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Christopher Donoho

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Chris Donoho is a partner in the Business Restructuring and Insolvency practice in the New York office of Hogan Lovells. He has been actively involved in the business of restructuring companies and protecting creditors' rights his entire career. Chris focuses his practice on the transactional side of restructurings, but also frequently appears in court on behalf of clients to protect their interests and assert their positions. His experience covers all aspects of restructuring, including both in court and out of court solutions. Chris spends much of his time protecting the rights of individual or aligned creditors in restructurings (both banks and investment funds), and has spent a considerable portion of his career representing bondholders' and creditors' committees. Chris has also dedicated a significant part of his career to representing debtors, as well as purchasers of assets in Chapter 11 proceedings, either through a Section 363 or a plan acquisition. Many of his matters involve cross-border disputes and multi-jurisdictional proceedings.


Member of the American College of Investment Counsel; Officer of the Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights Section (SIRC) of the International Bar Association (IBA)


J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1994; A.B., Brown University, 1991

United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

The ‘commercial and accessibleHogan Lovells US LLP combines ‘industry expertise with a practical approach to addressing complex and difficult legal issues, as well as the ability to see the big picture’. The firm’s ‘international experience is what really sets it apart’ and the team is known for its work in the regulated industries, with a particular specialty for insurance-related restructurings. Practice co-head Christopher Donoho ‘provides valuable advice with a constant eye on protecting the client’. He can call on a deep bench of expertise, which was further strengthened by the arrival of the ‘tremendously talented’ Richard Wynne as co-head working from the firm’s Los Angeles office. He joined in 2018 with Bennett Spiegel and Erin Brady from Jones Day, while lender-side specialist Doug Taber joined the New York group from GE Capital. Also notable in the team is the ‘top-notch’ Ronald Silverman, who is ‘dedicated to fighting hard for clients’. The department is advising biopharmaceutical company Orexigen Therapeutics on its Chapter 11 proceedings filed in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, which involved negotiating a court-approved sale of the client’s assets to stalking horse bidder Nalpropion Pharmaceuticals for $75m. In another highlight, the team is advising Samsung Heavy Industries in relation to the Chapter 11 proceedings of Seadrill. Other clients include The Bank of New York Mellon, Nigerian Agip Exploration and Scottish Re.

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