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John Bessonette

Partner

Phone: 212.715.9182 Fax: 212.715.8044 New York

John Bessonette represents investment firms and publicly and privately held companies in a wide range of debt and equity investments, restructurings, capital raises and M&A and other transactions.

Mr. Bessonette has particular experience in representing hedge funds and other investors in direct investments in debt and equity; private and public exchanges of securities and other restructuring matters; acquisitions and dispositions, including in bankruptcy situations; DIP and exit financings; backstop purchase commitments and other special situations both in and out of court. In addition, Mr. Bessonette regularly represents public and private middle market companies in connection with the full range of transactional and corporate governance matters, with a particular emphasis on equity and debt financings, major investments, M&A, joint ventures and recapitalizations.

In addition, Mr. Bessonette represents clients in the analysis of complex credit documents, indentures and preferred equity securities, the negotiation of partnership and joint venture arrangements, consulting and employment contracts, manufacturing and service agreements, and licensing and executive compensation matters.

Recent representative matters include transactions or restructurings involving Ainsworth, Algae Systems, Avaya, Catalyst Paper, Clear Channel, Colombia Clean Power, Eastman Kodak, Energy Future Holdings, Energy XXI, Gold Reserve, Nevada Geothermal, Orchard Brands, Resolute Forest Products (f/k/a AbitibiBowater), SP Newsprint, White Birch Paper Company and several privately held specialty finance companies among many others.

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J.D., The University of Virginia School of Law, 1998
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B.A., with honors, Johns Hopkins University, 1994  
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New York, 1999
    -American Bar Association
    -New York State Bar Association