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Joanna McDonald


Advises on a broad array of international and U.S. restructuring matters. Named to INSOL International’s “Future Forty” in 2022.

Joanna represents debtors, administrative agents, creditor groups, equity holders, acquirers and other strategic parties in a wide range of domestic bankruptcy cases, out-of-court workouts and complex, cross-border restructurings.

Experience highlights

  • Instant Brands Acquisition Holdings (n/k/a/ Corelle Brands Acquisition Holdings) and certain of its subsidiaries in connection with their chapter 11 cases
  • Brazilian offshore oil field services provider Ocyan S.A. in global restructuring of approximately $2.7 billion of indebtedness implemented through a recuperação extrajudicial (EJ) plan filed in a Brazilian EJ proceeding and recognized under chapter 15
  • Chinese coffee retailer Luckin Coffee in its global restructuring through a Cayman scheme of arrangement, chapter 15 case, settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and securities class action settlement
  • The administrative agent and collateral agent under the revolving credit facility, in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of Service King Paint & Body
  • Elliott Investment Management as acquirer of substantially all assets of Paper Source through a Section 363 sale
  • Ankura as agent under the prepetition term loan facility in the chapter 11 liquidation of Remington Outdoor Company
  • The administrative agent and collateral agent in connection with the $1.25 billion credit facilities as part of the chapter 11 exit financing for Windstream
  • Ad hoc group of term loan lenders in the out-of-court restructuring of a Native American tribe’s gaming enterprise




INSOL International – “Future Forty,” 2022


J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Submissions Board Member, Texas International Law Journal
B.A., English, University of Pennsylvania

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2020

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
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