Jake Gordon represents creditors, including major banks, in commercial loan workouts, in-court and out-of-court corporate restructurings, and other troubled credit matters. Jake is an experienced restructuring attorney who has represented a broad range of corporate clients in Chapter 11 cases across the United States.
Jake began his career in Chicago with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a member of the restructuring group. While there, Jake represented corporations in some of the largest restructurings nationwide across various industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, media, retail, and telecommunications.
While attending the University of Michigan Law School, Jake served as an intern with the Office of the General Counsel at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (now Stellantis), where he gained first-hand experience with various legal issues affecting the business operations of this global automobile manufacturer.
He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Representative Matters (Prior to joining Bodman)
- Represented a publicly-traded global industrial manufacturing company and its subsidiaries in their Chapter 11 cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company solicited and filed its prepackaged Chapter 11 cases with the support of more than 87% of its first lien lenders under a restructuring support agreement. The prepackaged plan deleveraged the company’s balance sheet by approximately $250 million.
- Represented a national consumer goods retailer and 17 of its affiliates in their pre-arranged Chapter 11 cases. The company entered bankruptcy with approximately $4.9 billion in funded debt with a Restructuring Support Agreement that carried broad first lien stakeholder support. Following almost a year of creditor negotiations, hearings, and mediation, the company effectuated a sale of substantially all of its operating assets to a consortium of its prepetition landlords and its prepetition secured creditors.
- Represented a holding company for significant oil and gas assets in the first one-day Chapter 11 case in Texas history in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company obtained confirmation of its prepackaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization by video conference one day after it filed for Chapter 11. The prepackaged equitization restructuring eliminated approximately $470 million of funded debt and left general unsecured creditors unimpaired.
- Represented a national retailer of women and men’s fashions, jewelry and accessories in its Chapter 11 restructuring in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The company effectuated a sale of substantially all of its assets to a consortium of its prepetition landlords under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.
- Represented an oil and gas exploration company and certain of its affiliates in their prepackaged Chapter 11 restructuring in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. The prepackaged restructuring addressed over $1.1 billion of funded debt obligations through an equitization with nearly universal creditor support and left general unsecured creditors unimpaired.
- Represented an independent exploration and production company focused on the production and development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Texas. .
- Represented a multinational technology company specializing in telephones, wireless data communications, and customer relationship management software and certain of its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases. The company and its debtor-affiliates had more than $6 billion in funded debt obligations as of the commencement of their Chapter 11 cases, with annual revenues in excess of $3 billion.
- Represented a leading global multi-platform media, entertainment, and data company in its Chapter 11 restructuring. The company had consolidated debts of more than $20 billion and the Chapter 11 cases restructured more than $16 billion of that debt. In connection with its restructuring, the company reached an agreement with holders of more than $11 billion of its debt and its financial sponsors, reflecting widespread support across the capital structure, regarding a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring that reduced the company’s debt by more than $10 billion.
- Represented a producer and marketer of thermal coal in the Illinois Basin and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 proceedings before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. At the time the cases were filed, the company had funded debt of approximately $200 million of senior secured notes. The company and its affiliates commenced their Chapter 11 cases with a restructuring support agreement and Chapter 11 plan that had the support of a substantial portion of their secured noteholders, primary mineral rights provider, and equity sponsor, as well as a contemplated investor for purposes of consummating the plan.
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude
- University of Michigan, B.A., with Honors