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Lorraine S. McGowen

Lorraine S. McGowen

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

New York, NY, USA


Lorraine McGowen is a lead restructuring partner joining clients on the front lines of their recovery crisis and investment strategies with entrepreneurial enthusiasm and a true passion for innovation.  For more than 25 years, Lorraine has assessed our clients’ challenges and chances for recovery in the most difficult situations. She sees through the morass of legal and financial distress to discover the best strategies for returns and growth.  Lorraine advises leading financial institutions, syndicated lender groups, creditor committees and other parties from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa who seek to maximize their recovery or reduce exposure. She advises companies and boards who seek to acquire companies or assets, including financially distressed companies. She interfaces with auditors, government regulators, investment bankers and others, and develops and implements mediation and litigation strategies, and negotiates reorganization plans and complex corporate and finance documents. Lorraine is the lead bankruptcy attorney representing Toyota and its subsidiaries in the highly complex global restructuring of Takata Corporation and its subsidiaries, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of automotive safety systems, including airbags. Takata’s restructuring was implemented through in-court bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. and Japan, and out-of-court in Europe, China, and other jurisdictions. Toyota was one of the largest creditors in the proceedings, with claims allowed against Takata in excess of $7 billion.

Other notable engagements include representing financial institutions in connection with the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion indebtedness, representing multinational bank syndicates in connection with the restructuring of major toll roads, the acquisition of a $6 billion toll road by an Australian firm, representing financial institutions, municipalities and others in the global Lehman insolvency proceedings, and representing a South African company in connection with its $3.4 billion acquisition of a mineral sands business.  Lorraine is a leading advocate for diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the legal profession and creates programs for women, people of color and LGBTQ attorneys. She is a mentor, sponsor and co-chair of Orrick’s firm-wide, global D&I Initiatives. For Lorraine, and for Orrick, D&I is not just the right thing to do. Providing our clients with diverse teams is simply good business: diverse teams are more creative, collaborative and successful.  Lorraine recently completed two terms of service on the firm’s 11-member Board of Directors. She previously chaired Orrick’s Restructuring Group. She is on the Board of Directors of The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, the Board of Legal Advisors for Legal Outreach in New York City, and the Advisory Committee for the Vance Center for International Justice.

Lorraine S. McGowen is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Diversity in Law Practice: Recent Legal Developments - Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2018, Monday, April 23, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Diversity in Law Practice: Recent Legal Developments - Diversity in Law Practice: Recent Legal Developments , Monday, April 23, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Diversity in Law Practice: Recent Legal Developments - Diversity in Law Practice: Recent Legal Developments , Monday, April 23, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Diversity in Law Practice: Recent Legal Developments - Diversity in Law Practice: Recent Legal Developments , Monday, April 23, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2018, Friday, April 27, 2018, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2018, Monday, December 17, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2018, Monday, December 17, 2018, New York, NY
Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2019, Friday, April 26, 2019, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2018, Monday, December 17, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2018, Monday, December 17, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Pro Bono  Pro Bono Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2019, Friday, April 26, 2019, New York, NY
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