KatieHiggins

Partner

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Katie Higgins has extensive experience advising companies, financiers, insolvency practitioners, investors, and directors on restructuring and insolvency matters. She also advises companies and financiers on a wide variety of debt and structured capital markets transactions. Katie is consistently recognized as a leading insolvency, restructuring, and finance lawyer by legal directories.

Some of Katie's recent transactions include acting for: the administrators of Topshop/Topman, Payless Shoes, and American Apparel; the Insurance Commission of Western Australia in the $1.8 billion settlement of the Bell Group liquidation proceedings; EDF in the Paladin Energy administration; Peabody Energy Corporation in relation to Australian aspects of its U.S. chapter 11 filing; a major investor and financier in the administration of Aussie Farmers Group; and a key shipper and owner of WICET (Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal).

Katie is a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA) and INSOL International. She has also lectured on debt financing as part of the masters of law course at the University of Sydney.

Experiencia

  • Sasser Family Holdings sells CF Asia Pacific to Anchorage Capital PartnersJones Day represented Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. (SFH) in the sale of CF Asia Pacific to a company controlled by one or more entities managed or advised by Anchorage Capital Partners.
  • Ad hoc group of senior secured lenders advised in landmark restructuring of the syncreon groupJones Day acted for the ad hoc group of senior secured lenders in the landmark restructuring of the global logistics syncreon group which was implemented via English Schemes of arrangement, with chapter 15 recognition in the U.S. and CCAA recognition in Canada.
  • Financial institution provides multi-currency senior secured syndicated credit facility to international manufacturing companyJones Day represented a financial institution, as lead arranger and administrative agent, in connection with a multi-currency senior secured syndicated credit facility to an international manufacturing company.
  • Exide Technologies completes $1.1 billion comprehensive new financing and recapitalizationJones Day represented Exide Technologies, a global leader in stored energy solutions for the automotive and industrial markets, in connection with a comprehensive new financing and recapitalization transaction.
  • KPMG Australia acquires Ferrier HodgsonJones Day advised KPMG Australia in its acquisition of Ferrier Hodgson, a leading independent restructuring, turnaround and insolvency firm in Australia.
  • ICWA and JN Taylor Finance (in liquidation) challenge liquidator's decision to review or re-adjudicate a proof of claim admitted over 20 years agoJones Day is acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA") in proceedings commenced by JN Taylor Finance Pty Ltd (in liquidation) and ICWA in the Supreme Court of Western Australia seeking to reverse a liquidator's decision to review or re-adjudicate a proof of claim that was admitted in the liquidation of The Bell Group Limited in the amount of approximately $291 million over 20 years ago.
  • ICWA protects its interests as creditor and funder in Bell Group liquidationsJones Day is acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA"), a Western Australian government entity, in proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of Western Australia concerning the distribution to creditors of over $1.8 billion in the liquidations of the Bell Group.
  • Heidrick & Struggles amends and restates revolving credit facilityJones Day advised Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., a premier global provider of executive search, leadership assessment and development, organization and team effectiveness, and culture shaping services, in connection with the amendment and restatement of its revolving credit facility.
  • SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and SunTrust Bank-led syndicate provide $1.1 billion credit facility to EquifaxJones Day advised SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., as left lead arranger, and SunTrust Bank, as administrative agent, in connection with a $1.1 billion senior revolving credit facility provided by a syndicate of lenders to Equifax Inc., a consumer credit reporting agency.
  • Coronado Coal acquires Curragh coal mine in central Queensland, Australia, from Wesfarmers Limited for A$700 million (US$539 million)Jones Day advised Coronado Coal LLC in the acquisition of the Curragh coal mine in central Queensland, Australia, from Wesfarmers Limited for A$700 million (US$530 million).
  • Senior officers of ICWA and State Solicitors Office of Western Australia obtain orders setting aside liquidator examination summonses and production ordersJones Day acted for the CEO and General Counsel of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA"), and the State Solicitor and a senior lawyer of the State Solicitors Office of Western Australia, in a successful Federal Court of Australia application to set aside examination summonses and production orders obtained by the liquidator of Bell Group NV (in liquidation).
  • Payless Shoes appoints voluntary administrators and enters into Deed of Company ArrangementJones Day acted for and advised the voluntary administrators appointed to Payless Shoes Pty Ltd, including in relation to a sale of business campaign, the wind-down of the company's operations including with respect to employee affairs and claims, the entry into a deed of company arrangement, investigations into potential claims, and associated court applications.
  • Peabody Energy amends and restates receivables securitization program with PNCJones Day represented Peabody Energy Corporation, a large private-sector coal company, and certain of its subsidiaries in connection with an amendment and restatement to its receivables securitization program with PNC to, among other things, increase the maximum availability under the facility to $250 million, extend the facility termination date, and add certain Australian subsidiaries of Peabody Energy Corporation as originators.
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