Douglas S. Mintz


Washington, D.C.

Doug Mintz is a first call for energy, commodities, technology and public finance restructuring.

Doug has deep experience representing lenders, debtors and official and ad hoc committees. He works primarily with bank and hedge fund investors and co-leads Orrick’s hedge fund client initiative. Doug also represents debtors in the Energy and Technology sectors.

Doug is currently representing hedge funds in a variety of energy and public finance situations – representing groups of funds in multiple distressed situations. The Financial Times recently recognized Orrick's work as co-counsel to the COFINA Senior Bondholders' Coalition as Highly Commended in its "Innovation in Legal Expertise, Managing Complexity and Scale" category of legal innovation awards. He also served recently as debtor’s counsel to Ocean Rig in its global restructuring and Lily Robotics and bondholders in several distressed energy and infrastructure situations.

Chambers USA rates him in Band 3, calling him “a shining star . . . able to apply both a legal mindset and a businessperson’s mindset to distressed situations.” Doug has also been named a Next Generation lawyer by Legal 500, noting he is an “excellent performer” for his work in both Municipal Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring.

Prior to joining Orrick, Doug was special counsel at Cadwalader, where he was best known for his representation of the United States Treasury in the bankruptcies of both General Motors and Chrysler (M&A Advisor’s Magnus Deal of the Year). Treasury also retained Doug in the restructuring of several financial institutions.

  • Energy and Commodities:

    • Ocean Rig, an offshore drilling company in the restructuring, through Cayman schemes and Chapter 15, of approximately $4 billion in secured and unsecured debt.
    • Renco Group in the appeal of fraudulent transfer litigation in the Magnesium Corp. bankruptcy.
    • Co-counsel to equity holders of PG&E.
    • Counsel to holders of subrogation claims against California utilities.    
    • A significant hedge fund investor in the potential restructuring of a large investor-owned utility.
    • Wells Fargo in the restructuring of Chesapeake Energy Company’s secured debt.
    • A partner in multiple distressed power projects.   
    • Debtors’ counsel in the restructuring of Mirant and LyondellBasell.

    Infrastructure and Shipping:

    • Borrower's counsel to biofuel plant in Oregon.
    • Issuer's counsel to distressed agrifiber plant in California.
    • Borrower's counsel in the out-of-court restructuring of debt for a water desalinization plant in Texas.
    • Borrower's counsel in an owner of out-patient surgical centers in Texas and the Southwest.
    • Lenders’ and Agent’s counsel in the restructuring and bankruptcy of Indiana Toll Road.
    • Lenders’ counsel in the bankruptcy of Eagle Bulk Shipping.
    • Counsel to Credit Agricole in the Genco bankruptcy.
    • Counsel to the borrower in the restructuring of Pocahontas Parkway toll road.


    • Counsel to the DRA Parties in Puerto Rico's Title III and related cases (advising and litigating with respect to more than $20 BN in claims against multiple Puerto Rico entities).
    • Bondholders in the restructuring of Puerto Rico, including as co-counsel to the COFINA Senior Bondholders' Coalition.
    • Counsel to distressed investors analyzing the workout and bankruptcy of opioid manufacturers.
    • The Borrower in the potential workout of a tribal gaming finance facility.
    • Bidders for the DIP loan and bondholders in the restructuring and Chapter 9 bankruptcy of Detroit.
    • Bondholders in the Chapter 9 bankruptcy of Jefferson County, Alabama.
    • Bondholders of the Chicago Board of Education and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


    • Coalition of Intelsat Jackson Senior Noteholders in Intelsat Chapter 11 cases.
    • Bondholders in multiple distressed TMT companies.
    • Counsel to petitioning creditor of Yieldbot, in involuntary Chapter 11.
    • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors' Committee of ActiveCare, Inc.
    • Lily Robotics, Inc., in its Chapter 11 case.
    • Borrower in the restructuring of a telecommunications company.
    • Lenders in the bankruptcy of Contec Holdings, Ltd.


    • Counsel to Whitebox in the Caesars chapter 11 cases, including in the litigation of a claims transfer. 
    • Bidders for certain assets of Toys "R" Us and Gibson Guitars.
    • Landlords and hedge funds in multiple recent retail bankruptcies.
    • Collateral Agent in an industrial restructuring.   
    • Borrower in a hospital services company. 
    • Lenders in multiple real estate restructurings and bankruptcies.
    • Carl Icahn in the Blockbuster bankruptcy.
    • United States Treasury in the bankruptcies of GM, Chrysler and CIT Group and the workout of other TARP investments.