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Scott T. Ryan, Counsel

Bankruptcy & Restructuring and Corporate Groups

sryan@wmd-law.com

Scott has unique experience representing investors, banks and companies in a wide variety of finance transactions, including acquisition finance, project finance, leveraged finance, and refinancing and restructuring. His restructuring experience enables him to advise corporate and finance clients on a range of transaction structuring issues, and to anticipate the outcomes they may face in a restructuring or refinancing.

Education

Scott received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1997, where he was elected to the Moot Court Board, an A.M. from Duke University in 1997, and a B.A. from DePauw University in 1992, magna cum laude, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Selected Matters:

  • Represented Bank of America in the trading of distressed debt instruments with commercial banks and hedge funds.
  • Represented Barclays Bank in the negotiation and documentation of senior credit facilities for the development and construction of project finance projects.
  • Restructuring counsel responsible for complex avoidance actions, valuation disputes, director and officer claim evaluation, cross-border inter-company disputes and contested asset sales.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley in connection with warehouse residential and commercial mortgage credit and repurchase facilities.
  • Represented Misoxer Kraftwerke AG and Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft Laufenburg AG in connection with a cross-border leveraged lease for Misoxer Kraftwerke AG.
  • Led financing transactions to close $100 million of early-stage preferred equity investments in Sphera Optical Networks by Soros Private Equity Partners, The Mayfield Fund, Worldview Technology Partners, Pequot Private Equity, and Oak Investment Partners.
  • Served as a liquidating trustee and as General Counsel of chapter 11 debtors.
  • Represented Global Crossing in connection with the negotiation of billions of dollars of project finance transactions, including the documentation of complex project operations, administration and maintenance agreements, and cross-border buy-sell transaction structures.

Professional Activities:

Scott is a regular lecturer at Duke University on topics related to finance law, restructuring, and asset monetization. He is admitted to the bars of New York and North Carolina, and serves as the Duke University School of Law representative on the Duke University Triangle Alumni Board.