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Samantha Braunstein


Restructuring and insolvency

Rising Star for Restructuring and Insolvency

IFLR Americas, 2021

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About Samantha Braunstein

Samantha is counsel in our Restructuring and Insolvency team. She counsels clients on various financial restructuring matters. Samantha's experience includes both in-court and out-of-court representation of agents, banks, funds, borrowers and potential purchasers of distressed debt and assets. Much of her experience entails multi-jurisdictional complexities.


Recent work

Her recent experience includes advising:

  • JP Morgan as administrative agent, letter of credit issuer and lender, under a $930 million revolving and term credit agreement extended to Peabody Energy Corporation. The matter involved a restructuring with revolving and term lenders under the JPM Facility and two note issuances maturing in 2022 and 2025, respectively.
  • Bank of America as lead underwriter in a 144a offering of $300 million of senior secured notes issued by Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.
  • A leading financial institution as administrative agent in the restructuring of a $2.1bn revolving and term loan facility extended to a U.S. based sales and marketing company owned by a leading global private equity sponsor, including the development of a alternative financing structure to increase liquidity through a receivables facility.
  • Bank of America, as agent, and a lender steering committee with repsect to Babcock & Wilcox, a global power and renewable energy company, in a series of restructurings transactions of a $650m revolving credit facility.
  • Capital One, National Association, in connection with the restructuring of a $350mm revolving credit facility extended to  StoneMor, LLP, a publicly traded MLP and leading death care provider operating in 50 states.  The matter included the negotiation of a complex intercreditor agreement with a junior creditor and the restructuring of the credit facility over a series of amendments.
  • Expro Holdings UK 3 Limited, a leading oil and gas well management group, in connection with restructuring its $1.4billion of obligations, which resulted in a Chapter 11 restructuring. The pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy case lasted only 50 days. Freshfields, among other things, negotiated a $155m debtor-in-possession financing package and also guided the company through the process of negotiating the most efficient corporate structure for the post-bankruptcy entities.



  • JD, University of Pennsylvania; comment editor of University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law
  • BA, distinction in all subjects, Cornell University


  • Admitted to practice in the State of New York
  • Co-Chair of the Junior Board of the Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation
  • Advisory Board member of GlamourGals Foundation