Joshua M.Mester (Josh)

Partner

Los Angeles + 1.213.243.2508

Josh Mester's practice concentrates on complex corporate reorganization and bankruptcy matters and distressed litigation. Josh has represented debtors, creditors, and shareholders in some of the largest restructuring cases across a variety of industries, including gaming and entertainment, health care, retail, media, professional sports, airlines, and utilities.

Josh is currently representing shareholders of PG&E Corporation in the largest restructuring in California. Josh's recent creditor representations include senior creditors holding more than $7 billion in debt of iHeartCommunications and second priority noteholders of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, where Jones Day negotiated a settlement that resulted in more than $3 billion of additional value for noteholders. He also represents debtors in creatively solving financial challenges, such as his recent out-of-court restructurings for ContextMedia Health, LLC, a health care media company.

Before joining Jones Day in May 2012, Josh was a crucial member of the legal team that represented the Los Angeles Dodgers on its chapter 11 case resulting in a $2 billion sale of the team. He also represented a number of debtors in chapter 11 proceedings, including California Coastal Communities, Factory 2-U Stores, LTV Steel Company, Solidus Networks, and Weststar Cinemas. He represented creditors, creditor groups, indenture trustees, and other parties in interest in chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts across the county. In addition, he was a key member of the trial team that obtained an $80 million judgment for Hawaiian Airlines against Mesa Air Group arising from Mesa's breach of a confidentiality agreement.

Experience

  • GEO Specialty Chemicals sold to CPS Performance MaterialsJones Day advised funds affiliated with DWS Group, the asset management arm of Deutsche Bank, and Solus Alternative Asset Management in connection with the sale of GEO Specialty Chemicals, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals for customers in the United States and internationally, to CPS Performance Materials, a portfolio company of Arsenal Capital Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in control investments in specialty industrials and healthcare businesses.
  • Senior creditors of iHeartCommunications negotiate exit term loan facilityJones Day advised senior creditors holding in excess of $7.4 billion in iHeartCommunications, Inc.'s prepetition indebtedness in connection with all aspects of the restructuring of iHeart's debt in a chapter 11 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, including the negotiation and issuance of an approximately $3.5 billion senior secured exit term loan credit facility for iHeartCommunications, Inc. that was distributed to creditors under the plan.
  • Solus Alternative Asset Management and Deutsche Investment Management Americas complete recapitalization of Geo Specialty ChemicalsJones Day advised Solus Alternative Asset Management and Deutsche Investment Management Americas in connection with the recapitalization of Geo Specialty Chemicals, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals for customers in the United States and internationally.
  • Caesars second lien noteholders confirm support for economic terms of consensual chapter 11 planJones Day represents the Official Committee of Second Priority Noteholders ("Second Priority Noteholders") of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company ("CEOC"), the casino operator who filed for bankruptcy in January 2015.
  • Wilmington Savings Fund Society brings action against Caesars Entertainment Operating Company and related partiesJones Day was retained by Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB ("WSFS"), the indenture trustee for the second-priority senior secured notes issued by Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc. ("CEOC"), a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation ("CZR").
  • 20th Century Fox and Universal City Studios provide rescue DIP financing for Rhythm & HuesJones Day represented 20th Century Fox and Universal City Studios on the negotiation of rescue debtor-in-possession financing to Rhythm & Hues, Inc., a special effects company, who filed for bankruptcy in January 2013.
  • FriendFinder Networks noteholders take control of companyJones Day represented two individuals who held more than two thirds of $330 million in second lien notes issued by FriendFinder Networks, Inc.
  • Riverside completes sale of assets of HerbThymeJones Day advised The Riverside Company in connection with its sale of the assets of HerbThyme Farms, Inc., the largest grower, shipper and marketer of conventional and certified organic fresh culinary herbs in the United States, to Rocket Farms Herbs, Inc., a subsidiary of Monterey Peninsula Horticulture, Inc.
  • Senior lender group of Tribune Company achieves reorganization successJones Day represented holders of more than $3 billion of Senior Loans against Tribune Company and its affiliates in one of the largest and most high profile reorganizations of the last several years.
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