Jennifer C. Hagle

JENNIFER HAGLE is a transactional bankruptcy lawyer with over 25 years of experience representing clients in bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings. Jennifer is regularly recognized for her knowledge as a bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer and, in particular, her ability to develop creative exit strategies, drive consensus and achieve better-than-expected results efficiently and effectively. Jennifer’s practice principally focuses on representing holders of senior secured, mezzanine and subordinated debt in both public and private middle market and large cap deals. Jennifer’s clients include banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions in a wide range of industries, including aviation, media, clean energy (ethanol and biofuels), technology, internet gaming, retail and restaurants, technology, healthcare, hospitality and real estate. Recent significant client representations include:

Credit Suisse, as administrative agent for a $1.8 billion pre-petition senior secured facility and a $400 million debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing loan to Hawker Beechcraft, Inc. and its affiliates;
General Electric Capital Corporation, with respect to a pre-petition senior secured facility and DIP financing loan to American Foodservice Investment Company and its affiliates in its chapter 11, in addition to several out-of-court restructurings where GE acts as administrative agent or lead lender, including a securitization deal structured as a real estate mortgage investment conduit (REMIC);
Portigon AG (formerly WestLB AG), as administrative agent for a variety of syndicated lender groups in various chapter 11 cases (Pacific Ethanol and Southwest Georgia Ethanol Inc.) and out-of-court restructurings involving the ethanol/biofuels industry.

The 2013 edition of Chambers USA notes Jennifer’s “particular expertise in representing lenders”, quoting an interviewee as saying that Jennifer “is technically top-notch” and “in dealing with investors, companies and creditors she takes control of meetings and expresses our viewpoints.” Jennifer was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal's 2014 list of 100 Leading Women Lawyers in California. Recently, Jennifer was named in the 2013 through 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America and in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Southern California Super Lawyers. She has also been identified as a leading Bankruptcy lawyer in the 2008 through 2014 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers.

In addition to her strong bankruptcy and restructuring knowledge, Jennifer also has significant experience in the area of corporate finance, having represented a number of lenders and borrowers with respect to loan originations and merger and acquisition transactions in non-distressed deals.

In 2014, Jennifer received the award for “Mentoring: Private Practice Lawyer of the Year” from Chambers USA Women in Law. Chambers USA Women in Law Awards honor outstanding private practice and in-house female lawyers and law firms that have made outstanding contributions to pro bono work, gender diversity and the mentoring of women lawyers.

Also of note: Jennifer was named to the 2011 Daily Journal’s list of the Top 25 Women Corporate and Transactional Lawyers in California.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy , 2) Global Finance, 3) Syndicated and Leveraged Finance and 4) Workouts and Restructurings
Law School University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1987
Education University of California-Los Angeles, B.A., 1983
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association
Most recent firm Sidley Austin LLP
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