11 cases: Peabody Energy (the world’s largest private coal company); Alpha Natural Resources (one of the largest producers of coal by volume in the U.S.); Molycorp (one of the world’s largest rare earth producers and processors) (awarded 2017 Transaction of the Year: International by the Turnaround Management Association); NII Holdings (an international mobile communication services company); Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets (a chain of grocery stores in the western U.S.); Hostess Brands (producer of Hostess, Dolly Madison, Wonder and other branded bakery products); Franciscan Communities St. Mary of the Woods (a continuing care retirement community); Harry & David (a premium food and gift producer and retailer); and Metaldyne Corporation (a tier-1 provider of metal-based products for the automotive industry). Other representative matters at his prior firm included the representation of the trustee appointed in the Dutch Insolvency Proceedings of Oi Brasil Holdings Coöperatief U.A.; the term loan lenders of rue21; Emory Healthcare in the Chapter 11 filing of Southern Regional Medical Center; Fortress as DIP lender in A&P’s Chapter 11 cases; Mudrick Capital as a secured creditor in the Revel Casino bankruptcy; WL Ross & Co. in connection with its acquisition of Navigator Holdings; and MBIA Insurance Corporation as a secured creditor in the Chapter 11 cases of Forum Health.

Mr. Howard is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association, and previously served on the TMA New York NextGen Committee.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of Arizona College of Law, 2008
  • M.B.A., University of Arizona, 2008
  • A.B., Princeton University, 2002

Admissions

  • New York
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

George R. Howard

Counsel, Corporate Restructuring
george.howard@skadden.com