A successful client outcome


Whiting Petroleum


The company was levered by more than 3 times with $2.3 billion dollars of debt.  Midstream contracts were onerous and not competitive.  Multiple debt holders and convertible note holders were misaligned and threatening adverse actions.


  • Prepared Fortune 600 company for engineered soft-landing into bankruptcy in under ten (10) days with draft RSA and full Board support
  • Convinced Board to pivot and change direction during period of great duress (detailed sensitivity analysis of all viable options)
  • Prosecuted case and emerged from bankruptcy in five (5) months with de-levered balance sheet and business platform fully intact
  • Effectively managed cadence of case with key constituents (board, lenders, bondholders, Unsecured Creditors Committee, contractual counterparties, litigation counterparties)



Successful execution of a 5-month Chapter 11 case. The Company emerged with a strong balance sheet, the original equity owners participated with a portion of the new company, and all stakeholder issues resolved. The company was well positioned to move forward.