AREA OF PRACTICE

Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring

Biography

Uchechi Egeonuigwe is an associate in Brown Rudnick's Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring group in the New York office. Ms. Egeonuigwe represents creditor groups, investors, equity holders, and individual borrowers in all aspects of restructuring stressed and distressed companies. 

Prior to Brown Rudnick, Ms. Egeonuigwe served as the judicial law clerk for The Honorable William T. Thurman in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah. She also served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Maureen A. Tighe in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Egeonuigwe was honored by the Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, with the William J. Lasarow Award. The award, named for Judge William J. Lasarow (Retired), recognizes the outstanding contributions of attorneys who volunteer pro bono services to provide access to justice for individuals and families.

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges selected Ms. Egeonuigwe as a 2018 Presidential Fellow, which recognizes attorneys for their legal excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law, commitment to principles of civility, ethics, and professionalism, and commitment to the continued educational development of bankruptcy professionals.

Most recently, Ms. Egeonuigwe was selected as a Fellow for the New York City Bar Association's Associate Leadership Institute, an award-winning initiative geared toward assisting the advancement of diverse senior associates at major law firms. She was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© as "Ones to Watch" for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in 2021. 

Awards

Representation

Chesapeake Energy Corporation: Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, one of the largest oil and gas exploration companies in the United States, with funded debt of over $9 billion.

Ultra Petroleum: Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of Ultra Petroleum Corp., one of the largest oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in Wyoming, with over $1.9 billion in funded debt as of the petition date.

Legacy Reserves: Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Legacy Reserves, Inc., a Midland, Texas-based exploration and production company with over 1.4 billion in funded debt as of the petition date.

EXCO Resources: Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of EXCO Resources Inc., an independent oil and gas company, in its Chapter 11 proceeding, in connection with the successful restructuring of the company’s approximately 1.395 billion of debt, involving a substantial distribution to unsecured creditors.

Pier 1 Imports: Represented the Ad Hoc Group of Term Loan Lenders and the Term Loan Agent in the Chapter 11 cases of Pier 1 Imports, Inc., a publicly-traded omnichannel retailer specializing in home furnishings and décor with 923 stores in the United States and Canada.

EdgeMarc Energy:  Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of EdgeMarc Energy Holdings, a natural gas exploration and production company operating in the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania and the Utica shale in Ohio.

Takata Corporation: Counsel to Eric D. Green in his capacity as Trustee of the Takata Airbag Tort Compensation Trust Fund, established pursuant to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of TK Holdings Inc., Takata’s U.S. affiliate. The Trust, which holds approximately $140 million, was created in the bankruptcy to provide additional compensation to the individuals who suffered personal injury or wrongful death as a result of a Takata airbag inflator malfunction.  The Trustee oversees the management of the Trust and distribution of these funds to personal injury and wrongful death victims.

Orexigen Therapeutics: Represented a joint venture between two hedge funds and a pharmaceutical company in its successful purchase of substantially all of the assets in a Section 363 sale in the Chapter 11 case of Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., which distributed a weight loss drug.  Representation included structuring the joint venture to manage and operate the resulting business.

Aralez Pharmaceuticals: Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Aralez Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical company.

Education

University of San Diego School of Law – J.D.
University of California, Riverside – B.A.

Bar Admissions

California
New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
Publications
Co-author, Expert Analysis - Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy, The 5th Circuit's Ultra Petroleum Decision And Make-Whole Claims, 16 No. 12 WJBKR 01
Co-author, “Bankruptcies in Mass Torts Cases,” Litigating Mass Tort Cases, Supplement, 2018, 2019
Speaking Engagements
STOUT Summit: Investment Fund and Portfolio Valuation, October 2020
American Bankruptcy Institute, 2019 Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, Emerging Leaders Panel
Professional Affiliations
Co-Chair, American Bar Association, New York Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Mentor Circle (2018-present)
Advisory Board, American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference (2020-2021)
Awards and Honors
Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© as "Ones to Watch" for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2021)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Blackshear Presidential Fellow (2018)
Fellow, New York City Bar Association Associate Leadership Institute
Recipient, Honorable William J. Lasarow Award for Outstanding Public Service