Laura Metzger


New York

Laura Metzger is a partner in the Restructuring Group, Office Leader of Orrick’s New York office and a member of Orrick's Management Committee.

She regularly represents financial institutions, funds and investors involved in bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings, foreclosures, distressed sales and acquisitions, loan and claims trading, bankruptcy litigation and refinancing involving syndicated loan facilities, debtor-in-possession financing and exit financing. 

Recognized as “outstanding” by The Legal 500 US, Laura was also named a Recognized Practitioner by Chambers USA, which praised her “very commercial and solution oriented” approach. She is “a very capable lawyer who gives great advice,” according to clients.

She serves as counsel to lenders, creditors, investors, purchasers and sponsors. Her clients include Royal Bank of Canada, Citigroup Financial Products Inc., ECN Capital Corporation, Equinor, Portigon AG, Macquarie, PwC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Transurban, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Commerzbank, Hackman Capital, Erste Abwicklungsanstalt, and KBC Bank, among others.

Laura has been involved in many prominent bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring cases, including Legacy Reserves, White Eagle, Cobalt, Chesapeake Energy, Shopko, The Weinstein Company, Stearns Lending, Lily Robotics, Seadrill, Chaparral, CHC Helicopters, Erickson, GT Advanced Technologies, Hostess, Pocahontas Parkway, Indiana Toll Road, Eagle Bulk, Fresh & Easy, American Airlines, Chemtura Corporation, Lazare Kaplan, Hawker Beechcraft, Metro Fuel, Claim Jumper Restaurants, Abitibibowater, Nortel, Fabrikant, Scotia Pacific, VICORP, Sea Containers, Lyondell, Foxwoods, Delta, US Air, Northwest, Star Diamond, and Ritchie Risk-Linked Strategies Trading (Ireland) Limited. She handles cross-border restructuring matters in major international jurisdictions such as Canada, Europe, and Hong Kong.

  • Laura also represents clients in the life settlement and premium finance markets, acting for buyers, sellers and owners of life settlements and premium finance loans, and has extensive experience with the various legal issues impacting such assets. She also represents lenders and owners of film portfolios clients in the film financing markets.

    Laura also serves on Orrick’s Hiring Committee and Professional Development Committee.

  • Laura's recent notable engagements include:

    • Representing a leading global bank as first lien lender and DIP lenders in the bankruptcy proceedings of Legacy Reserves
    • Representing Jade Mountain Partners as representative for the purchasers of the White Eagle portfolio of life settlement policies from bankruptcy
    • Representing Equinor on its acquisition with Total of Cobalt International Energy's operating interest in the North Platte discovery in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. 
    • Representing Royal Bank of Canada in the restructuring of a shopping mall
    • Representing Royal Bank of Canada in the restructuring of a hotel and golf resort
    • Representing Killer Content as potential acquirer of The Weinstein Company
    • Representing Lily Robotics, a maker of self-navigating drones, as debtor in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and the associated restructuring. The case is expected to serve as a model for the treatment of pre-order customers in Chapter 11 cases. 
    • Representing Citigroup Financial Products Inc. in the GT Advanced Technologies Inc. case pending before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire.
    • Representing Transurban (895) US Holdings LLC and Transurban (895) LLC, on the nearly $600 million restructuring of the Pocahontas Parkway, an 8.8 mile toll road located southeast of Richmond, Virginia. 
    • Representing funds and financial institutions in connection with a variety of matters in the American Airlines Inc. bankruptcy proceedings, including the purchase, sale, foreclosure and restructuring of claims, loans and leases relating to more than 100 aircrafts.  
    • Representing agents in restructuring of several film slates.
    • Representing a financial services institution on the restructuring of seven loan facilities totaling in excess of $1.5 billion secured by life insurance policies.
    • Represented Hackman Capital in their successful stalking-horse bid and  approximately $60 million acquisition of 140 properties consisting of manufacturing facilities and bakery depots, vehicles, equipment and personal property from the bankrupt Hostess Brands and its subsidiaries, which included an oversubscribed “sidecar” syndicated capital raise and approximately $45 million of bridge financing. The Wall Street Journal featured the deal as its “Deal of the Week.”
    • Represents KBC Bank N.V. and several of its affiliates in the sale of a portfolio of hedge fund assets with a net asset value of $343 million. 
    • Represented the agent in the restructuring of $1.2 billion senior secured credit facility to Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.
    • Represents KBC Bank N.V. as a defendant in a $1.5 billion RICO litigation with Lazare Kaplan International, one of the largest diamond manufacturing and distribution company in the United States. 
    • Represented a senior lender in negotiations of a complex debt restructuring agreement of a $550 million senior bank facility among the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns and operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, and its creditors.