Laurent Lantonnois van Rode

Associate, New York

Biography

Overview

Laurent Lantonnois is an associate in the Firm's Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice and is currently based in the Firm's New York office.

His practice focuses primarily on corporate bankruptcy and restructuring matters, including the representation of debtors, creditors, and other interested parties in both chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. 

Prior to joining the Firm's New York office, Laurent worked in the Banking and Capital Markets practice of the Firm’s Brussels office, where he worked on major domestic and cross-border acquisitions and equity transactions, both on the financing and on the corporate side. He also participated in the issuance of several domestic and European debt instruments, and has been involved in domestic and international commercial litigations.

Besides his native French, Laurent also speaks Dutch, English and Spanish.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Brussels Bar
Education
Master of Laws (LLM)
Stanford University
LLM in European Law
College of Europe, Bruges
Master in Law and Master in Political Science
Université Catholique de Louvain

Louvain-la-Neuve

Universidad de Buenos Aires

Erasmus

Bachelor of Laws
Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix

Namur

Languages
Dutch
English
French
Spanish

Experience

Equity holders of food manufacturer in out-of-court refinancing and restructuring
Advised the equity holders of a leading manufacturer and distributor of foodservice products on a consensual out-of-court restructuring and refinancing to avoid COVID-19 related liquidity issues.

Maxus Litigation Trust in $14 billion lawsuit against YPF S.A. and Repsol S.A.
Represent the Maxus Liquidating Trust which filed a 23-count complaint in June 2018 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware seeking approximately US$14 billion in damages from YPF, S.A., Repsol, S.A., and various affiliates for claims arising in connection with YPF’s purchase of Maxus Energy Corp. in 1995 and Repsol’s purchase of YPF in 1999, after which the defendants are alleged to have stripped Maxus of its valuable exploration and production assets while also seeking to strand Maxus' environmental liabilities, including liabilities relating to discharges into the Passaic River at one of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Sites. 

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. in the chapter 11 cases of Claire's Stores, Inc.
Represented Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. in the chapter 11 cases of Claire’s Stores, Inc., a global retailer which filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2018. White & Case’s representation of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. as a second lien bondholder led to a mutually beneficial settlement with the debtors and ultimately resulted in a mostly consensual confirmation of Claire’s Stores chapter 11 plan. 

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Samson Resources Corp.
Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the chapter 11 cases of Samson Resources Corporation in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, putting forward a competing chapter 11 plan for the debtors which led to a consensual chapter 11 plan and the creation of a litigation trust to increase recoveries of unsecured creditors.

Oi S.A global restructuring proceedings
Represented Brazilian telecommunications giant Oi S.A. in its global restructuring of US$19 billion of debt, featuring the largest bankruptcy filing in Brazilian history and a highly contested chapter 15 proceeding of the company's Dutch financing subsidiary.

Ad hoc group of holders of, and indenture trustee for, convertible notes in the SunEdison Inc. chapter 11 cases
Represented the holders of, and the indenture trustee for convertible notes in SunEdison, Inc., a global renewable energy company headquartered in the U.S., which filed for chapter 11 in April 2016.

Occidental Chemical Corporation in the Maxus Energy Corporation chapter 11 cases
Represented Occidental Chemical Corporation, one of the main creditors of Maxus Energy Corporation, in its successful opposition to a settlement and chapter 11 plan sponsored by the debtors’ ultimate shareholder, YPF S.A. The creditors of Maxus Energy Corporation approved a plan proposed by the official committee of unsecured creditors and supported by Occidental Chemical Corporation, which set up a trust tasked with liquidating the debtors’ assets and prosecuting claims against the debtors’ past and present shareholders, including YPF S.A.